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Opinion

  • In a Ponzi scheme, high rates of fictional income are paid to participants from money being received from new customers. As the pyramid gets bigger, the schemer has to hustle twice as fast to keep up payouts and maintain an appearance of being a successful investor.

    Charles Ponzi was an Italian immigrant and lifetime con man whose name has been used to characterize pyramid frauds since the 1920s. Ponzi served prison time in Canada, New England, Georgia, and Florida, but managed to keep on running like the Energizer Bunny. 

  • We have a water crisis. And an economic crisis. And an unemployment crisis. And now, sad to say, we have another problem to face: the scam crisis. Make that plural. There are many scams out there.

    In addition to the Madoffs and the Ponzis and the fly-by-nights that drive through neighborhoods paving driveways and repairing roofs with inferior materials, our local officials are bringing to our attention newer scams that could affect many in our community.

  • As more Americans lose their jobs and the overall economy gets worse by the day, you hear over and over, please don’t stimulate us anymore we can’t afford it! Our government is continuing to follow the pattern of the past number of years where our nation spent for things it couldn’t afford with money we didn’t have.

  • I must be getting older . . . I feel my corns more than my oats!

  • Economy needs

    to be restarted

    President Obama has been in the Oval Office about two months and he continues to generate some interesting numbers. Most of them have a dollar sign in front and a lot of zeros behind.

    As required by all members of Congress, Obama had previously declared his net worth as $1.3 million. He spent $235 million to beat Hillary for the Democratic nomination and $760 million to beat McCain for the presidency. That’s $995 million for his 2008 campaign.

  • “We really have to start working on our water problems!”

  • One man’s stimulus is another’s pork

    This $800 billion stimulus package is a bridge to nowhere. The question most heard on the television is, “Where are the jobs?”

    Millions of dollars for Planned Parenthood, free condoms for poor people, $200 million for Filipino war veterans and a few million dollars more for a new palace for Homeland Security. And how does that create jobs?

    What we have here is politics as usual. Were you expecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor?

  • He is in many ways the most gifted demagogue ever bred on these shores.

    No bolder seditionist has moved among us — nor anyone with a surer, swifter access to the dark places of the mind. Then he discovered Socialism.

    Soon no man was closer than he to the center of American consciousness or more central to the world’s consciousness of America.

  • Conservation has stronger connotations these days than ever before. The word is used in conjunction with just about every aspect of our lives.

    Locally for example, the water management district tells us to conserve water because Marion County, along with the rest of the state, is experiencing a serious drought.

    We’re told to conserve our water usage – don’t water our lawns as often as we used to, and we’re warned to be alert to other ways of conserving water – like fixing dripping faucets.

  • Up until World War II, Washington, D.C. was a political, cultural, and economic backwater. Except for ambitious politicians and lifetime job seekers, most Americans worked and lived in the real world of elsewhere.

    Over time, fumes from the Potomac River infected Washington politicians and bureaucrats with a peculiar sense of uniqueness. They became unable to “get it.” The infection is highly contagious, has a wide range of symptoms, and has no known cure. One of the worst effects is premature memory loss.

  • I recently gave a description of “socialism” that I obtained from a dictionary. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to several individuals on the subject and the thing that frightened me was the fact that so many of these people stated they did not know anything about socialism or that it was going on right here in the U.S. Some politicians on all levels are trying their best to subvert our form of government, taking away our sovereignty.

  • The most wonderful things about the State of Florida are its proximity to the planet sun, the convenience of a bank and a pharmacy on every block, a reasonable cost of living, and lots of taxes from tourists.

    It’s a rare election which doesn’t include at least one opportunity to raise or lower taxes on residents. Reductions are greeted warmly. Proposals for new or additional taxes are usually voted down. It’s sort of a cultural thing.

  • Many World War II veterans have traveled to our nation’s capitol to personally see the World War II memorial that was completed in 2004.

    Cost of such a trip has prohibited some veterans from making the trip.

    A group of people in Marion County, Honor Flight Marion, is working to help all World War II veterans see the memorial in person. Marion is home to about 4,000 veterans, many with serious health problems, so this project is quite an undertaking.

  • “I almost went blind this morning ...

    I left the spoon in my coffee cup!”

     

  • And does it matter? It is easy to ignore what is happening in the rest of the world until it comes back and smacks us in the face. It seems that this is what happened a couple of weeks ago as most Americans celebrated President’s Day.

    Consider that our troubles have been portrayed as going from Wall Street to Main Street, but that doesn’t begin to outline the problem. No one had thought that maybe it might also affect the Ginza or countless other sections of the world.

  • Sometimes in life we get an opportunity to “put a shot across the bow” of someone, usually a politician, and hopefully be able to do so in a somewhat humorous way. We can do this because it’s America and we are each entitled to our own opinion, to the left, right or wherever. This shot is centered on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, not one of my favorite people.

  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That definition, attributed to Albert Einstein, has been used a great deal lately. Did the Democrats win the battle and lose the war, or vice versa?

    Here’s what we as a people know – the Democrats have a strong majority in the House and a reasonably filibuster-proof presence in the Senate. Yet it feels as if they won a Pyrrhic victory. Did they win the election and lose the war? Or have they made one small gain and lost an advantage?

  • Are the bank bailouts and the stimulus plan going to bring back carefree days of easy money? We don’t think so. Even the Walt Disney Company couldn’t reproduce the economic fantasy of this decade.

    Stated bluntly, governments, consumers, banks, and businesses are over their heads in debt. Piling on trillions in additional debt isn’t going to cancel the consequences of our long orgy of spending more than we earn and produce.

  • What an exciting time to be alive. Large buildings, (such as churches, hospitals and schools) have adequate space on the roof (or on the property) to generate sustainable solar energy – enough to supply the needs of the organization, and to also supplement the needs of the community. The mission of FUSE (Faiths United for Sustainable Energy) is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act on the increasingly harmful effects of our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. You may learn more about the organization by visiting

  • We seem to hear more and more the word “socialism” being bandied about but no real effort by our administration, Congress or the business community to refute what has been said by those who are all for America being turned from a Republic and all our capitalism benefits, to their favored type of government destroying America.