• Since 1992, Charlie Crist has served Florida as a state senator, an education commissioner, an attorney general and a governor. He is now engaged in a campaign to become our next U.S. senator. Crist has gained support and campaign contributions from numerous organizations and individuals within the state and was the odds-on favorite to win both the primary and general elections. Crist is opposed in his run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio, the former Speaker of the Florida House.

  • Last week, this column mentioned our Constitution and how the current president, administration and even Congress are just ignoring it. They act like they don’t have to pay attention to our Constitution, which was written to limit government, not something to be ignored.

  • Why is it that the Republicans don't understand simple English about the meaning of the term “public option?” Public option by definition simply means that the public will have an option in choosing their health care provider whether it will be a private insurance company or the government run health care option,

  • Real conservative voters of every party, all like minded individuals, thought the 2006 election results couldn’t have turned out worse. However, we were all wrong, since the 2008 election came along, it was without a doubt the most disappointing outcome in a generation. Hopefully, the 2010 election next year could be a completely different story, if true conservatives come together. I’m not talking about the “middle mushy” moderates who call themselves conservatives, but almost always end up voting the radical liberals AKA progressive line.

  • A site for veterans here in Marion

    Weeks like this make me wish my father was still alive.

    He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India Theatre. He lived in Ocala for more than 25 years before his death, but never got to see the finished Veterans Plaza in his adopted city.

    Last week I had the privilege of interviewing one of the men who made the “Honor Flight” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The work of the people who are making these flights possible is outstanding.

  • I want to thank the gentleman who came to my aid when I fell in the Publix parking lot in Canopy Oaks on Nov. 7.

    He was very kind to me. Also thanks to everyone else who helped and was concerned. God bless you all.

    Alice Cloyd



  • Roaming around Big Lots the other day in search of bargains, I noticed a man wearing a Texas Longhorn sweatshirt.

    In the past, such a sweatshirt would have gone unnoticed by me as I sought out deals on paper towels and mustard – but that was last month.

    And those days were before my last vacation and my new heightened awareness of the Texas Longhorns. You know the heightened awareness of tan-colored Toyota Camrys on the road after you purchase a new car of the same color, make and model. At that point, you see the same type car everywhere you go.

  • The nation will observe Veterans Day next week, amid what seems to be an increasing movement to honor and respect those who serve and have served in America’s military.

    With Central Florida being home to many veterans, in many communities we have the opportunity to get together with other residents and honor these veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at various events.

  • Staying awake is a challenge this week

    The deep sighs and yawns that you hear and see this week are largely coming from my office.

    Twice a year, I go through these periods where my body tries to ignore the clock. Strangely, it seems to happen just after the time changes from standard to daylight saving and back to standard again.

    Personally, I wish they would leave it alone.

  • Why are Republicans gleeful that all Americans won't have health insurance for their families this year or in the future? This is probably the most anti-American and uncaring group of Congressmen in our history. They want to make sure that the insurance company executives continue to make multi-million dollar bonuses and salaries on the backs of the less fortunate.

  • Having worked for some time as a security guard in one of the 55-plus subdivisions in the Southwest part of Ocala, I have observed much of the comings and goings of the residents in their vehicles.

    It has made me much more aware of my own comings and goings in my vehicle, and as a result I have decreased using my vehicle and wait to accomplish several necessities in one trip.

  • When you hear the words “town hall meeting,” all sorts of things come to mind, particularly some of the violent confrontations that have taken place all around the country recently.

    It was with those thoughts in mind that I ventured to Belleview City Hall last Saturday morning for a meeting conducted by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala.

    It was pretty calm for the most part, with the pro-Obama forces being badly outnumbered, and most of them kept quiet.

  • It is about time for America to take the lead in clean energy and energy conservation around the world. We are now in the 21st century. To address these issues we need to start looking up instead of down. We have to end our addiction to oil, gas and coal which comes from the ground, and harness the wind and sun along with other alternatives such as algae and sugar cane.

  • May we recall Rep. Joe Wilson, of South Carolina, when he was so moved to shout out, "you lie!", back in September. He took a stand and turned out to have some validity in his criticism of a portion of the proposed health care bill. The result was a reexamining of the bill specifically related to illegal immigrants. Joe Wilson was indeed correct, although his method was disruptive, but he did apologize. It should have sufficed, but among many, it was sadly not enough.

  • For most of the United States, this weekend represents a chance to get a little more sleep than usual.

    Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., and if you think you can’t relive the past, at that hour you should set your clocks back an hour, which means the 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. hour occurs all over again.

    Of course, for many of us, that clock-changing, if we remember, will take place on Saturday night, which happens to be Halloween, meaning all the party-goers will probably take an extra hour of partying in lieu of an extra hour of sleep.

  • This is Red Ribbon Week, the annual traditional fight against drug use by children. Its aim is to teach youngsters not to use drugs.

    The week began with a “carnival” at the Ocala Police Dept. on Monday, in which hundreds of people lined up for free food and displays concerning the damaging effects of using drugs.

    There was plenty of music and even dancing with mascots.

    There was only one thing missing. There were no red ribbons.

  • The GOP’s new clothes

    This is a response to comments made by one of the regular columnists for this paper. His identity is of no consequence and regular readers will know exactly who I’m talking about.

    The writer’s response to the mistreatment of President Obama is a total misdirection of the truth.

  • Yes, this is great. We should all fight like gentlemen. We should stand up, perhaps in our red coats, and fight in a dignified manner such as at Concord. Those “terrorists” hiding behind trees and bushes were not very nice people.

    Where am I going with this?

    To be serious, as long as there are national borders, there will be KGBs, MI5s, FBIs, CIAs and Secret Services of each nation. There will be dirty tricks and torture. The hamstringing of the CIA is against our present interest.

    The president is right in avoiding political destruction of the CIA.

  • You could tell that memories of Vietnam haven’t faded. All you had to do was look at the faces of the people at last Sunday’s traveling Vietnam Memorial and the resulting ceremony, and you could see that, whether they were veterans or families who lost a loved one, the thoughts never go away.

    The Vietnam Memorial wall, a 60 percent replica of the actual memorial in Washington, D.C., made its way to Ocala for the second time in the last few years.

  • A lust for solutions

    Are we ready to trash the lust for power cadre? Humans have suffered long enough under that sorry philosophy.

    We citizens can do it with a lust for solutions. We will have enough money for all our needs, with something left for our piggy banks.

    Power lusters have no inclination to find solutions. Their only interests are power, control, and spending other peoples money.