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Mon
25
Sep

David Rauschenberger: Democrats can’t control temperatures, cyclones or the climate

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

I was standing in my covered driveway as Irma gave her best. Every tree to the south of my house was bending far further than I thought possible. Our power had gone out hours before. And all I could think about was how some people really believe their scientists can reduce the frequency and strength of these cyclones.

If we’re all going to be honest, we really have no idea how to accurately predict the climate or short-term weather. If you can stand in the stinging rain bands of Irma and tell me that you can, take my money and pay someone to stop these damn storms in the next 100 years — I’m all in. But you can’t.

Folks on the left are scoffing at my arrogance and ignorance. They can control the temperature. And that would make all the difference. Hurricanes filled with “spinners” would happen far less frequently, if only we’d all pony up with the cash they require.

Mon
25
Sep

Russ White: America has shown its greatness during recent natural disasters

Russ White

Russ White

This past month has been really hard on many of the inhabitants of  Florida, Texas, and large parts of the Caribbean. For many, while the emergency period is over, the hardships have just begun. Rebuilding from Harvey and Irma (and, God forbid, Jose, Lee and Maria) is going to be a long, slow, tortuous process.

The response to these emergencies has shone a spotlight on all the best, and a few of the worst, aspects of life in America. Yes, there have been a few scattered reports of looting, but they have been few and inconsequential in comparison to the heroics evidenced in the actions of so many ordinary Americans.

From the members of the Cajun Navy, to the photos of neighbors carrying neighbors, or strangers carrying strangers, out of flooded neighborhoods, to the crews of tree cutters and linemen from all over this country converging on the decimated areas, we have seen America at its finest. And, at its realest.

Fri
22
Sep

Letters to the Editor: On being thankful, the water company, and colorful writers

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Be thankful

Editor, The Beacon:

Hold on, Florida Keys! Help is coming! A two-by-two of military choppers is flying over me every 15 minutes on Sept. 12.

The weekend of Irma should remind us of how dependent we have become on all our luxuries in our lives. Remember, when you get your power back on, go get gasoline, eat at a restaurant, go grocery shopping, set your yard decorations back up, and say “Everything back to normal!” — it’s not.

The Keys are destroyed, and cities along the coasts have no power and are flooded. The barrier islands have no power, no food, no running water, no gas, and no way to get to safety. I’m very sure this is not “normal” for them.

We need to humble ourselves and thank God that he spared most of this state from destruction. Be thankful that there are those who give up their family lives to come help us.

Chris Weller

Fri
22
Sep

Linda White: Those wild emotions? They’re normal

Definitely not normal — DeLand’s Walmart is closed and quiet Sept. 13, waiting for restoration of power. Such disruptions in our ordinary routines can play havoc with our emotions, as Linda White discusses.  

Definitely not normal — DeLand’s Walmart is closed and quiet Sept. 13, waiting for restoration of power. Such disruptions in our ordinary routines can play havoc with our emotions, as Linda White discusses.  

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Editor’s note: Linda White of Deltona, a retired health care professional and former Chamber of Commerce director, was trained as a mental-health first-responder while working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. On Sept. 15, still without power, she wrote this to help people understand the emotions they might be experiencing in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

 

By Linda White

I wanted to take a moment to speak to the wild emotions we have all been having since we first heard the words “Hurricane Irma.”

I was trained as a mental-health first-responder and public-information officer, and have worked many disasters.

The stress of these events takes its toll on both the body and the mind. 

Several days after a hurricane has moved through, the adrenaline rush we had before the storm has passed, and many are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. 

Wed
20
Sep

From race cars to ministry: West Volusia’s in good hands

Antione Ashley ministers to young men at Ebenezer Church in Corinto, Nicaragua.

Antione Ashley ministers to young men at Ebenezer Church in Corinto, Nicaragua.

Family and ministry — Above, Antione Ashley, holds son Gavin, while his wife, Andrea, holds son Kobe.

Family and ministry — Above, Antione Ashley, holds son Gavin, while his wife, Andrea, holds son Kobe.

PHOTOS COURTESY ANTIONE ASHLEY

Our community is in good hands; we have many community members serving when needed. 

Antione Ashley is one of these helpers. A native of West Volusia, Ashley is a member of the pastoral staff at The Lighthouse Church in DeLand.

Ashley’s career and calling have grown from wanting to be a race-car driver as a child, to becoming an educator and an associate pastor. He gives credit to the support of his parents and community over the years, and to being given the opportunities to explore his interests.

As an associate pastor, Ashley leads ministries for students in middle school and high school, and young adults ages 18-35. He also provides leadership development and premarital counseling. 

Ashley is committed to this community and to bettering the lives of our youth. He is a man of vision who would like to see churches provide more well-rounded and biblical guidance. 

Thu
14
Sep

Letters: On solar power, and giving up on Florida

The Beacon’s Opinions page is an open forum for the community. Your letters on any topic are welcome. Include your name, your telephone number, and your town of residence; only your  name and town will be printed.  Address information is above. Thank you.

The Beacon’s Opinions page is an open forum for the community. Your letters on any topic are welcome. Include your name, your telephone number, and your town of residence; only your name and town will be printed. Address information is above. Thank you.

Give Florida back to the gators

Editor, The Beacon:

Inhabiting Florida on any kind of massive scale has been, at best, a noble experiment and, at worst, an exercise in greed.

From the swamp Realtors to Henry Flagler, existing in Florida has been an unrewarding challenge.

People come from all over the world to see Disney World and jump to the erroneous conclusion that life would be idyllic if they moved to Florida. Guess what? Walt slipped them a Mickey.

As a seventh-generation Floridian, I’ve grown up with dear family members who have suffered everything from penicillin-poisoning to deafness brought on from infections from living in the tropics.

Florida has become a place for people who can afford to live someplace else, should the need arise. And in Florida, the need arises far too frequently.

Thu
14
Sep

Buz Nesbit: When will we bury the power lines?

Buz Nesbit

Buz Nesbit

We are now experiencing and participating in the definition of insanity, and yet we seem to be satisfied to do it again and again without changing anything or demanding that our service providers upgrade their delivery systems.

Last year after Hurricane Matthew, I wrote to the news media, the state Public Service Commission and our legislative representatives about the need for our utility providers to bury their distribution network along the public rights of way.  

But as you might have expected, the power company responded with “too expensive,” “too disruptive,” and “too much trouble for too little benefit.”  The government did less; they all stayed silent.

I heard today that there are more than 20,000 out-of-state line workers in Florida helping the investor-owned utilities rebuild the electrical-power system.  

Thu
14
Sep

Letters to the Editor: On walls, baby boomers, driving habits

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We’ve had enough

Editor, The Beacon:

An open letter to Sen. Nelson, Sen. Rubio and Rep. DeSantis:

We’ve had more than enough.

We aren’t paying for a wall.

You aren’t going to tax my 401(k) dollars.

We’re sick of his divisive, bombastic rhetoric.

We’re sick of his insulting our government representatives, the Fourth Estate, and our global allies and economic partners.

We love our diverse neighbors, including people of color, LGBTQ and varied religions.

Stop our unhinged president. You have a sacred duty to represent the people, and you are failing.

Honor your oath to protect the Constitution and represent the people. And do it now.

Cynthia Fancher

DeBary


Nothing can stop America

Editor, The Beacon:

Fri
08
Sep

Russ White: Both Kim Jong-un and our president are narcissists

Russ White

Russ White

There aren’t many people on the planet I detest more than Steve Bannon, but in true “broken clock/blind squirrel” manner, he hit the nail squarely on the head.

Bannon said, “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

And, now we hear our saber-rattling president throwing around words he obviously has no clue as to the meaning of. I truly wish more people understood the difference between “appeasement,” on the one hand, and “containment” or “deterrence” on the other.

Our president complains about South Korea’s supposed “appeasement” of North Korea, but he has no understanding of what he is actually talking about. What is required in this situation is containment and deterrence.

Fri
08
Sep

David Rauschenberger: Will local media investigate Brian Soukup’s claims?

In the interest of full disclosure, former Deltona City Commissioner Brian Soukup is my friend. I’ve known Brian and his wife, Amanda, for years. I’ve played softball, flag football and golf against Brian over the years. He’s an exemplary athlete and motivator. We’ve crossed paths in church. He’s a fine man.

What forced my hand in commenting on his resignation was how that action was reported by the local media. What angered me was that after an area newspaper mentioned Brian’s competitive spirit, that same newspaper called him a quitter.

Some said that he should take his medicine (serve out his term) and like it. They say he’s abandoned those he promised to represent.

As usual, the local media got it wrong. Brian’s nobody’s quitter. Read his resignation letter. He’s taking a different path.

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