Marshall in the Middle

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Party Bickering Costs All of Us

Another letter published in the Orlando Sentinel this past week., I feel compelled to share on this blog.  The Orlando Sentinel wrote a superb editorial on the need for our state government to get off their ass and take some real action before our natural springs here in Florida are ruined forever.  As usual, the hold up is partisan politics.  Our state government is run by the Republicans but even the Senate and the very conservative governor are behind more aggressive action to save these natural wonders. It's the house that is the holdup.  The house is occupied by quite a few tea party nitwits so you can all imagine where this is going. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the latest "Marshall Missile".  (by the way, I tried to copy and paste the actual article because they included a picture of a cute little girl swimming in clear spring water-- nice touch-- but I couldn't get it to cooperate with Blogger)

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Publication: Orlando Sentinel; Date: Mar 30, 2014; Section: A SeCtion; Page: A24

Legacy of ruined springs

Thanks for the thoughtful words in defense of our natural springs ("House must join Senate's efforts to rescue
springs," Orlando Sentinel, Thursday). As is always the case, lurking beneath all government inefficiency are the two political parties and their chosen issues, whether they be "left" or "right," and the subsequent loss of all common sense in support of whatever "side" they are on for that issue. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Republicans are in control of the Florida House, and therefore, environmental issues are neglected because that is a cause of the "left." I am of neither party and condemn the state House from the center for selling out the future of Florida springs in the name of special interests and political cronyism. I don't care if my children or my future grandchildren will be "right" or "left" as they grow up, but I do hope they take pictures of our ruined algae-covered springs and take them to the convalescent facility for retired legislators. They can then spend all day observing the effect of their work as young state legislators in the early 21st century. This will be their legacy.

Charles E. Marshall Clermont

In My Humble Opinion !!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crimea Entitled to Associate with Russia

What do the people of Crimea want?

The core issue is what is the will of the people.  As long as it is not robbing anyone else or any other country of their rights, then that's what the focus should be.

I get that everyone is worried that Putin is going to keep grabbing more land in Ukraine, but I think we should cross that bridge when we get to it.  Why is it our business if the people of Crimea wish to no longer associate with the Ukraine ?   I don't pretend to be an expert with the situation, I'm certainly not.   I do know that the claim is that the government in Crimea is not legitimate but the one in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, IS legitimate.  Didn't they basically run the President out of his office through force ?  How does that make them legitimate?   As usual, the US and Europe seem to be only supporting those that see things their way.  I feel confident the revolution was a justified revolt, but don't call it legitimate until the situation is settled and all have had a say in the situation.  Things are not always what they appear.  Just because Russia has historically grabbed land and influenced other countries through dictatorship doesn't mean we should all suppose this is the case once again.  Let's pay attention to the now.

Fair and free elections should be held for Ukraine and Crimea with the world uniting to monitor the situation and then let the people decide their fate.  Just because our government doesn't like Crimea attaching itself to Russia doesn't mean they and their European allies have the right to stop the whole thing.  The power should be with the people, and if the people of Crimea want to be tied closer to Russia then that's their decision.

When Putin forces himself on a region that has no desire or interest in associating with the Russian republic, that is when we should be rattling our sabers.  Not now.

In my humble opinion.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Not Officially Associated with the Independent Movement

I've been a little frustrated with this blog, to be honest.  It lurches up and down in traffic and seems to forever hover between 600 and 900 views per month.  Not bad, but certainly not good either.  I have had a hard time getting motivated since the last re-election and I think people are sort of sick of politics and so am I.   So, I am "remodeling" so to speak by changing my tag line at the bottom of my title "Marshall in the Middle".  Instead of "Formerly Known as Chuck Marshall's Humble Opinion".,  I've changed it to "Not Officially Associated with the Independent Movement".

A little history.  When I attended the University of Florida, we had a student paper "The Independent Florida Alligator" (Alligator- Gators- get it?) .  It was very popular and the paper was distributed all over that massive campus.   The paper was very well written and professional and tuned in to all the activities of campus.  So, my point ?  At the base of the title "The Independent Florida Alligator" was a tag line "Not officially associated with the University of Florida".  You see, during the tumultuous 60's this very liberal student paper got into a serious disagreement with the conservative administration and severed all ties.  Anyway, I always liked the way that sounded.  It gave the paper more power and more levity.  It said- this isn't a puppet of the U of F administration., we have our own mind and our own way of doing things but we're still allowed all over campus because we're just that good.   Also of course by mentioning they aren't "officially" associated with the University of Florida  they're saying that they ARE associated with the University of Florida.  It's an implied thing.  I love the subtlety.

So since I'd like to orient my blog more towards solutions to partisan politics rather than just about politics and at the same time I am not technically tied to the Independent movement the slogan somehow works.   That's what I want to communicate.  Our country is still the hope of the world.  If we can just stop running into each other, I think we can do a world of good for the good of the world.

Eventually, if the Independents get most of what they want (which is what I want), then I may change the tag line to reflect new challenges and irritants in the world., but in the meantime I am "Not officially associated with the Independent movement"....... but I am.  In my blogs I will be pointing out more of what the Independents are up to and arguing their way of thinking regarding the way we should all be governed and specific actions they have taken and actions the reader might take.  

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cuba the Paradise

Our Senator Marco Rubio from Florida went off today on Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa who explained that he had just gotten back from Cuba and then referred to it as a "paradise".  Marco Rubio, being from a family that fled Cuba before he was born  had a few words of protest for the Senator from Iowa for referring to this totalitarian regime as a "paradise".  (Watch this video- I've attached the link below). I know that Cuba is always a source of controversy in our country but I really feel he is totally justified in this heart felt speech.    The passion and anger is palpable - he tells it like it is.   My wife fled Cuba with her parents in 1985, so I have heard first hand how bad it is there and how much the rights of the people are truly ignored.   No right to protest, no right to own property, no right to elect your leaders, no right assemble, no right to worship, no right to do anything except exist.  That's what life is in Cuba., it's existing not living.  A paradise?  No matter the details of "why" Senator Harkin referred to Cuba in this manner, he and all the other dimwits form Hollywood and the Democratic party need to watch their tongue and think long and hard before they start praising a country that treats it's people with such contempt and neglect.    Most Americans really have no understanding of how bad communism is and some Republicans even refer to Obama as a communist.  This  minimizes how truly bad it is.  Call Obama a socialist all day long, but referring to him as a communist disrespects the poor individuals in Cuba, North Korea., Venezuela, Cuba and yes even the almighty China who live every day in silent desperation that their lives have been robbed by the soul-less philosophy and form of government that Communism truly is.  Paradise?  I'd rather live in the frigid Arctic or the barren desert a free man than as a slave to my government  in contemporary Cuba.

In My Humble Opinion

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I am therefor I Twitter

Twitter me this, and twitter me that.....

I've finally broken down and set up a twitter account.  I had been a refuse-nik on Twitter for a long time because I can't stand the name., but then I figured it would be a nice complement to my blog since sometimes I don't have much to say but a little blurb anyway.  A lot of times I mostly ramble inane thoughts and comments so Twitter should work out well.

Anyway, my twitter account is;

I will twitter when I have a new blog posted..

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