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Devoted readers of this column (all five of you) will know I have long held the belief it will be women and kids who will save this country. A Pew Research Center poll prior to the 2018 midterm elections shows Democrats had better have the right answers and policies to do so, because they ar…
Mueller, Mueller, Mueller. He spoke. Some heard something very different from what I heard.
He’s now in full denial mode — it was only some “well-meaning” staffer who did it. But his chief of staff is now on record saying it was OK by him, and it would be “silly” to fire anyone over it.
Fight continues for women to have control of their bodies
I attended the joint special meeting of the DeLand City Commission and the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency May 28.
For die-hard traditionalists May 30 was, is, and always will be, the real Memorial Day.
Every once in a while an email hits my inbox turning the tables on me. I’m talking about a reader who makes me sit back and think.
Game of Thrones has captured the fancy of the American viewing public as nothing has in a generation. The novels that spawned the series have now sold more than 90 million copies worldwide.
Today, I have some good news. It turns out that some criminals do change their ways. Departing from their evil habits, they reform themselves.
Congratulations are in order for a job well done by more than 80 students who received the Turn Around Award at a recognition program May 10 sponsored by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.
I remember walking into school one morning and realizing my best friend and I weren’t friends anymore.
It’s women, mothers and the kids who are going to save this country if it is salvageable. That is just as true at the state and local levels as it is nationwide.
I won’t be voting on the half-cent sales surtax. I decided that I don’t trust the current and future politicians to spend the money wisely, but I did recommend voting for the tax in a previous column. I’m in a predicament, wouldn’t you say?
It looks so good in the adverts. They show a nice, big, juicy burger, piled high and tasty. So, there is naturally some disappointment when you see the actual deliverables.
Plenty of competent legal minds have read The Mueller Report. With the exception of a small cadre of political henchmen surrounding the president, the general consensus is, were he not president, he would have been indicted on multiple counts of felony obstruction of justice.
When will this project end?
I am truly baffled by the negative response to the proposed half-cent sales tax.
I can’t decide about the half-cent sales tax. I have heard many facts and opinions in all directions from people I respect. I’ve reviewed the list of projects. Mailers and other advertisements are not influencing me.
Runners’ faces gleamed with joy as they crossed the finish line at another successful Girls on the Run 5K May 4.
One of the highlights of living in (or even visiting) Downtown DeLand is the variety of restaurants.
Protect our future by funding child care
I’ve previously made mention of President Ronald Reagan’s re-election in 1984. I’m going to point out the similarities just one more time. Then, Democrats can continue to double down on collusion/obstruction. They can ignore history.
I haven’t received my hard copy of the Mueller Report yet, so I’ll hold off writing about it until I do. That said, I will comment on the actions of Attorney General William Barr prior to its release.
By presidential proclamation and congressional action, today, the first Thursday in May, is the National Day of Prayer. It is a time when devout Americans offer individual and collective prayers for divine aid and protection of their country.
If there is one thing government is good at, it is problem-solving. They find and fix problems with such amazing efficiency, it is a wonder there remains any need for private industry at all.
Voting yes to increase our sales tax gives a green light to business as usual. That means more mega developments in all the wrong places to add thousands more vehicles on our roads.
Our communities are a better place because of the hard work and dedication of public servants, such as the Honorable Joyce M. Cusack.
I write in reluctant support of the half-cent sales tax. I share the concerns expressed by many about the failure to raise impact fees until the recent public outcry over the half-cent sales tax.
Trying to make sense of Notre Dame burning
On April 21, our congregation in Lake Helen, with Christians all over the world, celebrated with flowers, candles and music our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We affirmed that death is not the final word and that love wins.
Editor’s note: DeLand native Sally Landis Bohon recently wrote to The Beacon to compliment Bill Mancinik’s “Native Reflections” column, and she shared a story from her past that this week substitutes for Mancinik’s column.
Students across West Volusia continue to prepare their generation for times ahead by becoming community leaders who truly make a difference. Olivia Russo-Hood, an 11th-grade student at University High School in Orange City, is a prime example.
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I don’t care a lick about Russian collusion. I don’t give a damn about what didn’t happen in 2016. Not one vote was stolen by the Russians. Not one.
Felicia Benzo and Brenda Flowers Dalley are two community advocates who continue to provide unwavering care for their community.
Our previous president understood the danger of nuclear technology in the Middle East. He headed an international coalition, which included Russia and China, to forge an agreement in which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear program and allow the most intrusive inspection regime in the history o…
Libertarian Party urges ‘no’ vote on sales-tax increase
By the time you read this, the equinox should be at least a couple of weeks behind us. Yet, when we get out of bed, it is still dark.
St. Peter Catholic Church formed an important foundation in my early life in DeLand.
Before steam and the railroads, rivers were the rapid-transit systems of nations. Our beautiful city of DeLand is here mostly because of the St. Johns River.
Editor’s note: South Dakota journalist and First Amendment champion Brian Hunhoff gave the keynote speech recently at a Sioux Falls naturalization ceremony for new citizens. The experience inspired this commentary, which he shared with The Beacon and other newspapers through the Internationa…
The report read that “not one scintilla of evidence” existed. The odyssey lasted nearly two years.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation and submitted his confidential report to presidential lackey Attorney General William Barr. As the investigation transcends from the active phase to the cover-up/whitewash stage, there are a few things worthy of keeping at the f…
Editor’s note: With this edition, we launch “Native Reflections,” a series of memories of growing up in DeLand written by local Realtor Bill Mancinik. The series will continue, usually weekly, until his well of memories runs dry, Mancinik said.
The Democratic Party presidential-nominating campaign is going to be fun to watch if you’re a political junkie like I am. There are multiple lanes for candidates to run in, and multiple candidates to run in each of them.
My column about the Trump tax cuts and revised tax code was met with mostly disbelief by those on the left. They responded by reiterating the reports on CNN and MSNBC about reduced refunds. Oh, the horror.
Florida must do more
“He’s just not worth it.”
Three or four months later, some of us are still carrying around the ghost of Christmas past. The consequences of indulgent living are seen and felt, as we struggle to “get in shape.”
Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has been a staunch supporter of keeping public notices in newspapers and online to ensure the numerous Florida businesses — many of which are small businesses — represented by AIF can easily locate and access critical information.
As we continue to recognize the consistent support needed to encourage youth to explore their dreams and interests, we find West Volusia with many students who are taking flight in the world of entrepreneurship.