• In a posting on her Facebook account, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) made a ridiculous and sickening statement about health care reform that it would result in an Obama-created “death panel.” Supposedly her little boy, who has Down syndrome will be killed, along with others like him and the senior citizens had better watch out that they’re not turned into Soylent Green. This insanity is the United States of America in the 21st century.

  • It’s time to say welcome to the president’s America, not exactly un-America or anti-America, but  best described as “disAmerica.” This better describes the revolutionary intent of his actions.

  • There are certainly no turkeys in this operation. There’s no pole from the second floor, either.

    The firefighters of Friendship Station 21 moved into their new digs last week. A crowd of area residents came out to celebrate in the boiling August heat as a short dedication ceremony was held.

    The station is a newly constructed relocation of the facility that was directly on State Road 200, and the old station, at least part of it, was once a turkey processing plant.

    This one is more like prime rib and salad.

  • There are always people out there who want your money …  without having to earn it. Hardly a day goes by when you don’t read about someone who “lost their life savings” to a con man or some sort of fly-by-night organization.

    We’ve come across a couple in the past week. Here are some details.

    The first information came from Richard Lasher, who submitted the following information:

    “Perhaps by printing this information other seniors will not be taken in and lose money to a con man.

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2007, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,800 people for fireworks related injuries; 56 percent of these injuries were to the extremities and 36 percent were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was two and a half times as high for children ages five to 14, than it was for the general population.

    Celebrate safely this Independence Day. Protect yourself and your family.

  • This VCR should make

    you stop and think

    With our country in the throes of financial, political and military problems, a little humor might help keep things in perspective.

     A few years ago, veteran actor Hal Holbrook gave a solo stage performance where he used only material from the writings and historical accounts of Mark Twain. The performance was taped and Holbrook gave many incidents and stories about the life and times of the world renowned author. In one short segment on the tape, Twain comes out in defense of Satan; the Devil himself.

  • Secure in faith

    There have been several writers who have commented on the United States as a “Christian nation” – or not. I don’t usually comment on matters of religion, but the “door has been opened,” so I’ll walk in.

  • Helping the homeless

    and the needy

    The collection of hygiene items helping needy children was a great success.

    Eve Circle of Ocala West United Methodist Women would like to thank you for your donation of hygiene items. With your donations we made a total of 393 kits: 250 full kits that included soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes and some deodorant; 40 kits are waiting for toothpaste and 103 kits are waiting for toothpaste and toothbrushes.

  • As you walk outside, you see the night sky lit by a brilliant array of colors and you hear the screeches, bangs and booms of fireworks from all around. You don’t, however, stop to think of the danger associated with these fun July 4 icons.

  • Why does my bread always fall on the buttered side?

  • All right, here I am, the “new” editor of the South Marion Citizen. I just came here from the Chiefland Citizen, so at least I don’t have to change the way I answer the phone.

    Let’s get the important things out of the way first: There’s not too much about me that is “new.”

    1. I’ve been married for 44 years, and my wife and I have four grown children and 10 grandchildren, ranging in age from a few months to early teens.

  • People who worked every day of their adult life are becoming homeless.

    Families with homes who played by the rules are becoming homeless. Seniors facing foreclosure from a loss of income are becoming homeless. The young who’ve lost jobs are becoming homeless.

    The face of homelessness is changing and it grows without smile, but with shame. The embarrassment of not being able to take care of one’s self and needing help from others brings despair. Even some former business owners who once helped others need help.

  • The New England Journal of Medicine is of the opinion that most Americans agree that affordable drug coverage under Medicare has been needed for some time. But instead of a solution to a growing problem, Congress gave the country a prescription-drug plan that achieved few of its original goals.

  • Never get much done if you always start tomorrow!

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are.

  • Ask yourself if you are frightened for the future of yourself and your family under this president? American people have legitimate fears about where the country is headed and what it means for the future. The president flits here and there all over America as well as the world, using the American economy as his own piggy bank; giving out money to everyone or any country he wants, such as $900,000 to our enemy, “HAMAS,” so designated as a terrorist group by our own government. The same group that kills our Jewish friends in Israel with rocket attacks daily.

  • Remember, you were us once!

  • Friends of the Library

    July sale a success

    The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library want to thank the community for their support of the Friends Book Store.

    The community continues to provide gently read donated books that are sold at the Friends Book Store inside the Dunnellon Public Library at 20351 Robinson Road. Donations are accepted daily at the store during hours of operation (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) or donated books may be left in the bin outside the store any time the library is open.

  • In a few short weeks, those big yellow school buses will travel Marion County roads taking our students back to school. Already, area stores have moved their back-to-school displays to the front and center of their stores. Getting those students the necessary school supplies means a nice cash flow for them.

    Unfortunately, not every family has the money to dole out the necessary amount for those supplies. With this strained economy, many families are struggling just to keep food on the table.

  • It seems like we hear 24 hours a day of the importance of getting the administration’s National Health Care bill passed immediately. But there is no one bill yet to decide and no real figures have been given out by the government as to costs. They just deny it will cost Americans some $1.6 trillion as stated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).