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Trains could play a major role in our future

"Trains made America great and they could play a major role in our future. This country is lacking a good train system to move products and people across this huge country of ours. The energy efficiency of a train is many times that of trucks and cars" - John Lazaruis shares his thoughts in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions and letters to the editor.

Yield to pedestrians when turning on green

"This is the situation at so many intersections in Ocala: The drivers and the pedestrians get their signals to go at the same time, so drivers turning right proceed without hesitating, and pedestrians have to keep looking back as we walk forward to make sure no one is going to hit us. It should be the opposite, since pedestrians have the right of way" - Ocala resident Susan Henry shares her opinion in a letter to the editor.

We need a Target Supercenter, a Whole Foods, a Pollo Tropical, a Costco, or a BJ’s Wholesale.

"Please, we don’t need more gas stations or Jiffy Lubes, or tire stores in Ocala. We have so much land in Ocala and all the new construction is for stores we are already tired of. We need a Target Supercenter, a Whole Foods, a Pollo Tropical, a Costco, or a BJ's Wholesale" - Ocala resident Isis Linares shares her opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

What’s with all the contractors for City Council?

"I'm curious because they even share signs. I have seen them on the same 2x4 stands in the City. This is outrageous and should not be allowed to pass. There should be laws against this sort of thing. It's not their jobs I am criticizing or their businesses, just they seem to be running together for their respective offices and paired with a financial interest. It just doesn't seem right to me" - Ocala resident Aaron Heim shares his opinion. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

I absolutely love Ocala-News.com

"I absolutely love Ocala-News.com. I gave up the paper years ago. And, here you are! And I am so happy! Keep up the good work. No, the great work! Many thanks. P.S. Do you have a phone number?" - our thanks to Lauren Scott for sharing the kind words in a letter to the editor, and our thanks to all of you for your readership.

Residents respond to Californian’s letter about more restaurants in east Ocala

"Might I suggest to 'California' that you think about why you retired to Florida. If you find the 'inconvenience' of driving a couple of miles to find a restaurant too great, and if it makes you unhappy here in Florida, might I suggest you get in your car, point due west, and drive right back to California" Ocala resident Carol Shalaew and others shared letters and comments in response to a letter written by a Southern Californian who recently relocated to Ocala.

Cuban government lives well, everyone else suffers

"Cuba is the way it is because of Communistic policies. The government lives well and everyone else suffers, just ask those on rafts. I am not sure how we can help without starting a war because they are never going to have a decent country as long as they are ruled and not governed. We need to watch closely or one day we will be Cuba and wonder how we got there" - Ocala resident Donya Singletary shares her opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions in a comment or letter.

Please support Cubans in efforts to attain freedom from communism, dictatorship

"After 62 years of disappointment, family separations, fear of dissent, speaking softly so that the neighbor does not listen, my people are crying out for a change, not for a cruise, not for the United States sanctions to be lifted, not for a ship of food donated by a neighboring country, which they will later sell at exorbitant prices at stores. My people are screaming Freedom. My people yearn with all their might to have the right to say: This is not the destiny that I want for my children, I do not want to be beaten for thinking differently, I want to vote for the president, I do not want communism. And they don't want to be imprisoned or tortured for that. Right now in Cuba there are more than a thousand people missing for peaceful demonstrations, others have been killed by the police and the military" - Yanexy Batista, an Ocala resident who lived in Cuba for many years, says she still suffers for her friends and family that live on the island. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Impact fees have little impact on citizens and taxes

"Impact fees are ultimately passed on to the property buyer in the purchase price. The only real cost of these fees is the up front cost to the builder (loan costs) but again, they are recovered in the sale price. If you want growth, there is no other feasible way to pay for it without putting the financial burden on current residents" - Ocala resident Henry Hicks shares his opinion. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Southern California retirees offer opinion on life in Ocala

"My husband and I relocated from Southern California in September 2019. We purchased a home off the 40 across from Six Gun Plaza. We have found there are very few restaurant choices in this area, we always have to travel to the 200; not that it's far but very inconvenient...Coming from a location that had all these options within a couple of miles, it's quite frustrating" - Ocala resident Cheryl Oliver shares her opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions in a letter or a comment.

Silver Springs resident supports more affordable housing for working class

"Ocala has families living in motels because there are no rentals available and it seems like the only future housing plans are for luxury apartments these workers can't afford. If affordable housing isn't made available soon, workers will start moving away" - Silver Springs resident Colleen O'Brien shares her opinion. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Ocala has enough ‘gluten-enhanced, fast food restaurants’

"Ocala has enough gluten-enhanced, fast food restaurants. Burgers, fried chicken, pizza, etc. Why can't Ocala have more digestive-friendly places to eat, perhaps a Pollo Tropical, or seafood options" - Linda Krivoshein shares her opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Impact fees are a necessity to share burden of improving infrastructure

"In my opinion, impact fees should never be suspended, but managed and used to improve the roads so traffic moves freely, fresh water volume meets demand, and sewer treatment can properly treat the wastewater. Without the fees, the entire burden of improving the infrastructure to support the expanding community rests on the existing tax base, which will result in permanent tax increases" - Ocala resident Ed Garon shares his opinion. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

U.S. should take ‘free market’ approach towards relationship with Cuba

"What I see and know for sure is that right now, I cannot take a cruise to Cuba from the United States. As far as I can tell that's because the previous administration imposed sanctions on the Cuban people. Why? With the stroke of a pen, we could immediately help Cuba by lifting the sanctions and barriers to free trade; imposed by us. That is not giving a free ride to Cuba by giving free aid. That is merely letting the free market work" - Dunnellon resident Victor Rochette shares his opinion. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor or comment.

Resident would like to see more concerts, performing artists come to Ocala

"There are lots of places here now that can accommodate concerts. Rock bands, R&B bands, and country music. A restaurant is not an attraction. How about some music festivals downtown" - Troy McMurray of south Ocala shares his opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Boycotting a business, event for beliefs is ‘just as intolerant’

"Someone boycotting a business or event just because it doesn't have the same views or beliefs is just as intolerant as the ones they wish to do away with" - Silver Springs resident Justin Cunningham shares his thoughts in response to a recent letter from a resident against any new Chick-fil-A locations in Ocala.

Ocala resident shares his opinion on fire protection assessment

"I received a bill for $190.00 which covers to September, then in October will be another bill for another $190.00. They offered a plan to do this in payments with a service charge. The city of Ocala is charging for a service that doesn’t exist and that they were charging before on a monthly basis" - Ocala resident Gonzalo Proano shares his opinion about the Ocala Fire Protection Assessment that replaced the previous fee that was deemed unconstitutional by a state court. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Silver Springs is not a good investment for a family water park

"No one wants to see motels by the hour, homeless people pushing shopping carts, begging for money. Not to mention the run down RV parks. It's not really a good investment for another family water park" - Dunnellon resident Ralph Nagovich shares his opinion about Silver Springs in light of letters from residents hoping a water park will return to the area. Share your opinions in a letter to the editor.

Lifelong Ocala resident hopes for more adult and young adult activities

"Why not a larger miniature golf course or go kart racing? What about an arcade that is a little more mature oriented and fun for young adults to go to? Having more options when it comes to shopping, eating out, or things to do doesn’t mean we are destroying the small town vibe. As a native to the area, I feel like people need options for good clean fun. To celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, promotions, dates and just to have a good ol time" - Lifelong Ocala resident Davie Richardson shares his opinion. Share your opinion in a letter to the editor.

Reddick resident shares thoughts on COVID-19 vaccine

"I've always been a bit of a coward about vaccinations. Vaccinations weren't required when I went to school so it was as an adult that I braved getting the Salk Polio Vaccine when it became available. When the Covid vaccine became available, I got the shots because it was the right thing to do for myself and the community. Most of our political leaders got the Covid vaccine as soon as it became available although some may not have publicized the fact. Donald Trump himself was vaccinated early on" - Pat Hawk of Reddick shares an opinion on the COVID-19 vaccine. Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Salt Springs senior asks for closer grocery options

"The nearest big grocery store is Winn-Dixie, which is 24.7 miles away from my house. Walmart is another 30.8 miles away. I'm writing in case you have any input on getting a larger chain store closer to neighborhoods like ours, as I too am on a fixed budget and can't afford 30-mile trips one-way for groceries" - Jersey Lasky, a senior citizen of Salt Springs, shares his opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your thoughts in a comment or letter.

Residents overwhelmingly support new Chick-fil-A

"Chick-fil-A is a great restaurant, they are efficient, courteous and always friendly no matter what time of day, they are always packed with lines of traffic streaming onto 200 blocking the flow. Obviously another Chick-Fil-A is a good thing, and may alleviate some of the congestion, let’s stop making things political and just think about what’s right for the community" - Residents from all over Marion County and central Florida and shared comments in favor of seeing another Chick-fil-A built in the area. 

Southwest Ocala senior resident asks for more supermarket options

"I am a senior citizen living in the northwest side of Ocala. In my area, we have one choice only, Publix. Many of us don’t feel safe to drive miles to Walmart in order to save some money" - Ocala resident Dee Torres shares her opinion in a letter to the editor.

Local teen shares her thoughts on town

"This town used to have music at the square. This town is dying, and I have watched it slowly die. I’ve watched all my high school friends find the most fun thing to do is to get drunk or do drugs" - Ocala teenager Kinitty Blackwell shares her opinion in a letter to the editor. Share your thoughts in a comment or letter to the editor.