Prepare to Vote

You’d have to be living in a cave to not know the Presidential Primaries begin today. The year 2016 is truly an election year with the Presidential preference, municipal elections, primaries and a general election on the calendar. It’s time to prepare for the upcoming elections.


First, check your registration status. This can easily be accomplished by going to your county’s supervisor of elections website. If you need to change your address or party affiliation, you can do it online. However, name changes require a visit to the office so don’t delay if you haven’t changed your name on your voter registration. February 16 is the deadline (in Florida) for making changes before the Presidential primary.

Second, know the dates of upcoming elections. In Florida:

3/15 Presidential Preference as well as some municipal elections

8/30 Primaries

11/8 General Election

In addition, there are deadlines for updating registration data before each election, as well as dates for early voting and requesting mail ballots. Check the website of your county’s Supervisor of Election for details.


Finally, don’t forget to know the candidates and issues. Your vote is only as valuable as the effort you put into preparing for an election.

Tune out the theater regarding the elections, do your own research and prepare to vote.




Cast Your W20 Vote

In 2020, we will celebrate the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in the United States. What better way to recognize this important event than to include the image of a woman on the $20 bill!

I know not everyone’s in favor of replacing Andrew Jackson with the face of a woman, but the reasons against such a change are pretty lame.

I’ve heard the classic, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” argument; but I don’t remember that being said when the quarter was redesigned…first for the bicentennial quarters and then the state quarters and most recently the national park quarters. The quarter wasn’t “broke”, but it changed and the world didn’t come to an end.

Others claim our paper currency should only picture American presidents. Do they not realize Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill) and Salmon Chase ($10,000 bill…not that anyone I know has ever had one of these) were Treasury Secretaries, not presidents? And what’s Benjamin Franklin doing on the $100? Not a president, not a Treasury Secretary, not a Senator or Representative or Supreme Court Justice. Yes, he was a Founding Father, an inventor, a diplomat. I’m not saying Hamilton, Chase or Franklin shouldn’t be pictured on our money, I’m just saying the whole presidents only argument isn’t valid.

So why the $20 bill? Well, as I see it, there’s a lot of symbolism 2020, the 100th anniversary of women voting…look at all those 20s. The $20 is also one that is widely circulated. Those ATM machines spit out a lot of twenties making it the perfect choice. And who do you think spends those $20s? Women, as well as men.

And for those who are worried about poor Andrew Jackson: First, he’s dead…so he’s not going to be upset. Second, do you know how Andrew Jackson felt about paper money? He issued an executive order requiring buyers of government lands to make payment in gold or silver, no paper currency. He also destroyed the Second Bank of the US. These two actions resulted in the greatest depression our country had seen. Do these actions sound like those of someone who would be proud to have his mug on paper money? I don’t think so.

The list below includes the fifteen finalists, a group of women who have made an impact on society.

  1. Alice Paul
  2. Betty Friedan
  3. Shirley Chisholm
  4. Sojourner Truth
  5. Rachel Carson
  6. Rosa Parks
  7. Barbara Jordan
  8. Margaret Sanger
  9. Patsy Mink
  10. Clara Barton
  11. Harriet Tubman
  12. Frances Perkins
  13. Susan B. Anthony
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Read about these candidates, as well as other nominees and then vote for the three women you’d most like to see on the twenty dollar bill. When this first round of voting (the primary phase) is complete, you can vote in the general election and let the US Treasury know which women you’d like to see on our money. Click here to vote!


Vote! Save Our Drive-In!

driveinOcala’s the home of one of only 368 drive-in theaters remaining in the U.S. However, due to a change to digital equipment at the end of the year, Ocala’s drive-in and all drive-ins are in danger of closing.

With the exception of an eight year period from 2003-2011, the movies at the drive-in have been a regular feature of the Ocala landscape since 1948. The Ocala Drive-In offers a double feature for only $5, and these are first run movies. This week families should be delighted that Monsters University and Planes are back for a repeat showing and last week The Butler and Elysium entertained adult audiences. Two movies for $5? What a bargain!

Project Drive-In, sponsored by Honda, provides an opportunity for you to save a beloved drive-in. You can vote once everyday for the next week to save our drive-in. Grants of $80,000, the estimated expense of updating to digital projection, will be provided to the five theaters receiving the most votes so vote today and vote often.ocaladrivein

While you can only vote once a day, that’s one vote per device so I’ve been able to vote on my computer, tablet, phone, and I also text 444999 with the message Vote 20. That means my “one vote” is actually four. In this case, voting often is allowed! Help save our drive-in and vote!

Best 25 Super Bowl Commercials

I really have no interest in the Super Bowl this year regardless of which teams win this weekend’s games so I’ll just be watching for the commercials. If they are like those in this Best 25 Super Bowls Commercials video I won’t be disappointed.

And did you know that you can register to vote for the best ads shown during this year’s Super Bowl game? Vote for best Super Bowl ad of 2013.

It seems BudLite, Doritos, and squirrels are the main theme of the Best Super Bowl ads. Hope you enjoy!