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Summerfield man spends birthday behind bars after being popped on multiple charges

A Summerfield man spent his 26th birthday in jail on Friday after being stopped earlier in the week by a Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputy.

Brinson Perry Dog Park to remain closed through Tuesday

The Brinson Perry Dog Park is closed for maintenance but should open next week. We've got the date.

CDD 9 to look at color palettes to prevent ‘gaudy’ paint jobs

The Community Development District 9 Board of Supervisors will take a fresh look at its color palettes to head off potentially “gaudy” painting of homes.

Opinions

Hooray for computers!

Columnist Barry Evans looks at all the ways computers have simplified our lives.

Meat and heart disease

Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes that many studies show that eating meat every day is associated with increased risk for heart disease, but until now we have had little data about the effects of eating meat less often than that.

Villages-News.com has lost a contributing voice and good friend

Villages-News.com Editor Meta Minton remembers Opinion writer Dennis Petrucelli who died earlier this week.

Obituaries

Richard Norris

Dick Norris loved tennis and played into his late 70s.

Reina Carbonaro

Reina Carbonaro was a retired Administrator for a Nationwide Health Organization.

Maxine Kaye Kraus Konieczny Gillotti

Maxine Gillotti left behind an immense legacy of 40 plus years in the nursing field, touching and helping countless lives along the way.

The Bull in the China Shop

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The Donald has once again made assertions that are untrue and totally baseless in relation to the escalating “trade war” and the “tit-for-tat” tariff game he is playing with the Chinese.
There are a couple of actual and provable facts that put the lie to his blustering. On May 1, the S&P closed at 2,924; on May 14, it closed at 2,834, a drop of 90 points or a -3%. Similarly, on May 1, the Dow Jones closed at 26,430 and on May 14, it closed at 25,531, a drop of some 890 points or a -3% loss.
By all accounts, these losses were engendered by and attributed to one influence only being that “trade war” with China. I suppose these losses may be considered by many as miniscule; but I suspect that they represent the cumulative loss (at least on paper) of tens of billions of American dollars in investments in the short space of two weeks. Yet, “the president insisted increases on Chinese goods don’t hurt American consumers” (Joe McDonald, the Associated Press, May 14, 2019). Perhaps The Donald, with all of his supposed billions of dollars, doesn’t find a loss of 3% to be important, but I suggest that most Americans who have invested in the markets are feeling the heat. The Donald then doubled down by saying “there is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs” (same source, McDonald of the AP). This assertion merely adds to the already known ignorance of The Donald. U.S. importers of Chinese goods pay the tariffs imposed by China. And if anyone would be so naïve as to expect Wal-Mart, for example,  to “swallow” those additional costs rather than passing them on to its customers, he or she should go back to third grade.
The Donald’s ignorance is obviously contagious. It ain’t gonna happen, people! Without question, The Donald is the Bull in a China Shop.
But when he breaks it, we have to pay for it!

Daniel Andrews is a resident of the Village of Winifred.

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Latest Posts

Summerfield man spends birthday behind bars after being popped on multiple charges

A Summerfield man spent his 26th birthday in jail on Friday after being stopped earlier in the week by a Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputy.

Cape Coral bowler claims victory in event at Fiesta Bowl

Seventy-eight bowlers made the trek to Fiesta Bowl for the sixth event of the 2019-20 season.

Brinson Perry Dog Park to remain closed through Tuesday

The Brinson Perry Dog Park is closed for maintenance but should open next week. We've got the date.

River Otter With Fish At Fenney Nature Trail

Take a look at this river otter catching fish at Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing his photo! Share your local photos...

Letters

More on executive golf course maintenance

A Village of Belle Aire resident has some additional advice about maintenance at the executive golf courses in The Villages. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Groups of bicyclists

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Rio Ponderosa resident objects to bicyclists who ride in groups.

Bicyclists should stay on multi-modal paths

A Village of Duval resident, in a Letter to the Editor, argues bicyclists should stay on the multi-modal paths.

Why inflict pain on each other?

A man who has been reading about The Villages wonders why people would want to inflict pain on each other in their final days. Read his Letter to the Editor.

A message for President Trump

A Lady Lake man has a message for President Trump.

Crime

Summerfield man spends birthday behind bars after being popped on multiple charges

A Summerfield man spent his 26th birthday in jail on Friday after being stopped earlier in the week by a Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputy.

Villager arrested on warrants dating back to 2018 Homeland Security raid

A Villager was arrested at his home on warrants charging him with multiple drug offenses, dating back to a 2018 raid on his home by Homeland Security.

Wildwood police apprehend woman with large amount of marijuana

Wildwood police apprehended a woman with a large amount of marijuana and a scale in her car.

Summerfield habitual traffic offender back behind bars for driving without a license

A Summerfield man with an extensive criminal record found himself behind bars again on Wednesday night after he was stopped by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy.

Combative DUI suspect arrested after outburst at ER at Brownwood

A combative drunk driving suspect was arrested after an outburst at an emergency room at Brownwood.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Hard living took toll on shock jock Don Imus

Hard living took a toll on shock jock Don Imus, who has died at age 79. Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on his life.

More controversy on eggs

In the past 10 years, 60 percent of the studies on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by special interest industry groups. So are eggs good for you? Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his unbiased opinion.