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INDEX Rev. Snyder..........3 Fairfield Village..6 Quail Meadow......7 Classifieds........11 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 30 WEDNESDAY, October 24, 2012 Happenings Page 4 Puzzles Page 9 12 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000CZB6 A 22-year-old man died in a single-car accident in Golden Ocala during the early morning hours of Oct. 20. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bradford Robert Anderson was driving southbound on Northwest 84th Court north of Northwest 31 Lane Road, and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The vehicle rotated counter clockwise as it left the road. The right side struck a tree on the west shoulder. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene by County Fire Rescue personnel. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Driver dies in crash at Golden Ocala BY JIM CLARK Editor Lynette Vermillion, president of the Friends of Munroe, spoke recently at a State Road 200 Coalition meeting about the upcoming vote for a tax increase for the public hospital. She emphasized certain items that she considers positive for the operation of Munroe, including quality commitment, local control and decision making, open meetings and public records, maintaining needed services and access to health care for all. She told the audience of the history of Munroe which goes back to the horse and buggy days and, in fact, was triggered by a horse and buggy accident. She said that the hospital is financially strong, but needs a stronger economy and the settling of the health reform issue. The bond issue is one of only two choices, she said, with the other a lease to a private for-profit hospital firm. She said that for 75 percent of homeowners that would be about $62 per year. She noted that Munroe is one of the largest employers in Marion County. Speaking against the lease, she cited the following items: loss of assets for two generations (40-year-lease); lose control of decision making; lose transparency; lose control of services; and lose volunteerism. She said the lease means the hospital would go from a community motive to a profit motive. Will quality be the No. 1 objective? Will there be service cuts? Will there be people cuts? She also mentioned the placement of the ballot, which could cause the issue to be overlooked by many. Its under the 11 amendments on the printed ballot. Those 11 amendments were covered at the same meeting by former County Commissioner Judy Johnson. The amendments are being reviewed each week by the South Marion Citizen. The election will be Nov. 6. All county registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot. Hospital tax plan described More about hospital issue in letter to the editor, and columnPage 8 Shriners on parade Local Shriners held a parade on North Magnolia Avenue Saturday. This was one of the vehicles that took part.PHOTO BY JIM CLARK PHOTO BY RON RATNERVice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan steps down from his jet at Ocala International Airport last Thursday. BY JIM CLARK Editor Spurred on by an overflow crowd consisting mainly of enthusiastic supporters, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke Thursday at the Ocala Downtown Square. With red the predominant color, people from all over jammed downtown for what was billed as a victory rally, a gathering Ryan pays a visit Please see RYAN Page 12 that for all practical purposes shut down center city for much of the day. After addressing the crowd, Ryan, running mate for former Gov. Mitt Romney, said he was turning it into a town hall meeting, and took a few questions directly from the audience, although the diversity and tone of the questions made some wonder if they were pre-arranged. One of the questioners praised him for not using a Teleprompter. As he approached the stage, there were a few minor chants of four more years for President Obama, but those were quickly drowned out by the crowd yelling no more years. Ryan, who earlier had flown a campaign jet into Ocala International Airport, was given a rousing introduction by county commissioners Kathy Bryant and Stan McClain, and thanked the pair. He also recognized outgoing Congressman Cliff Stearns, U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, who spoke to the crowd, and Ted Yoho, Republican candidate for Congress in the November election. He started by saying that we have a big choice to make this is not an ordinary election. He said the nation had to decide what kind of country were going to have into the next generation. Ryan noted that since the spring, President Obama was not telling people his plan for the next term. All he is offering is four more years of the same. Much of his conversation concerned Social Security and Medicare. He said the Democrats were taking $716 million from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Ryan added that Obama was not offering a vision but was solely concentrating on dont elect Mitt. He said the president was trying to distract the country. Hes trying to win the election by default. Were not going to let him get away with that. Praising his running mate, he said, We have a real leader in Mitt, who is going to get this country back on track. He spoke a familiar saying, Government works for the people. Government doesnt run the people. Invoking the name of his mother, who became a small business owner after his father died, he spoke of retirement and Medicare. Theres a really clear choice. Nowhere is the difference more stark. Ryan said that Social Security and Medicare were promised in the past, but if we stay on this path, they become broken promises. He criticized the Obamacare board of 15 people whose job is to cut back Medicare each year. Fifteen people in Washington will get to say how it works. Surprisingly, he brought up a plan put together under President Bill Clinton, saying that there was a panel to give people choices. It would empower 50 million seniors to make choices for themselves, not 15 people in Washington. Questions included one on home schooling. We believe in freedom. You should have the freedom to do that. We believe in parents controlling their childs education. He said he wants to give control of education back to the states. Asked about jobs for women, he said Obama took his eye off the ball. Fewer women are working today than when he took office. He stated, Most women get their jobs from successful small businesses, and said government should stay out of the way of small business. Ryan spoke of the Social Security Trust Fund, saying that it would go bankrupt at the current rate in 2033. This was in response to a question about the Disability Trust Fund, which he said is going bankrupt now. Since 1968 weve been raiding the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for other programs. Now, he said, theres not enough to pay benefits. He said in 2033 there would be a 25 percent benefit cut. Every year you fail to confront the problem, it gets bigger. He emphasized, more than once, that for people 55 and older there would be no changes. He also said he didnt want to increase benefits for wealthy people by the same amount as for middle class people. After noting that people are living longer, he proposed that starting in 2022 the retirement age would go up a month every other year. Weve got to make sure Social Security keeps its promise. Knowing he was in the state that was one of the hearts of the space program, he was critical of military cuts which include NASA. If we want to send astronauts to the space station, we have to pay the Russians. That drew a loud chorus of boos from the audience. Asked about college costs, he said to the questioner, We want you to come out of college and into a job. He said that 50 percent of graduates are not working in their chosen field or not working at all. Ryan added that students were coming out of college with huge debts. He spoke of working three jobs when he graduated to pay off his loans, but added, they were loans I could afford. He said to students that your share of the debt is $51,000, and you havent even gotten out of school yet. In summary he said that the election provided a clear choice, stagnation or growth. He said Republicans are not going to run away from these problems. This is the most successful country in the history of this planet. Lets keep it that way. RYANcontinued from Page 1 PHOTO BY RON RATNERA Marion County Sheriffs Office deputy uses a bomb-sniffing dog for security at the Downtown Square prior to Rep. Paul Ryans visit. Please see SECURITY Page 10 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced this week. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2012. Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that inSocial Security benefits climb Amendment 8Summary of Amendment (from Division of Elections site): Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. Arguments for:Supporters say the amendment would allow the state to fund programs that provide a valuable public service but are currently denied that funding because they are affiliated with religious organizations. They also say the current law that denies funding to religious groups was passed in 1885 and is rooted in anti-Catholic bias and should be removed from the states constitution. Arguments against:Opponents say the amendment would eliminate a long-established component of the separation of church and state that prevents the government from funding groups that espouse religious beliefs. They also say the anti-Catholic bias cited by supporters of the amendment was not a motivation for the laws passage in 1885 and, even if it were, that bias no longer exists and should not be a reason for eliminating the ban on funding religious groups. Title on Ballot: Religious Freedom Sponsor: The Florida Legislature Note: This proposal was known as Amendment 7 until a legal challenge by opponents led to the rewriting of some of the ballot language and its reinstatement on the ballot as Amendment 8. This is the reason there is no Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot. What it would do: This amendment would remove the prohibition in Floridas Constitution that prevents religious institutions from receiving taxpayer funding. If You Vote Yes: A yes vote means you want to remove from the Florida Constitution a prohibition against the state funding religious institutions and replace it with a provision that prohibits the state from denying funding to institutions based on religious affiliations. If You Vote No: A no vote means you want to retain the provision in the Florida Constitution that prohibits the state from funding religious institutions. Please see AMENDMENT 8 Page 2 Amendment 9Summary of Amendment (from Division of Elections site): Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouses homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment defines a first responder as a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013.Arguments for:It helps the families left behind when a veteran or first responder dies in service to his country or community.Arguments against:It takes a bite out of the tax revenues schools and local governments need to provide services.Should the spouses of military veterans and first responders killed in the line of duty be exempt from paying property taxes? Amendment 9 grants full homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die from service-connected causes while on active duty, and to the surviving spouses of police, firefighters and other first responders who die in the line of duty. In short, the surviving spouses will not pay property taxes. Title on Ballot: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder Sponsor/Originator: The Florida Legislature What it would do: This would grant a full property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die while on active duty and to the surviving spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty. If You Vote Yes: A yes vote means you want the state to grant the full homestead exemption to the surviving spouses. If You Vote No: A no vote means you do not want the state to grant the full homestead exemption. Please see AMENDMENT 9 Page 2

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Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Real Estate For Sale PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 2 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 760028 Light Night C e l e b r a t i o n o f l i f e Celebration of life O c t o b e r 3 1 s t 6 : 0 0 9 : 0 0 p m October 31st 6:00 9:00 pm u p up t h e the F o r For J e s u s Jesus Candy Games Hayrides Live Music Giveaways Bounce Houses Food First 100 KIDS FREE Giveaways Crossroads Church 8070 SW 60th Ave. 34476 Phone 352-291-2080 Crossroadscog.net FREE For The Whole Family 000CZDD 000CXWK CARDS AND GIFTS Come See The Wonderful New Products Arriving Daily that make great gifts. S TORE 352-854-1970 F AX 352-854-6186 M ON S AT 8:30 AM 5:00 PM 8449 SW SR 200, O CALA F RIENDSHIP C ENTER P OST O FFICE F AX C OPIES L OTTERY Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas Cards NOW AVAILABLE Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off 000CS79 0 0 0 C X X O Call for Thanksgiving & Christmas Rates IP Resort $159 pp/dbl Beau Rivage $175 pp/dbl SOT #36723 Biloxi Ca$ino Tours 3 Nights 11/05 11/20 11/26 12/10 12/23 Chance to win $50 CASH ONE FREE TRIP GIVEN AWAY EACH MONTH 352-840-0333 www.LauraKaneTravel.com Includes $55 in freeplay & two breakfast vouchers Ask about the 5 for $50 deal Tour Escort Janet Stefan Deluxe motor coach/3 nts. hotel Games played on the bus Refreshments served on bus Should the states ban on funding religious activities be repealed? Amendment 8 revives longstanding debates over the separation of church and state. If passed, it would repeal a 126-yearold provision in the state constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions. The provision commonly known as the no aid provision states more unequivocally than the U.S. Constitution that state funds not be spent directly or indirectly in support of any entity that promotes religion. If passed, the amendment would remove that prohibition. An important subplot within Amendment 8 concerns its impact on future school voucher programs. Past programs that included religiously affiliated schools have been deemed unconstitutional partly due to the no aid provision. Passage of Amendment 8 would remove that obstacle to restarting voucher programs. Supporters say the proposed amendment eliminates a stain on the states Constitution that discriminates against religious institutions. They also argue that it offers support to groups with religious affiliations that provide valuable community services, like prison ministries or church-run afterschool programs. This primarily will help our state to help the most vulnerable in our state by working with those organizations that are not providing religious services but providing human services, state Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, told the Associated Press after the ballot proposal passed the Legislature. Opponents say Amendment 8 will divert money from public schools and other public funding recipients and lead the state down a slippery slope by blurring the separation of church and state. They argue the amendment tramples on constitutional protections against the government promoting religion, and is a veiled attempt to reinstitute school voucher programs. Opponents point out that many religious programs, such as Catholic Charities, receive public funding under the current law provided they do not promote their religion. Amendment 8 passed the Legislature largely along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. As with all amendments, passage requires the approval of 60 percent or more of the voters. If passed, it takes effect on Jan. 8, 2013. HistoryThe First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof The first part of the amendment is known as the Establishment Clause; the second part the Free Exercise Clause. Interpretations vary over the meaning and scope of the First Amendment. Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 that he believed it built a wall of separation between church and state that is necessary to prevent the government from suppressing, or advocating, one religion over another. Others interpret it to mean only that the government is prohibited from establishing an official religion. In 1875, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Blaine (RMaine), proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting the funding of religious education. Although the amendment failed, it inspired several dozen state legislatures to pass constitutional amendments prohibiting their states from funding religious organizations. Those state amendments became known collectively as Blaine Amendments. Not all are alike. Some prohibit the funding of religious schools only, while others prohibit the funding of all religious institutions. In 1885, Florida lawmakers passed Article 1 Section 3 of the Florida Constitution, a Blaine Amendment that includes the no aid provision and is among the most restrictive in the nation. Altered only slightly over the years, it reads: There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. The motivation for passing Blaine Amendments is considered by some scholars to be the influx of Catholic immigrants to the United States in the late 1800s Public schools at this time led students in reciting the Protestant but not Catholic prayers and reading from the Protestant but not the Catholic version of the bible, George Washing University law professor Ira Lupu said in a 2008 interview with the nonprofit Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That led Catholics to begin their own schools, Lupus said, arousing fears among Protestants that the state would fund those schools. The Blaine Amendments arose from this concern about the Catholicization of American education, he said. Thats where the Religious Freedom AMENDMENT 8continued from Page 1 For a spouse to be eligible, the deceased veteran or first responder must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of Jan. 1 of the year they died. First responders are defined as law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The proposed amendment covers full-time, part-time and volunteer first responders. Surviving spouses of veterans or first responders who died years ago can apply for eligibility retroactively if Amendment 9 passes, although the tax relief is for future taxes only; they will not receive refunds for any past taxes paid. The state estimates that this amendment, if passed, would reduce local school and government tax revenues by about $600,000 statewide in the first year it is in effect. The measure won unanimous approval in the House and Senate. There is no organized opposition. Like all amendments, passage requires the approval of 60 percent or more of the voters. If approved, the measure becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013. HistoryState law has granted this property tax exemption to eligible military spouses since 1997. However, the exemption was never enshrined in the state Constitution. If passed, this proposed amendment enshrines that exemption in the state Constitution. Over a two-year span in 2010 and 2011, two dozen Florida law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. This amendment is meant to recognize the sacrifice of first responders by extending the same tax relief to their surviving spouses that is currently offered to the surviving spouses of military veterans who died while on active duty. A joint resolution authorizing the Legislature to grant a total or partial exemption to the surviving spouses passed in February 2012. A subsequent bill passed by the Legislature requires the full exemption be granted, which is what eligible spouses will receive if Amendment 9 passes. In The Line of DutyFor the spouse of a first responder to be eligible, the first responder must have died while in the line of duty, which is defined under this proposed Amendment as: While engaging in law enforcement; While performing an activity relating to fire suppression and prevention; While responding to a hazardous material emergency; While performing rescue activity; While providing emergency medical services; While performing disaster relief activity; While otherwise engaging in emergency response activity; While engaging in a training exercise related to any of the above events or activities if the training has been authorized by the employer. Under the proposed amendment, a heart attack or stroke that causes death or causes an injury resulting in death must occur within 24 hours after an event or activity and must be directly and proximately caused by the event or activity in order to be considered as having occurred in the line of duty. The bill requires surviving spouses to obtain a letter from the state or appropriate government entity certifying the death occurred while in the line of duty.PortabilityThe exemption applies for as long as the spouse holds the title to the homestead, is a permanent resident of the homestead, and does not remarry. If the property is sold, the surviving spouse can transfer the exemption to a new primary residence. Economic Impact Without knowing how many surviving spouses may be eligible in any given year, it is difficult to calculate the economic impact on property tax revenues with certainty. However, the state Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that this amendment, if passed, would reduce local school and government tax revenues by about $600,000 statewide in the first year it is in effect. AMENDMENT 9continued from Page 1 title for Amendment 8 is derived. It is also the basis for including language in the joint legislative resolution proposing the amendment that talks about restoring religious liberty and freedom and eradicating the remnants of anti-religious bigotry from the State Constitution. The resolution goes on to say, Floridas Blaine Amendment language was borne in an atmosphere of, and exists as a result of, anti-Catholic bigotry and animus. State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said passage of the amendment will remedy a centuries-old wrong. This is the last vestige of the knownothing, anti-Catholic movement of the 1800s, he said in an Associated Press article published after the amendments passage. However, this belief is challenged in a 2011 report by the American Civil Liberties Union that says the effort to repeal the no aid provision is based on historical myth. Citing legal cases and historical records, the report finds no evidence of anti-Catholic bias when Florida lawmakers approved the Blaine Amendment in 1885, 10 years after the failed federal effort. Scholars on all sides of the political spectrum agree that nothing in the legislative record demonstrates an antiCatholic slant by any of the framers who have revised the Florida Constitution since the Civil War, the ACLU says. And the Florida First District Court of Appeal has explicitly considered and rejected the argument that Floridas no-funding clause was rooted in religious intolerance, holding that nothing in the history or text of the Florida no-aid provision suggests animus towards religion. This weeks puzzle answers

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We have other good nontax options available (I was particularly impressed with the Duke/Lifepoint proposal.) but those will die with the passage of this tax referendum. Now we must decide whether we are going to accept financial reality and join with a hospital group or agree to pay unlimited taxes to maintain the status quo. Carl Crabtree Ocala LETTERcontinued from Page 8 crease, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $113,700 from $110,100. Of the estimated 163 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2013, nearly 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum. Information about Medicare changes for 2013, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola. SECURITYcontinued from Page 1 I am the kind of person who likes to do business with cash on the barrelhead. I do not like credit because it has a way of biting you in the end. When you have a credit card, there are fees to beat the band. I do have a credit card but I have it hidden so well that I have not been able to find it for seven weeks. I just do not like using it. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage always warns me about the possibility that someone can steal my credit card. Ha ha, I say in defiance to her warning. I am never worried about that. If anybody can get money out of my account with my credit card, I would like to work with them and go 50-50 on it. Every time I need money, my credit card is empty. I think there is a conspiracy in this whole thing. Nothing is more embarrassing than going to a Cashing in on a cashless society checkout counter to pay for goods that I intend to purchase and my credit card is denied. The reason I was using the credit card at the time was I did not have any cash in my pocket. Now, I have no cash in my pocket and my credit card is just grinning at me refusing to cough up the money needed for purchasing these goods. I hate my credit card. And it is reciprocal. My credit card hates me and tries its level best to embarrass me every chance it gets. When I do business, I want to know that I have done business. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a financial transaction with cash. I have noticed a dangerous trend in the area of business in our country. There is a tendency away from cash. I do not understand it. I think the simplest thing to do would be to pay cash for something. But no, some people think that is so old fashioned that they have to come up with something new. Now they have this newfangled thing that you can pay your bills online. What is that all about? I like to see the person I am paying and hear from them their gratuitous Thank you, for the transaction. I was just getting used to writing checks and now I do not have to use my checkbook anymore. My creditors want me to pay online. When will all this craziness stop? If cash was good enough for Benjamin Franklin, it certainly is good enough for me. Then the inevitable happened. You know how it is. Well, it happened to me. I went to do a little bit of shopping while I was out of town on a trip recently. I made sure I had cash in my wallet so I stopped at a restaurant in the shopping mall. Normally I do not like shopping malls. I get nervous every time I go into one of these malls wondering if I will ever exit alive. There are just too many people in these malls for my comfort. But the necessity of my trip brought me to this mall and I decided I would treat myself to lunch. One of the great things about treating myself to lunch when my wife is not with me is I can order what I want for my lunch. After all, it is my lunch. I had a great time selecting things from the menu that had nothing whatsoever to do with vegetables. Vegetables are all right in their place, but their place is not on my lunch plate, especially when my wife is not present. I had a scrumptious lunch and then top it off with a nice slice of apple pie la mode. Life does not James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 10 get any better than this. I sat back in my chair, rubbed my stomach and felt good about the world around me. I was even beginning to think that there might not be so much wrong with malls after all. Finally, it was time to take my ticket up to the cashier and pay for my lunch. I was in for a very rude awakening. I presented my ticket to the cashier and pulled out of my wallet enough cash to cover the ticket. Im sorry, sir, the woman behind the cashier said. We dont accept cash in this restaurant. I was in a good mood and laughed as though I was the vice president of the United States. Thats a good one, I complimented her. Sir, we dont take cash here, she insisted. We are not set up for cash; all we take are credit cards. About this time, I realized she was not joking. I found myself in the proverbial pickle with only cash on my person and no credit card. But all I have is cash. Finally, the manager of the restaurant was called to the front, I was able to settle my ticket with him, giving him cash and he used his credit card to pay the ticket. What is this world coming to when you cannot use cash anymore? What is better than cash in my thinking is Gods gift. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 KJV). Unlike cash, Gods gift to me will never go out of style. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com SNYDERcontinued from Page 3 Ocala West to hold renewal servicesEvangelist, author and scholar Rev. Dr. Jon Tal Murphree will be the speaker at the special Renewal Services at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary as part of the churchs 25th anniversary celebration. He will be bringing messages of hope and understanding from the Word of God for the living of these days. There will be special music and an old-fashioned hymn-sing of both traditional and contemporary music each night. There will also be a Bible study led by Rev. Murphree on Friday at 10 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Read the classifieds

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You are an always-dependable friend. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger. Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos may be left at the Messenger office in Kingsland Plaza. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Happenings Thursday, Oct. 25 State o f Our School s m eeting Marions United for Public Education will feature Theresa Boston-Ellis, the Executive Director of Business Services for Marion County Schools. She will discuss the districts budget and how it affects our schools and community. The meeting will be at the Freedom Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting is open to all concerned citizens. Air Force A ss ociation to m eet The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its October meeting on Thursday, the 25th at 7 p.m. This change is for the October meeting only. The location is the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. For information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Friday, Oct. 26 High T w elve Club to m eet The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. Celebrate the fall season and the harvest moon with Sue Koppler and Mary Mahoney with Bob Cubbage on piano. Sue and Mary will sing songs from popular plays and movies, and songs of the fall season. As usual, we will have one of the great buffet lunches the Elks Club is noted for. Bring a friend. The cost is only $12 a person. All Master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call Bob Brady at 352-8549612 for reservations or further information.Saturday, Oct. 27 T w o -d ay Ocala Art s Fe s tival Art lovers and collectors will fill the McPherson Governmental Complex on 25th Avenue during the 46th annual Ocala Arts Festival on Oct. 27 and 28. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Festival, produced by FAFO (Fine Arts For Ocala) hosts a juried fine arts show with artists and craftsmen from all over the United States. Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of art and free entertainment for the entire family. The festival also includes free admission, free parking, free childrens art projects, and live entertainment. A f rican Violet Club to m eet The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office (Brian Litz Sheriffs Substation), 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The program topic for October is Cultivating and Caring for African Violet Trailers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to the web site at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org/ or contact president, Laura Perdomo at thepeacockcottage@gmail.com.Sunday, Oct. 28 Harve s t Fe s t Smore About Jesus; fun for the whole family, fourth annual Harvest Fest: Games, Bible stories, hot dogs and chips, candy, costume judging and Child Identification Protection from the Marion County Sheriffs Office, all at this free event, from 5 to 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Tuesday, Oct. 30 Brea s t cancer s urvivor s to m eet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104 at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be another visit from Dr. Jamie Daniel to talk for Breast Cancer Month. Dr. Daniel always has so much information to offer. Her book she is writing will not be ready for the meeting but perhaps at the meeting she can say when it will be available. If you have any questions, contact Gail Tirpak at 352291-6904. Hobby auction s et at Ra m a d a The Ocala Coin Club will host a hobby auction on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Convention Center, Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27. Baseball cards, coins, currency, precious metals, stamps, tea set, knives, dolls, Hummels, Rockwell, Kinkade, plants, jewerly, dolls, badges, copper, Franklin Mint items, watches and some neat stuff will be available for you to take home. Doors open at 6 p.m. for auction review. Free admission, free parking. This auction is open to the public but you must be a member of the Ocala Coin Club in order to sell items in the auction. This is cash only auction. No buyers or sellers fee. For more information contact Rich Selvar, 352-748-5225. Wednesday, Oct. 31 Sheri ffs O ff ice Hallo w een party The Southwest District Sheriffs Office will hold a Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. There will be the usual food fare and various activities, plus visits from special Sheriffs Office personnel. Those who wish may contribute wrapped individual candy by bringing it to the office between now and the party.Trun k or Treat at Our Re d ee m er Our Redeemer is inviting you to be part of our annual Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m. Pizza, cider and cookies will be served in the Fellowship Center that night along with games. The movie Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown will be playing on our large screen for any children (or grownups) who wish to see it! The church is at 5200 S.W. State Road 200. 000C3PO

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Nice visit, but whos going to pay for it? Religious freedom, help for spouses W ere coming to the light at the end of the amendment tunnel only one more week after this. Today we start with Amendment 8, which has the imposing title Religious Freedom. Sounds great, doesnt it. One of the descriptions says it deletes the current provision in the state Constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions would allow state to use state monies to fund religious institutions and schools. One of the things that people think this would do, at first blush, is clear the way for a voucher program which has been rejected by the courts in the past. Not so fast. The court negated the voucher program because it violated the provision for the state to maintain uniform public schools. So this amendment wouldnt do away with that at all. It would, however, remove the no aid provision, which could lead to attempts to get vouchers back in the future. As we said for another amendment last week, if you want to send a message and are so inclined, feel free to vote yes. But you may end up paying extra taxes to fight the litigation that is sure to follow if there is an attempt to reinstate vouchers. Amendment 9 is a feel-good amendment that could cost the government some money, but we doubt if it would be that much. The amendment provides a homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty from service-related injuries. It says that the deceased must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of Jan. 1 of the year in which they died. It seems to us that the cost of this amendment would be negligible for local governments. While we feel that losing one military veteran or first responder is one too many, in the total scheme of things there just arent that many as to make this a financial burden. So for the first time in all our assessments, were going to say that this amendment should be passed. Next week, two more tax exemptions and a final amendment about appointing students to the board of governors of the state university system. Well give you a little hint on the latter who cares? O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters Some facts about MRMC For almost 3 years I have attended Munroe Regional Medical Center meetings and studied audit reports, financial statements, consultant reports, ratings agency reports, etc. in order to be able to make an informed decision about whether or not to support a tax for the hospital. I will not support the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot for reasons noted below. First, the proposed property tax addresses the result of the problem, not the problem. The problem is simply that the revenue of a stand-alone hospital can no longer carry the overhead. MRMCs board of trustees has been told that by at least three different consultants but the decision was made more than six years ago to reject the idea of merging with another organization to share that overhead burden. It was assumed that tax support would be obtained. At a board meeting in early 2011 one of the dominant trustees complained to Commissioner Stan McClain, If the County Commission had sold it right, we would already have tax support. He did not say why he felt it was the County Commissions responsibility to sell tax support. Second, the one mill property tax that has been proposed will not solve MRMCs financial problems. This has been discussed and acknowledged openly in recent board meetings where it was referred to as a Band-aid. But, as one trustee stated, It will buy us 2-3 years in which we can hope for a miracle that will allow us to retain control of the hospital. Third, approving the proposed tax will be opening Pandoras Box as tax support for MRMC will never end and it wont remain at one mill. As stated above, the current proposed tax will not solve MRMCs income problem. MRMC would need tax support of at least 2-3 mills to break even and cover routine capital cost. Fourth, collection of a sales tax for the support of indigent care is the fairest method. Under the current law, an indigent care sales tax would bring in about $14 million per year. However, contrary to the propaganda that implies that MRMC is the only indigent care provider in Marion County, they are not and the tax revenue would have to be shared with the other indigent care providers. By MRMCs own estimate they would only receive about 40 percent or $5.8 million of the revenue. From experience I know that it is important to develop a sense of urgency when trying to turn around a financially distressed business. There doesnt seem to be any sense of urgency at MRMC. It is equally important to impose strict cash management procedures. Logic dictates that all proposed expenditures should be reviewed to determine whether they are essential or optional and the optional expenditures should be rejected until the financial situation is stabilized. MRMC continues to make non-essential expenditures. For example, the board of directors recently approved spending $85-100,000 to hire an accounting firm to prepare a 5-year plan. In my experience, this was always the job of the senior financial staff. Apparently MRMCs Chief Financial Officer who is paid $360,000 per year plus bonus ($93,000 in 2010) and his staff are incapable of handling this. There are many more examples. Another item that should be questioned is the $85 million of bad debt expense for fiscal year 2012. Their bad debt expense is normally dismissed as Charity Care and is given as the explanation for their losses. Only about $30 million of this Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com.8 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor 000CQYB Fred Harper MEDICARE OPTIONS Which Plans work best for you? A Senior Helping Seniors! An experienced agent can help you decide which plan works best for your needs. 352-615-2427 HARPER4807@YAHOO.COM 000CVIB 000CXJ6 Get the right fit! It is Extremely Important to Have a Professional Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Fitting After Surgery Unique Lingerie, Inc., is committed to meeting the needs of women who have undergone any type of breast surgery, including radical mastectomy. 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But Ryans visit to Ocala last week has me thinking of some things, just coming up with some questions without answers. So let me present some of those to you. Was the square the best place to hold this rally? In the middle of a workday? Other people and I have thought of several better places, such as Booster Stadium, the Livestock Pavilion, Veterans Memorial Park, etc. Why was it necessary to close off the streets so early? Ryan wasnt scheduled until noon, but the Boulevard was closed at about 7 a.m. People who didnt know could have been late for work, children could have been late for school, etc. Would it have hurt to wait, say, until 8:30. Did businesses in and around the square gain or lose customers because of the event? Then there was the security. Congressman Cliff Stearns walks around Ocala unencumbered any time he feels like it. Congressman Paul Ryan has a security detail that would make a Third World country proud. Ryan is a candidate, but hasnt been elected yet. Wouldnt a smaller detail do? Did we really need G-men with automatic weapons (someone called them tommy guns) at both the airport and downtown? Did we really need all those security people on the rooftops? And speaking of the airport, was it necessary, or even legal, for these security people to stop photographers from taking pictures outside? In fact, at first they wanted to stop all pictures, anywhere. This is our airport, folks, our rules. If you dont like it, stay in Washington. Why do they call it the Secret Service? Whats so secret about the only people in suits, with their little pin on the lapel and their little earpiece? Hopefully, there were other agents blending in in the crowd who didnt advertise their position. To me, these would be the most effective security personnel. How about the TSA? TSA stands for Transportation Security Administration. The mission, according to the TSA website, is TSA has established guiding principles to maintain the security of the traveling public and continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security. So was the use of the TSA to conduct security on the square the proper use of the agency? The only transporting being done there was people walking because they had to park so far away. Ive gone to sporting events where you have to go through security. It seems they could have done just as well in providing security. And finally, the big question. Whos paying for all of this, especially all the extra work that local people, including law enforcement, had to do? Please tell me it was the Republican National Committee or some such group, and not the taxpayers of Marion County. Even with all these questions, we thank the Republicans for helping the nation hear about Ocala, and we praise all those who conducted the event and made things run smoothly. I guess everything is relative. I would have loved to see the security during Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach when Romney and Ryan arrived the following day. If you think it was crowded here Please see LETTER Page 10 Friday, Nov. 2 Two-day quilt show scheduledThe Art of Quilting Along a Country RoadQuilt Show 2012, sponsored by the Country Road Quilters, will take place on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the College of Central Florida, Ewers Century Center, in Ocala from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 per person. There will be a judged quilt show, beautiful quilts, art quilts, Home of the Brave quilts, a silent auction, vendors, boutique, demonstrations, raffle baskets, a quilt appraiser and a vendor to sharpen scissors and knives. For information contact Fred Jones at 352-438-0055.Saturday, Nov. 3 Queen of Peace arts and crafts showQueen of Peace will hold its annual arts and crafts show on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event is sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women and will consist of mixed media. Forty plus vendors will provide a variety of products. Many are new to the show this year. This would be a great time to get some of those Christmas gifts on you list. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Queen of Peace Church is at 6455 S.W. State Road 200.Main library to hold book saleThe Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Hardcover books cost 50 cents and paperback 25 cents. For more information, call 368-4591, or go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org for event or membership details. Fall festival at Ocala West NazareneOcala West Church of the Nazarene presents a fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be free food, carnival-style games and good fellowship. The church is at 5884 S.W. 60th Ave. For information, call 352-861-0755. ome! Two-day Rose Show plannedBeautiful roses will abound at the Marion County Rose Societys 17th annual Rose Show and Festival to be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, at the Marion County Agricultural Center, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road (CR200A), Ocala. This fun-filled event features free admission and is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy prize-winning roses and even display your own blooms! Everyone is invited to join in two days of family fun and fragrance. For complete details, visit www.marioncountyroses.org, or call President Chris McMillan at 352341-0564. Women of the Moose yard saleThe WOTM, (Women Of The Moose) will be having a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 3 starting at 8 a.m. at the Moose Lodge. Anyone may rent a table /space for $10 (1st come, 1st served). Moose members are asked to donate items to sell. Also hot dogs, hamburgers on the grill will be sold as well as wonderful baked goods. To rent a table /space, donate items or for information call 352-237-1487 or 352-854-6070. Ocala Palms Arts and Crafts FairJoin us at Ocala Palms (located on U.S. Highway 27, one mile west of Interstate 75) on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a delightful day of shopping from a variety of talented crafters and artists. A hot dog lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; plus, enjoy yummy sweet treats at our morning bake sale. Sunday, Nov. 4 German American Club picnic The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, Nov. 4, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Contact Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6386 for tickets. Sunday, Nov. 11 Concert at CountrysideThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside Presbyterian Churchwill take place on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Roberta Swedien, classical pianist, will play From Russia with Love, Sergei Rachmaninoff the Preludes. The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000CD8U We chose FPC of Ocala because of the wide diversity of ages and ministries and because of our new churchs generous commitment to local and international mission ~ OTOW residents from Michigan Welcome to the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF OCALA 511 SE 3rd St (In historic district. Stay on SR 200 into town and then turn right on 3rd St.) Faithfully serving Jesus Christ in Marion Co. and the world since 1857 and still growing! 629-7561 www.fpcocala.org 000C87G Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 0 0 0 C 6 Q 4 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 711187 YOU TRIED THE REST NOW TRY THE BEST! Former Owners of Spiced Apple in Fort Lauderdale O PEN 7 D AYS A W EEK Mon. thru Thur. 6 am 8 pm Fri. & Sat. 6 am 9 pm Sun. 7 am 3 pm 000CXUK DEBIT CARDS Catering Available 7947 Highway 40 West 237-1250 N.W. 80th Ave N.W. 60th Ave Highway 40 W Highway 27 N Breakfast Served 6am 4pm Mon.-Sat. 7am 3pm Sun. S LOW ROASTED P RIME R IB FOR T WO 2 10oz. Cuts Veggies, Salad or Soup, Cornbread $ 24.95 Sunday: Best Breakfast & Lunch in Town P RIME R IB Our Specialty Served Every Day & Night 4 Cuts: English Cut, Ma, Pa & Grandpa Slow Roasted M ON .-S UN 11-C LOSE Expires 11/3/12 NEW Crossroads Crossroads Country Kitchen Country Kitchen You love it on Friday, so we added Tuesday Popular Demand A LL Y OU C ARE TO E AT W HITEFISH C ATFISH 11 am to close Dine-in only NEW D OWN H OME C OUNTRY B REAKFAST F ROM 3 E GG S PECIALTY O MELETTES TO D ELICIOUS P ANCAKES AND B ELGIAN W AFFLES 418 S. Pine Ave. (Next to Ocala Police Department) Ocala, FL 34471 352-620-0020 C u s t o m e r R a t e d # 1 H o g D o g i n O c a l a Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Half Price Small Lexy Hot Dog with Purchase of Same 000CYMV T a s t e T h e B e s t T a s t e T h e B e s t Taste The Best WEST MARION 711186 000CXVM 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! Service Loaner Available. Please Just Ask 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts excluding batteries FREE pickup within 5 miles 8-V T875 only $ 619 6-V P2000 only $ 459 12-V T1275 only $ 619 6-V T605 only $ 509 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires 2010 Club Car Precedent New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger Warranty $ 4,595 WE SELL TROJAN BATTERIES Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger $ 4,995 2011 Club Car Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000C4D5 Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 EXPIRES 11/1/12 CANADIAN MEDS 000CZJK 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES S ave up to 80% on prescription drugs Viagra Advair Plavix Celebrex Cymbalta Cialis Many other drugs available S aturday, Oct. 13 was the date chosen by Frann Glenney and Loretta Zang to host a delicious spaghetti dinner. Lots of friends and neighbors joined the ladies as they dished up the anticipated dishes. Before the dinner, friends gathered, enjoyed conversation and good music in the clubhouse that was filled with the aroma of the Italian food. Served along with the spaghetti was tossed salad, several types of wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee. After the meal, another treat awaited those attending as the dessert table was covered with assorted desserts to tempt everyone to take more than one. Thanks to the new sound system and speakers in the clubhouse, there was very pleasant music to help make the evening even more enjoyable. When Ed Glenney took the microphone to thank all the neighbors who attended, he also reminded everyone that there will be a special event coming up on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. That will be when there will be a special Halloween pot luck dinner which many are expecting to be a particularly fun event. Those attending may choose to wear costumes (or not) and there is much talk about some of the planned attire that should prove to be quite entertaining. There will be a costume contest and lots of other activities to make the evening a special event for all who attend. As usual, the activities are expected to be ones where neighbors will gather and enjoy each others company here in Fairfield Village a lively place filled with lovely people. O ktoberfest what a blast! Approximately 50 residents had a fun evening eating, bidding, and socializing. The brats, hot dogs, and all the trimmings were enjoyed by all; and, by the way, dont forget the cookies. The decorations were very festive with a fall theme even had beer steins on the tables. After feasting on all the goodies, we settled down for the auction. As at every occasion, there was a 50/50 drawing, and as always, it was won by Ron Gartman. The door prize of two tickets to the holiday dinner was won by Mary Zdarsky. John Stone did a fantastic job as the auctioneer for the auction; he was assisted by Frank Christopher and Dave Yoders. Maryanne Ellner was the cashier. Theresa Yoders had her annual one dollar to bid, but apparently someone felt sorry for her and contributed to her funds; therefore she had a few more dollars to spend. It is so much fun to bid on wrapped packages and have no idea what is underneath all the wrapping paper. The items ranged from bottles of wine to Christmas decorations and golf balls. All the money received from the auction is added to the social fund. After all items were sold in the auction, we were entertained by Marion and her accordion. Just so you know that no food goes to waste, the leftovers were taken to Brothers Keeper. Other activities last week were the Ladies Luncheon and the Red Hot Fillies outing. The ladies luncheon was held at The Attic. This is an antique consignment shop and a restaurant. While waiting for our food we enjoyed walking around the shop and admiring the furniture, art work, etc. The November Spaghetti dinner was a big success Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE Read the classifieds Really cute fall decorations adorned the Clubhouse where Fairfield Village's spaghetti dinner was held. Frann Glenney, left, and Carol Kulah dish up the delicious spaghetti and meatballs at the spaghetti dinner. Q UAIL MEADOW Ladies Luncheon will be on November 9th at the Mesa de Notte Restaurant. Several of the Red Hot Fillies went to the Junior League Autumn Gift Market last Saturday. Most of us were disappointed with their set up this year. The day wasnt wasted because we can always eat. So, we headed to the Stone Creek Grill and had a very delicious lunch. The next big event at the clubhouse will be the holiday dinner on Monday, Nov. 12. The dinner is being catered by Lees and will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne and Kathy Voss. We are asking for a donation of $12 per ticket to help cover the cost of the meal. Remember, if you have pictures to be used for this evening, please get them to Theresa Yoders. Reservations must be made by Nov. 5. Carolyn Slocumb Oktoberfest was a blast Charlotte Payne, Dottie Hefferon, Jack and Margene Sheidler at Oktoberfest. A group of Quail Meadow residents enjoys the food. Read the classifieds Marion Gartman entertained on her accordion.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000CD8U We chose FPC of Ocala because of the wide diversity of ages and ministries and because of our new churchs generous commitment to local and international mission ~ OTOW residents from Michigan Welcome to the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF OCALA 511 SE 3rd St (In historic district. Stay on SR 200 into town and then turn right on 3rd St.) Faithfully serving Jesus Christ in Marion Co. and the world since 1857 and still growing! 629-7561 www.fpcocala.org 000C87G Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 0 0 0 C 6 Q 4 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 711187 YOU TRIED THE REST NOW TRY THE BEST! Former Owners of Spiced Apple in Fort Lauderdale O PEN 7 D AYS A W EEK Mon. thru Thur. 6 am 8 pm Fri. & Sat. 6 am 9 pm Sun. 7 am 3 pm 000CXUK DEBIT CARDS Catering Available 7947 Highway 40 West 237-1250 N.W. 80th Ave N.W. 60th Ave Highway 40 W Highway 27 N Breakfast Served 6am 4pm Mon.-Sat. 7am 3pm Sun. S LOW ROASTED P RIME R IB FOR T WO 2 10oz. Cuts Veggies, Salad or Soup, Cornbread $ 24.95 Sunday: Best Breakfast & Lunch in Town P RIME R IB Our Specialty Served Every Day & Night 4 Cuts: English Cut, Ma, Pa & Grandpa Slow Roasted M ON .-S UN 11-C LOSE Expires 11/3/12 NEW Crossroads Crossroads Country Kitchen Country Kitchen You love it on Friday, so we added Tuesday Popular Demand A LL Y OU C ARE TO E AT W HITEFISH C ATFISH 11 am to close Dine-in only NEW D OWN H OME C OUNTRY B REAKFAST F ROM 3 E GG S PECIALTY O MELETTES TO D ELICIOUS P ANCAKES AND B ELGIAN W AFFLES 418 S. Pine Ave. (Next to Ocala Police Department) Ocala, FL 34471 352-620-0020 C u s t o m e r R a t e d # 1 H o g D o g i n O c a l a Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Half Price Small Lexy Hot Dog with Purchase of Same 000CYMV T a s t e T h e B e s t T a s t e T h e B e s t Taste The Best WEST MARION 711186 000CXVM 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! Service Loaner Available. Please Just Ask 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts excluding batteries FREE pickup within 5 miles 8-V T875 only $ 619 6-V P2000 only $ 459 12-V T1275 only $ 619 6-V T605 only $ 509 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires 2010 Club Car Precedent New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger Warranty $ 4,595 WE SELL TROJAN BATTERIES Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger $ 4,995 2011 Club Car Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000C4D5 Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 EXPIRES 11/1/12 CANADIAN MEDS 000CZJK 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES S ave up to 80% on prescription drugs Viagra Advair Plavix Celebrex Cymbalta Cialis Many other drugs available S aturday, Oct. 13 was the date chosen by Frann Glenney and Loretta Zang to host a delicious spaghetti dinner. Lots of friends and neighbors joined the ladies as they dished up the anticipated dishes. Before the dinner, friends gathered, enjoyed conversation and good music in the clubhouse that was filled with the aroma of the Italian food. Served along with the spaghetti was tossed salad, several types of wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee. After the meal, another treat awaited those attending as the dessert table was covered with assorted desserts to tempt everyone to take more than one. Thanks to the new sound system and speakers in the clubhouse, there was very pleasant music to help make the evening even more enjoyable. When Ed Glenney took the microphone to thank all the neighbors who attended, he also reminded everyone that there will be a special event coming up on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. That will be when there will be a special Halloween pot luck dinner which many are expecting to be a particularly fun event. Those attending may choose to wear costumes (or not) and there is much talk about some of the planned attire that should prove to be quite entertaining. There will be a costume contest and lots of other activities to make the evening a special event for all who attend. As usual, the activities are expected to be ones where neighbors will gather and enjoy each others company here in Fairfield Village a lively place filled with lovely people. O ktoberfest what a blast! Approximately 50 residents had a fun evening eating, bidding, and socializing. The brats, hot dogs, and all the trimmings were enjoyed by all; and, by the way, dont forget the cookies. The decorations were very festive with a fall theme even had beer steins on the tables. After feasting on all the goodies, we settled down for the auction. As at every occasion, there was a 50/50 drawing, and as always, it was won by Ron Gartman. The door prize of two tickets to the holiday dinner was won by Mary Zdarsky. John Stone did a fantastic job as the auctioneer for the auction; he was assisted by Frank Christopher and Dave Yoders. Maryanne Ellner was the cashier. Theresa Yoders had her annual one dollar to bid, but apparently someone felt sorry for her and contributed to her funds; therefore she had a few more dollars to spend. It is so much fun to bid on wrapped packages and have no idea what is underneath all the wrapping paper. The items ranged from bottles of wine to Christmas decorations and golf balls. All the money received from the auction is added to the social fund. After all items were sold in the auction, we were entertained by Marion and her accordion. Just so you know that no food goes to waste, the leftovers were taken to Brothers Keeper. Other activities last week were the Ladies Luncheon and the Red Hot Fillies outing. The ladies luncheon was held at The Attic. This is an antique consignment shop and a restaurant. While waiting for our food we enjoyed walking around the shop and admiring the furniture, art work, etc. The November Spaghetti dinner was a big success Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE Read the classifieds Really cute fall decorations adorned the Clubhouse where Fairfield Village's spaghetti dinner was held. Frann Glenney, left, and Carol Kulah dish up the delicious spaghetti and meatballs at the spaghetti dinner. Q UAIL MEADOW Ladies Luncheon will be on November 9th at the Mesa de Notte Restaurant. Several of the Red Hot Fillies went to the Junior League Autumn Gift Market last Saturday. Most of us were disappointed with their set up this year. The day wasnt wasted because we can always eat. So, we headed to the Stone Creek Grill and had a very delicious lunch. The next big event at the clubhouse will be the holiday dinner on Monday, Nov. 12. The dinner is being catered by Lees and will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne and Kathy Voss. We are asking for a donation of $12 per ticket to help cover the cost of the meal. Remember, if you have pictures to be used for this evening, please get them to Theresa Yoders. Reservations must be made by Nov. 5. Carolyn Slocumb Oktoberfest was a blast Charlotte Payne, Dottie Hefferon, Jack and Margene Sheidler at Oktoberfest. A group of Quail Meadow residents enjoys the food. Read the classifieds Marion Gartman entertained on her accordion.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Nice visit, but whos going to pay for it? Religious freedom, help for spouses W ere coming to the light at the end of the amendment tunnel only one more week after this. Today we start with Amendment 8, which has the imposing title Religious Freedom. Sounds great, doesnt it. One of the descriptions says it deletes the current provision in the state Constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions would allow state to use state monies to fund religious institutions and schools. One of the things that people think this would do, at first blush, is clear the way for a voucher program which has been rejected by the courts in the past. Not so fast. The court negated the voucher program because it violated the provision for the state to maintain uniform public schools. So this amendment wouldnt do away with that at all. It would, however, remove the no aid provision, which could lead to attempts to get vouchers back in the future. As we said for another amendment last week, if you want to send a message and are so inclined, feel free to vote yes. But you may end up paying extra taxes to fight the litigation that is sure to follow if there is an attempt to reinstate vouchers. Amendment 9 is a feel-good amendment that could cost the government some money, but we doubt if it would be that much. The amendment provides a homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty from service-related injuries. It says that the deceased must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of Jan. 1 of the year in which they died. It seems to us that the cost of this amendment would be negligible for local governments. While we feel that losing one military veteran or first responder is one too many, in the total scheme of things there just arent that many as to make this a financial burden. So for the first time in all our assessments, were going to say that this amendment should be passed. Next week, two more tax exemptions and a final amendment about appointing students to the board of governors of the state university system. Well give you a little hint on the latter who cares? O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters Some facts about MRMC For almost 3 years I have attended Munroe Regional Medical Center meetings and studied audit reports, financial statements, consultant reports, ratings agency reports, etc. in order to be able to make an informed decision about whether or not to support a tax for the hospital. I will not support the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot for reasons noted below. First, the proposed property tax addresses the result of the problem, not the problem. The problem is simply that the revenue of a stand-alone hospital can no longer carry the overhead. MRMCs board of trustees has been told that by at least three different consultants but the decision was made more than six years ago to reject the idea of merging with another organization to share that overhead burden. It was assumed that tax support would be obtained. At a board meeting in early 2011 one of the dominant trustees complained to Commissioner Stan McClain, If the County Commission had sold it right, we would already have tax support. He did not say why he felt it was the County Commissions responsibility to sell tax support. Second, the one mill property tax that has been proposed will not solve MRMCs financial problems. This has been discussed and acknowledged openly in recent board meetings where it was referred to as a Band-aid. But, as one trustee stated, It will buy us 2-3 years in which we can hope for a miracle that will allow us to retain control of the hospital. Third, approving the proposed tax will be opening Pandoras Box as tax support for MRMC will never end and it wont remain at one mill. As stated above, the current proposed tax will not solve MRMCs income problem. MRMC would need tax support of at least 2-3 mills to break even and cover routine capital cost. Fourth, collection of a sales tax for the support of indigent care is the fairest method. Under the current law, an indigent care sales tax would bring in about $14 million per year. However, contrary to the propaganda that implies that MRMC is the only indigent care provider in Marion County, they are not and the tax revenue would have to be shared with the other indigent care providers. By MRMCs own estimate they would only receive about 40 percent or $5.8 million of the revenue. From experience I know that it is important to develop a sense of urgency when trying to turn around a financially distressed business. There doesnt seem to be any sense of urgency at MRMC. It is equally important to impose strict cash management procedures. Logic dictates that all proposed expenditures should be reviewed to determine whether they are essential or optional and the optional expenditures should be rejected until the financial situation is stabilized. MRMC continues to make non-essential expenditures. For example, the board of directors recently approved spending $85-100,000 to hire an accounting firm to prepare a 5-year plan. In my experience, this was always the job of the senior financial staff. Apparently MRMCs Chief Financial Officer who is paid $360,000 per year plus bonus ($93,000 in 2010) and his staff are incapable of handling this. There are many more examples. Another item that should be questioned is the $85 million of bad debt expense for fiscal year 2012. Their bad debt expense is normally dismissed as Charity Care and is given as the explanation for their losses. Only about $30 million of this Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com.8 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor 000CQYB Fred Harper MEDICARE OPTIONS Which Plans work best for you? A Senior Helping Seniors! An experienced agent can help you decide which plan works best for your needs. 352-615-2427 HARPER4807@YAHOO.COM 000CVIB 000CXJ6 Get the right fit! It is Extremely Important to Have a Professional Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Fitting After Surgery Unique Lingerie, Inc., is committed to meeting the needs of women who have undergone any type of breast surgery, including radical mastectomy. 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But Ryans visit to Ocala last week has me thinking of some things, just coming up with some questions without answers. So let me present some of those to you. Was the square the best place to hold this rally? In the middle of a workday? Other people and I have thought of several better places, such as Booster Stadium, the Livestock Pavilion, Veterans Memorial Park, etc. Why was it necessary to close off the streets so early? Ryan wasnt scheduled until noon, but the Boulevard was closed at about 7 a.m. People who didnt know could have been late for work, children could have been late for school, etc. Would it have hurt to wait, say, until 8:30. Did businesses in and around the square gain or lose customers because of the event? Then there was the security. Congressman Cliff Stearns walks around Ocala unencumbered any time he feels like it. Congressman Paul Ryan has a security detail that would make a Third World country proud. Ryan is a candidate, but hasnt been elected yet. Wouldnt a smaller detail do? Did we really need G-men with automatic weapons (someone called them tommy guns) at both the airport and downtown? Did we really need all those security people on the rooftops? And speaking of the airport, was it necessary, or even legal, for these security people to stop photographers from taking pictures outside? In fact, at first they wanted to stop all pictures, anywhere. This is our airport, folks, our rules. If you dont like it, stay in Washington. Why do they call it the Secret Service? Whats so secret about the only people in suits, with their little pin on the lapel and their little earpiece? Hopefully, there were other agents blending in in the crowd who didnt advertise their position. To me, these would be the most effective security personnel. How about the TSA? TSA stands for Transportation Security Administration. The mission, according to the TSA website, is TSA has established guiding principles to maintain the security of the traveling public and continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security. So was the use of the TSA to conduct security on the square the proper use of the agency? The only transporting being done there was people walking because they had to park so far away. Ive gone to sporting events where you have to go through security. It seems they could have done just as well in providing security. And finally, the big question. Whos paying for all of this, especially all the extra work that local people, including law enforcement, had to do? Please tell me it was the Republican National Committee or some such group, and not the taxpayers of Marion County. Even with all these questions, we thank the Republicans for helping the nation hear about Ocala, and we praise all those who conducted the event and made things run smoothly. I guess everything is relative. I would have loved to see the security during Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach when Romney and Ryan arrived the following day. If you think it was crowded here Please see LETTER Page 10 Friday, Nov. 2 Two-day quilt show scheduledThe Art of Quilting Along a Country RoadQuilt Show 2012, sponsored by the Country Road Quilters, will take place on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the College of Central Florida, Ewers Century Center, in Ocala from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 per person. There will be a judged quilt show, beautiful quilts, art quilts, Home of the Brave quilts, a silent auction, vendors, boutique, demonstrations, raffle baskets, a quilt appraiser and a vendor to sharpen scissors and knives. For information contact Fred Jones at 352-438-0055.Saturday, Nov. 3 Queen of Peace arts and crafts showQueen of Peace will hold its annual arts and crafts show on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event is sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women and will consist of mixed media. Forty plus vendors will provide a variety of products. Many are new to the show this year. This would be a great time to get some of those Christmas gifts on you list. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Queen of Peace Church is at 6455 S.W. State Road 200.Main library to hold book saleThe Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Hardcover books cost 50 cents and paperback 25 cents. For more information, call 368-4591, or go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org for event or membership details. Fall festival at Ocala West NazareneOcala West Church of the Nazarene presents a fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be free food, carnival-style games and good fellowship. The church is at 5884 S.W. 60th Ave. For information, call 352-861-0755. ome! Two-day Rose Show plannedBeautiful roses will abound at the Marion County Rose Societys 17th annual Rose Show and Festival to be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, at the Marion County Agricultural Center, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road (CR200A), Ocala. This fun-filled event features free admission and is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy prize-winning roses and even display your own blooms! Everyone is invited to join in two days of family fun and fragrance. For complete details, visit www.marioncountyroses.org, or call President Chris McMillan at 352341-0564. Women of the Moose yard saleThe WOTM, (Women Of The Moose) will be having a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 3 starting at 8 a.m. at the Moose Lodge. Anyone may rent a table /space for $10 (1st come, 1st served). Moose members are asked to donate items to sell. Also hot dogs, hamburgers on the grill will be sold as well as wonderful baked goods. To rent a table /space, donate items or for information call 352-237-1487 or 352-854-6070. Ocala Palms Arts and Crafts FairJoin us at Ocala Palms (located on U.S. Highway 27, one mile west of Interstate 75) on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a delightful day of shopping from a variety of talented crafters and artists. A hot dog lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; plus, enjoy yummy sweet treats at our morning bake sale. Sunday, Nov. 4 German American Club picnic The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, Nov. 4, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Contact Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6386 for tickets. Sunday, Nov. 11 Concert at CountrysideThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside Presbyterian Churchwill take place on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Roberta Swedien, classical pianist, will play From Russia with Love, Sergei Rachmaninoff the Preludes. The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

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GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your quick thinking helps you get out of a troubling situation that was suddenly thrust upon you. Later on, you can expect to learn more about why it happened. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might feel youve dotted all your is and crossed all your ts regarding that upcoming deal. But there might be some facts youve ignored. Check again. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Time for the Lion to be more physically active. It will help shake off any lingering Leonine lethargy and restore your energy levels, so youll be prepared for what lies ahead. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Helping those in need at this time is laudable. But dont ignore your own needs, especially where it concerns your health. A medical checkup is a wise move. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Good news: Your outspoken views about a controversial on-the-job situation could find unexpectedly strong support from a most unlikely workplace faction. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might have to draw on your reservoir of spiritual strength to help someone special through a difficult time. Your loving attitude makes all the difference. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Your proven leadership qualities make you the perfect person to take on an important workplace task. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Although some compromise might need to be reached regarding your stand on an important issue, youll still be able to get the most crucial points across. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A chance to make a career change carries both positive and uncertain possibilities. Best advice: Check it out thoroughly and dont be rushed into a decision. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Youre still a staunch supporter of one side of an important issue. But be prepared to deal with new information that could cause you to question your current stand. BORN THIS WEEK: Youre perceptive and quick to act when you sense that someone needs help. You are an always-dependable friend. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger. Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos may be left at the Messenger office in Kingsland Plaza. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Happenings Thursday, Oct. 25 State o f Our School s m eeting Marions United for Public Education will feature Theresa Boston-Ellis, the Executive Director of Business Services for Marion County Schools. She will discuss the districts budget and how it affects our schools and community. The meeting will be at the Freedom Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting is open to all concerned citizens. Air Force A ss ociation to m eet The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its October meeting on Thursday, the 25th at 7 p.m. This change is for the October meeting only. The location is the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. For information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Friday, Oct. 26 High T w elve Club to m eet The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. Celebrate the fall season and the harvest moon with Sue Koppler and Mary Mahoney with Bob Cubbage on piano. Sue and Mary will sing songs from popular plays and movies, and songs of the fall season. As usual, we will have one of the great buffet lunches the Elks Club is noted for. Bring a friend. The cost is only $12 a person. All Master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call Bob Brady at 352-8549612 for reservations or further information.Saturday, Oct. 27 T w o -d ay Ocala Art s Fe s tival Art lovers and collectors will fill the McPherson Governmental Complex on 25th Avenue during the 46th annual Ocala Arts Festival on Oct. 27 and 28. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Festival, produced by FAFO (Fine Arts For Ocala) hosts a juried fine arts show with artists and craftsmen from all over the United States. Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of art and free entertainment for the entire family. The festival also includes free admission, free parking, free childrens art projects, and live entertainment. A f rican Violet Club to m eet The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office (Brian Litz Sheriffs Substation), 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The program topic for October is Cultivating and Caring for African Violet Trailers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to the web site at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org/ or contact president, Laura Perdomo at thepeacockcottage@gmail.com.Sunday, Oct. 28 Harve s t Fe s t Smore About Jesus; fun for the whole family, fourth annual Harvest Fest: Games, Bible stories, hot dogs and chips, candy, costume judging and Child Identification Protection from the Marion County Sheriffs Office, all at this free event, from 5 to 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Tuesday, Oct. 30 Brea s t cancer s urvivor s to m eet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104 at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be another visit from Dr. Jamie Daniel to talk for Breast Cancer Month. Dr. Daniel always has so much information to offer. Her book she is writing will not be ready for the meeting but perhaps at the meeting she can say when it will be available. If you have any questions, contact Gail Tirpak at 352291-6904. Hobby auction s et at Ra m a d a The Ocala Coin Club will host a hobby auction on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Convention Center, Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27. Baseball cards, coins, currency, precious metals, stamps, tea set, knives, dolls, Hummels, Rockwell, Kinkade, plants, jewerly, dolls, badges, copper, Franklin Mint items, watches and some neat stuff will be available for you to take home. Doors open at 6 p.m. for auction review. Free admission, free parking. This auction is open to the public but you must be a member of the Ocala Coin Club in order to sell items in the auction. This is cash only auction. No buyers or sellers fee. For more information contact Rich Selvar, 352-748-5225. Wednesday, Oct. 31 Sheri ffs O ff ice Hallo w een party The Southwest District Sheriffs Office will hold a Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. There will be the usual food fare and various activities, plus visits from special Sheriffs Office personnel. Those who wish may contribute wrapped individual candy by bringing it to the office between now and the party.Trun k or Treat at Our Re d ee m er Our Redeemer is inviting you to be part of our annual Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m. Pizza, cider and cookies will be served in the Fellowship Center that night along with games. The movie Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown will be playing on our large screen for any children (or grownups) who wish to see it! The church is at 5200 S.W. State Road 200. 000C3PO

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We have other good nontax options available (I was particularly impressed with the Duke/Lifepoint proposal.) but those will die with the passage of this tax referendum. Now we must decide whether we are going to accept financial reality and join with a hospital group or agree to pay unlimited taxes to maintain the status quo. Carl Crabtree Ocala LETTERcontinued from Page 8 crease, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $113,700 from $110,100. Of the estimated 163 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2013, nearly 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum. Information about Medicare changes for 2013, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola. SECURITYcontinued from Page 1 I am the kind of person who likes to do business with cash on the barrelhead. I do not like credit because it has a way of biting you in the end. When you have a credit card, there are fees to beat the band. I do have a credit card but I have it hidden so well that I have not been able to find it for seven weeks. I just do not like using it. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage always warns me about the possibility that someone can steal my credit card. Ha ha, I say in defiance to her warning. I am never worried about that. If anybody can get money out of my account with my credit card, I would like to work with them and go 50-50 on it. Every time I need money, my credit card is empty. I think there is a conspiracy in this whole thing. Nothing is more embarrassing than going to a Cashing in on a cashless society checkout counter to pay for goods that I intend to purchase and my credit card is denied. The reason I was using the credit card at the time was I did not have any cash in my pocket. Now, I have no cash in my pocket and my credit card is just grinning at me refusing to cough up the money needed for purchasing these goods. I hate my credit card. And it is reciprocal. My credit card hates me and tries its level best to embarrass me every chance it gets. When I do business, I want to know that I have done business. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a financial transaction with cash. I have noticed a dangerous trend in the area of business in our country. There is a tendency away from cash. I do not understand it. I think the simplest thing to do would be to pay cash for something. But no, some people think that is so old fashioned that they have to come up with something new. Now they have this newfangled thing that you can pay your bills online. What is that all about? I like to see the person I am paying and hear from them their gratuitous Thank you, for the transaction. I was just getting used to writing checks and now I do not have to use my checkbook anymore. My creditors want me to pay online. When will all this craziness stop? If cash was good enough for Benjamin Franklin, it certainly is good enough for me. Then the inevitable happened. You know how it is. Well, it happened to me. I went to do a little bit of shopping while I was out of town on a trip recently. I made sure I had cash in my wallet so I stopped at a restaurant in the shopping mall. Normally I do not like shopping malls. I get nervous every time I go into one of these malls wondering if I will ever exit alive. There are just too many people in these malls for my comfort. But the necessity of my trip brought me to this mall and I decided I would treat myself to lunch. One of the great things about treating myself to lunch when my wife is not with me is I can order what I want for my lunch. After all, it is my lunch. I had a great time selecting things from the menu that had nothing whatsoever to do with vegetables. Vegetables are all right in their place, but their place is not on my lunch plate, especially when my wife is not present. I had a scrumptious lunch and then top it off with a nice slice of apple pie la mode. Life does not James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 10 get any better than this. I sat back in my chair, rubbed my stomach and felt good about the world around me. I was even beginning to think that there might not be so much wrong with malls after all. Finally, it was time to take my ticket up to the cashier and pay for my lunch. I was in for a very rude awakening. I presented my ticket to the cashier and pulled out of my wallet enough cash to cover the ticket. Im sorry, sir, the woman behind the cashier said. We dont accept cash in this restaurant. I was in a good mood and laughed as though I was the vice president of the United States. Thats a good one, I complimented her. Sir, we dont take cash here, she insisted. We are not set up for cash; all we take are credit cards. About this time, I realized she was not joking. I found myself in the proverbial pickle with only cash on my person and no credit card. But all I have is cash. Finally, the manager of the restaurant was called to the front, I was able to settle my ticket with him, giving him cash and he used his credit card to pay the ticket. What is this world coming to when you cannot use cash anymore? What is better than cash in my thinking is Gods gift. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 KJV). Unlike cash, Gods gift to me will never go out of style. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com SNYDERcontinued from Page 3 Ocala West to hold renewal servicesEvangelist, author and scholar Rev. Dr. Jon Tal Murphree will be the speaker at the special Renewal Services at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary as part of the churchs 25th anniversary celebration. He will be bringing messages of hope and understanding from the Word of God for the living of these days. There will be special music and an old-fashioned hymn-sing of both traditional and contemporary music each night. There will also be a Bible study led by Rev. Murphree on Friday at 10 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Read the classifieds

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However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Medical Licensed & Masters level Therapists The Centersis seeking Licensed or Masters Level Outpatient Therapists for positions in Lecanto. Must have exp working with adults and/or adolescents in a therapeutic environment, & MH/SA Co-occurring populations. Exp with not-for-profit, community mental health desired. 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Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Real Estate For Sale PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. 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S TORE 352-854-1970 F AX 352-854-6186 M ON S AT 8:30 AM 5:00 PM 8449 SW SR 200, O CALA F RIENDSHIP C ENTER P OST O FFICE F AX C OPIES L OTTERY Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas Cards NOW AVAILABLE Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off 000CS79 0 0 0 C X X O Call for Thanksgiving & Christmas Rates IP Resort $159 pp/dbl Beau Rivage $175 pp/dbl SOT #36723 Biloxi Ca$ino Tours 3 Nights 11/05 11/20 11/26 12/10 12/23 Chance to win $50 CASH ONE FREE TRIP GIVEN AWAY EACH MONTH 352-840-0333 www.LauraKaneTravel.com Includes $55 in freeplay & two breakfast vouchers Ask about the 5 for $50 deal Tour Escort Janet Stefan Deluxe motor coach/3 nts. hotel Games played on the bus Refreshments served on bus Should the states ban on funding religious activities be repealed? Amendment 8 revives longstanding debates over the separation of church and state. If passed, it would repeal a 126-yearold provision in the state constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions. The provision commonly known as the no aid provision states more unequivocally than the U.S. Constitution that state funds not be spent directly or indirectly in support of any entity that promotes religion. If passed, the amendment would remove that prohibition. An important subplot within Amendment 8 concerns its impact on future school voucher programs. Past programs that included religiously affiliated schools have been deemed unconstitutional partly due to the no aid provision. Passage of Amendment 8 would remove that obstacle to restarting voucher programs. Supporters say the proposed amendment eliminates a stain on the states Constitution that discriminates against religious institutions. They also argue that it offers support to groups with religious affiliations that provide valuable community services, like prison ministries or church-run afterschool programs. This primarily will help our state to help the most vulnerable in our state by working with those organizations that are not providing religious services but providing human services, state Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, told the Associated Press after the ballot proposal passed the Legislature. Opponents say Amendment 8 will divert money from public schools and other public funding recipients and lead the state down a slippery slope by blurring the separation of church and state. They argue the amendment tramples on constitutional protections against the government promoting religion, and is a veiled attempt to reinstitute school voucher programs. Opponents point out that many religious programs, such as Catholic Charities, receive public funding under the current law provided they do not promote their religion. Amendment 8 passed the Legislature largely along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. As with all amendments, passage requires the approval of 60 percent or more of the voters. If passed, it takes effect on Jan. 8, 2013. HistoryThe First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof The first part of the amendment is known as the Establishment Clause; the second part the Free Exercise Clause. Interpretations vary over the meaning and scope of the First Amendment. Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 that he believed it built a wall of separation between church and state that is necessary to prevent the government from suppressing, or advocating, one religion over another. Others interpret it to mean only that the government is prohibited from establishing an official religion. In 1875, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Blaine (RMaine), proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting the funding of religious education. Although the amendment failed, it inspired several dozen state legislatures to pass constitutional amendments prohibiting their states from funding religious organizations. Those state amendments became known collectively as Blaine Amendments. Not all are alike. Some prohibit the funding of religious schools only, while others prohibit the funding of all religious institutions. In 1885, Florida lawmakers passed Article 1 Section 3 of the Florida Constitution, a Blaine Amendment that includes the no aid provision and is among the most restrictive in the nation. Altered only slightly over the years, it reads: There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. The motivation for passing Blaine Amendments is considered by some scholars to be the influx of Catholic immigrants to the United States in the late 1800s Public schools at this time led students in reciting the Protestant but not Catholic prayers and reading from the Protestant but not the Catholic version of the bible, George Washing University law professor Ira Lupu said in a 2008 interview with the nonprofit Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That led Catholics to begin their own schools, Lupus said, arousing fears among Protestants that the state would fund those schools. The Blaine Amendments arose from this concern about the Catholicization of American education, he said. Thats where the Religious Freedom AMENDMENT 8continued from Page 1 For a spouse to be eligible, the deceased veteran or first responder must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of Jan. 1 of the year they died. First responders are defined as law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The proposed amendment covers full-time, part-time and volunteer first responders. Surviving spouses of veterans or first responders who died years ago can apply for eligibility retroactively if Amendment 9 passes, although the tax relief is for future taxes only; they will not receive refunds for any past taxes paid. The state estimates that this amendment, if passed, would reduce local school and government tax revenues by about $600,000 statewide in the first year it is in effect. The measure won unanimous approval in the House and Senate. There is no organized opposition. Like all amendments, passage requires the approval of 60 percent or more of the voters. If approved, the measure becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013. HistoryState law has granted this property tax exemption to eligible military spouses since 1997. However, the exemption was never enshrined in the state Constitution. If passed, this proposed amendment enshrines that exemption in the state Constitution. Over a two-year span in 2010 and 2011, two dozen Florida law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. This amendment is meant to recognize the sacrifice of first responders by extending the same tax relief to their surviving spouses that is currently offered to the surviving spouses of military veterans who died while on active duty. A joint resolution authorizing the Legislature to grant a total or partial exemption to the surviving spouses passed in February 2012. A subsequent bill passed by the Legislature requires the full exemption be granted, which is what eligible spouses will receive if Amendment 9 passes. In The Line of DutyFor the spouse of a first responder to be eligible, the first responder must have died while in the line of duty, which is defined under this proposed Amendment as: While engaging in law enforcement; While performing an activity relating to fire suppression and prevention; While responding to a hazardous material emergency; While performing rescue activity; While providing emergency medical services; While performing disaster relief activity; While otherwise engaging in emergency response activity; While engaging in a training exercise related to any of the above events or activities if the training has been authorized by the employer. Under the proposed amendment, a heart attack or stroke that causes death or causes an injury resulting in death must occur within 24 hours after an event or activity and must be directly and proximately caused by the event or activity in order to be considered as having occurred in the line of duty. The bill requires surviving spouses to obtain a letter from the state or appropriate government entity certifying the death occurred while in the line of duty.PortabilityThe exemption applies for as long as the spouse holds the title to the homestead, is a permanent resident of the homestead, and does not remarry. If the property is sold, the surviving spouse can transfer the exemption to a new primary residence. Economic Impact Without knowing how many surviving spouses may be eligible in any given year, it is difficult to calculate the economic impact on property tax revenues with certainty. However, the state Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that this amendment, if passed, would reduce local school and government tax revenues by about $600,000 statewide in the first year it is in effect. AMENDMENT 9continued from Page 1 title for Amendment 8 is derived. It is also the basis for including language in the joint legislative resolution proposing the amendment that talks about restoring religious liberty and freedom and eradicating the remnants of anti-religious bigotry from the State Constitution. The resolution goes on to say, Floridas Blaine Amendment language was borne in an atmosphere of, and exists as a result of, anti-Catholic bigotry and animus. State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said passage of the amendment will remedy a centuries-old wrong. This is the last vestige of the knownothing, anti-Catholic movement of the 1800s, he said in an Associated Press article published after the amendments passage. However, this belief is challenged in a 2011 report by the American Civil Liberties Union that says the effort to repeal the no aid provision is based on historical myth. Citing legal cases and historical records, the report finds no evidence of anti-Catholic bias when Florida lawmakers approved the Blaine Amendment in 1885, 10 years after the failed federal effort. Scholars on all sides of the political spectrum agree that nothing in the legislative record demonstrates an antiCatholic slant by any of the framers who have revised the Florida Constitution since the Civil War, the ACLU says. And the Florida First District Court of Appeal has explicitly considered and rejected the argument that Floridas no-funding clause was rooted in religious intolerance, holding that nothing in the history or text of the Florida no-aid provision suggests animus towards religion. This weeks puzzle answers

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INDEX Rev. Snyder..........3 Fairfield Village..6 Quail Meadow......7 Classifieds........11 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 30 WEDNESDAY, October 24, 2012 Happenings Page 4 Puzzles Page 9 12 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000CZB6 A 22-year-old man died in a single-car accident in Golden Ocala during the early morning hours of Oct. 20. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bradford Robert Anderson was driving southbound on Northwest 84th Court north of Northwest 31 Lane Road, and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The vehicle rotated counter clockwise as it left the road. The right side struck a tree on the west shoulder. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene by County Fire Rescue personnel. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Driver dies in crash at Golden Ocala BY JIM CLARK Editor Lynette Vermillion, president of the Friends of Munroe, spoke recently at a State Road 200 Coalition meeting about the upcoming vote for a tax increase for the public hospital. She emphasized certain items that she considers positive for the operation of Munroe, including quality commitment, local control and decision making, open meetings and public records, maintaining needed services and access to health care for all. She told the audience of the history of Munroe which goes back to the horse and buggy days and, in fact, was triggered by a horse and buggy accident. She said that the hospital is financially strong, but needs a stronger economy and the settling of the health reform issue. The bond issue is one of only two choices, she said, with the other a lease to a private for-profit hospital firm. She said that for 75 percent of homeowners that would be about $62 per year. She noted that Munroe is one of the largest employers in Marion County. Speaking against the lease, she cited the following items: loss of assets for two generations (40-year-lease); lose control of decision making; lose transparency; lose control of services; and lose volunteerism. She said the lease means the hospital would go from a community motive to a profit motive. Will quality be the No. 1 objective? Will there be service cuts? Will there be people cuts? She also mentioned the placement of the ballot, which could cause the issue to be overlooked by many. Its under the 11 amendments on the printed ballot. Those 11 amendments were covered at the same meeting by former County Commissioner Judy Johnson. The amendments are being reviewed each week by the South Marion Citizen. The election will be Nov. 6. All county registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot. Hospital tax plan described More about hospital issue in letter to the editor, and columnPage 8 Shriners on parade Local Shriners held a parade on North Magnolia Avenue Saturday. This was one of the vehicles that took part.PHOTO BY JIM CLARK PHOTO BY RON RATNERVice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan steps down from his jet at Ocala International Airport last Thursday. BY JIM CLARK Editor Spurred on by an overflow crowd consisting mainly of enthusiastic supporters, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke Thursday at the Ocala Downtown Square. With red the predominant color, people from all over jammed downtown for what was billed as a victory rally, a gathering Ryan pays a visit Please see RYAN Page 12 that for all practical purposes shut down center city for much of the day. After addressing the crowd, Ryan, running mate for former Gov. Mitt Romney, said he was turning it into a town hall meeting, and took a few questions directly from the audience, although the diversity and tone of the questions made some wonder if they were pre-arranged. One of the questioners praised him for not using a Teleprompter. As he approached the stage, there were a few minor chants of four more years for President Obama, but those were quickly drowned out by the crowd yelling no more years. Ryan, who earlier had flown a campaign jet into Ocala International Airport, was given a rousing introduction by county commissioners Kathy Bryant and Stan McClain, and thanked the pair. He also recognized outgoing Congressman Cliff Stearns, U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, who spoke to the crowd, and Ted Yoho, Republican candidate for Congress in the November election. He started by saying that we have a big choice to make this is not an ordinary election. He said the nation had to decide what kind of country were going to have into the next generation. Ryan noted that since the spring, President Obama was not telling people his plan for the next term. All he is offering is four more years of the same. Much of his conversation concerned Social Security and Medicare. He said the Democrats were taking $716 million from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Ryan added that Obama was not offering a vision but was solely concentrating on dont elect Mitt. He said the president was trying to distract the country. Hes trying to win the election by default. Were not going to let him get away with that. Praising his running mate, he said, We have a real leader in Mitt, who is going to get this country back on track. He spoke a familiar saying, Government works for the people. Government doesnt run the people. Invoking the name of his mother, who became a small business owner after his father died, he spoke of retirement and Medicare. Theres a really clear choice. Nowhere is the difference more stark. Ryan said that Social Security and Medicare were promised in the past, but if we stay on this path, they become broken promises. He criticized the Obamacare board of 15 people whose job is to cut back Medicare each year. Fifteen people in Washington will get to say how it works. Surprisingly, he brought up a plan put together under President Bill Clinton, saying that there was a panel to give people choices. It would empower 50 million seniors to make choices for themselves, not 15 people in Washington. Questions included one on home schooling. We believe in freedom. You should have the freedom to do that. We believe in parents controlling their childs education. He said he wants to give control of education back to the states. Asked about jobs for women, he said Obama took his eye off the ball. Fewer women are working today than when he took office. He stated, Most women get their jobs from successful small businesses, and said government should stay out of the way of small business. Ryan spoke of the Social Security Trust Fund, saying that it would go bankrupt at the current rate in 2033. This was in response to a question about the Disability Trust Fund, which he said is going bankrupt now. Since 1968 weve been raiding the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for other programs. Now, he said, theres not enough to pay benefits. He said in 2033 there would be a 25 percent benefit cut. Every year you fail to confront the problem, it gets bigger. He emphasized, more than once, that for people 55 and older there would be no changes. He also said he didnt want to increase benefits for wealthy people by the same amount as for middle class people. After noting that people are living longer, he proposed that starting in 2022 the retirement age would go up a month every other year. Weve got to make sure Social Security keeps its promise. Knowing he was in the state that was one of the hearts of the space program, he was critical of military cuts which include NASA. If we want to send astronauts to the space station, we have to pay the Russians. That drew a loud chorus of boos from the audience. Asked about college costs, he said to the questioner, We want you to come out of college and into a job. He said that 50 percent of graduates are not working in their chosen field or not working at all. Ryan added that students were coming out of college with huge debts. He spoke of working three jobs when he graduated to pay off his loans, but added, they were loans I could afford. He said to students that your share of the debt is $51,000, and you havent even gotten out of school yet. In summary he said that the election provided a clear choice, stagnation or growth. He said Republicans are not going to run away from these problems. This is the most successful country in the history of this planet. Lets keep it that way. RYANcontinued from Page 1 PHOTO BY RON RATNERA Marion County Sheriffs Office deputy uses a bomb-sniffing dog for security at the Downtown Square prior to Rep. Paul Ryans visit. Please see SECURITY Page 10 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced this week. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2012. Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that inSocial Security benefits climb Amendment 8Summary of Amendment (from Division of Elections site): Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. Arguments for:Supporters say the amendment would allow the state to fund programs that provide a valuable public service but are currently denied that funding because they are affiliated with religious organizations. They also say the current law that denies funding to religious groups was passed in 1885 and is rooted in anti-Catholic bias and should be removed from the states constitution. Arguments against:Opponents say the amendment would eliminate a long-established component of the separation of church and state that prevents the government from funding groups that espouse religious beliefs. They also say the anti-Catholic bias cited by supporters of the amendment was not a motivation for the laws passage in 1885 and, even if it were, that bias no longer exists and should not be a reason for eliminating the ban on funding religious groups. Title on Ballot: Religious Freedom Sponsor: The Florida Legislature Note: This proposal was known as Amendment 7 until a legal challenge by opponents led to the rewriting of some of the ballot language and its reinstatement on the ballot as Amendment 8. This is the reason there is no Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot. What it would do: This amendment would remove the prohibition in Floridas Constitution that prevents religious institutions from receiving taxpayer funding. If You Vote Yes: A yes vote means you want to remove from the Florida Constitution a prohibition against the state funding religious institutions and replace it with a provision that prohibits the state from denying funding to institutions based on religious affiliations. If You Vote No: A no vote means you want to retain the provision in the Florida Constitution that prohibits the state from funding religious institutions. Please see AMENDMENT 8 Page 2 Amendment 9Summary of Amendment (from Division of Elections site): Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouses homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment defines a first responder as a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013.Arguments for:It helps the families left behind when a veteran or first responder dies in service to his country or community.Arguments against:It takes a bite out of the tax revenues schools and local governments need to provide services.Should the spouses of military veterans and first responders killed in the line of duty be exempt from paying property taxes? Amendment 9 grants full homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die from service-connected causes while on active duty, and to the surviving spouses of police, firefighters and other first responders who die in the line of duty. In short, the surviving spouses will not pay property taxes. Title on Ballot: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder Sponsor/Originator: The Florida Legislature What it would do: This would grant a full property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die while on active duty and to the surviving spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty. If You Vote Yes: A yes vote means you want the state to grant the full homestead exemption to the surviving spouses. If You Vote No: A no vote means you do not want the state to grant the full homestead exemption. Please see AMENDMENT 9 Page 2