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Like a bad dream, IT seemingly came from out of nowhere. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, an import from China that escaped the tariffs, suddenly appeared.

After talking with my family, I realized that we are understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of our previous traumatic experiences.

Can somebody on the left side of the political barbed-wire fence tell me how Democrats can, with a straight face, lay claim to being the party of diversity? I’m just curious. Do any of them notice how their selection process has played out? Their media partners act as if all is well. And I’m…

County Chairman Kelley has somewhat figured out that the sales-tax referendum went down in flames because few people trust the county. Of course it was not his fault. Everyone else screwed up. No one trusted the county or its past messages, so they are planning a new campaign with a familiar…

It took long enough. The Deltona City Commission voted to give away about $2.5 million in taxpayer money, without even knowing which panhandler wanted it. They went for the usual promise of jobs, though, in fairness, they did not get a promise of good jobs.

Much has been written recently about Jane Shang, Deltona’s former city manager. Remember, there are always two sides to every story, and the truth lies in the middle. Ms. Shang is not perfect, but she is also not the evil and unethical person characterized by the press.

When you are Downtown, you can look into the shop windows. It is often hard to resist. You look in and see what they are doing or promoting. Maybe you need some, so you stop in. Merchants tend to show off their goods, which is why we have so many glass windows along the Boulevard.

Central to a democracy are fair elections — elections that were not always fair, as we know. The Constitution had to be perfected to allow blacks and women to vote, because the vote was originally limited to white men who were trusted to own or dominate the rest of us.

This is not a black-and-white world. It only seems that way in our polarized society. I am not white; more a blend of pink and beige, with a few brown spots thrown in, but when given a choice on census or other government forms, the only one I can legally and honestly check is white.

Books are often used to engage people in a variety of ways. It is a pleasure to introduce Florida native and West Volusia resident Sheri Shields. She is the author of the recently published book Venin Abyss.

It does not usually snow here in Central Florida. However, we still get our share of snowflakes. For instance, consider Cayla Bartolucci, a former Texan now working for the very, very delicate city government of New Smyrna Beach.

Amazing! It has been more than a decade since I last wrote about the City of DeLand and its desire to eliminate old-fashioned business signs. During that time, attrition and hurricanes have acted to eliminate most of the remaining problem signs. Unfortunately, no such luck with the “temporar…

The U.S. Constitution, in Article II, Section 4, reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The battle in this country, currently playing out in the impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats, although the parties have definitely chosen sides.

Am I the only one in this country or on this planet who detests the crass materialism and hypercommercialism that marks this season of the year?

Although the Florida Legislature has appropriated some new general-revenue dollars for combating the state’s opioid epidemic, the source of most new funding is through time-limited federal grants due to expire in 2020.