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Gated communities don’t belong in DeLand

Editor, The Beacon:

It may be time for DeLand to have a discussion about whether we really want to get into the gated-community situation. From my perspective, I think they are dreadful.

In DeLand, where we’ve tried (and succeeded fairly well) to be egalitarian by intention, allowing Some People to keep Other People out is offensive. Even suggesting that it is necessary is wrongheaded. That’s big picture. And, by the way, it suggests an exclusionary need that feels like apartheid.

Day-to-day having to program entrance and exit for professional services, the post office, Amazon, Uber, Votran eldercare services, friends, relatives, is a chore and an endless demand on individuals. And access in that way basically defeats the purpose of an exclusionary gate. You may program some folks, but who may your neighbor have allowed to enter the gated area? How is that different from every other neighborhood in DeLand?

And then there is access for emergencies. The Golden Hour is pretty much accepted for stroke and cardiac arrests. If emergency vehicles are delayed even 10 minutes while access is denied, a person can be lost. Some agencies will run the gate, but that is a cost to taxpayers.

A true celebrity who may have security concerns can (and should) have his or her own security arrangement and pay for it. Closing off a public right of way with a gate is a mistake that is very hard to reverse, not to mention irrational.

Joan Carter


Supports Brebeuf Jesuit

Editor’s note: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has announced that it will no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic school, likely because the Indianapolis school refused to fire a teacher who is in a same-sex marriage. This letter is from a DeLand resident whose son graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit.

Editor, The Beacon:

My son went to Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis for his high-school education (Class of 2013). The reasons our family made the decision to send him there were based on the academic rating, the size of the school, as well as the ideology and integrity of the school community.

While he was in school there, we felt that he was getting a good education and developing a strong moral direction. There were times during his high-school experience that we questioned the commitment of the school to their goals and direction in leading and developing their charges: the students. No educational experience is perfect.

Therefore it is with pride, honor and commitment that we are fully supportive and now understand the true value of our tuition payments, and our support for the school was certainly not in vain. Today the school continues to be a teaching and learning experience for not only the students and alumni, but also the community and country as a whole.

To find an institution that stands tall in the face of partisan and institutional injustice is so refreshing. It takes a lot these days to speak out against injustice, bigotry and hate.

Go BREBEUF BRAVES, and show your education to the world by leading through the example you have learned and teach the world the lessons you have been taught.

Our family is proud to have a Brebeuf grad, Class of 2013.

Buz Nesbit


Rauschenberger needs more improvement

Editor, The Beacon:

Re: David Rauschenberger’s column in the June 20-23, 2019, Beacon

Mr. Rauschenberger, it’s time for another lesson in political civility.

You have improved, but you aren’t yet coasting.

You continue to adulate and emulate POTUS. Bad idea.

Honest to John, how can you praise and even repeat the denigrating of Jeb, Marco and Ted?

You apparently don’t recognize bully tactics.

Lately, The Man has escalated to “within ten minutes” of warring with Iran.

Mr. Rauschenberger: Think …

Kate Ruhlman