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Thu
07
Jun

David Rauschenberger: Trump’s use of Twitter redefines political history

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

We could talk about wedding cakes, leading lady Stormy Daniels, Russians stealing Hillary’s future, or Bill Clinton’s new book, or we could discuss Robert Mueller and his team of Democrats, all while ignoring the phenomenon of the century.

President Donald Trump is the most important figure of this millennium. Give him a few years, and he might be one of the most important figures in recent history.

Nearly all in our media and those who consider themselves experts in the political arena have to admit that Trump is rewriting history and blazing a trail that eclipses his predecessor, and might subordinate the accomplishments of many great leaders who preceded him in America’s history.

Simply, Trump has Twitter. And the course of political history has been redefined.

Thu
07
Jun

Tanner Andrews: Consultant says ‘Hire me’; County does it

County Council — Members of the Volusia County Council deliberate at a recent meeting. From left are County Chair Ed Kelley, District 5 representative Fred Lowry, District 4 representative Heather Post, and District 1 representative Pat Patterson. Not shown are At-Large Member Joyce Cusack, District 2 representative Billie Wheeler, and District 3 representative Deb Denys. Patterson, Denys and Lowry are up for re-election this fall, and Cusack’s seat will be open, as she has served the maximum allowed consec

County Council — Members of the Volusia County Council deliberate at a recent meeting. From left are County Chair Ed Kelley, District 5 representative Fred Lowry, District 4 representative Heather Post, and District 1 representative Pat Patterson. Not shown are At-Large Member Joyce Cusack, District 2 representative Billie Wheeler, and District 3 representative Deb Denys. Patterson, Denys and Lowry are up for re-election this fall, and Cusack’s seat will be open, as she has served the maximum allowed consecutive terms.

BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

For many years, we have at least suspected that there was something rotten at the morgue. Either bodies were not properly refrigerated, or maybe we had an unreliable medical examiner. At any rate, things have stunk out on Indian Lake Road.

Naturally, County Manager Jim Dinneen has been busy denying that anything is wrong. He did not even giggle when the medical examiner concluded that Marlon Brown was crushed by a police car gently floating down from the clouds.

If only things would stay as quiet as the former medical examiner when it is time for trial testimony. True, after the Marlon Brown report, no one would believe Dr. Marie Herrmann’s testimony anyway. At least she finally had the good grace to slink away and be forgotten.

Not so much with the successor medical examiner. She came up and said that the facility was critically understaffed, with half the people needed for a facility this busy.

Thu
31
May

David Rauschenberger: Somebody might get Tea Partied in November

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

Some of you may have heard of Doug Schoen. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Doug’s been a lobbyist, political consultant, author and political commentator. He frequents Fox News. And he’s on my Democratic comrades’ side.

Doug worked for Bill “Slick Willy” Clinton. Dick Morris was his boss. Years later, Schoen was a registered lobbyist who brought in millions to the Clinton “Crime Family” Foundation. Anyone ignoring Doug’s thoughts about the coming midterm election does so at his or her own peril.

In the interest of full disclosure, Schoen’s Ukrainian client who donated those millions to the Clinton Foundation also donated a lesser amount to the Trump Foundation. I’d point out that the latter actually performs charitable work and the former launders money, but I digress.

Thu
31
May

Russ White: Giuliani wants us to believe truth is relative

Russ White

Russ White

“Truth is relative.”

Truth (noun): That which is true, in accordance with fact or reality.

Is (verb): Third-person singular present indicative of “be.”

Relative (adj.): Existing or having its specific nature only in relation to something else; not absolute or independent.

Based on those definitions, the above statement “Truth is relative” would appear to be utter nonsense. Yet, that is the current position of the president’s defense team in the Russia probe, as posited by Rudy Giuliani, the public, clownish face of the team.

There is a saying in the legal profession: If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the facts are against you, argue the law. If both the facts and the law are against you, pound your fist on the table and yell a lot.

That is pretty much what the Drumpf team is doing, only it is substituting lying a lot for the yelling.

Thu
31
May

Linda Dorian: Racism is not dead, folks

Linda Colvard Dorian

Linda Colvard Dorian

BY LINDA COLVARD DORIAN

While still glowing in the happiness of the wedding between biracial American Meghan Markle and British Prince Harry, we are forced to face the duality of our American character. Roseanne Barr, a talented comedian of class humor, tweeted a racist description of Valerie Jarrett, a high-ranking adviser, of African-American heritage, in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Barr’s popular show has been canceled by ABC, so she and a large number of non-offending actors and staff have lost their jobs. The question we must face as Americans is why do some people find racist humor about an accomplished black person to be funny? What is funny about something that intends nothing but disrespect?

Thu
31
May

Letter to the Editor: Kiwanis Club says 'Thanks'

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Kiwanis Club thanks those who worked on Junior Olympics

Editor, The Beacon:

The DeLand Kiwanis Club for 74 years has presented to the youth of DeLand and the surrounding area a program known as Junior Olympics. This took place April 28 on the DeLand High School track.

The corporate sponsor of this event for five years has been Mainstreet Community Bank of DeLand.

In presenting this event, a lot of manpower is needed to present the fourth- and fifth-graders with this track meet. This year, as in the past three years, the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand has assisted in the presentation of this event. Also assisting is the DeLand High School track team, along with coaches Jim Lowenstein and Chris Madzik, the Key Club of DeLand High School, the Circle K International Club of Stetson University, and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority of Stetson University.

Tue
29
May

Letters to the Editor: Youth opinions from home-school cooperative students

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

ABOUT THESE LETTERS

Donna Meeks of DeLeon Springs teaches a writing class for a home-school cooperative. At the conclusion of the most recent series of classes, Meeks asked her students to try writing letters to the editor. “I allowed the kids to choose whatever topic they desired, and told them that this was a chance for their voices to be heard by several thousand people in our community,” Meeks told The Beacon. The young people, shown at left during one of their meetings, didn’t shy from their assignment. Their letters (some edited for length) are printed here. 


Be fair to dogs

Editor, The Beacon:

If a dog bites someone and it’s not that bad, the dog should get to live. 

So many dogs are killed because they bite someone, but what if that dog was just trying to protect itself? 

Tue
29
May

David Rauschenberger: A deal with Iran’s leaders cannot be trusted

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

I’m a big fan of President Donald Trump’s leading from ahead. Barack Obama, stupidly, led from behind. The culmination of the insanity of Obama’s feckless foreign policy happened as I watched a plane land in Iran with $1.7 billion in cash to pay ransom for political hostages. That was our worst day with regard to foreign policy in my lifetime.

That money was used to promote terror and kill our soldiers and the soldiers of our allies in the Middle East. Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and anyone else involved deceived you.

Their sacred Iran nuclear deal was based on facts not in evidence and promises not kept. In short, Obama’s deal with Iran facilitated that country’s future strength in the Middle East to the detriment of Israel and the United States. Did Iran even sign the deal? Those who benefited economically did.

Tue
29
May

Russ White: Drumpf administration massively incompetent and corrupt

Russ White

Russ White

So, maybe those awarding the Nobel Prize to the con-man-in-chief got a little ahead of themselves. Kim Jong-un canceled talks with South Korea, and it is undetermined whether the summit with President Donald Drumpf will go forward or not.

The stated reason for the cancellation was a set of military exercises between the United States and South Korea that are undertaken every year at this time. That is a possibility, but it is also likely Kim is flexing the muscles he showed by getting the U.S. to recognize him as an equal by scheduling the summit.

It may be Kim has taken exception to National Security Adviser John Bolton saying the U.S. would like to pattern North Korean denuclearization on the Libyan model. You may remember Libya.

During the Bush administration, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi agreed to completely give up his nuclear-weapons programs.

Tue
29
May

Love is respectfully changing history

Preach it — Bishop Michael Curry delivers a passionate sermon on love at the May 19 wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of England.

Preach it — Bishop Michael Curry delivers a passionate sermon on love at the May 19 wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of England.

PHOTO BY TONY DOWN-UNDER VIA FLICKR

BY LINDA COLVARD DORIAN

With the marriage of Prince Harry of England to Meghan Markle, a divorced biracial American with a successful career and identity of her own, history was made in the most wonderful way.

These two come from very different backgrounds yet share core values, including service to others. Prince Harry started the British Invictus Games of competition for wounded soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and Meghan has been an advocate for women’s equality at the United Nations and has worked for children’s causes.

Each of them is magical with children, and children of all ages are drawn to them.

I was charmed when I read that Meghan was advised not to hug the people at Harry’s royal home, and Meghan responded that she was American and she hugs.

No wonder Harry fell in love.

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