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Opinion

  • Our Senate members are trying to reach some kind of a compromise with Democrats over how many billions of dollars to agree for an obscenely, massive, social, political or “spending” bill, (not a stimulus or bailout) due to the false pretense of calling it a job creation bill. Also, hundreds of millions more ($650 million) being proposed for climate change “research” under the dubious banner of stimulating the economy.

  • Let’s see. The president has been in office 31 days, including his inauguration and weekends. Some mercifully unnamed pundit said, “The bloom was off the rose.”

    If they mean the president they were more hopeful than correct. If they meant the Republican Party they were “right on.” That seems to be the tragic story of the new Republican Party – a party that has been decimated. (This actually means one-tenth.)

  • Demand representatives

    act in nation’s interest

    Motivation can be defined as something to arouse action or activity to achieve a reward or prize, for self-gratification, or to reach a tangible or intangible goal.

    Seldom has our nation been so beset with problems. The media, liberal and conservative, have kept us current and most of us have some very firm thoughts on matters of national interest. We all have a stake in the matter of preserving our cherished way of life.

  • “I don’t drink anymore ... I get the

    same effect just by standing up fast.”

     

  • We love to get letters to the editor and we try to print them all. It’s usually lack of space that’s the problem but sometimes there are other reasons.

    Once in a while, letters can be the source for an editorial – like this week. One of our regular contributors, who can wax very witty with the keyboard, wrote about a bone of contention with the way the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is spending money during these times of troubled budgets.

  • George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are revered as presidents whose character was stronger than the temptations of public power. Neither man used his presidency for personal gain.

    The same cannot be said for subsequent presidents, and certainly not for many of today’s politicians. Corruption in politics is as common as broken promises.

  • The Democrats need

    to find some backbone

    The Democrats do not know how to handle themselves when they are in the majority in government. When the Republicans were in control of the White House, and both houses of Congress, they passed the bills that they wanted and eliminated oversight in government that controlled our spending.

    When the Republicans kept control of the White House and lost Congress to the Democrats, the Republicans were still in charge of the agenda for spending in our government.

  • As if $24.3 million in cuts for the Marion County School District weren’t enough, now Superintendent Ken Yancey is faced with hacking out an additional $27- to $33 million from next year’s budget. Part of the reason for another massive deficit apparently is that Marion is one of the few counties in Florida to avoid laying teachers off – and there are folks in Tallahassee who think it should be otherwise.

  • “Always remember, you’re unique

    ... just like everyone else!”

     

  • A few weeks ago I reported that Americans had placed their “hope and faith” in one man, our president, to get us out of the various severe crises our country currently is in. Since then I’ve been asked several times if I actually believed in what I wrote.

  • The continuing abortion conflict received nationwide press attention only three days after the new administration took office in Washington.

    On the 36th anniversary of Rowe v. Wade, anti-abortion forces rallied thousands to the nation’s capitol to restate their opposition. A smaller group of pro-abortionists held their rally a few blocks away at the Supreme Court building. In a spirit of impartiality, the justices didn’t wave hello to either group.

  • Has the compact been broken? Has our government failed us? The numbers and feedback leads us to believe that our ability to reverse the economic slide is complicated geometrically with each passing day. Our failure to act resolutely to end massive unemployment and housing foreclosures may lead us into a form of chaos that we have not seen in 200 years, if at all.

  • Good government isn’t a case of playing follow the leader. At times, it seemed like we belonged to the Pied Piper school of self-preservation: two clashing ideas but often in play over the last eight years. The Democrats made good speeches but the record shows that they were abysmal at raising the standard. Good, solid speeches but no cohunes.

  • It’s the first of the New Year and a good time for families to check on their financial positions, to see if 2008 was as bad to them as they feared. It would be great to know if you could now plan for that dream vacation to Hawaii or perhaps a cruise to far away countries you’ve always wanted to visit.

  • As was feared by gun lovers during the recent elections, the liberal Democratic candidates and the so-called anti-gun groups were all outspoken regarding what actions they intended to take if the now president-elect was successful in getting elected. The actions mentioned were a ban on semi-autos, center-fire rifles, .50-cal. guns, small handguns, gun rationing (one a month), national registration, national licensing and repeal of the ban on predatory lawsuits designed to put gun manufacturers and gun stores out of business.

  • “No! No! The other end!”

     

  • Is it a surprise to anyone in the Corridor that state officials say the county’s land use plan is up to its rooftops in disarray? The community isn’t crowded – yet. If it weren’t for the economic slowdown, for which we saw the roadside signs in 2007, the number in rooftops would be increasingly more uncomfortable by now.

  • Don’t give the auto

    industry a blank check

    Some people have said that if you bailout the auto industry you are only rewarding the greedy workers who made cars that Americans did not want. Other people have said that if you bailout the auto industry you are rewarding those in management who only cared about their large salaries and bonuses from these over-sized and over-priced cars and trucks.

  • Columnists love political years. We’re into our third in a row, with no let up in comedy. Vice President Joe Biden’s wife said recently that he could have been Secretary of State if he had wanted the job. We’d have loved to see Mrs. Clinton boil over when she heard Jill and Joe drop that bomb during an appearance on Oprah.

  • We now have a new president and possibly a new direction for our country, so let’s look at how we ended up in this crisis of failed banks, mortgage companies, all kinds of loans, etc. Our new president has been talking down the economy, he is full of doom and gloom, warning that things are dire and bound to get worse.