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Fri
01
Dec

Letters to the Editor: On medical marijuana, giving thanks, and national security

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Slow down on medical-marijuana dispensaries

Editor, The Beacon:

Now that voters have demanded the state expand medical marijuana use, the question of where patients can eventually fill those prescriptions has, as expected, become a hot topic. Other than pressure from Tallahassee and some local supporters, there is not a single reason for this measure to be approved at this time.

The question of “what’s the rush?” begs to be answered. If the city approves this now and later finds it objectionable, we are stuck.

This is one of the reasons Winter Park and Lake Mary both voted no to the ordinance. Their city councils put their constituents first and refused to be bullied by the state or interest groups into mandating dispensaries at their local level.

Mon
20
Nov

Letters to the Editor: On fearmongering, packing in the Lord's house, and daylight saving time

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Concerned about half-truths and fearmongering

Editor, The Beacon:

David Rauschenberger in his Oct. 26 opinion about “the sale of more than one-fifth of [U.S.] uranium-mining capacity to Russian interests” wonders how “the mainstream media can ignore this story.” Perhaps because they did the research first to determine whether any of this was true?

Talk about fake news, false news, collusion, your charge of hypocrisy, it is all there in these inaccurate statements.

Perhaps the most damning is that Mr. Rauschenberger is woefully unaware of the many safeguards and individual agencies any sale of this kind would go through in the approval process before it even landed on a president’s desk.

Mon
20
Nov

David Rauschenberger: League of Women Voters a Democratic front group

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

I’d like to revisit my good Democrat friends at the League of Women Voters (the local Volusia County chapter in particular). I regularly refer to their Democratic front group as the League of Democrat Women Voters. They can’t. It would disqualify them from their preferred Internal Revenue Service tax status.

Frankly, I don’t care if they’re nonprofit. But acting as if they’re nonpartisan is what sticks in my eye. All you need to know is that they would take the election of the sheriff, the property appraiser, the supervisor of elections and the clerk of courts out of your hands and try to put it in the hands of folks who agree with their obvious political ideology.

A recent contribution in The Daytona Beach News-Journal by the local president really made me laugh. And it reminded me that the League of Democrat Women should never be taken seriously when the phrase “nonpartisan” is used.

Mon
20
Nov

Russ White: President and his supporters willfully ignore reality

Russ White

Russ White

I was the drum major of the marching band when I was in high school. We had a joke about the new kids in the band who couldn’t quite yet get the hang of marching, and how oblivious their parents were about it.

“Oh look. Can you believe everybody in the band is marching out of step except our little Donnie?”

There’s a lot of that kind of willful refusal to recognize reality going on in this country today, starting at the top. David Corn of Mother Jones described it this way:

“CIA Chief Mike Pompeo – Putin attacked the 2016 election;

“DNI Dan Coats – Putin attacked the 2016 election;

“FBI Director Christopher Wray – Putin attacked the 2016 election;

“NSA head Mike Rogers – Putin attacked the 2016 election;

“Putin – I did not attack the 2016 election;

“Drumpf – I believe Putin.”

“Everyone’s out of step but my little Vlad.”

Fri
10
Nov

Linda Dorian: Facing transitions with grace

Linda Colvard Dorian

Linda Colvard Dorian

We face many transitions in life: child to teenager to adult, single person to married and maybe divorced, to parent and grandparent, widow or widower.  

Through my 50s and most of my 60s, I thought of myself as middle-aged. But you really can’t hit 70 and still wear that label. It became clear to me recently that I was perceived as an older person, whom salespeople and wait staff refer to as “dear.” 

My 6-year-old granddaughter tried to save the seat next to her for her mama instead of me. “Well, Nana is old,” she explained, as though that settled it.

My daughter faced the transition of divorce this year, and has handled that with amazing strength and grace. Both she and her husband, a loving father, have placed their daughters first, dealt with each other with flexibility and kindness, and showed a united front as parents. I am awfully grateful, for their family’s sake.  

Fri
10
Nov

David Rauschenberger: A tax cut means I keep more of my money!

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

As I expected, my trickledown column was met with the usual hyperventilating on the left. My inbox was ablaze!

On Nov. 3, I was served up a fastball right down the middle in the Orlando Sentinel. A local economics professor offered his perspective. And it reminded me of my time at Stetson enduring macroeconomics and microeconomics.

I remember telling my favorite Stetson professor, Joe Master, that I was having trouble listening to a Keynesian-dominated narrative in my classes. He told me that my real-world experience afforded me a perspective already shaped by reality that the younger students in my class didn’t enjoy when faced with Keynesian theory preached as gospel. Apparently, not much has changed.

I laughed as I read the Orlando Sentinel column summation, “Don’t think of a tax cut as cash in your pocket. Think of it as a loan that you or your kids will have to pay back.” That, comrades, is the problem in a nutshell.

Fri
10
Nov

Russ White: Free press exposing Russian attack on US election

Russ White

Russ White

It’s been a year since the “shock heard ’round the world” marked the most significant attack on the USA by a foreign government since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And, thanks to the free press our enlightened Founders gave us, we are finally starting to understand the magnitude and depth of that attack.

Because of the diligence of reporters in our free press, we now know that Russian propaganda supporting the candidacy of Donald Drumpf and aiming to undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton was “liked and shared” more than 126 million times on Facebook. It was almost certainly seen by a great many more than that, because a lot of us were smart enough to recognize it for the lies it projected. We didn’t “like” it, and we sure as heck didn’t share it.

And, that’s just on Facebook. The number grows almost exponentially when one considers that the Russians were also active on many other social-networking platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Fri
10
Nov

Letters to the Editor: On medical bills, Boy Scouts and the opioid crisis

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Let people choose how to handle medical bills

Editor, The Beacon:

I am a single white female with no children who has lived in Florida for the past 22 years. 

After leaving my home and family in Pennsylvania at 22 years old, I have done a pretty good job of taking care of my health and my responsibilities. I have my own eye doctor, dentist and women’s physicians. 

I feel it is not fair to me and others like me who are not having the choice to decide if we need any kind of medical insurance coverage or not.

I pay full price for all my doctor visits, and sometimes I even have to make payments. Therefore, people like me would not have the extra money to pay another monthly bill.

I have already heard certain people make comments like, should I pay my health care plan insurance, or should I pay my power bill? That is very sad, and it worries me about my own bills.

Fri
03
Nov

Cameron's Chronicles: Calling men to action

A team of good men — Mark Marcus of Man Made, Dr. Rixon Campbell of RC7 Management Consulting, students Vino and Rico, Vaughn Young and Arkevious Armstrong celebrate unity and accomplishments.

A team of good men — Mark Marcus of Man Made, Dr. Rixon Campbell of RC7 Management Consulting, students Vino and Rico, Vaughn Young and Arkevious Armstrong celebrate unity and accomplishments.

PHOTO BY FRANK CAMPBELL

Wide support — Bob Davis, president of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County, supports the efforts of Derricka Acree of Melanin RichWear, and the Cameron Chronicles edition of the “Calling a Few Good Men” T-shirt.

Wide support — Bob Davis, president of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County, supports the efforts of Derricka Acree of Melanin RichWear, and the Cameron Chronicles edition of the “Calling a Few Good Men” T-shirt.

The “Calling a Few Good Men” weekend was a call to action and a gentle reminder for men around the county to accept the responsibility of uplifting and supporting our young boys.

Steve Lochte, Dr. Rixon Campbell, Arkevious Armstrong and Vaughn Young shared messages of hope, forgiveness, accountability and integrity to create a model for future mentors, role models and other good men.

Oct. 27 marked the first round-table discussion co-hosted by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown of Stetson University and Dr. Primrose Cameron of Cameron Enterprises LLC.

Dr. Shankar-Brown began the discussion with data that supports the increased need for actively engaged males in the lives of our youth, not only to decrease juvenile incarceration, but also to produce stability in our homes. 

Fri
03
Nov

Letters to the Editor: On new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Lake Helen election, and Trump

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Good Samaritan Clinic helping new arrivals from Puerto Rico

Editor, The Beacon:

Over the past few weeks, more than 70,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. While many of these American citizens will need housing and other support, many will also need medical care. That’s where Florida’s free and charitable clinics come in.

As administrator of the Good Samaritan Clinic of West Volusia, I have seen how our free medical and dental services have helped these displaced, low-income families. We have provided primary and specialty care services, medications, and vaccinations for those leaving their doctors and hospitals behind in Puerto Rico. In some cases, the treatment received is lifesaving and life-altering.

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