• 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.

  • 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.