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Opinion

  • Our campaign system for electing our government officials is not functioning as it should. The problems can be readily identified, too much money spent on tedious, very lengthy and expensive campaigns

    We should start by limiting campaigns to 30 or 45 days. Not only will this harness the costs but will spare us the never-ending rhetoric beamed into our living rooms for what seems an eternity, but it would also keep Congress at work instead as congressional duties do not call for stumping the country seeking votes for distant elections.

  • The letter to the editor from S.M. Popin is the worst diatribe against so-called "Yankees" and foreigners that I have ever read in my life and I am 75.

    I don’t believe there is a sentence without a lie putting down Northerners, people from other countries, our president and our country in general.

    We are in troubled times and we definitely do not need untruthful, hate articles published by any newspapers.

  • Health insurance for all?

    Insurance, health insurance for all? ... Yes, of course yes.

    It would be good if it existed. Life giving, not death dealing health care. Keep in mind, however, that at those moments of deep suffering, at the moment of the ultimate loneliness of death, no health insurance policy will be able to protect us or save us. Two thousand and nine years ago, God with skin on walked among us. “Do not fear, I am always with you”, he said.

  • We are living in a time where our constitutional rights are being attacked on all levels. For this reason alone we must be extra alert and examine everything that is taking place on a city, county, state and national level. Keep in mind that ignorance, apathy and indifference pave the road to tyranny.

  • Like many other people, I have a vision for world peace. I dream of a day when we can all get along, when we don’t have to have nuclear deterrents, where we don’t have to worry about terrorist attacks.

    OK, so where’s my Nobel Peace Prize?

    Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize because of his vision.

    So now, I guess, we’re giving out Nobel Prizes on spec.

    Sorry, but I can’t understand what qualified the president for the Peace Prize .;. yet.

  • It’s amazing to me that we have good Americans, even veterans, who do not understand what is happening in America. We have fought for what our country stands for, our way of life, our freedom, opportunities that exist here more than any other country in the world. A country that has always put more faith in God than in any government, individual or any group. We recognize that God has blessed our nation to such an extent that we should all be on our knees thanking him for his goodness and mercy.

  • The Senate Finance Committee will present its version of the health care reform bill this next week. Unlike the House bill they should have floor debate with amendments before the vote. It will be interesting to see if “We the People” will be able to view and digest this legislation before our senators vote on it. The requirement that it be posted on the Internet 72 hours in its final form has been voted down several times.

  • It always astounds me how out spoken people from other countries, pretend to comprehend the regional diversity of our nation. They just don't get it, at least 90% of the time, and it's not only foreigners, but people from the north and west that have exhibited ignorant bias views towards the south. Unless we take every opportunity to educate them, and they listen, we can't hope for anything else but what we have presently. It takes effort and compassion for the less fortunate, in other words, those poor souls not born in or adopted by the south. When in Rome do as the Romans do.

  • There are many confusing issues about health care reform and I don’t intend to add additional difficulties. It is important to know that we spend more money than any country in the world and yet the health care we receive is not equivalent to what we spend. Ninety percent of the money we pay into Medicare is actually used for health care. The 10 percent left goes to administration and fraud. As for private insurance, only 70 percent of what we put in is used for actual health care. The 30 percent left goes to advertisement, administration and executive pay.

  • Our campaign system for electing our government officials is not functioning as it should. The problems can be readily identified, too much money spent on tedious, very lengthy and expensive campaigns.

    We should start by limiting campaigns to 30 or 45 days. Not only will this harness the costs but will spare us the never-ending rhetoric beamed into our living rooms for what seems an eternity, but it would also keep Congress at work instead as congressional duties do not call for stumping the country seeking votes for distant elections.

  • Today’s paper – front page: Health care reform: Lobbyists derail Obama’s efforts to curtail costs. ‘Most of the serious plans to fulfill Obama’s cost-cutting have fallen to organized interests, parochial politics.’ So Americans can die or go bankrupt as long as insurance companies and lobbyists are allowed to be rewarded for their unabashed and ungodly greed. America did not have a debt and deficit problem until we started cutting corporate and income taxes on the wealthy. Our system was not broken. It did not need to be fixed.

  • Bureaucrats in charge of protecting our endangered species may have put manatees at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in harm’s way.

    Officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have said most of the manatees that have made their home at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for decades must be released into the wild.

    The first two up for release are Amanda and Electra. Amanda has been in captivity for 36 years with the last 23 years at the park. Electra has lived in the park since 2008. She was rescued in 1998.

  • Scare tactics?

    I am writing in response to a recent letter referring to “scare tactics.” Yes, they are scare tactics and thanks goodness for Fox News, who tells the truth. If not for them, “Acorn” and “Van Jones” would not have been exposed, and let’s hope all the other guilty ones will fall also. The truth hurts, but let’s pray integrity and truth will be restored to this administration and the country. God Bless America!

    Phyllis Fischer-Smith

    Ocala

     

  • Despite how hard we want to change the subject from the president and his administration, you feel you just can’t do it because every day it’s the radio news, various newspapers, and numerous TV news reports, especially Fox, national newspapers and magazines. They all contain startling information as to what this man and his cohorts of very radical “Czars” are pushing in their new agendas on the America public. So you make the decision of what these anti-Americans are doing.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with many activities taking place nationwide.

    Big or small, these events will raise awareness of what only 20 years ago was spoken about in whispers, when many women were too embarrassed or simply unaware of how important it was to get any signs of possible breast cancer checked out sooner rather than later.

  • What are these people thinking, if they’re thinking at all?

    For the second time in three weeks we’ve had an arrest on the Corridor for someone drinking and driving with a small child (or children) in the vehicle.

    In both cases, deputies spotted the violations and kept the children safe while carting the drivers off to jail.

    The thing you worry about is that there are many more out there doing this who aren’t getting caught.

  • Every once in a while, I revert to a past life when I was covering things in the rest of the world and not only here on the Corridor. So please excuse me while I get a few things off my chest.

    David Letterman: We get it folks. He did something bad. He owned up to it. Now let’s move on.

  • Are we safe? Of course we aren't

    Have you heard the talk about anarchy? It’s usually followed by the question, are we safe? Then the answer is, of course not! This question rears its ugly head occasionally. For example, Robert D. Kaplan published a remarkable book, “The Coming Anarchy”, it was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1994 and it warned of a future without law and order. Today we think of Somalia, as an example.

  • If anyone cares, this might be a workable alternative redistribution plan.

    On a given date, time, and place, I will be standing hat (or hats, if needed) in hand to receive all the worldly wealth from all progressive liberals. That sounds like a fair and equitable plan.

  • Harold Meyerson reported that when asked in late July whether they believed Barack Obama was born in the United States, 93 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of independents said yes, but just 42 percent of Republicans agreed.