Grateful for concern and help
Editor, The Beacon:
Yesterday, Aug. 13, I was riding my scooter northbound on Woodland Boulevard. I upset the scooter and went down onto the sidewalk.
Was only down a minute when a number of people — young ladies and a couple of men — were at my side asking if I was hurt, etc.
I was more embarrassed than hurt, turning my scooter over (only my second trip Downtown on it).
The people seeking to help me righted my scooter, then actually picked me up off the sidewalk. No damage done to the scooter or myself.
I saw that at least four vehicles had stopped on Woodland Boulevard, and a number of ladies and gentlemen assisted me.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who stopped and provided assistance for my well-being. Thank you all, and may our loving God bless each of you.
Merlin H. Carr
Cruel immigration policy a stain on the nation’s soul
Editor, The Beacon:
The Department of Justice has ordered its attorneys to refer to undocumented immigrants with the pejorative term “illegal aliens.” This term has its roots in the persecution of Jewish people during World War II. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel said that “no human being is illegal.”
This attitude by the Department of Justice and the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy have allowed the Department of Homeland Security to terrorize immigrants and refugees.
Crossing the border without documentation is a misdemeanor. Refugees seeking asylum are not committing a crime. They have a right to do so under the Refugee Act of 1980, which was passed by Congress and signed into law.
This law created the framework for the admission of refugees. The majority of families who were separated at the southwest border legally presented themselves seeking asylum.They did not break any laws, yet this administration ordered the depraved and immoral policy of separating children from their parents.
A federal judge ordered that all families be reunited by July 26, but the administration failed to reunite almost 700 kidnapped children with their parents. It appears this separation policy was instituted without any plans for reunification.
This cruel policy is harmful to parents and especially to children, many of whom will bear the scars of separation throughout their lives. Anyone who cares about the health and welfare of children should be appalled.
Like the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II, this is a black stain on the soul of America. We claim to be better than this, and if true we must prove it when we vote. We need elected officials who strive to “promote the general welfare,” advance tolerance and advocate justice for all people.
Deltona city manager doing a good job
Editor, The Beacon:
To think that 80 people represent the other 90,124 of us who reside in the city of Deltona is a far stretch.
I and my wife have had the privilege of meeting and speaking with City Manager Jane Shang on numerous occasions, and have found her to be professional, courteous and anxious to serve the residents of our community.
It pays for both sides to be civil, courteous and respectful. If not, it becomes a train wreck. We all have to work together to resolve issues. Our commissioners represent us as the higher authority when issues can’t be resolved at a lower level.
My wife and I have also been privileged to serve our city by attending multiple seminars led by Marilyn Crotty of the University of Central Florida, who was charged by the City Commission to compile a vision study by Deltona resident volunteers as to how we would like to see the City of Deltona evolve.
These studies were quite comprehensive, and the report is available for viewing by request, I’m sure. If anyone wants to find out where the City Commission and city manager are getting their cues, he or she may want to read these studies made by their own neighbors.
It appears there is a hidden agenda here, and there is no reason for it. I think when a person running for public office calls for a rebellion, that’s a bad indication of things to come.
Deltona is changing for the better and, for some, it is not an easy transition. It is our belief that Ms. Shang is doing the best she can with the direction the commission and the citizens have mandated.
Remember, this city has been neglected for a long time due to the lack of a professional city manager, and is just now at the cusp of becoming what we hope and envision it to be. My wife and I like what the city is becoming, and we are proud to be a part of it.
Emory and Phyllis Speir