Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor 5-30-2014

    When states’ rights die, America dies

  • Message to the graduates 2014

    This is a yearly column, updated with latest information.
    Next week is big for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.
    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local public high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • Could D.C. writers survive in our world

    By Jim Clark

  • No welcome sign for Hispanic clinic

    When they read about places in the country that have battles over immigration status and behavior of foreigners, people tend to think, as they live in their quiet Marion County world, that it’s nice that it doesn’t happen here.

    When they go to meetings such as the County Commission zoning hearings last week, they realize that such conflicts are not far away.

  • Tale of bullying from one who knows

    Two weeks ago we talked about Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins and his apparent hazing of a rookie teammate, hazing that had racial overtones.
    There has been much debate over the past few months about those activities, but last week it was discovered that Incognito was being treated for mental issues at an undisclosed facility.
    If only it were that easy to get bullies out of the way.
    The Dolphins’ issue raised the bar in discussions of bullying as people everywhere discussed what could be done about it.

  • The Beatles: Has it really been 50 years?

    Has it really been 50 years? I guess so, at least that’s what my television told me on Sunday night.

    CBS televised a tribute to the Beatles, exactly 50 years to the minute that the Ed Sullivan show aired on Feb. 9, 1964.

    It was the early days of television, and younger people don’t realize the influence that Ed Sullivan had. If you were invited to appear on his show, you had it made. The only other TV personality who had that much influence on the entertainment industry was Dick Clark with his American Bandstand from Philadelphia.

  • School tax forum: Where were the parents?

    For quite a while, I’ve been pretty much identified as a “no new taxes” person. I think that government bodies ought to operate within their means, just like many families in America have to do.
    But there’s a proposal for a property tax to help the schools floating around, one that would help fund things like art, music, etc., and I find myself leaning toward supporting it.

  • Why would anyone dump kittens on highway?

    For Christmas this year, our household grew by one. No, not that way. This one has soft fur and four legs, and is gray and white.

    His name is Snuggles, the name given to him by the rescue personnel.

    When our cat of 13 years, Mitch, died a little over three years ago, we decided, actually I decided, that we shouldn’t try to break in a new kitten while both of us were away working so much.

    But now that I’m home a lot more, I said OK, and gave my wife the Christmas present of Snuggles.