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Opinion

  • FairTax could be

    our salvation

    I recently attended a TEA party on April 15 in Ocala. I was impressed by the turnout, the honking horns in support of the protesters and the angry but calm demeanor of the people. Everyone was there to show their displeasure with the unrestrained spending and oppressive taxing habits of Congress. It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation may be, the people know that Congress is out of control.

  • Fear is Dissonant

    We are all witnessing how the dissonance of fear is developing to disrupt change. There is a tone, a song of the universe that is playing for those who can hear it – but the discord of fear and paranoia is trying to drown that out.

    It is a matter of survival to pull back any energy from that and instead focus on generating peace.

    Calming the noise is our task – to quietly hum while others scream.

  • In trying to assess what’s really happening not only in Washington but around the country, it’s important to look at the manufactured “buzz.” 

    And often that means looking at the comments and remarks that don’t make it into the news or are buried on page 18 of Saturday’s New York Times.

    It is troubling that the Attorney General has not seriously addressed the many violations of the law sanctioned by the Bush White House.

  • “Today is the day to be decisive ... maybe.”

  • On rare occasions we indulge in frivolous observations for our own entertainment and that of our readers. Parade Magazine’s annual “What People Earn” feature offered an opportunity to frivol a bit.

    Parade’s income report offers a temptation for average folks to indulge their envy of celebrities’ earnings. It isn’t exactly class envy, because celebrities aren’t a class, and many of them don’t have any class. What they do have are agents who know how to negotiate big contracts.

  • Postal rates for first-class mail will go up May 11. In preparation, the U.S. Postal Service is encouraging the purchase of “Forever Stamps.”

    A Forever Stamp purchased today at the current price of 42 cents a stamp will mail a one-ounce letter this year, next year, every year — without additional postage.

    For the majority of us who have an accumulation of several types of stamps with varying first class rates and another group of one-cent and two-cent stamps to add on to those to make them usable, the Forever Stamp makes sense.

  • The Relay for Life for our part of Marion County is set for next weekend, May 1 and 2. Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this event.

  • We haven’t spoken about Social Security and Medicare for some time now and in the face of our nation’s economic crisis and the results that the huge federal debt is going to have on our future, we should all have a deep concern over this situation.

    America has racked up an unprecedented federal debt of more than $11.1 trillion and deep budget cuts are inevitable.

  • Not correcting a mistake is a bigger mistake!

  • Great American

    Tea Party

    Despite liberal media articles to the contrary, more than one million Americans participated in more than  800 different Tea Parties throughout the U.S.A.

    I was honored to be one of the attendees at the noon Ocala party which was a resounding success.

    It wasn’t a Republican party; it included all parties made up of Americans who still honor individual freedom, responsibility, free enterprise, and limited government with accountability.

  • JFK said, ‘Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.’

    Last week we were treated to two events wildly disparate but nevertheless enabling us to be lifted up with lightened hearts.

    How about those S.E.A.L.S? One would have to know something about scopes, snipers and sharp-shooting to fully realize what happened and the difficulties the feat presented.

    It’s not the easiest of tasks when the subject and the shooter are stationary.

  • A federal appeals court decision concerning a Palm Beach County student’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in school irks some well-meaning citizens and seems to befuddle school boards and administrators.

    We assume the interesting history of the Pledge is being taught in our public schools. The Pledge was composed by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist minister. It was recited for the first time in schools on Columbus Day 1892.

  • What’s with the Blue Dog Democrats? They are using all kinds of excuses to justify their treasonous behavior to the party. Don’t they realize that through their actions, these so-called Democrats are imperiling everything fought for?

    Or is it just another case of politics as usual.

    From what rooftop do we have to yell to get them to pay attention? It looks like they’re thinking about two years ahead.

    You don’t take over eight years of a disaster and expect it to change overnight.

  • In the midst of our serious recession, folks wonder why the yahoo days of capitalism are eventually followed by periods of economic calamity.

    Capitalism was recorded way back in Genesis (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold Genesis 13:2). And there have always been good periods and bad times (Genesis 41).

    Capitalists like Abram owned the private wealth necessary to produce goods and services people would buy.

    Skilled and unskilled employees work for capitalists. They spend their wages buying stuff made by other capitalists. 

  • Here’s my bill for aging an extra hour, plus $5 for my gas bill.

  • Thursday is the day. Next Thursday, April 16. Remember? It’s the day we hope that all of our readers will turn purple. It’s a time when both individuals and businesses can help raise awareness for the upcoming  Relay for Life.

    Put purple balloons on your business door – or purple lettering on a marquee. Paint your hair purple. Or maybe your grass.  Anything, to help turn the Corridor purple for the day.

  • It’s been a couple of months now since we got ourselves a new Democratic administration, so it’s about time we took an overview of the President’s campaign slogans of “change” and “hope”.

    In this short period of time we are already so deep into government intervention that constitutional objections are just swept aside. 

    The last Treasury Secretary brought the nine largest banks into his office and informed them that he was now their partner. 

  • Senior citizens like to spin tales about walking two miles to school and two miles home, in rain and snow, wearing shoes with holes, and over roads that were uphill in both directions. 

    Ignoring senior hyperbole, most Americans who completed eighth grade prior to World War II were culturally literate.  They were able to read newspapers and books, write understandable English, use pre-algebra mathematics, and discuss the basics of history, geography, and science.  There were no bilingual classes for those who came from non-English-speaking households.

  • My doctor charged me $150 to send me to a specialist.

  • Since the first of 2009 there have been rumblings that across the country, some newspapers are in bad shape, due somewhat to the recession, resulting in papers losing a lot of their advertising revenue.

    The main street media has been quiet, so most of this news comes from TV stations that say the public was scared about the economy, that the recession was bringing pain and the truth about public policy was what the citizens wanted, not partisan cheerleading. The public wants the unvarnished truth, as everything else doesn’t help people.