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Opinion

  • Will we Americans continue to have a largely free market- oriented health care system or a government run system where politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. make the most fundamental decisions about how we enter life, how we leave it and how we are cared for when we are ill?

  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury for young people in America – and with summer upon us, more teens than ever are operating motor vehicles on our highways.

    In response, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has taken a laudable step and launched a parents’ section on its teen driving Web site at www.flhsmv.gov/teens.

    The new and improved site provides parents with useful information to help them teach their teens to become safe drivers.

  • Health care is and should always be a human right. It’s time the American people received factual information about the realities of health care and not the deceit and corruption pervasive in our current system; read “The Commies are coming – The Commies are coming.” This is the right of any citizen of the world – and no, it’s not expected to be free. How could it be?

  • One observance that took place last Sunday passed with very little fanfare. Of course it was Flag Day and the merciful end to the marathon NBA season, but it was also a day for some very local heroes.

    Sunday, June 14, 2009 was the celebration of World Blood Donor Day and the heroes who save lives every day. Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet — people who donate their blood freely and without any reward.

  • Rush Limbaugh used to be in conservative pig heaven. Several naysayers had re-turned to the fold and kissed his ring, asking for his pardon.

    Among them a congressman and the  head of the RNC, Mr. Steel to be precise, the former Maryland State official who  seemed to be unable to decide whether he was a democrat or a republican on his  first run for public office.

  • In 1945, President Harry Truman urged Congress to create a health care system which would provide hospitals for 1200 counties which had none, and make medical care accessible to 15 million people in rural areas. The American Medical Association attacked the idea as creeping communism.

    Twenty years later, during the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson, federal money financed the building of hundreds of hospitals and paid for the education of hundreds of doctors. Nobody com-plained.

  • You can’t fly like an eagle with those itty-bitty wings!

  • Some readers might think that it’s too early to be trying to expose the type of person that 54-year-old Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the President’s Supreme Court nominee would make if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is Hispanic which covers a lot of Spanish speaking groups, including both those from Mexico and Puerto Rico. This lady was one of six contenders for the Court seat. The President picked the most liberal, so this is just the first preliminary report.

  • Bigotry, hatred and racism

    still with us

  • When working for a

    company meant something

    Does anyone besides me remember when you worked faithfully with a company for 30 or 40 years and they took care of you for life?

    They appreciated your loyalty to the point where every employee received a decent wage, good working conditions, paid vacations, health benefits and a retirement system that followed you and your spouse to the grave.

  • Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day. Though it is not a standout in the hierarchy of American holidays, Flag Day has a history, traditions and still attracts a share of support.

    Unfortunately for Flag Day, it splits the hectic days of early summer between Memorial Day and 4th of July. It is overshadowed by graduations and runs up on Father’s Day.

    In these busy times, Flag Day can easily pass unnoticed. And falling on a Sunday (this year) doesn’t help.

  • As indicated last week, today, you’ll find some additional pieces for the puzzle of what the current arrogant administration is achieving in their efforts to destroy our America. Simply put, America is staggering under the weight of trade deficits, too much domestic debt and a Congress and a White House that is continuing to write checks on the public’s checkbook.

  • After the huge tax cuts for the wealthy by Reagan, they became much richer while most workers lost income. The so-called filter-down and ‘voodoo economics’ along with huge deficits added more to the national debt than all previous presidents combined. It created a false economy, which Bush Junior revived, in order to outdo his hero, once again creating more national debt than all previous presidents combined, and enriching the wealthy with even larger tax cuts.

  • Some wag observed recently that the way we’re running the federal budget, in a few years all we’ll be able to afford is a nation of senior citizens on Social Security, protected by the best army and navy in history. Not funny.

    President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act (SS) in 1935. The program required payment of one cent per dollar up to a maximum contribution of $30 each for employee and employer. The first benefit recipient started to receive a monthly check of $22.54 in 1940.

  • Not the way

    to fix the budget

    I read in the paper recently that the State of Florida’s budget reveals a broken system in establishing their expenditures for the year. The way that the Florida State legislature is trying to fix our budget shortfall is like a doctor arriving at a train wreck with a single bandage.

  • Republicans went from riding high in 2000 to walking home from the 2008 election with holes in their souls. They can’t blame the economy for their misfortunes. They had the power and they made the mess.

    Project GOP renewal is under way on several fronts. The Republican National Committee (RNC) appointed former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and TV tough guy Michael Steele, to be its new chairperson.

  • If swimming is slimming, why are whales fat?

  • President Obama inherited failures that were monumental. The blood of thousands of our men and women was shed for lies and geld. The President has some of the best minds at work to get us out of the trillions of dollars in debt that the seven-year war in Iraq has cost; a country invaded on a lie. Polite words for torture do not fool anyone. The lawyers, who gave their opinion on (rendition?) that ‘enhanced interrogation’ was legal, should be disbarred. Hopefully we have moved on from the fear-mongering ditto-heads of the past and are trying to mend the mistakes that were made.

  • It’s time to take action. The official start of the 2009 hurricane season was Monday, June 1 and it will be with us through Nov. 30. If you’ve been around a while, you know hurricane season used to expire in October. That was bumped up to mid-November and finally the end of month.

    So it’s a long siege, and will seem like a long time to keep that extra food, water and battery supply on hand. But a few precautions now can help eliminate or at least reduce worrying and those frantic last-minute trips to the store.

  • Some of you will remember, in earlier times, when something exciting or important occurred, the newspapers would put out an “extra” edition and paper boys would stand on the corner and holler “extra, extra, read all about it.”