• 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.”

  • A grand jury report on the hiring of Marion County Administrator Lee Niblock by Marion County commissioners makes it clear our elected officials and county staff should conduct business of the county in an open forum.

    The eight-page report, released by the grand jury, indicates they were unable to find any actual communication between commissioners about hiring Niblock to the county’s top job. No charges of criminal conduct are coming. What the grand jury found, though, was the intent of the Sunshine Law had been ignored.

  • Washington thrives on creating confusion. The Bush and Obama Administrations have thought closing the Guantanamo Detention Camp (Gitmo) a good idea, but neither offered a compelling reason.

    Gitmo became necessary because none of our European allies wanted to take a bunch of bad guys, even at our expense. Their self-serving attitude hasn’t changed since World War II, when we had to bring more than 430,000 POWs to the U.S. because our European allies wouldn’t take them then. either. 

  • A divided nation

    Many of our leaders throughout history have told us that as a nation, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

    There is no doubt we are a seriously divided nation. How did we get in this deplorable state?

  • What do you call a political party that’s out of touch, doesn’t know it, has no leaders and wants to take the bat and ball and go home if you don’t play their game?

    The Party of Lincoln is immersed in its own Civil War. The Republicans have been whining so much on so many issues that people have stopped listening. It’s the same old story over and over again.

  • Over the years, Americans have had reasons to believe, and rightly so, that the federal Constitution is the cornerstone of our system of government.  It has been the final arbiter of law questions.  As such, it divides the federal government and the states and with this power it places various limitations on what each of the state governments can do.

  • Who should we support? 

  • In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogant or jingoistic. Some people even use it as a political weapon: “Don’t question my patriotism,” they say. Yet, this Memorial Day, and every other day for that matter, we should remember that those who died for this country are the true patriots.

  • Excuse me!                            

  • For reasons they would prefer not to discuss, politicians and bureaucrats become addicted to failed ideas. The so-called “war on drugs” is an example of political obsession – clinging to a bad idea, no matter how long it fails.

    We do not mean to denigrate the efforts and sacrifices of those who have served valiantly in the trenches. They are fighting a problem that continues to get worse and has no conceivable end. 

  • You’ve got to love the inventive gall of Tallahassee’s privileged political class. Following a series of embarrassing scandals involving lobbyist gifts to state legislators, the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping gift ban in 2005 prohibiting state legislators, as well as the governor and other state officials, from accepting anything of value from lobbyists. Gone were the all-expense-paid trips, martini luncheons, dinner parties, personal gifts and other freebies.

    So the public was led to believe.

  • A challenge to

    free speech

    “Disagreeing with reasons to love Israel” Is a noble article by Janis Lentz. I am glad she exercised her free speech and did not remain silent. However, it would be interesting to know, if she knows that her free speech, might be being monitored? Also, in the very near future expressing such thoughts as this could be considered committing a crime.

  • The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a key event leading up to the independence of the thirteen British colonies in America. It wasn’t fun and games with posters and pops. The Boston Tea Party participants put their lives and livelihoods at risk.

    Dressed as natives, the Boston gang dumped a cargo of tea into the harbor rather than allow the appointed British governor to bring it ashore to be taxed and sold. The colonists were waging a dangerous, running battle of refusal to be taxed, because they had no voice in local government.

  • The Federal Reserve is a privately-owned and tax-exempt bank that is dominated by foreign bankers.

  • I want to share a little about the event that happened in the Ocala Town Square on April 15: the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already).

    If you missed the party (actually, there were two, one at noon and the other at 4 p.m.), you truly missed wonderful signs and sounds of peaceful democracy in action.

    The crowd of truly inspired American Patriots filled the air with their chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and “Repeal or Resign.”

    The shouts were so loud at times they could almost be heard in Washington, D.C.

  • A report from the office of secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that was leaked, has Conservatives up in arms to say the least. Read on and you’ll probably think every American should be worried about its content. The name of the report is entitled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”, a real mouthful. Without a doubt, it is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

  • At this writing Washington has spent $60 billion of the $787 billion of recovery stimulus money. The White House says it is pleased with the pace.

    Despite the slow start, Washington’s economic gurus say the stimulus is sufficiently established to inflate a recovery balloon any time now. We suspect they’re seeing tea leaves in their coffee grounds.

  • An ounce of doing is worth a ton of wishing.

  • When discussing something as serious as disease, it is helpful to know what certain words mean instead of throwing them around like confetti.

    Epidemic: An outbreak of disease that attacks many people at about the same time and may spread through one or several communities.

    Endemic: A disease that exists permanently in a particular region or population. Malaria is a constant worry in parts of Africa.

    Pandemic: When an epidemic spreads throughout the world.

  • While there has been some positive economic news on the national front and optimism out of Washington, our state and local economic outlook remains bleak.