Publisher’s Notes

Print newspapers and their decline.In the US one of the largest print publications, with 13.2 million circulation, has been able to move only 750,000 to using digital format. Actually the same is true in the top three. AARP is the largest and Costco Connection is one of the top three.

A print newspaper is tangible, people can sit at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee and read the paper and any national poll will tell you that. Most full size tabloid newspapers are at least six times bigger than a smart phone and easier to manipulate. On a full size screen it is something else. I read our papers before we release it and it is easy to read on a full size computer screen and easy to go to the next page or back up.

By TomL

Where was the American Flag made that you are pledging allegiance too? Millions of American Flags that we pledge to are made in China. To date we don’t have tariffs on them. “I say we should not let anyone import them here!” I was talking to a local business that sells made in the USA flags. He says people are selling these flags online and it does not seem to matter where it’s made! My flags were made by the American worker, transported to stores all over the USA by trucking companies and sold in the stores here in the USA. They cost a little more, but they should be worth it to the people pledging to flag. Some of the people making the flag could be vets or family members of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. So please take the time to look at the flag you are buying and look at the flag you are pledging to and make sure it is made in the USA, the greatest country on earth! Look at all of the products you buy, I mean everything including groceries, especially meats & produce. Steaks grown in the USA and processed in the USA will cost more, but you know what is in the meat. A cattle rancher in another country could spray a field with pesticides while the beef steers are grazing there. The pesticide is then in the steers’ stomachs. Do you see what I mean? Buy USA!

TomL said that!

Civil War:

Last month I wrote how Civil Wars begin. The information I received was from the web about the writings of Jack Minzey who died this year. He studied the subject for many of years and wrote a number of books on the subject. History tells us what happened. The social and political behavior today fits that mold. Hatred and social disorder is out of control. We need more love and respect. If not love and if not respect, then tolerance. No matter who wins the election I would never try to unseat a president that was voted into office. In today’s society most people have guns because they feel they need to protect themselves and their families. THEY DO! Today if you don’t agree with your neighbor they get violent and verbally abusive. Right now I have someone verbally abusing me over this very story from last month. Continue reading

By TomL

For a long time I have been hearing about Political PACs. So I decided to look it up on the internet. First it is short for “Political Action Committee”. Their purpose is raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. Most PACs represent business, labor or ideological interests. It’s the ideological interests where the trouble comes in. There is always a radical in the group. They want to get their person in office and will go to extreme measures to make that happen, even break the law.

The Marion County School race has done that again. One of the candidates has made charges of being threatened and bullied in hopes that she would drop out of the race. Some history…several races back, employees of the school system actually stole a candidate’s identity and tried to use it to their advantage. They were caught by the Marion County Sheriff’s office and were not even charged. They were not fired. Back then Sheriff Dean was in office and he was busy trying to damage control a scandal of his own when his person in charge got caught up in a problem. Continue reading

Cracker Jack and Lane Loury getting used to each other. Lane is 18 months and is getting his second lesson from his mother Lindsay. Photo taken by Debbie Sykes, grandmother.

By TomL

Do a google search that says “Did Obama ever have a job in the private sector?” Some claim his was the front man for an investment group run by two of his close friends. The federal government would attack a certain industry, knock the business to its knees, devalue it and the investment group would step in and buy it dirt cheap. There are a number of deals like that about the time that Obama was re-elected. A couple of names involved were a Biden name and Kerry name in a deal where a University was acquired for penny on the dollar. The University was attack by the Federal Government for supplying student loans. The Scandals go on and on in a book on a site if you just look! Do you know what the real shame of all this is? The HUGE media machine knew about most of this and would not print anything about it! Continue reading

By TomL

When two powerful groups of people like the Republican and the Democrats disagree with the results of an election and do everything they can to change the results, or bring down the sitting president. In this case an investigation of collusion was started against Trump and their collusion is not illegal. All this time, over a year, they have searched, finding no collusion so they are now trying to get him on moral grounds again not illegal. I never thought Trump was a goody goody. He was a hard working millionaire playboy who is now President of  the United States and a hard working married man. I think I heard him say once he was not perfect! Now our federal bureau is trying to prove he is not perfect.

The Democrats are trying to start a Civil War, partly to cover up crimes that some of their leaders have committed. They should be careful what they wish for. If you don’t believe that transfer of power in this country is determined by elections. “That’s a Civil War!”

President Trump declassify all the records in this investigation and let the chips fall where they may. Let the criminals go to jail. Start construction for a big prison right in Washington DC and fill it up!


There’s an old saying in advertising that money follows eyeballs. But that’s not universally true. One of the charts from Statista shows advertisers spend the large majority of their dollars on ads targeted at television, mobile devices, and PC web browsers – the forms of media with which consumers are spending most of their time.

But the medium that ranks fourth in terms of ad revenue is print – good old fashioned newspapers. Continue reading

By TomL

I have been swamped by information coming out of the Villages and several other sources about the controversy pertaining to people speeding in the Villages. There are residents complaining about speeders and traffic on certain roads. The speeders are reported to be residents, visitors and contractors.

One persons Opinion

I was stopped a year ago April on Morse past Rio Grande on the way to #441. The cop told me the speed along there is 30mph because there are golf cart lanes alongside the car lanes. The speed limit is 35 on the roads with a separate golf cart paths and 25 thru the neighborhoods. I lose patience too but it would be a lot worse if I hit a golf cart. We “old people” break easily. I sure don’t need that on my conscience because I was trying to go a little faster. Continue reading

What have we learned from the Forest High School shooting? During a conversation with a nurse this last month, we were talking about what we learned from this shooting suspect at Forest High School. Sources say most of our resources were at Forest High when the call came in that there was another student with a gun at West Port High School. The school was locked down, the student had a gun but was not attempting to use it. Meanwhile the person that I talked to said she received a call stating the school her daughter was at was in lockdown, her daughter was safe and in the background there were people hollering, sirens blaring. Things sounded like chaos in the background. This would be easy to fix. The parents need to know if things are under control. Don’t give them a heart attack. Maybe an automatic dialing system and a brief message without the background noise.

For those of you that have not watched the video interview of the suspect in the Forest High School shooting, watch it on You will see the true story. Continue reading

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