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Today's Opinions

  • What’s with gouging the groceries?

    As we noted last week, growth to an area such as ours never pays for itself. It brings on an increase in costs of most everything as we have seen on home mortgages, life-, health- and auto insurance, gasoline – and we must include the food we eat.

  • “It’s either a mole hill from outer

    space or another bank is sprouting!”

     

  • The art of wedging political knickers

    Someone once described the pain of a hangover as a spike driven into the top of his head by some evil force. That’s a wonderfully apt metaphor for the pain of political headaches called wedge issues.

    A wedge issue is an emotionally charged subject of dissent within a political party, which may cause otherwise loyal members to withhold support of the party’s candidate – or something even more treasonous.

  • Will oil crisis spark 'civil disobedience'?

    No one will argue that the American public has been more than patient when it comes to our government, the oil companies, the futures market, OPEC or speculators or anyone else doing anything to solve our needless oil problems and the resulting exorbitant gasoline prices. Congress talks and debates and the two parties blame each other of not doing what could be done to solve the problem.

    Looks like John Q. Public will have to wake them up.

  • Habitat has hammered its way to the top

    A nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity, made the list of the top 100 builders, in volume, in the United States for 2007. The efforts of its volunteers put them number 14 on the list, published by Builder’s magazine. They closed on 5,619 homes in 2007.

    Habitat for Humanity of Marion County contributed to the home count. They closed on 18 homes, most in west Ocala, last year. With more than 1,800 affiliates in the United States, the Marion County group ranks number 27 among other chapters.

  • Decency loses out to mendacity

    It took the BBC to dig into what may soon be a huge breaking scandal. It concerns U.S. corruption in Iraq.

    You were wondering where your money was going – right? It certainly wasn’t going to American servicemen and- women, the maimed in body and soul. To the politicos who clothe themselves in our flag, here’s something to think about.

    The Army has gotten rid of more than 40,000 troops since 2001. The claim is “due to misconduct or pre-existing conditions.” That’s government speak for dump the problem on society.

  • Letters to the Editor

    The political playground is still run by the 'big boys'

    The Democratic Party rejected Hillary and then dumped her – but now dear ladies, they want your votes. So, like good little girls, do what you are told, tend to your knitting, needlepoint and Tupperware – and leave politics to the “big boys.”

    If Hillary ran as an Independent on a third party ticket she would win. She has the votes of the middle class, the blue collar workers, women, seniors and Hispanics.

  • Trash disposal better served with long-range solutions

    Disposing of trash with minimal impact on the environment is a huge task. Even with recycling programs keeping solid waste from the county’s landfill, the county only has six to seven years left on its capacity.

    Disposing of trash for residents has been convenient, mainly because 18 recycling centers and two drop-off centers are operating 50 hours a week, but costly. The county’s solid waste department has been costing more than the revenue coming in the door – that’s an ouch that cannot continue in the best of times, let alone the worst of times.