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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........2 Crossword............3 Quail Meadow......5 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 40 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 Opinion Page 6 Classifieds Page 7 8 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DM0W 000DLXX 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 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 6-V T605 only $ 519 8-V T875 only $ 619 FREE pickup within 5 miles 12-V T1275 only $ 639 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 5,995 Happy Holidays Thank You For Your Business! 6-V 6 PACK$ 459 8-V 6 PACK$ 519 PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms home The Christmas spirit is apparent at the home of Marta and Ramon Hernandez of Ocala Palms. Please see CITIZENS Page 8 Get your keyboard or pen/pencil ready the opportunity to register for Marion Countys Citizens Academy is finally here. The county begins accepting applications for its 2013 class today. A free 10-week program, the Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for local residents and business owners to get an inside look at county government and its operations, services and challenges. Participants will attend sessions on a different department or facet of county government each week starting in March. Sessions last approximately three hours and include presentations, tours and hands-on activities at various county locations. Citizens Academy Class of 2012 graduate Denise Azis said that the program anCitizens Academy signing up swered a lot of questions that affect everyday life. I have a better understanding of how the essential 911 service works. I can better appreciate what the fire and rescue people do. I also understand the solid waste and utilities she said. Its also good knowing where the various sites are located, and I know that if I called any of them (county staff) with a question, they would be kind and helpful. Fellow Class of 2012 grad Rich Lambrecht noted that as a supervisor of his local community development district, he is frequently contacted by neighbors who have questions about government services and responsibilities the answers often involve Marion County government. He encourages others to take part in the program. While its good to have an opinion on the effectiveness of our county government and county commissioners, it is even better to have an understanding of what they are doing and how they are doing it, he said. Marion County residents or business owners ages 18 and older are eligible to attend. All participants must complete a registration form and be accepted prior to attending and go to a minimum of eight of the 10 sessions to graduate. For more information or to apply, visit www.marioncountyfl.org/citizensacademy.htm. CITIZENS continued from Page 1 PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONIn the top photo, Citizens Academy participants toured a Marion County Utilities plant during one of their sessions in 2012, learning the ins and outs of treating water and other services the Utilities Department provides. In the bottom photo, Citizens Academy participants met and interacted with Fire Rescues technical rescue team as part of one of their sessions. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Remembering the children Stone Creek holds ceremony Stone Creek Glee Club is shown singing "Amazing Grace"/"God Bless America." BY PATRICIA GIZZI Special to the Messenger The holiday season is the time when many of us remember childhood traditions that took place during this time. The Stone Creek Residents came together with candles and flashlights on Friday evening for a very different kind of remembering. The Stone Creek Veterans held a simple ceremony to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. The ceremony began at 7 p.m. outside the Reunion Center. Opening remarks were given by Dave Fitch outgoing commander of the Veterans. The Glee Club sang God Bless America and Amazing Grace and then the names of the victims and their ages were read by residents many of whom were former teachers. After the reciting of each name, a bell was rung by Larry MePlease see STONE CREEK Page 4 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKThis is the display set up at Highland Memorial Park. Highland Memorial Park, a 55-acre memorial park in northeast Ocala, has established a memorial site for community to come together to honor the memory of the 26 victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. Off Silver Springs Boulevard, on Northeast Third Street and just inside the entrance gates of Highland Memorial Park, stuffed animals, balloons, flowers, candles and messages of support lay beneath an eight foot banner which includes photos of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk. As a tribute to the Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims, community members can pay their respects by placing flowers, mementos, or by simply visiting the memorial to offer up a prayer any time during regular park hours. While this is just one of the many thoughtful acts being done around the nation in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook School, it is also meant to be a reminder that, though we all struggle to try to understand what we could Our community mourns set up at Highland Memorial Please see HIGHLAND Page 8 never understand, the precious lives lost in Newtown, on Dec. 14 will forever be remembered. Additionally, an enlightening article by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D titled, How to talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life about the Newtown, CT, Tragedy is available as an online resource for community via the Highland Memorial Park/Hers-Baxley blog site at: http://blog.hiersbaxley.com/ and via Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HiersBaxleyFuneralServices. Justin Baxley, general manager of Highland Memorial Park and Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services said this, "As a father of young children and as a funeral director, my heart breaks for those touched by this tragedy. As a company dedicated to honoring memory and providing healing experiences, we feel this is simply one small way that we can give our community to pay its respects and to stand with the people of Newtown in this time of deep sorrow." HIGHLANDcontinued from Page 1 thats fine, but understand that in Florida there is a large segment of population that doesnt surf the Internet. They must have access to those same legal ads in print. Get rid of red light cameras before the courts tell you to do so. There is inconsistent enforcement, improper enforcement and no chance for alleged violators to confront their accusers. Take the money cities spend for the cameras and for people to monitor them and put police officers at the same locations. Finally, pass a budget first. It gets tiring year after year of seeing the Legislature racing to pass a budget as the session winds down. How about a House and Senate rule that no legislation may be voted on until after a budget is adopted. That way, the one big thing that you are mandated to do will get done with proper debate. Of course, no one realistically thinks that the legislators are going to pay attention to me. But if others agree with any of these, and let all their legislators know about it, maybe something will get done. See you on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m., if it turns out the rumors are true. If not, send your suggestions to local legislators in writing. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARK continued from Page 6

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F or the last several hours, I have been slouching in my easy chair basking in the soothing aura of the season. I have not moved in several hours, and it probably will be several more hours before I even think of moving. Just a few days ago, we were in the middle of our Christmas holiday celebration with family and friends. The only thing I enjoy more is the peace and quiet that follows upon the heels of all that festivity. Do not get me wrong, I love my family and friends but boy, do I love peace and quiet. Isnt one of the sayings of the season, Peace on earth, goodwill toward men? I am not sure of all the ramifications of that phrase, but I do enjoy the peace that comes following an exuberant time of celebration with family and friends. About this time, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came in and saw me in the same position she saw me several hours previous. Are you, she said after staring at me for a few moments, going to stay in that chair all day? All I could do was smile graciously in her direction. Then she became concerned, and prodded me a little, Are you all right? She said it with a deep sense of genuine concern. I knew I owed her an explanation for the collapse of my bodily activities. Nothing wrong with me, I explained, Im just broke. With that, I smiled a rather infectious smile. She broke out laughing and said, What did you say? I think at the time she thought I was just exercising the spirit of merriment. I said, Im broke. Then she had a look of concern on her face. What do you mean youre broke? I knew she was concerned at that point and I had to explain to her what I meant by being broke. By being broke, I do not mean like the government broke into my bank account and confiscated my money. For all Americans that is quite a taxing situation. Also, by being broke I do not mean I dropped my wifes favorite porcelain teapot and broke it all over the floor. Once something is broke, there just is no way of fixing it. Im broke, I repeated to my wife with a whimsical smile, and its a real messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 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. 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But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those stilllingering questions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a meeting so you can get things out in the open. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if youre not careful with other peoples feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see your side of the situation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, youll need more facts to back up your actions later on. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. Youll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of being there for those who need your help in difficult times. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc. lence caused by guns and many of those by people who have basically nothing. To allow people to have gun permits for concealed weapons is like having a fuse ready to go off at any time. Finally, there is no reason for people to own guns except for target shooting, and those guns could be locked up at the shooting range. No guns on the street. Unfortunately, NO definitive action will be taken, regarding gun laws by congress. Oh yes, who/what was it that first brought up mental health issues regarding the Connecticut slaughter, the NRA. How about that, trying to divert attention from themselves and guns, to another issue altogether? Bill Ford Ocala You cant legislate evilNo matter how many laws we pass, attacking/banning guns is not the answer and never has been. Guns dont kill anyone, sick/evil individuals do, and it just takes one. States and countries who attempt to restrict gun ownership have more violent crimes than those who dont. This last attack was by an evil coward who murdered innocents who were not able to defend themselves. He didnt have the nerve to attack those who are capable of defending themselves. He must have felt very powerful killing those innocent children and unarmed adults, what a coward. This should cause us to reflect on the direction America is heading, moving away from God and the values we were taught by our parents and teachers when we were children. Paul Harvey was concerned about the direction our culture was heading as early as April, 1965, when he made his famous If I were the devil broadcast (see it on line @http//stg.do/9LDc). He spoke of our future and how we were losing our conscience as a nation, its as if he wrote it today. When dealing with cowards you have to deal through strength, the only language they understand. I recommend all principals and teachers carry a gun to school. You dont hear of a shooting anywhere the targeted victim was armed, cowards commit acts of terror on the ones who cant fight back. This included Fort Hood, he knew they were unarmed. Carry a gun! God bless those families. Wayne Rackley Ocala LETTERScontinued from Page 6 R ecent social activities have been a huge success in Fairfield Village. Though I have been away visiting family, my friends and neighbors report that the Christmas and New Years parties were extraordinary this year. When I can get access to some representative photos, I will put some into a type of collage for our neighbors to enjoy. As 2012 comes to a close, many Fairfield neighbors shared wishes for the coming year. Some are probably much like those from previous years; however, as each new year approaches, some of us look at the past with a bit of a different perspective. There are the customary hopes and wishes for peace in the world; the longing for a return to some of the values of earlier times; and the desire for families to be united in peace and harmony. In addition, as I spoke with several different individuals or couples, I got some responses that were very practical in everyday life. E. told me that she wishes for happiness and success for her family and friends. She hopes that teens would become more aware of the need to accept each other as there are so many instances of bullying with tragic results. Hopefully these will decrease in 2013. L. was prompt in a response that dealt with her sons new business enterprise. She said he had invested a considerable amount of time, energy, and money in something that could make life for his family much better. She hopes that this will be accomplished even though the economy has not been all that favorable. C. and T. both hope for world peace but they would be happy just to see friendly attitudes among their friends and neighbors. They pointed out that would be a good way to begin 2013. H. hopes that his arthritis will give him a bit of a respite since it has been particularly painful the past few months. He chuckled as he added, Is it ok to wish for something like that? I responded that probably many people would have the same desire. The Rs hope to be able to sell some property that has been listed for quite some time. They both hope to be able to make some significant charitable donations when that happens although they do also plan to enjoy a special trip that they have planned for a number of years. P has a friend in Virginia who has been battling brain cancer for almost a year. The good news is that the treatment so far has been very successful, and the doctors have given a hopeful prognosis. P wishes for continued good news from this friend while saying prayers that more progress will be made toward cures for cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. l Bs grandchild has some serious emotional issues that are presently responding to treatment. The hope is that the medications that are now helping will lead the way toward a time when, perhaps, there will no longer be a need for the medication. Several in our community have lost members of their family during 2012. Their grief is still very painful and ever-present. Many in Fairfield Village expressed prayers and wishes for their sorrow to be assuaged and happiness to return to their lives with the pleasant memories of the loved ones. From my own point of view coupled with several of my Fairfield friends, we hope and pray that some sort of peace will be restored to all those affected by the Newtown tragedy. Perhaps some good can come from the awareness that there are young people who suffer from mental or emotional issues that can cause them to snap and commit atrocities such as what happened. Our prayers go out to the extended families. We fondly remember our community members who have passed away during 2012. Our loss is tempered by the good memories and happy times that were part of their legacy as members Fairfield wishes all a Happy New Year Priscilla Geissal of the Fairfield Village community. They will remain a part of the good folks who have made Fairfield Village such a nice place to live. On an immediate level, we want to express our best wishes for success to Rachel Muse, the new manager of Fairfield Village, as she begins her first year in our community. We feel sure that good things are on the horizon in 2013 for her and for Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people. The season to be broke James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 3

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3 6 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends On Point Some requests for our state legislators Kudos to students and their teachers C anada. Sweden. France. Denmark. Germany. Israel. Not only can your fourth-grader name them, theyve bested them. This from the National Center for Education Statistics, which recently released a pair of studies analyzing the reading, math and science achievements of students around the globe based on responses to tests produced by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. One test the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, or PIRLS evaluated students abilities to read for literary experience and acquire and use information theyve ready, while another the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS measured their mathematical and scientific abilities. Among the findings: Floridas fourth-graders scored above the U.S. average on PIRLS and, alongside Singapore, had more students performing at or above the advanced international reading benchmark than did the rest of the participating school systems around the world. In Florida and throughout the world, girls outperformed boys on PIRLS. In Florida, boys outperformed girls on TIMSS. On TIMSS, Florida had a higher percentage of students perform at or above international benchmarks than the international median. Another encouraging note: Floridas data came only from public school systems. Our states public schools and teachers have been harshly scrutinized by our Legislature and proponents of private schooling of late; these results show public education can and does work. Our teachers work will never be done, and our schools should always strive to improve. But in a state whose public education system has been marred by deep funding cuts, FCAT fiascos and perhaps a greater emphasis on metrics than results, these studies findings present us with a lesson worth memorizing: Our teachers are capable and our students willing, and when challenged, can rise above the rest of the world. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters Guns, mental health and parentingLetters have cropped up alluding to parenting being a problem with those who want to take a gun and indiscriminately kill people. Theyre right in one way. But, Im going to speak to the three scenarios in my caption. First, parenting. Children today have way too permissive parents and teachers. Parents must feel if they say no, its offensive to their children. Having raised five children from the 50s to the 70s, there was never a permissive bone in my body. Loving absolutely, but discipline was the foundation for the children. There were no nights out after 10 oclock, and then on weekends only. Drugs, smoking, drinking, and backtalk were never an issue. Teachers today seem to want to keep their jobs rather than educate. That doesnt mean they are not compassionate. Being a music major in college, I notice even the music I hear on TV and the radio, by young people, would never hold up, 30, 40, or 50 years ago. I listen to it on TV in particular and wonder if the music teachers have absolute pitch or none at all. I have six children and grandchildren who are teachers. One grandson teaches at a major university, and the others in elementary schools, and they all are against guns. Mental illness has been with us since time immemorial, so thats a copout. There are more professionals dealing with mental illnesses, than ever before. But, are they really more interested in people or the dollar. A good question. Now to guns. The killers. The NRA will tell you, people kill people, guns dont kill people, bull pucky. If that kid in Connecticut went into that school without guns, those beautiful children and teachers would still be alive. We as a nation, are the most over gunned country in the world. Reason, our country is living in the dark ages, and let a few dominate what is done about guns. Back in the 1700s when the Constitution was drafted, we were at war, for our freedom, with the British. Guns were needed to fight a war, not to annihilate our own children and families. A musket took about 3-5 minutes to reload after firing. Today in that 3-5 minute time frame, thousands of rounds of ammunition can be fired. Now, I ask you who needs a gun that can fire to that extent? Nobody! When I was in the Navy, during the Korean War, I had to shoot a weapon, and I became a sharpshooter. But, since my service time, Ive never touched a gun as to me they are filthy. Folks, we are living so far in the past, I doubt we will ever catch up before the country becomes nothing within the next 28 years. The NRA is, in my mind, a self serving enemy of the people, and probably in the back of their minds, they can do anything the choose, and theyre doing it. People, in the Bible it states, live in the past and destroy thyself. Man, are we on that track. Fundamentally, we are a violent people. Of course we had to be in a way. But only to establish a new country, of the people, and by the people, and for the people. We killed the native Americans who were here first, not trying to live with them, but to take their land, the land they had for thousands of years. How did we do it? With guns. The good old musket at first, then the repeating rifle, and colt 45. Bang, and they were dead. We need guns like we need a hole in the head and a gun will give you just that. I wonder how many unemployed people own expensive guns, and how many needy families have guns instead of food. Think of the gang killings and family vioReader 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. 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I say reportedly, because the only place its shown up on is the Sunshine notice put out by the County Commission anytime more than one commissioner might be at some sort of function together. So far I have received no notice of the meeting from chairman Dennis Baxley or any other legislator, nor have I seen it publicized anywhere else. So, I would suggest calling before going. However, working on the assumption that there is a meeting, I hereby submit some items that should be taken up by the Legislature. Watch your amendments. Last years election ballot was cluttered with 11 of them, and all were initiated by the Legislature. Not one was a grass-roots movement by the people of Florida. By the way, in case you hadnt noticed, most were defeated, so a lot of your efforts were a waste of time. Ban texting while driving. Talking on a cell phone is one thing. Typing a note on a tablet or phone is another. Its just natural to look at the screen to see what youre typing. Drivers should be able to talk on the phone without a problem its not much different than listening to the radio or CD. But texting? Get rid of it. Ease up on the driver license renewal restrictions. I recently did mine, and I had to show a birth certificate (at my age its beginning to wear out) and Social Security card. Never mind that I have been working and driving in Florida since 1968 and that my driving record is clean. I sincerely doubt if these rules and regulations are catching any terrorists in their late 60s. And if youre going to require working people to go to the office to renew, make it mandatory that all driver license offices be open on Saturday. Back off on some of your education rules and tests. One size fits all education cant work. Look at some of your northern rural counties, where half the students take some sort of agricultural study, and compare them to, say, Miami, where most of the children have never even seen a farm. Allow more control to local school boards. While on the subject of schools, make it mandatory that a superintendent of schools, whether elected or appointed, has a masters degree. Heres another school suggestion that some of you wont like. Since the Legislature is charged with handling public education issues, each legislator should be all-in on public schools. No legislator should be allowed to vote on any matter involving public schools if he or she has a child or grandchild in a private school. Keep legal advertising in newspapers, and allow free circulation papers (such as ours) that meet postal standards of at least 25 percent news content to print legals. That law is antiquated and should be changed. If you want to put legals online, Please see CLARK Page 8 Please see LETTERS Page 7 good feeling this time of the year. She looked at me, shook her head and then went back to her business. I thought some more on that subject and reaffirmed my idea that being broke this time of the year was a marvelous feeling. If it were April, tax time, being broke would not feel so good. Or, if it were before Christmas, being broke would not be a very good idea. Being broke after Christmas means several things. First, it means that I did my best to bless my family and friends around me with tokens of appreciation. That is all a gift really is. I am not a very good gift buyer, just ask my wife. I am the kind of person who thinks it is the thought that counts. I also know, behind every thought must be some emblem of tangibility. I have done my best this year to select gifts that would be appreciated, at least for a moment. It would be a terrible thing at the end of the Christmas season to have a ton of money left over realizing that maybe you did not do your best this year at Christmas time. Do not get me wrong. I am a Pennsylvania Dutchman through and through and we do not believe in wasting money. We do believe in investing our resources in family and friends. I am not extravagant in my giving. I do not have it to be extravagant. What I do have, I want to use to bless and encourage the people that have meant so much to me during the year. Yes, being broke is a good feeling. Being broke also means I have no room for regrets. Would I have liked to give more gifts? Sure, but when you run out of money, you cannot go any further. By being broke at the end of Christmas means, I have done everything I possibly could within my resources to thank the people I love for being a part of my life. You cannot buy friendship. Unless of course you are in Washington DC or Hollywood California. Among normal folk, friendship is not for sale. It is not even for rent. At this time of the year, it sure is a wonderful feeling to tell your friends and family you are glad they are a part of your life. Being broke is a lot more than having no money. Being broke means that I have done everything within my power to bless those people around me. I have given all I had to give and there is a good warm fuzzy feeling about that. God is the one who set the standard along this line. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 KJV). God looked at the world, it broke His heart and therefore He sent His Son to remedy our situation. Thank God for that broken heart. He gave His all for those He loved. Dr. 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. Deceased vets names to be read The reading of the names of area veterans who have passed away in the previous three months will be carried out by members of the Stone Creek Veterans organization at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Park on Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Taking part in the event will be members of Belleview High School ROTC, the Marion County Sheriffs Department, and the New Apostolic Church Choir. Chess Club to meet The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276. SNYDERcontinued from Page 2

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At the completion of the names, Chaplin John Banhagel delivered his comments. After a moment of silence, Bob Romiti ended the ceremony playing Taps. While the ceremony ended, the tragedy is still very much in our minds and hearts as many celebrate the birth of Jesus and peace on earth. The discussion of this tragedy must not end as we must look for ways for senseless killings to stop. This tragedy is more than gun control. It is a mental illness problem with many facets to explore. We are a nation that has done great things and coming together we can begin to solve this problem. Let us continue to remember the many senseless tragedies that have happen this year and vow to begin the discussion for solutions. Individual people can make a difference. While the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy try to rebuild their lives, we pray that they will know that a nation and a world feels their pain. Thank you to the Veterans for letting the Stone Creek family come together to remember. May there be peace on earth, and good will to men as we move into the new year! STONE CREEKcontinued from Page 1 Stone Creek Veterans Association bugler Bob Romiti playing "Taps." Reading of the names of the deceased (foreground); Ringing of the bell (background). Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Stone Creek Veterans Association Commander David Fitch giving opening remarks. Stone Creek Veteran Larry Melander ringing of the bell. Lynn Barrett singing "The Lord's Prayer." Read the classifieds H appy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. They say, Time flies when youre having fun, so I must really be having fun! Its always hard to remember to change the year when writing checks, etc. By the time were in the habit of writing 2012, its time to start writing 2013. I found the following information the other day, and even though Christmas is over, I thought you might find this bit of info interesting. Do you remember the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas? This is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that wont come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? I just found out so here is one explanation of this song: From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember: The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ; Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments; Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love; The four calling birds were the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament; the six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation; seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy SpiritProphesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy SpiritLove, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control; the ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments; the 11 pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples; the 12 drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed. Now, just so you know, The Snopes.com report states that the above information is false, but it makes an interesting story. You can decide for yourself what you want to believe. Some scholars believe the song originated in France, not England. Whatever the truth, its still an interesting Christmas song. NOTICE: This Friday, the 4th, is the monthly gathering at the clubhouse. We will be taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations we need your help. Come join us at 7 p.m. Checking out the Days of Christmas Carolyn Slocumb Q UAIL MEADOW OTOW Concert ChorusOn Sunday, Jan. 6, the OTOW Concert Chorus will wrap-up the holidays with A Medley of Christmas Songs including music from the movie and stage show White Christmas. The chorus will perform, under the direction of Christine Douglas, in the Health and Recreation Ballroom in the On Top of the World Community at 3 p.m. A free will offering will be taken and the funds will be used to buy new music so the chorus can continue to entertain with new songs. For further information contact President, Joan Stenson at 352-873-0340.Jazz group at CountrysideThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. The performers will be The Usual Suspects, formerly Opus III, Ocalas premium jazz group, consisting of Don Gold on drums, Charlie Remillard on keyboard, Dean Millward on bass and Alto Sax Mike Holt. 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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THIGH & LEG 2 SIDES & BISCUIT Limit 2 Exp. 1/14/13 $ 3 99 Limit 2 Exp. 1/14/13 $ 4 49 mixed chicken (white and dark) 1 SIDE Limit 2 Exp. 1/14/13 WMM 732-GOLF (4653) Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time Reservation Our Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon $ 32 00 Before 11:00 $ 27 00 After 11:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 2/20/13 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 000DL3G Ocalas Only 4-Star Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations Accommodations for Your Pet for Your Pet Tour our unique Tour our unique facility and you facility and you be the judge! be the judge! 352-861-4566 352-861-4566 B o a r d i n g G r o o m i n g Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 000DLAJ Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting L o o k f o r u s L o o k f o r u s Look for us o n F a c e b o o k o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook 000CLCO IRRIGATION LLC. SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. Member of Florida Irrigation Society WINNER 2012 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Reset Controller Adjust Sprays & Rotors to Correct Spray Pattern Complete System Inspection $ 39 95 Call for details 352-237-2796 Family Owned & Operated Since 1972 Licensed & Insured #3803 Dependable A Division of R.C. Cohn Construction 000DJHY CONCRETE WORK REPAIRING OLD INSTALLING NEW We Make Your Concrete Look Good Specializing in Repairing Concrete Driveways Pool Decks Patios Entrance Ways Advantages: Mildew & Oil Resistant Non Skid Protection Easy to Keep Clean Commercial Grade Quality RENEWED SURFACES SPRINKLERS ACCURATE SPRINKLERS (352) 445-1403 Licensed #10719 & Insured C HECK -U P Complete check-up of entire sprinkler system! $ 30 0 0 0 C U M 2 000CUM2 GARAGE SCREEN DOORS 000DN3D 465-4629 Call us today for a free estimate! $ 7 9 5 $ 7 9 5 $ 795 CRC058138 Starting at OPTIONAL SCREEN CHOICES. ONSTRUCTION RAY R A Y RAY C C C C C C O N S T R U C T I O N ONSTRUCTION C r a y c o n s t c o m C r a y c o n s t c o m Crayconst.com Trade in y o u r o ld v in yl windows for acrylic or glass 1 6 x 7 S L I D I N G 1 6 x 7 S L I D I N G 16 x 7 SLIDING G A R A G E G A R A G E GARAGE S C R E E N S C R E E N SCREEN D O O R D O O R DOOR 000D43H PLUMBING EPA Lead Certification #NAT-113266-1 OSHA 10 #1216933 Fla. Lic. #CFC1427666 804-9165 Associated Plumbing and Pipe From Bathroom Remodeling to Fixing Leaky Faucets, and installing Bliss Walk-in Tubs Residential and Commercial CERAMIC TILE Lawson Tile Floors Walls Tub & Shower Remodel Back Splash Reasonable Rates 34 years Experience (352) 229-5548 Licensed & Insured 000CLG8 711185 DIALAPRO F o r Y o u r P r o f e s s i o n a l N e e d s For Your Professional Needs W E S T M A R I O N M e s s e n g e r WEST MARION Messenger lander. The bell with hammer came from the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Park. At the completion of the names, Chaplin John Banhagel delivered his comments. After a moment of silence, Bob Romiti ended the ceremony playing Taps. While the ceremony ended, the tragedy is still very much in our minds and hearts as many celebrate the birth of Jesus and peace on earth. The discussion of this tragedy must not end as we must look for ways for senseless killings to stop. This tragedy is more than gun control. It is a mental illness problem with many facets to explore. We are a nation that has done great things and coming together we can begin to solve this problem. Let us continue to remember the many senseless tragedies that have happen this year and vow to begin the discussion for solutions. Individual people can make a difference. While the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy try to rebuild their lives, we pray that they will know that a nation and a world feels their pain. Thank you to the Veterans for letting the Stone Creek family come together to remember. May there be peace on earth, and good will to men as we move into the new year! STONE CREEKcontinued from Page 1 Stone Creek Veterans Association bugler Bob Romiti playing "Taps." Reading of the names of the deceased (foreground); Ringing of the bell (background). Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Stone Creek Veterans Association Commander David Fitch giving opening remarks. Stone Creek Veteran Larry Melander ringing of the bell. Lynn Barrett singing "The Lord's Prayer." Read the classifieds H appy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. They say, Time flies when youre having fun, so I must really be having fun! Its always hard to remember to change the year when writing checks, etc. By the time were in the habit of writing 2012, its time to start writing 2013. I found the following information the other day, and even though Christmas is over, I thought you might find this bit of info interesting. Do you remember the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas? This is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that wont come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? I just found out so here is one explanation of this song: From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember: The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ; Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments; Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love; The four calling birds were the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament; the six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation; seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy SpiritProphesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy SpiritLove, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control; the ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments; the 11 pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples; the 12 drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed. Now, just so you know, The Snopes.com report states that the above information is false, but it makes an interesting story. You can decide for yourself what you want to believe. Some scholars believe the song originated in France, not England. Whatever the truth, its still an interesting Christmas song. NOTICE: This Friday, the 4th, is the monthly gathering at the clubhouse. We will be taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations we need your help. Come join us at 7 p.m. Checking out the Days of Christmas Carolyn Slocumb Q UAIL MEADOW OTOW Concert ChorusOn Sunday, Jan. 6, the OTOW Concert Chorus will wrap-up the holidays with A Medley of Christmas Songs including music from the movie and stage show White Christmas. The chorus will perform, under the direction of Christine Douglas, in the Health and Recreation Ballroom in the On Top of the World Community at 3 p.m. A free will offering will be taken and the funds will be used to buy new music so the chorus can continue to entertain with new songs. For further information contact President, Joan Stenson at 352-873-0340.Jazz group at CountrysideThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. The performers will be The Usual Suspects, formerly Opus III, Ocalas premium jazz group, consisting of Don Gold on drums, Charlie Remillard on keyboard, Dean Millward on bass and Alto Sax Mike Holt. 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, January 2, 2013 3 6 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends On Point Some requests for our state legislators Kudos to students and their teachers C anada. Sweden. France. Denmark. Germany. Israel. Not only can your fourth-grader name them, theyve bested them. This from the National Center for Education Statistics, which recently released a pair of studies analyzing the reading, math and science achievements of students around the globe based on responses to tests produced by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. One test the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, or PIRLS evaluated students abilities to read for literary experience and acquire and use information theyve ready, while another the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS measured their mathematical and scientific abilities. Among the findings: Floridas fourth-graders scored above the U.S. average on PIRLS and, alongside Singapore, had more students performing at or above the advanced international reading benchmark than did the rest of the participating school systems around the world. In Florida and throughout the world, girls outperformed boys on PIRLS. In Florida, boys outperformed girls on TIMSS. On TIMSS, Florida had a higher percentage of students perform at or above international benchmarks than the international median. Another encouraging note: Floridas data came only from public school systems. Our states public schools and teachers have been harshly scrutinized by our Legislature and proponents of private schooling of late; these results show public education can and does work. Our teachers work will never be done, and our schools should always strive to improve. But in a state whose public education system has been marred by deep funding cuts, FCAT fiascos and perhaps a greater emphasis on metrics than results, these studies findings present us with a lesson worth memorizing: Our teachers are capable and our students willing, and when challenged, can rise above the rest of the world. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters Guns, mental health and parentingLetters have cropped up alluding to parenting being a problem with those who want to take a gun and indiscriminately kill people. Theyre right in one way. But, Im going to speak to the three scenarios in my caption. First, parenting. Children today have way too permissive parents and teachers. Parents must feel if they say no, its offensive to their children. Having raised five children from the 50s to the 70s, there was never a permissive bone in my body. Loving absolutely, but discipline was the foundation for the children. There were no nights out after 10 oclock, and then on weekends only. Drugs, smoking, drinking, and backtalk were never an issue. Teachers today seem to want to keep their jobs rather than educate. That doesnt mean they are not compassionate. Being a music major in college, I notice even the music I hear on TV and the radio, by young people, would never hold up, 30, 40, or 50 years ago. I listen to it on TV in particular and wonder if the music teachers have absolute pitch or none at all. I have six children and grandchildren who are teachers. One grandson teaches at a major university, and the others in elementary schools, and they all are against guns. Mental illness has been with us since time immemorial, so thats a copout. There are more professionals dealing with mental illnesses, than ever before. But, are they really more interested in people or the dollar. A good question. Now to guns. The killers. The NRA will tell you, people kill people, guns dont kill people, bull pucky. If that kid in Connecticut went into that school without guns, those beautiful children and teachers would still be alive. We as a nation, are the most over gunned country in the world. Reason, our country is living in the dark ages, and let a few dominate what is done about guns. Back in the 1700s when the Constitution was drafted, we were at war, for our freedom, with the British. Guns were needed to fight a war, not to annihilate our own children and families. A musket took about 3-5 minutes to reload after firing. Today in that 3-5 minute time frame, thousands of rounds of ammunition can be fired. Now, I ask you who needs a gun that can fire to that extent? Nobody! When I was in the Navy, during the Korean War, I had to shoot a weapon, and I became a sharpshooter. But, since my service time, Ive never touched a gun as to me they are filthy. Folks, we are living so far in the past, I doubt we will ever catch up before the country becomes nothing within the next 28 years. The NRA is, in my mind, a self serving enemy of the people, and probably in the back of their minds, they can do anything the choose, and theyre doing it. People, in the Bible it states, live in the past and destroy thyself. Man, are we on that track. Fundamentally, we are a violent people. Of course we had to be in a way. But only to establish a new country, of the people, and by the people, and for the people. We killed the native Americans who were here first, not trying to live with them, but to take their land, the land they had for thousands of years. How did we do it? With guns. The good old musket at first, then the repeating rifle, and colt 45. Bang, and they were dead. We need guns like we need a hole in the head and a gun will give you just that. I wonder how many unemployed people own expensive guns, and how many needy families have guns instead of food. Think of the gang killings and family vioReader 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. 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I say reportedly, because the only place its shown up on is the Sunshine notice put out by the County Commission anytime more than one commissioner might be at some sort of function together. So far I have received no notice of the meeting from chairman Dennis Baxley or any other legislator, nor have I seen it publicized anywhere else. So, I would suggest calling before going. However, working on the assumption that there is a meeting, I hereby submit some items that should be taken up by the Legislature. Watch your amendments. Last years election ballot was cluttered with 11 of them, and all were initiated by the Legislature. Not one was a grass-roots movement by the people of Florida. By the way, in case you hadnt noticed, most were defeated, so a lot of your efforts were a waste of time. Ban texting while driving. Talking on a cell phone is one thing. Typing a note on a tablet or phone is another. Its just natural to look at the screen to see what youre typing. Drivers should be able to talk on the phone without a problem its not much different than listening to the radio or CD. But texting? Get rid of it. Ease up on the driver license renewal restrictions. I recently did mine, and I had to show a birth certificate (at my age its beginning to wear out) and Social Security card. Never mind that I have been working and driving in Florida since 1968 and that my driving record is clean. I sincerely doubt if these rules and regulations are catching any terrorists in their late 60s. And if youre going to require working people to go to the office to renew, make it mandatory that all driver license offices be open on Saturday. Back off on some of your education rules and tests. One size fits all education cant work. Look at some of your northern rural counties, where half the students take some sort of agricultural study, and compare them to, say, Miami, where most of the children have never even seen a farm. Allow more control to local school boards. While on the subject of schools, make it mandatory that a superintendent of schools, whether elected or appointed, has a masters degree. Heres another school suggestion that some of you wont like. Since the Legislature is charged with handling public education issues, each legislator should be all-in on public schools. No legislator should be allowed to vote on any matter involving public schools if he or she has a child or grandchild in a private school. Keep legal advertising in newspapers, and allow free circulation papers (such as ours) that meet postal standards of at least 25 percent news content to print legals. That law is antiquated and should be changed. If you want to put legals online, Please see CLARK Page 8 Please see LETTERS Page 7 good feeling this time of the year. She looked at me, shook her head and then went back to her business. I thought some more on that subject and reaffirmed my idea that being broke this time of the year was a marvelous feeling. If it were April, tax time, being broke would not feel so good. Or, if it were before Christmas, being broke would not be a very good idea. Being broke after Christmas means several things. First, it means that I did my best to bless my family and friends around me with tokens of appreciation. That is all a gift really is. I am not a very good gift buyer, just ask my wife. I am the kind of person who thinks it is the thought that counts. I also know, behind every thought must be some emblem of tangibility. I have done my best this year to select gifts that would be appreciated, at least for a moment. It would be a terrible thing at the end of the Christmas season to have a ton of money left over realizing that maybe you did not do your best this year at Christmas time. Do not get me wrong. I am a Pennsylvania Dutchman through and through and we do not believe in wasting money. We do believe in investing our resources in family and friends. I am not extravagant in my giving. I do not have it to be extravagant. What I do have, I want to use to bless and encourage the people that have meant so much to me during the year. Yes, being broke is a good feeling. Being broke also means I have no room for regrets. Would I have liked to give more gifts? Sure, but when you run out of money, you cannot go any further. By being broke at the end of Christmas means, I have done everything I possibly could within my resources to thank the people I love for being a part of my life. You cannot buy friendship. Unless of course you are in Washington DC or Hollywood California. Among normal folk, friendship is not for sale. It is not even for rent. At this time of the year, it sure is a wonderful feeling to tell your friends and family you are glad they are a part of your life. Being broke is a lot more than having no money. Being broke means that I have done everything within my power to bless those people around me. I have given all I had to give and there is a good warm fuzzy feeling about that. God is the one who set the standard along this line. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 KJV). God looked at the world, it broke His heart and therefore He sent His Son to remedy our situation. Thank God for that broken heart. He gave His all for those He loved. Dr. 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. Deceased vets names to be read The reading of the names of area veterans who have passed away in the previous three months will be carried out by members of the Stone Creek Veterans organization at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Park on Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Taking part in the event will be members of Belleview High School ROTC, the Marion County Sheriffs Department, and the New Apostolic Church Choir. Chess Club to meet The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276. SNYDERcontinued from Page 2

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F or the last several hours, I have been slouching in my easy chair basking in the soothing aura of the season. I have not moved in several hours, and it probably will be several more hours before I even think of moving. Just a few days ago, we were in the middle of our Christmas holiday celebration with family and friends. The only thing I enjoy more is the peace and quiet that follows upon the heels of all that festivity. Do not get me wrong, I love my family and friends but boy, do I love peace and quiet. Isnt one of the sayings of the season, Peace on earth, goodwill toward men? I am not sure of all the ramifications of that phrase, but I do enjoy the peace that comes following an exuberant time of celebration with family and friends. About this time, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came in and saw me in the same position she saw me several hours previous. Are you, she said after staring at me for a few moments, going to stay in that chair all day? All I could do was smile graciously in her direction. Then she became concerned, and prodded me a little, Are you all right? She said it with a deep sense of genuine concern. I knew I owed her an explanation for the collapse of my bodily activities. Nothing wrong with me, I explained, Im just broke. With that, I smiled a rather infectious smile. She broke out laughing and said, What did you say? I think at the time she thought I was just exercising the spirit of merriment. I said, Im broke. Then she had a look of concern on her face. What do you mean youre broke? I knew she was concerned at that point and I had to explain to her what I meant by being broke. By being broke, I do not mean like the government broke into my bank account and confiscated my money. For all Americans that is quite a taxing situation. Also, by being broke I do not mean I dropped my wifes favorite porcelain teapot and broke it all over the floor. Once something is broke, there just is no way of fixing it. 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But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those stilllingering questions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a meeting so you can get things out in the open. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if youre not careful with other peoples feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see your side of the situation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, youll need more facts to back up your actions later on. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. Youll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of being there for those who need your help in difficult times. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc. lence caused by guns and many of those by people who have basically nothing. To allow people to have gun permits for concealed weapons is like having a fuse ready to go off at any time. Finally, there is no reason for people to own guns except for target shooting, and those guns could be locked up at the shooting range. No guns on the street. Unfortunately, NO definitive action will be taken, regarding gun laws by congress. Oh yes, who/what was it that first brought up mental health issues regarding the Connecticut slaughter, the NRA. How about that, trying to divert attention from themselves and guns, to another issue altogether? Bill Ford Ocala You cant legislate evilNo matter how many laws we pass, attacking/banning guns is not the answer and never has been. Guns dont kill anyone, sick/evil individuals do, and it just takes one. States and countries who attempt to restrict gun ownership have more violent crimes than those who dont. This last attack was by an evil coward who murdered innocents who were not able to defend themselves. He didnt have the nerve to attack those who are capable of defending themselves. He must have felt very powerful killing those innocent children and unarmed adults, what a coward. This should cause us to reflect on the direction America is heading, moving away from God and the values we were taught by our parents and teachers when we were children. Paul Harvey was concerned about the direction our culture was heading as early as April, 1965, when he made his famous If I were the devil broadcast (see it on line @http//stg.do/9LDc). He spoke of our future and how we were losing our conscience as a nation, its as if he wrote it today. When dealing with cowards you have to deal through strength, the only language they understand. I recommend all principals and teachers carry a gun to school. You dont hear of a shooting anywhere the targeted victim was armed, cowards commit acts of terror on the ones who cant fight back. This included Fort Hood, he knew they were unarmed. Carry a gun! God bless those families. Wayne Rackley Ocala LETTERScontinued from Page 6 R ecent social activities have been a huge success in Fairfield Village. Though I have been away visiting family, my friends and neighbors report that the Christmas and New Years parties were extraordinary this year. When I can get access to some representative photos, I will put some into a type of collage for our neighbors to enjoy. As 2012 comes to a close, many Fairfield neighbors shared wishes for the coming year. Some are probably much like those from previous years; however, as each new year approaches, some of us look at the past with a bit of a different perspective. There are the customary hopes and wishes for peace in the world; the longing for a return to some of the values of earlier times; and the desire for families to be united in peace and harmony. In addition, as I spoke with several different individuals or couples, I got some responses that were very practical in everyday life. E. told me that she wishes for happiness and success for her family and friends. She hopes that teens would become more aware of the need to accept each other as there are so many instances of bullying with tragic results. Hopefully these will decrease in 2013. L. was prompt in a response that dealt with her sons new business enterprise. She said he had invested a considerable amount of time, energy, and money in something that could make life for his family much better. She hopes that this will be accomplished even though the economy has not been all that favorable. C. and T. both hope for world peace but they would be happy just to see friendly attitudes among their friends and neighbors. They pointed out that would be a good way to begin 2013. H. hopes that his arthritis will give him a bit of a respite since it has been particularly painful the past few months. He chuckled as he added, Is it ok to wish for something like that? I responded that probably many people would have the same desire. The Rs hope to be able to sell some property that has been listed for quite some time. They both hope to be able to make some significant charitable donations when that happens although they do also plan to enjoy a special trip that they have planned for a number of years. P has a friend in Virginia who has been battling brain cancer for almost a year. The good news is that the treatment so far has been very successful, and the doctors have given a hopeful prognosis. P wishes for continued good news from this friend while saying prayers that more progress will be made toward cures for cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. l Bs grandchild has some serious emotional issues that are presently responding to treatment. The hope is that the medications that are now helping will lead the way toward a time when, perhaps, there will no longer be a need for the medication. Several in our community have lost members of their family during 2012. Their grief is still very painful and ever-present. Many in Fairfield Village expressed prayers and wishes for their sorrow to be assuaged and happiness to return to their lives with the pleasant memories of the loved ones. From my own point of view coupled with several of my Fairfield friends, we hope and pray that some sort of peace will be restored to all those affected by the Newtown tragedy. Perhaps some good can come from the awareness that there are young people who suffer from mental or emotional issues that can cause them to snap and commit atrocities such as what happened. Our prayers go out to the extended families. We fondly remember our community members who have passed away during 2012. Our loss is tempered by the good memories and happy times that were part of their legacy as members Fairfield wishes all a Happy New Year Priscilla Geissal of the Fairfield Village community. They will remain a part of the good folks who have made Fairfield Village such a nice place to live. On an immediate level, we want to express our best wishes for success to Rachel Muse, the new manager of Fairfield Village, as she begins her first year in our community. We feel sure that good things are on the horizon in 2013 for her and for Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people. The season to be broke James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 3

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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........2 Crossword............3 Quail Meadow......5 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 40 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 Opinion Page 6 Classifieds Page 7 8 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DM0W 000DLXX 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 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 6-V T605 only $ 519 8-V T875 only $ 619 FREE pickup within 5 miles 12-V T1275 only $ 639 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 5,995 Happy Holidays Thank You For Your Business! 6-V 6 PACK$ 459 8-V 6 PACK$ 519 PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms home The Christmas spirit is apparent at the home of Marta and Ramon Hernandez of Ocala Palms. Please see CITIZENS Page 8 Get your keyboard or pen/pencil ready the opportunity to register for Marion Countys Citizens Academy is finally here. The county begins accepting applications for its 2013 class today. A free 10-week program, the Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for local residents and business owners to get an inside look at county government and its operations, services and challenges. Participants will attend sessions on a different department or facet of county government each week starting in March. Sessions last approximately three hours and include presentations, tours and hands-on activities at various county locations. Citizens Academy Class of 2012 graduate Denise Azis said that the program anCitizens Academy signing up swered a lot of questions that affect everyday life. I have a better understanding of how the essential 911 service works. I can better appreciate what the fire and rescue people do. I also understand the solid waste and utilities she said. Its also good knowing where the various sites are located, and I know that if I called any of them (county staff) with a question, they would be kind and helpful. Fellow Class of 2012 grad Rich Lambrecht noted that as a supervisor of his local community development district, he is frequently contacted by neighbors who have questions about government services and responsibilities the answers often involve Marion County government. He encourages others to take part in the program. While its good to have an opinion on the effectiveness of our county government and county commissioners, it is even better to have an understanding of what they are doing and how they are doing it, he said. Marion County residents or business owners ages 18 and older are eligible to attend. All participants must complete a registration form and be accepted prior to attending and go to a minimum of eight of the 10 sessions to graduate. For more information or to apply, visit www.marioncountyfl.org/citizensacademy.htm. CITIZENS continued from Page 1 PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONIn the top photo, Citizens Academy participants toured a Marion County Utilities plant during one of their sessions in 2012, learning the ins and outs of treating water and other services the Utilities Department provides. In the bottom photo, Citizens Academy participants met and interacted with Fire Rescues technical rescue team as part of one of their sessions. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Remembering the children Stone Creek holds ceremony Stone Creek Glee Club is shown singing "Amazing Grace"/"God Bless America." BY PATRICIA GIZZI Special to the Messenger The holiday season is the time when many of us remember childhood traditions that took place during this time. The Stone Creek Residents came together with candles and flashlights on Friday evening for a very different kind of remembering. The Stone Creek Veterans held a simple ceremony to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. The ceremony began at 7 p.m. outside the Reunion Center. Opening remarks were given by Dave Fitch outgoing commander of the Veterans. The Glee Club sang God Bless America and Amazing Grace and then the names of the victims and their ages were read by residents many of whom were former teachers. After the reciting of each name, a bell was rung by Larry MePlease see STONE CREEK Page 4 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKThis is the display set up at Highland Memorial Park. Highland Memorial Park, a 55-acre memorial park in northeast Ocala, has established a memorial site for community to come together to honor the memory of the 26 victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. Off Silver Springs Boulevard, on Northeast Third Street and just inside the entrance gates of Highland Memorial Park, stuffed animals, balloons, flowers, candles and messages of support lay beneath an eight foot banner which includes photos of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk. As a tribute to the Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims, community members can pay their respects by placing flowers, mementos, or by simply visiting the memorial to offer up a prayer any time during regular park hours. While this is just one of the many thoughtful acts being done around the nation in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook School, it is also meant to be a reminder that, though we all struggle to try to understand what we could Our community mourns set up at Highland Memorial Please see HIGHLAND Page 8 never understand, the precious lives lost in Newtown, on Dec. 14 will forever be remembered. Additionally, an enlightening article by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D titled, How to talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life about the Newtown, CT, Tragedy is available as an online resource for community via the Highland Memorial Park/Hers-Baxley blog site at: http://blog.hiersbaxley.com/ and via Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HiersBaxleyFuneralServices. Justin Baxley, general manager of Highland Memorial Park and Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services said this, "As a father of young children and as a funeral director, my heart breaks for those touched by this tragedy. As a company dedicated to honoring memory and providing healing experiences, we feel this is simply one small way that we can give our community to pay its respects and to stand with the people of Newtown in this time of deep sorrow." HIGHLANDcontinued from Page 1 thats fine, but understand that in Florida there is a large segment of population that doesnt surf the Internet. They must have access to those same legal ads in print. Get rid of red light cameras before the courts tell you to do so. There is inconsistent enforcement, improper enforcement and no chance for alleged violators to confront their accusers. Take the money cities spend for the cameras and for people to monitor them and put police officers at the same locations. Finally, pass a budget first. It gets tiring year after year of seeing the Legislature racing to pass a budget as the session winds down. How about a House and Senate rule that no legislation may be voted on until after a budget is adopted. That way, the one big thing that you are mandated to do will get done with proper debate. Of course, no one realistically thinks that the legislators are going to pay attention to me. But if others agree with any of these, and let all their legislators know about it, maybe something will get done. See you on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m., if it turns out the rumors are true. If not, send your suggestions to local legislators in writing. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARK continued from Page 6