• This is a yearly column, updated with latest information.

    This is a big month 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 or have already been held for local high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • Please ponder the musings of notable author, John Perkins:

  • Thank goodness for Barack Obama.

    He destroyed the Clinton political machine, He killed off the Kennedy dynasty.

    He and Nancy Pelosi are destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore, Evan Bayh and Byron Dorgan never lost a race but have all quit. By the end of 2010 dozens more will follow!

    He has exposed the liberal/progressives for what they are, no more than Socialist. He is bringing home the lesson very well!

  • The driver was ready to pull out onto State Road 200, with a green light, one day last week. Fortunately, he looked before hitting the gas pedal, and he saw a car bearing down on him at a high rate of speed.

    The car didn’t stop for the red light.

    As it went by, he could see the young female driver completely oblivious to what was going on around her, looking down at her cell phone, probably either texting or reading a text. She jumped noticeably when other drivers honked at her.

  • There is no group of Americans who deserve our praise and gratitude more than the veterans who fought and died defending our country against oppression and invasion from foreign enemies.

  • On the morning of May 30, I was standing at the main entrance of Walmart on State Road 200 doing poppies for the VFW, when a little girl and her mother approached me.

    The little girl, I would say she was about 9 or 10 years old, was digging in the pocket of her skirt and her mother asked her what she was doing. She replied that she was getting some money to get one of those flowers. Her mother then asked her if she was going to use her tooth fairy money, and the girl said yes.

  • Having just witnessed two of the most despicable events I can recall, we now have another that simply makes me wonder what it will take to wake some of our citizens from their deep sleep.

  • As we head into the holiday season, there’s a great program for veterans that needs some help.

    Last year volunteers raised money to take a group of Marion County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial. The cost to the veteran was $0. The cost for the Honor Flight was $45,000.

    Donations from individuals, civic organizations, churches, and businesses provided the funding to the make the trip a reality.

  • In America, we usually get the kind of government we deserve. In 2000, George W. Bush was elected largely because he was outwardly religious and, inexplicably, was the candidate with whom most of the country wanted to have a beer. In 2004, he was re-elected because he convinced gullible Americans that terrorists and gay marriage would ruin the country unless we voted for him.

  • Had there been no centrists at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, our nation would not have been born. Under the Article of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution, the 13 disunited states acted like cranky, independent nations. “In order to form a more perfect union,” a middle ground had to be found.

  • A big note of thanks!

    I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the kind people who helped me when I fainted in front of Sam's club Saturday, May 8.

    These kind people stayed with me until the EMS team arrived, thanks for your kind words of comfort.

    I also wish to thank the EMS team who were there so quickly and took me to the emergency at West Marion hospital, thanks guys, your were super.

  • This is in response to Ms Larson’s letter published in the May 7th issue.

    Ms. Larson seems to have a problem with the views of William Hagner published earlier. As I recall, Mr. Hagner’s primary complaint was with Mr. Beckner using “right wing” propaganda and opinion as facts in one or more of his articles. I believe Mr. Hagner stated the corrected facts with sources of his data. I do not recall his going into most of the areas that Ms. Larson seems to chastise him for. Actually, I had a bit of trouble following her logic.

  • Memorial Day, which includes all wars since the Civil War, is observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.

  • Every year when Memorial Day comes around, my thoughts turn to my Uncle Joe.

    Joseph Day Clark was a sergeant in the Army who was killed in France on July 14, 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day.

    He hadn’t been overseas that long, considering there’s a picture somewhere of him holding me, and I was only a little more than 6 months old when he died.

    They say that the impact of World War II touched everyone in some way, and here we are 66 years later, and it’s still affecting me.

  • How my response to a Robert E. Beckner column in the April 9, 2010 Citizen evoked a regret from D.I. Larson for not having been married to Daniel Boone puzzles me. And, I find her book offer insulting since she knows nothing about my background or my knowledge of history.

    My letter was intended to take Mr. Beckner to task for playing fast and loose with the facts and stating undocumented opinion as if it were fact. I further commented on how the vitriolic nature of such rants contributes little to the national dialogue.

  • Very early this morning I had a revelation that begs to be shared with every member of this Christian nation.

    For no reason whatsoever this line popped into my mind.

    “And deliver us from evil. Amen”

    It is a safe bet that quite a few Americans are familiar with this line.

    If you believe in the power of prayer, perhaps, now is the time to start saying this prayer several times a day. Or, any prayer of your choice.

  • We, the members and officers of the Ocala 40&8 veterans group, are happy to report that we have many new members joining us and that will surely help further our program goals.

  • It was back in the mid 1980s that a doctor in Tacoma, Washington, wanted to raise funds to make people aware of the fight against cancer.

    He was a marathon runner, so he took to the local track and ran around it for hours, getting pledges for funds as he did so.

    Thus, the Relay for Life was born.

    The activity has spread across the entire country. Indeed, we have several right here in Marion County.

    The last of the local events starts tonight (Friday) at Liberty Middle School.

  • An 85-year-old widow, living on a Social Security check, had her house seized and sold at auction last week. She had a villa in On Top of the World and could not pay her homeowners association fees. The monthly fees had increased from $115 to $397 over the 20 years she lived in her home. Her outstanding debt was about $8,000. The homeowners association initiated the foreclosure and a lawyer bought the villa for $100.

  • What is really happening in America? Obama canceled our 21st National Day of Prayer, “not wanting to offend anyone,” however held one for thousands of Muslims at Capitol Hill three months later. Does this suggest anything to you? To really know a person, you need to examine his friends, associates and his advisers, not just what he says and does. Where’s the media, other than Glenn Beck, to question the verifiable radical beliefs of his advisers, based on their own words? What direction are they taking us, does it even matter?