Publisher’s Notes

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At TomL Publishing we have 4 monthly Newspapers: two in Ocala (Ocala DownTown which covers Silver Springs Blvd & Seniors Voice of Ocala which covers HWY 200). In and near the Villages we have the Lady Lake Magazine which covers Lady Lake Villages & North of 466 we have Village Spectator covering where Lake & Sumter & Marion county come together.

Our Newspapers are print and thrown to the yards, but we are also online at TomLpublishing.com, VillageSpectator.com and OcalaDownTown.com, which are all mobile friendly. On the sites’ Home page we have rotating banners and quick links to the latest news, events, columns. On the sites we also publish advertising rates and circulation.  For our customers we will put your thirty second video on our Facebook free. Continue reading

For some reason we are getting everything backward. Is it Politics??? Let’s put everyone we don’t like under oath and ask questions and see if they incriminate anyone, then they scare them with prison time, and offer them immunity to turn on others they want to imprison.

“In this country, if you cheat to get into college you go to jail. But if you cheat to get into this country, you go to college for free. Make sense?”

Instead of investigating a crime we swear people into the Grand Jury and ask them gotcha questions. We try to create a crime. If they lie they go to jail, if they do not find anything they investigate their spouses and their children. In this country we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. In case of investigating the President and many others, they have it backwards. For some reason Congress thinks they have the authority to demand to see what they had not been privileged to see in the past. Continue reading

By TomL

You, as a resident of Lady Lake, should go and sit through some of these meetings. Now at a workshop the public cannot talk; they just listen, but that is the way you get informed. For instance, Commissioner Vincent mention that he was impressed by the Town Manager’s interview that she let him sit through. Vincent said she did a good job. The Mayor was not happy. He said he should not have sat through the interview; that he had compromised all they have tried to do in letting the Town Manager how to do her job without interference. Vincent said he never said a word; just sat there and listened and was impressed by the interview. The Mayor was still not happy. It was almost like he was protecting the Town Manager from one of her bosses. SO MUCH FOR TRANSPARENCY!

Anyway the Council agreed to put the vote of the Town Charter review which has not been done in 40 years on the meeting agenda. Commissioner Hannon has been bringing the Town Charter discussion up for a long time. It is on record that several of the Commissioners have said that they have read the Town Charter. First the Town Charter is out dated; second I have been looking on the internet for a legal description for a Township and there are actual boundaries but it takes a legal mind to understand them. As I understand it, a Village and a Township are similar. Continue reading

Late Breaking News: The Trump / Russia Collusion? The DOJ Russia collision Investigation is over. There are some sealed indictments whatever that means, but there will be no more indictment filed. They say there was no collusion between Trump and Russia. There were some of Trump’s past employees found guilty of various things that happened before the election. The original charges that started this whole thing were bogus so anything found after that should be expunged. They were found guilty of being Trump’s friend! Now the DOJ needs to prosecute the people on the other side, probably most of people working for Obama. Let’s investigate the person not the crime Obama might have committed. Talk about collusion! I guess we will find out soon enough. It turns out that John McCain was the one that turn in the fake dossier to the DOJ. I feel bad about that. He was a hero and served our country! He spent his last days hating that much, it should be a time for family, God, love and reflection. May he rest in peace.

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    I talked sometimes about reflecting some info from last year and some from further back in the past. Right now in the present we have probably one of the most important times in American history. The moral fabric of our country is eroding terribly. I think some of the erosion is fabricated and some is true. With the internet added to our fast paced world, people are misusing the internet to guide the uniformed to their power structure. Today you can reach millions of people in an instant and a large portion is for this use: bring down a famous person, bring down a powerful person, expose a nasty person, praise a good person but it is seldom used for that. Continue reading

By TomL

Flags made in America??? Recent information has come to light that some Corporations had labels from companies on American Flags that lead you believe that they were made in America and they were not. The Corporations have subcontractor that have denied the allegations but recently three more subcontractor were uncovered counterfeiting made in the USA Flags.

The company that has been overseeing the Flag Manufacturers is FMMA. They are challenging subcontractors that are suspected of buying and selling counterfeit flags in the United States.

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) is a non-profit trade association, established in 2003, representing the leading United States flag manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to educating and promoting the quality, variety and proper use of flags manufactured in the United States. Continue reading

By TomL

The question is does Socialism work? I say it works temporarily as long as they have someone else’s money to work with. Remember when you tax the rich too much they will move to another country that won’t tax them too heavily. Then you don’t have their money to work with. They will continue moving or taxing until nothing is left.

Bernie Sanders and some of the leaders in the Democratic government have been touting look at Finland! Finland’s government has just collapsed because of the rising cost of universal Healthcare. The Prime minister of Finland and the cabinet have all resigned. Similar problems are occurring in Sweden and Denmark.

America Wake Up – Socialism Does Not Work!

Cuba which is under dictatorship has been propped up by different countries for a number of years. Actually I think Cuba was at one time a beautiful country. I visited as a boy the last few months of Batista’s rule. Today if one of the citizens does something wrong the government turns off the electricity to the whole neighborhood and lets the neighborhood take care of what the citizen did, guilty or not. The Socialism in that country is controlled by the dictator and as we know that can sometimes be brutal. Continue reading

We had some sad news this month. We lost a good friend, Vince Cribbs, the Vice President of Operations of the Printing Plant. We met him many years ago when he first started printing our papers. He has personally overseen our printing. He was working in his workshop at home when there was an explosion. Several people attempted to pull Vince to safety but it was too late. He will be missed!

You need to enjoy every moment you have for we never know what is just around the corner.

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Clinton passed a bill in 1996 that separates Children from their parents when they enter our country illegally. Obama enforced that Law and now they demonize Trump for enforcing the same Laws! They even used pictures of children in cages being detained during the Obama era and used it to blame Trump for doing it. When you’re elected to Congress are you are not supposed to represent Illegal aliens and forget the American Citizens. Officials are elected to protect American citizens from foreign countries and the bad guys in our Country. Continue reading

Tom Davis from Blood South Blood Bank said “The accident claiming all those lives on I-75 recently wiped out their supply of blood.” “Please give blood!”

I see Marco Rubio was in town visiting. Not my favorite Politician. Ask me why? tloury@att.net

Dunnellon Fl., Lake Tropicana: There is still a cloud over a report of a missing husband and wife and of human remains being found at deadline. They found the car and the relative driving the car in Omaha! Marion County MCSO is going to pick him up with a warrant. There are a lot of unanswered questions. We will report on our websites when we get press releases.

Lady Lake Florida: a battle between the residents and the Town Manager is going on over the Chief of Police allegedly being forced out. The statement being given for his reason for quitting is to take on new challenges.  The Town Manager sent that same statement to me when I ask why the Chief quit. I have made the statement that I think “It is an insult to my intelligence to make that statement!” Also part of the statement from Town Manager was that he did a good job! I suspect he did not leave for those reasons. The Chief will not go on record with any statement. Hmmmm! I suspect he did not want his reputation to be toxic, because he does need to find another job. The truth is coming out, but probably too late to save the chief’s job. They might fit the same mold! Maybe Lady Lake needs to look at what they did there. Continue reading

By TomL

On January 23 the normal Lady Lake commission was called to order and the floor was opened to public discussion. Before anyone from the public could respond, Commissioner Hannon asked for the floor.

Mayor Richardsons said it was highly unusual but gave approval. Commissioner Hannon said he was saddened that Chief McKinstry quit. He said he had heard from many constituents asking him to do all he could to rehire the Chief.

Betty Salas then approached the podium with a petition of 168 names requesting the Chief be reinstated.

Betty Salas, a local business person standing up for Chief McKinstry, is holding a petition of 166 names of residents asking the Town Council to consider reinstating him. The meeting that followed blew everyone away. It was so much that a second meeting was set to discuss the issue and to discuss reviewing the Ex-Chief and Town Manager Kollgard’s actions. Two Commissioners were not happy about the Chief being forced out! The others knew in advance and let it happen. Go to the meeting on the Feb 4 at 1 pm to watch and listen!

Ms Salas also said that she knew the previous chief and that when the commission hired chief she was assured he was the right man for Lady Lake. She got to know him as did the businesses and residents of Lady Lake as well.

Town Manager Kris Kollgaard then read a statement that said she and the Chief have had professional differences in management styles for the last 6 years and that this was the last time. She contact the commissioners the night before and said the morning meeting would have only one of 2 outcomes. Up until this meeting the general public was told no one at town hall knew why the Chief quit, just that he did. Now we are finding out the truth. Continue reading

Spoken on the internet

One janitor that works for the State Department worries about paying bills.

One person laid off had lunch with others that were laid off.

One person considered growing a shutdown beard.

One said tweet Trump about shutdown (pro or con).

One Park Ranger’s wife says they have two children and don’t know when they will get their next check.

One TSA employee and family going without. Continue reading

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