http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Freedoms we enjoy come at great cost http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/freedoms-we-enjoy-come-great-cost <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>THE ISSUE:&nbsp;</strong>Memorial Day.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>OUR OPINION:&nbsp;</strong>Enjoy day but take time to reflect on, give appreciation for sacrifices.</div> <div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> There&rsquo;s much to celebrate today, Memorial Day. However, if we fail to reflect on &mdash; and give thanks for &mdash; those who sacrificed their lives in the name of our country, then the reason for celebration holds no meaning.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Upset that you voted for this budget http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/upset-you-voted-budget <div id="cke_pastebin"> An open letter to the Honorable Ralph E. Massullo, M.D.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> I am horrified and angered that you voted &ldquo;yes&rdquo; for HB 7069, a state budget that will shortchange Florida public schools and directly harm Citrus County. I am also disappointed in your characterization of local educators as &ldquo;overreacting&rdquo; to this vote.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> An alert for all Americans http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/alert-all-americans <div id="cke_pastebin"> Our Republic is under constant attack. Our freedoms and basic foundation of government are presently facing a dire threat that must be addressed. Failure to do so will result in our Constitution and the Republic as we know it being dissolved. Organizations have been created to attack the Republic, to undo all our Founding Fathers have created.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.&rdquo; &mdash; George Washington</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Somebody’s making money off this http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/somebody%E2%80%99s-making-money <div id="cke_pastebin"> I have battled glaucoma for 42 years by smoking marijuana. I mailed off my $75 for my card this morning. I&rsquo;ve already spent $250, plus three 150-mile trips to Tampa. I&rsquo;ve waited the bogus 90 days.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In Colorado, if one is a resident, you can have your card right away for a $50 visit to a qualifying doctor. In Michigan, just as easy. But in Florida, it&rsquo;s the toughest and worst (not to mention the most expensive) system in the USA.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Webster doesn’t care about us http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/webster-doesn%E2%80%99t-care-about-us <div id="cke_pastebin"> We are retired UAW and were informed that the new health care bill will adversely affect older Americans. So, to the person giving names and addresses of state officials: Don&rsquo;t bother asking Daniel Webster to vote against the new bill. I already did that, but apparently he has his own agenda and hasn&rsquo;t got a thought for the people who got him elected, which was well demonstrated at the town meeting, if you recall.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> So, good luck, Citrus County, and don&rsquo;t get sick!</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Leslie White</div> Read this book about President Trump http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/read-book-about-president-trump <div id="cke_pastebin"> All the members of Congress should read &ldquo;The Making of Donald Trump&rdquo; by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. Everyone has heard the phrase, &ldquo;What goes around comes around.&rdquo; That saying applies to what&rsquo;s sitting in the White House.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Correction &mdash; every U.S. adult should read the book. It is a real eye-opener.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Alice M. Mosure</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Inverness</div> US deaths and Obamacare http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/us-deaths-and-obamacare <div id="cke_pastebin"> Here are some interesting statistics:</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Obamacare was enacted in the year 2013.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In the year 2012, prior to Obamacare, there were 2,543,279 registered deaths in the United States.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In the year 2013, after Obamacare was enacted, there were 2,596,993 deaths registered. An increase of 53,714 deaths.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> In the year 2014, there were 2,616,418 deaths registered in the United States. An increase of 83,139 deaths.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Fire services now where they belong http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/fire-services-now-where-they-belong <div id="cke_pastebin"> I found your opinion column today on (the fire department controversy) quite humorous: &ldquo;Fire grab makes everyone nervous.&rdquo; In my opinion, the power grab was done by Jeff Dawsy, and the only purpose was money &mdash; money means more power and more control. You can&rsquo;t serve two masters. You&rsquo;re either the sheriff, or the fire chief.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Out of 67 counties in Florida, only Broward County is set up this way. As a former resident of South Florida, I assure you, you don&rsquo;t want to follow anything they do!</div>