Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Number, please? Not from these phones

    When I was a kid, and I wanted to make a telephone call, I would pick up the receiver and immediately hear a voice say, “Number please.”
    She (it was always a she) took the number and made the call for you.
    Then eventually we progressed to a phone with a circular dial on it, and you could dial the number directly without speaking to anyone.
    I do know that New Jersey, where I lived, was the first location to be assigned an area code. Area codes, and subsequently dialing 1, virtually eliminated the operator.

  • Would someone please buy the post office a map

    When you drive west (or south) on State Road 200, after you cross County Road 484 and you head toward Hernando, you pass Florida Highlands and Spruce Creek Preserve in Marion County before you get to the river.

    So ask yourself the question: What town am I in?

    You might think you’re still in Ocala, but according to the U.S. Postal Service, you’re in Dunnellon.

    That’s right. The city that is 12 miles west of SR 200 along CR 484 sprawls all the way down 200 … or at least that’s what the post office says.