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Today's Opinions

  • A new threat to America: ‘Common-ism’

    With our country mired in the worst economic situation since the depression of 1929, due to our government’s “bailout” of, first, Wall Street firms, banks and mortgage companies, they then shift the program to credit cards, college loans and auto loans, to finally the big three auto makers. We will reserve judgment on all of this at this time because we’ve discovered, thanks to Tom DeWeese, a far more sinister threat to our way of life. It’s hard to believe it’s coming out at just this time of our lives.

  • Beware of redheads on New Year’s

    Today is Boxing Day. Next week on this day we will already be in a new year, Jan. 2, 2009. Many will have sung Auld Lang Syne, or part of it, on New Years’ Eve.

    But there is another song, now lost, which was sung in England along with Burns’ well-known poem. If memory serves correctly,  it goes something like the following:

    I saw the old homesteads and faces I loved,

    I saw England’s valleys and dells.

    I listened with joy as I did when a boy,

    to the sound of the old village bells.

    The log was burning brightly,

  • Times have changed but people haven't

    As this New Year dawns, the changing face of the Corridor is apparent to those who have been here a while. Several years ago the community had a strong rural identity.

    Today that dynamic has changed as more people have moved into the gated and ungated developments, and the area feels more like a small city instead of a few isolated neighborhoods along a two-lane country road.

  • Buy American cars

    to offset auto bailout

    I wonder how many engaged in the domestic automobile industry are driving domestic cars. If all who are not now doing so would convert to their own product it would strengthen their job considerably.

    If the taxpayers who are about to bail out American car manufacturers bought domestics maybe their contribution to any bailout would be less.

    Don Pixley

    Ocala

    Who cares about

    the little people?

  • Obama cabinet looks like status quo

    In taking a look at our president-elect’s appointments you are first struck by all the familiar names, so many of them old-time President Bill Clinton cronies and recycled Washington insiders. You wonder if the president-elect’s transition committee just couldn’t find anyone who isn’t a beltway has-been.

  • What’s the total cost of attracting industry?

    Lockheed, the world’s largest "defense" contractor which in 2007 sold $41.8 billion worth of weapons throughout the world, needs $500,000 from Florida taxpayers to expand its capacity in Ocala to "ramp up" production of the Hellfire precision-guided missile that has been used widely in Iraq and Afghanistan to rain death and destruction not only on enemy tanks and installations but also upon thousands of helpless people who happen to get in the way.

  • Can Obama clean up

    the conservative mess?

    It took President Clinton eight years to clean up the Reagan-Bush mess that he inherited. He left office leaving the new Bush with a fantastic surplus. So what happens?

    These “new” business-oriented conservative Republicans came in and practically destroyed our country. They lied us into a no-win, no way out war.

  • Do corporations have an afterlife?

    Have you talked directly to your bank corporation lately? How about your insurance corporation, your telephone corporation, your investment corporation or your credit card corporation?

    “Silly,” you say? You are right. Corporations have no ears, no tongue, and no bodily functions. They do have relatives and offspring, however. They’re called holding companies and subsidiary corporations.