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Opinion

  • Like a lot of other people, I've long had a weird fascination with La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia.

    That widespread fascination existed long before "The Untouchables" hit the small screen in the late 1950s, or Mario Puzo published his American classic "The Godfather" in 1969.

    It probably started in the 1920s and 1930s, when newspapers and radio stations began sensationalizing Italian gangsters with monikers like Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Salvatore "Lucky" Luciano, Giuseppe "Joe The Boss" Masseria, and most famous of them all, Alphonse "Scarface Al" Capone.

  • It appears the city council's finance committee is putting the cart before the horse while attempting to bring equity into its business license ordinance.

    While the committee earns praise for at least looking at its antiquated system, it first needs to consider what a lousy job is being done to collect license fees from those who should pay but don't.

  • Thankfully, its apparently time to turn the page on a payroll tax and move on to more equitable solutions to meet the countys future financial needs.

    Those needs, no matter how the current fiscal courts budget is dissected, will become serious in the near future, and all the carping and whining about buying new vehicles or a Gator for the park wont change a thing.