• We should pull out

    of Afghanistan

    Afghanistan is a country that America had no reason or right to invade and go to war with. You must ask yourself, should we invade a country because of the actions and beliefs of one individual person. Yes we did lose over 3,000 lives on 9/11 that was engineered by Osama bin Laden. No matter what you feel or what we do, we cannot change the past and this invasion of Afghanistan did not help.

  • Slowly, over the past few years, information is beginning to come out about the fact that America has been attacked in what is being called “Cyberattacks.”

  • “I am not a member of any organized party … I am a Democrat.”

    We do a good job of talking democracy. But where is it?

    “Is it in the house

    Is it in the tree

    Is it anywhere

    Does it belong

    To you or to me?”

  • Thinking and talking

    In response to an article in the AARP magazine, some of us are thinking, and talking, but we cannot be heard above the din.

    First, we must have a clear understanding of what we are talking about.

    "We the People" want health care reform.

    Reform means to make or become better by the removal of faults and errors.

    Obama wants control.

    Control is the power of directing, the power of restraining.

    Do you see the difference? Why the squabble?

  • Our president has now been in office more thanseven months and it seems like seven years. During that time there have been numerous questions raised about his statements, but no answers on various bills, policies, campaign promises, etc. There are some individuals who believe he has just plain lied and others feel it’s just a difference of opinion, even to saying all politicians lie and only make political promises to get elected.

  • This coming Monday is Labor Day, a holiday that has lost some of its meaning over the years. To many children in the south, it’s just the first day off from school after a couple of weeks getting back into the classroom.

    To many up north, it’s a big weekend for celebrating warm weather, as it is considered the last hurrah of summer before the chilling breezes of the fall.

    Many seem to be unaware of the history of the holiday.

  • With apologies to the late, great Paul Harvey, here’s a little bit of the other side of the story.

    Last week we ran a story about a fair tax meeting. We covered the meeting, plain and simple. We told you what was said at the meeting.

  • Now is a great time for all Americans who rightly believe that the president’s Democratic National Health Care Plan is not the one for the majority of Americans to take full advantage of the month ahead while Congress is in recess. We used our abilities to convince a majority of the Senate to not follow the government’s line and vote for the health plan prior to their going out for 30 days. Now is the time to step up the pressure, not one to sit back on our laurels, for we haven’t won anything yet.

  • In the past few weeks the Citizen and its sister papers have been running a series about the effects of the economy on local businesses.

    You couldn’t help reading into that series that it is essential for all of us to “buy local.”

    In a few cases that might mean buying from the big chain stores in our area because the items are hard to come by elsewhere.

  • The following was written by Ara Darzi, a former minister of health and a practicing NHS surgeon, chair of surgery at Imperial College in London and Britain’s ambassador for health and life sciences, and Tom Kibasi, an honorary lecturer at Imperial College. They can be reached at a.darzi@imperial.ac.uk and t.kibasi@imperial.ac.uk.

    Used with permission. Could not be improved upon.

  • Start serving

    the people

    To President Obama, Congress and all other decision-makers in Washington, D.C.:

    I first want to address the issue of putting aside the issue of illegal immigrants. If you start with their impact on this nation you realize how it affects every American citizen, with Social Security, Medicare, health care, hospitals, schools, prisons, energy, transportation, city, county, state and federal welfare systems – everything about our way of life, on and on.

  • The cutting-edge stuff like the new physics is a turn-on. Not too long ago the view of physics was very prosaic. At that time we didn’t know about gluons, or quarks or any of the other particles that exist in nature, or much about the nature of the universe. And today it seems that the ideas that occupied us 50 years ago weren’t even on the drawing board, much less bandied about in meeting rooms and gathering places for young Turks seeking to remake the world – or at least make it better.

  • Driving east on State Road 200 about 5 p.m. last Friday, motorists came upon a sheriff’s deputy who was conducting a traffic stop just west of 66th Street. The deputy had a pickup truck stopped, the truck was entirely off the road on the sidewalk and the police cruiser had two wheels on the bike lane. The flashing lights were visible from at least a half-mile away.

    Nobody moved over.

    I shouldn’t’ say nobody. One of us did.

    Apparently people were more concerned about making the right turn on 66th than they were about the law.

  • Police presence


    I am writing this letter not as an angry resident but as a confused professional. I am a retired New York police officer who was assigned to the traffic division in Manhattan for almost 20 years — so I feel that my observations are valid.

  • There you go — doing it again!

  • This column will probably ruin a lot of our readers’ weekend to start with, because it contains some of the proposed Democratic National Health Care plans, rules and regulations of the Democratic House. Nothing is written in concrete yet as the Senate version of their bill won’t be considered until September, when both Houses meet again. The House approved this one version of their bill last month. So the best you can get out of this, as submitted, simply shows you the way the Democratic left is thinking with a half dozen or so Republicans.

  • Next week marks the start of one of my least favorite distractions while driving. School starts on Aug. 24, and that means school zones and school buses.

    First of all, there are school zones. Some of them I can live with. They’re right in front of a school where little kids might be crossing the road.

    However, I don’t remember school zones when I was a little kid. Maybe that’s because my parents got me to school every day.

    Parents responsible for getting their kids to school … what a concept.

  • As I write this, I’m sitting at home watching The Weather Channel (does that say something about my exciting life?) and one of the “experts” came on and said something that frightened me: “What could be the season’s first tropical storm might be forming in the eastern Atlantic.”

    Now that sentence is filled with “could be” and “might be,” but it’s still something that wakes you up a little …  we’re in the heart of hurricane season.

  • Why pay for it

    if we can’t get it?

    You and I pay for the best comprehensive, and I mean best comprehensive health care in the world. Not like the one we have. We can’t get it even though we pay for it.

    Congress has it, paid for by you and me, they have had it for years. It’s free to them. It’s paid by our taxes collected by the government.

    If Congress thinks it is no good for you and me, why is it good for Congress? When will Congress allow us the same health care they already have? I’m holding my breath.

  • Overlooking is the secret of friendship.