• Somewhere along the line, somebody in charge gave sports teams and leagues permission to black out certain games to people who buy special packages. I’m not sure who did it, but I wish that person or entity would change its mind.

    I’m going through withdrawal symptoms today (Monday) after spending the last four days watching my Mets play the Florida Marlins, and being forced to listen to Marlins announcers the whole time.

  • What kind of country are we when we promote foreign leaders like Hamid Karzai, the illegally elected leader of Afghanistan, and also his brother, who is one of the biggest drug dealers in their country. No one in our civilian or military government trusts Karzi, who only supports America when it is beneficial to him. Why can't our military leaders see the tragic situation that they have put this country in by supporting a leader who is bad for their country as well as ours?

  • There comes a time when you have to go modern. I’ve always considered myself pretty good with computers, even at my age, and I have decided to take the next step.

    I joined Facebook.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Facebook, it’s called a “social media” site. You can post information about yourself, and people you know find you and ask to be your “friend.” If you approve, you two are linked somewhere out in cyberspace.

  • The present health care you don’t like, was written by a Republican president and a Republican Congress.

    Obama tried to change health care. I read his downloaded bill from the Government Printing Office and saw where Republicans told untruths about the provisions and the costs. The future health care is an unfortunate compromise created by Republicans. It is still better than the old plan that kills at least 40,000 Americans every year.

  • This “unique” concept is getting harder and harder to find in politics and the news media. Despite thousands of Tea Party rallies/functions/protests around the entire U.S. being held without incident, no racism, no violence, the opposition screams at every opportunity about these patriots. Cries of racism come from those who know better but are searching to find ways to discredit the Tea Party movement. Race has nothing to do with anything! The issues on the table are big government vs. small government, free markets in our capitalistic system vs.

  • Dig Dig. Shovel. Shovel. Whew! Up to my knees in new taxes, and I am only through the first 500 hundred pages of the HealthSCAM bill. Two thousand pages to go. Will I still be able to breathe when I have finished, or, will I be totally buried in taxes? If I am buried, I will no longer have a need for healthSCAM. What is the point of it all?

  • The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a veterans service organization. It is the largest of such organizations, as such your thoughts and your voice will be heard if you wish to bring them to anyone’s attention.

    The American Legion represents you and all veterans in protecting the rights and benefits of those who have served their country. They are very active in directing our needs, as veterans, to the VA and the VA hospitals.

  • Have you noticed how quiet all those “drill baby drill” loudmouths have gotten? Where are you, Sarah Palin? Has the cat got your tongue? You were the loudest screecher in the country. Every time I turned on the TV, there you were. “Drill baby drill,” how the silence is deafening. Bet you get it now.

  • The new immigration law that was passed by the Arizona State Legislature and signed into law by their governor provides that if someone is breaking the law and is stopped by the police they will be required to show proper identification such as a valid driver’s license. I believe that this is the law in each and every part of these United States of America and not just Arizona. There are many talking heads in the news media that are claiming this is a racist issue and aimed at illegal immigrants and taking away their rights.

  • The date was Jan. 10, 1997. I was working out of state briefly, on the evening shift on a Saturday, when the call came. My mother had been taken ill.

    About a half-hour later, another call. She was gone.

    I was lucky enough that both my parents lived into their 80s. Many of us grow up thinking our folks are indestructible. That’s why it’s such a shock when the die suddenly, no matter what their age.

  • It is ironic that here in Ocala last year we had a big fuss over a street vendor, one who sold lunches on the square.

    Street vendors all over the U.S. can look with pride to a couple of their own, who spotted a suspicious SUV on 45th Street near Times Square on Saturday evening.

    They alerted police, who discovered what could have been a damaging car bomb. There was some smoke but little damage, and no one was injured.

  • I am a resident in the Oak Run community and this message concerns the Oak Run bus.

    We are in the fourth week without service and the answer from the management to our question is “It is being repaired.”

    This is a very necessary means of transportation for our older citizens, who no longer are able to drive. The bus gives us an opportunity to maintain our independence.

    I have been a resident here for 12 ½ years. When the home was purchased, it was noted that a bus was available for Oak Run homeowners.

  • Anyone who knows me understands that I would much rather go to a baseball game than a cultural event such as an art show. I just wasn’t brought up that way.

    Imagine my surprise when I discovered a facility in Ocala, nestled in the woods off East Silver Springs Boulevard, called the Ocala Civic Theatre, and actually enjoyed it.

    I’ve been coming to Ocala since the mid 1970s, and I’ve lived here for about 13 years, and I have heard of the Civic Theatre, but I’ve never been there.

  • There’s a popular game show syndicated on television called “Family Feud,” in which people are asked to give several responses to a question. One of the recent queries on the show was, “Name something parents teach their children before kindergarten.”

    Some of the answers included potty training, ABC/alphabet/reading, counting, how to write their names, and tying their shoes.

  • There are 535 prime examples of the Peter Principle in our nation's capitol. They were sent there by Peter Principle voters (and those who didn't vote) to change the world.


    Upon arrival, the "Peterites" found themselves as low "Peterites" on the totem pole. They quickly learned you make deals and trade your integrity or you end up in a basement office and assigned to mundane committees where nobody cares. The "folks back home?" They have no bread? Then let them eat cake.

  • A few years ago the “kids” used to have a song that some of the words came to mind when I read Mr. Beckner’s article: “Don’t let the sounds of your own words drive you crazy.” It would be my opinion that Mr. Beckner and the rest of the Tee Pottyers have driven themselves to believe their own lies and half truths a long time ago. I voted my first time for General Eisenhower and voted the straight ticket until Bush. That is when the party of reason, responsibility and truth changed and left me.

  • Ever since this loosely organized group of what-I-don't-know-what-to-make-of-them popped up on the radar screens of our media, including newspapers, scrolling TV news, Internet blogs, and so on, I've seen confusion over how to pluralize its name. I've even seen how one columnist tried to avoid making that choice by initializing it to "T.P.iers" (plural) or "T.P.er" (singular). I see no need to change that proper noun's "y" to the common noun's "ier."

  • Every day we seem to be gaining in the number of hybrid products that surround us. Mules, roses and tangelos have been around for a while and telephones, cameras and automobiles are now combining technologies that were traditionally used in other products. Unfortunately, we are also now getting hybrid politicians. Gov. Crist has vetoed Senate Bill 6, a measure that would have continued Republican efforts to control the cost and improve the effectiveness of our public schools.

  • Sometimes the message just doesn’t get through to people.

    Last week there was the announcement by the Sheriff’s Office that a man had been arrested for stealing from unlocked cars. It seems he was delivering newspapers (not ours) early in the morning, and he would try the doors of parked cars. When he found unlocked vehicles, he would steal items from within that vehicle.

    It happened in the southeastern part of the county. We haven’t heard of too many recently out here, but we can be reasonably sure that the thieves haven’t taken a sabbatical.

  • The South Marion Citizen is looking for a few good people.

    The newspaper is forming an editorial board and is seeking area residents to become a part of it. The volunteer editorial board would help identify issues that need to be brought before the public in editorials, and occasionally members of the board could take part in writing editorials.