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Opinion

  • A young child awakens early one morning to a fluttering sound coming from the blinds covering his bedroom window. He gets out of bed and notices what looks like a small bird flopping around on the floor. The child picks up the bird and realizes that it’s not a bird but a bat and releases it out the window. Weeks later, the child develops a fever, headache, and becomes disoriented and is admitted to a hospital. Tragically, he dies two days later from what doctors diagnose as rabies.

  • Whatever happent, act as if it were intended.

  • Marion County faces one of the greatest crossroads in its history as we confront tough economic times and work to meet the critical needs of our citizens. Indeed, a new day has dawned in Marion County, and we are moving forward with plans to improve services countywide. Admittedly, the start of my tenure as Marion County Administrator certainly had its share of controversy and publicity. Though we cannot change the past, we can learn and grow from it.

  • On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed HR 2454 known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The stated purpose of this bill was to slow down global warming by reducing carbon dioxides and other greenhouse gas emission. The bill was really an energy tax in disguise. At the heart of the bill was the Cap and Trade Scheme, that would severely limit the amount of energy derived from the three carbon-dioxide fuels of coal, oil and natural gas which are the sources of U.S. energy, some 80 percent, because they are the least expensive fuels available.

  • Health care

    in America

    The minority of Republicans are winning in their quest to insure that all American families do not have a guarantee of health care for the foreseeable future. The Republicans who control 23 percent of voting Americans are calling the president an obstructionist because he is not giving in to their elitist demands. Tax cuts for the rich and not providing health care to 40 million Americans is the Republican way of life and the majority should get used to it.

  • Does a week go by that we’re not requested to sign a petition to save some animal species or requested to donate towards some great animal cause like the whales, the great apes, the Pacific salmon, the wolves, the polar bears, etcetera, etcetera and so forth?

    All of these causes are very worthwhile, but in our zeal to make sure that everything is protected, we’ve forgotten one thing — us. Who is penning the petition or asking for money to save people? (Not including specific diseases.)

  • A young girl picking daisies opens one of the most infamous political ads ever devised. It is suggested her life is about to end violently and quickly as a nuclear mushroom cloud appears. President Lyndon Johnson intones, “These are the stakes! To make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die.”

  • Count them. There are 365 days in a year. Every four years we get another day for good measure. Each day has 24 hours. Each hour is made up of 60 minutes. Day in and day out, we all have 1,440 minutes a day to call our own, to do with them what we want to do – well sort of.

    Getting some shut-eye is always essential. So we lay down our little heads to sleep. A good night’s sleep takes eight hours, so say medical experts, scientists and moms.

  • Slowly the American people are beginning to wake up from the fog or stupor they’ve been in since the election of the president.

  • Many readers will remember The Jackson Five featuring little brother, Michael. He was an exceptional talent and he definitely did entertain many; your writer loved the song about the rat, "Ben."

    Anyone who can write a tender, haunting song about a rat is someone special. But why is there this need to lay bare the personal side of his life in conjunction with its quirks?

  • Thank you

    Marie Munroe and family would like to thank any of her friends or Arnold’s for being there during this sad time in their lives. You know who you are. The kindness was very much appreciated. God bless all of you.

    The Munroe Family

    Bill vetoed by

    Governor Crist

  • To you, there’s a problem for every solution.

  • While there were more than 300 people interested in learning more about the name for a new county park, some others wanted to know what other activities for older youngsters could be added to the existing Liberty Community Park.

    During the Monday afternoon State Road 200 Coalition Meeting, resident Mary Morgan asked why additional facilities, such as baseball diamonds or basketball courts, have not been added at Liberty Park, on 103 Street.

    “Older kids need to have somewhere to gather without getting into trouble,” she said.

  • He’s so lazy, he learned everything from A to B!

  • A big battle is pending and from inquires made, very few people are aware of the “Fairness Doctrine” and what it means and controls, etc. So a little history, a short version will be helpful to all. As you will see, it’s a government-mandated speech and restriction on what you can listen to.

  • As Marion County residents enjoy summer activities, the Marion County Health Department is urging the community to be watchful of children taking part in water recreation.

    “Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death for small children,” said Carol Jubelirer, Marion County Health Department executive nurse director. “It takes as little as two inches of water for a child to drown, so adults should keep close supervision on children while they are in or around the water.”

  • Lest we forget

    Hamburgers! Hot dogs! Flags! Parades! Beaches! Parties! It appears this is the sum total of what July 4 means to many Americans. And, you?

    The beleaguered, oppressed Colonists stood up to the tyrant and said: “Enough is enough!” Remember the Tea Party? They are happening all over again today.

    When was the last time you actually read America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence? Did you grasp the seriousness of the charges? Did you understand that this document tells us precisely why America was birthed?

  • We learned, by way of Rush Limbaugh, that Mark Sanford’s sex scandal was President Obama’s fault. If it weren’t for the administration’s economic policies, the argument goes, Sanford would have been more optimistic about the future, wouldn’t have cheated on his wife, and wouldn’t have secretly left the country to see his mistress. Who can argue with airtight logic like this?

  • We are the people our parents warned us against!

  • Whenever politicians or talk show performers bloviate about the free-market economy, free-market capitalism, and free trade, it’s difficult to suppress the barf reflux. Large servings of BS (baloney stuffing) have that effect.

    Free-market evangelizing is power politics dressed up in patriotic terms intended to disguise government connivance in every aspect of our economy.

    The first free-market fast talk happened in America when Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island from the Canarsee natives for twenty bucks worth of Dutch-Mart costume jewelry.