Today's Opinions

  • Remember mom on her big day

    The year was 1997. I remember clearly getting the phone call that my mother had died.

    It’s been a little more than 12 years, but I still miss her.

    I remember the last time I saw her. There was a look that passed between us that sent chills over me. As I drove away to another town where I was working, I had to fight back the tears. Somehow we both sensed that was the last time we would speak. And a week later, the call came.

  • Damaging a nice neighborhood


  • New rule could hurt athletes

    The Florida High School Athletic Association on Monday did what a lot of folks figured they would do, cut the number of games that a team may play during a season.

    Of course, varsity football was exempted.

    The vote was close, 9-6, by the FHSAA board, and the ruling was only for two years. That’s little consolation to this year’s sophomores and juniors who will have to live with this rule for their final two years of high school. They will be gone if the rule is repealed in two years.

  • How many big jets will come?

    When I was a child, back in the dark ages as my children say, we had friends named Edith and Ray who lived in a Brooklyn apartment. We would visit them often, and then they moved to Queens. We went to see them for the first time in their new home, and we were sitting there talking shortly after we got there. Suddenly everyone’s mouths were moving, but you couldn’t hear what they were saying.

    That’s because they had moved to Jamaica and were directly under the approach path for planes landing at Idylwild Airport, which is now called JFK.

  • No one said pirates were smart

    Yo, ho, ho, a pirate’s life for me. Children sing songs like that after taking a trip at Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction, and have been doing so for years.

    But off the coast of Somalia, no one’s laughing.

    On Easter Sunday, an American ship’s captain, whose vessel had been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia, was rescued by the Navy, whose sharpshooters took out three of the four men holding the American on a boat. The fourth pirate surrendered.

  • Modifying genetics of crops

    Why are so many people against GMOs?

    I am a student at the University of Florida, and for the first time I have learned about GMOs, which stands for genetically modified organisms. At first this sounds scary, but the main premise of this is to alter genetics in an organism, such as a plant.

  • Where's all that global warming?

    Global warming? So why am I shivering?

    It’s Tuesday morning, and my fingers are still thawing out from the wind-chill driven cold. And it’s supposed to be colder tonight.

    It’s snowing up north and out west, too.

    So don’t give me any more of this global warming stuff. It’s April, it’s Florida, and it’s not supposed to be like this.

  • Can someone be too old to drive?

    Thirty years ago, if I had tried to write a column like this, I would have been labeled a “young whippersnapper” or worse.

    But now that I’m older and it could affect me in the not-too-distant future, it’s a question that has to be asked:

    When is a person too old to drive?

    I have some personal experience in this. When my mother died in 1997, my dad was 81.

    When we got to Ocala, there were funeral arrangements to be made, so we got in dad’s car (at his insistence) and drove to the funeral home downtown.