Take some education; it’s good for you

Ralph Massullo: Special to the Chronicle When I was growing up my mother seemed to always know exactly what was needed to solve any problem in our lives. Her advice and orders were usually succinct and direct. We complied and things got better. Interestingly, I still can’t figure out what that horrible tasting Cod Liver Oil […]

A New Strategy for the ‘War on Poverty’

Last January marks the 52nd anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty’ that began with legislation introduced by President Lyndon B.  Johnson in 1964.  At that time the poverty rate in the United States was around 19 percent representing roughly 36 million people.  Unfortunately, since then we have made little progress in combating poverty.  In fact, […]

Our hearts: A work in progress

From the Citrus Chronicle: As a young boy growing up, I used to help my Italian grandfather with his garden on Saturdays. He was a tailor by profession, but he could grow the most delicious, red beefsteak tomatoes you have ever tasted.  He used to tell me, “Ralphie, the most important part of growing anything […]

Establishment clause a fertile field for freedom

From the Citrus Chronicle: After reading John Logsdon’s column “Understanding the separation between church and state,” I was left with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I need to compliment Mr. Logsdon on his accurate interpretation of our Constitution establishing freedom of religion, speech and the right to petition our government. We are a government, in […]

Citrus dermatologist plans to run for state House seat

From the Tampa Bay Times: Citrus County dermatologist Ralph Massullo, 58, has prefiled paperwork to become the first announced candidate for District 34 Florida House seat, held by Jimmie T. Smith. Smith is running for the state Senate seat that will be vacated by Charlie Dean. Massullo, a Republican, is a native of West Virginia […]

Doctor files for state House

From the Citrus Chronicle: A Lecanto physician filed paperwork this week with the state Division of Elections to run for state House of Representatives District 34 in 2016. Dr. Ralph Massullo Jr., a Republican, is the first candidate to file for the state House district that encompasses all of Citrus County and parts of Hernando […]

Can we have another Greatest Generation?

From the Citrus Chronicle: By Dr. Ralph Massullo In modern times, we have labeled generations to describe the characteristics of the individuals born and raised to adulthood in those periods. I am a late baby boomer; my four children are millennials; my parents are members of what journalist Tom Brokaw described as the Greatest Generation. […]

In face of tragedy, stand up for equality

From the Citrus Chronicle: By Dr. Ralph Massullo I’ve been thinking a great deal about Gerry Mulligan’s column in the Dec. 14 Chronicle about his experience at a barbecue place in Central Florida. It saddens me to think that we still have prejudice and racism in our world, particularly here in the United States, where […]