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Opinion

  • In the Sept. 18 edition of the Citizen, Mr. Beckner' column irresponsibly cited that this current occupant of the white house should be impeached. Hey Bob, it's not only going to scare Biden, most of the house, and senate, but any grounded and educated American citizen.

  • Out here on the Corridor we have lots of modern buildings, good living conditions for most, modern stores, etc. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Ocala and Marion County have been here a long time … a very long time.

    The Fort King Festival was the place to be for history buffs this past Saturday. It was at the McPherson Complex, a government-oriented area near the intersection of Fort King Street and Southeast 25th Avenue.

    Most of the displays were packed into one of the few shaded areas, all within walking distance of the Marion County Museum of History.

  • After hearing from the president for a year or so, one must come to the conclusion he is either extraordinary, politically tone deaf or arrogant beyond belief as indicated by his relentless pursuit of policies strongly rejected by the American people.

  • One of the things we focus on during October is fire prevention.

    We received a news release recently which showed that the majority of young children knew to call 911 in case of a fire, but a large portion of them thought you should call from inside the burning building.

    That’s one of the first things that all people should do in case of a fire – get out. Call from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house, but get out.

  • Beckner is really desperate for material he uses to denigrate President Obama.

    The open letter he found on the Internet, which he says was written by an acclaimed author and dynamic teacher, one of the world's leaders in change management, has absolutely no credibility because he did not identify the acclaimed author. Therefore, that letter can be nothing more than the personal opinion of an individual with access to the Internet who has myriad reasons why President Obama scares him.

  • I was scheduled for a blood test at my local doctor’s office on a Tuesday. I was scheduled at the same office for blood tests the following Monday.

    Seeking a practical course of action, I called and suggested we could combine the appointments and save some money. After all, blood is blood no matter the use for it once they get a sample.

    Nope, I was told. Could not do that. It was against the “rules,” inasmuch as my blood was needed for two causes, they could not be combined with one office call unless I wanted to pay for one out of my pocket.

  • You can’t be late if you have nowhere to go.

  • Sometimes, county officials get it right. That was apparent Tuesday at the opening of Fire Station 31, which is on State Road 484 not too far off State Road 200.

    The first thing they got right was the location. From its site on 484, the station can handle calls in various directions, most notably the State Road 200 corridor and west into Dunnellon.

    The station was not on the original 10-year plan for Marion County Fire/Rescue, but it was pointed out many times that the growth spurt of the southwest part of Marion County created the need for the new station.

  • About a month ago, in one of our columns it was asked if you were frightened of the future for you, your family and America, under the current president. It contained several reasons that might have made you feel that way. Some people still didn’t feel the reasons given were enough, so, since several callers asked for additional reasons, I have tried to comply with the following.

  • Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of doctors and received prescriptions for a lot of medication.

    What usually happens, though, is that the insurance company wants you to get a 90-day supply and save money that way.

    It’s hard to tell, though, how many times doctors change a patient’s prescription before the 90 days is up, resulting in leftover medication.

    Being one of those people, I have those little prescription bottles all over the bedroom, some going back years.

  • A wise man said when one brings “race” into an equation, accusing others of being racist, the one doing the talking is usually the racist. How illogical and totally irresponsible to suggest town hall meetings, tea parties, or anyone who disagrees with the Obama Administration is racist. This is especially disgraceful when coming from those who should know better. It is our right to question this president’s policies or anyone in government, a responsibility we have as Americans. Protests have nothing to do with race!

  • The Republican Party staunchly opposed Medicare 40 years ago. If it hadn’t been for Democrats you wouldn’t have Medicare today.

    If you believe all government programs are bad, what about Social Security, Medicare, the post office, the armed forces. How would you like all of them run by the Republican Party?

    People are dying now because if benefits are paid it cuts into bonuses for executives. They call it the American Way. Obama’s bill will change this. That’s why Republicans are against it.

  • I am addressing an article published in your July 3, 2009, issue, written by Capt. Pam Driggers who was with the Friendship Fire Station 21, now taken over by Capt. Clifford Grier.

    The article titled “Why does the big red fire truck respond to medical emergencies?” is attempting to justify the use of a fire truck to accompany an EMS ambulance for every emergency and 9-1-1 call.

    I understand the need in some instances where a fire may be involved in a home and accident condition, or cases where the caller did not make clear the nature of the emergency call.

  • It seems that daily as we are able to obtain more and more information from various sources regarding our government administration (none from the major news media), the news just get worse. It’s unbelievable how our country is being destroyed in numerous ways. The American public, which is watching conservative TV news (Fox) and attending the numerous tea parties and town hall meetings, are not there just protesting the president’s health care plan.

  • Reflecting on 9-11

    The reality is this nation of ours is splitting apart, not coming together. Our politicians and radio and TV commentators appear to have nothing else to do but stir people up with distrust, name-calling and racial hatred, instead of finding a common ground for all Americans to live together. These vile attacks against our president should be embarrassing to all of us in a civil democratic country, especially as our enemies and friends observe this constant hatred.

  • Every once in a while you’ll see these little white cars with “Marion County Code Enforcement” printed on the side scooting around the area.

    One man has already seen too much of them.

    Ron Oler of R & L Auto Detailing on 91st Avenue was ordered to move a small sign he had out by State Road 200 telling customers that his business was just a few doors down off the highway.

    Trouble is, that sign was there for about 15 years.

  • A summation of The Health Reform Insurance Bill:

    I read the original, more than 586 pages, every single word in this summation is true.

    As you may have heard, there is an awful lot of misinformation about the current legislation to reform health insurance. I’m your Congressman, and I think that you deserve the facts. Here they are, directly from the latest version that the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on:

    (1) If you have health insurance, and you like it, you can keep it. Period.

  • This was one of those age-thing moments that hits you pretty hard.

    I’m not handicapped by any means, but I don’t race down the street at as fast a clip as I used to. Let’s face it, the legs are the first to go, or at least so they say.

    I was at the corner of State Road 200 at 60th Avenue on Saturday, about noon, trying to take pictures of the firefighters from Station 32, who were conducting their boot drive for MDA.

  • Quick now, who is Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade?

    Don’t know? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

    McQuade, in 1970, was the originator of Grandparents Day. It started in her home state of West Virginia, and gained popularity until President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the Sunday after Labor Day as Grandparents Day, starting in 1978.

    That means that this Sunday, Sept. 13, is Grandparents Day.

  • Many of you, we’re sure, remember exactly what you were doing that fateful morning, Sept. 11, 2001. Sometimes we fear, though, that there’s a new generation being raised that doesn’t appreciate what the country went through on that Tuesday.

    Many in our area still remember the effects of Pearl Harbor. Those who were alive and old enough to remember, Dec. 7, 1941, saw a day they would never forget. To this day, Dec. 7 is a special day for all veterans.