Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thanks for reading community news

    When I was a young lad growing up in northern New Jersey, my dad took the train to work every day. He’d ride to Weehawken, then catch the ferry for the city.
    Using the reverse route every late afternoon, he always wanted something to do than just sit there on the return trip. Therefore, he bought a couple of newspapers.
    He would get home and plop the New York Daily News and New York Journal-American on the table. Also, by that time, the Bergen Evening Record out of Hackensack, N.J., would have arrived.

  • County government meets the people

    If you didn’t take advantage of the town hall meetings held recently at Fire Station 20 near U.S. 27 and this past Tuesday at the Freedom Public Library, then you missed a chance to see grassroots government in action.
    County commissioners gathered to give reports on government and to hear the concerns of the public, and took notes as people talked about perceived problems they have encountered.
    Except for one person’s rant against Hispanics, the meeting was civil and, at times, featured some humor.

  • Letters to the Editor 10-4-2013

    Andersonville POW camp was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.
    The South had nothing to give their troops, much less these prisoners. There had been a prisoner exchange program and then the North cancelled it. Remarkably, Union officials, including President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton, refused personal appeals from five paroled Union prisoners from Andersonville in July 1864 to restart the exchange. The men had presented a petition signed by most of the prisoners asking for help.