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Likes Marriott colors

Editor, The Beacon:

I think that one of the most healing comments that can be made in social discourse goes something like “I think I could have been wrong about that.” This serves at least as a mid-ground for further discussion.

When the new Marriott sprang up in Downtown DeLand, this and other papers published numerous opinions implying that the color scheme might be the worst thing that ever happened here.

I’m just wondering: Aren’t there any readers who, after seeing the finished product, think “hey that looks pretty good, after all”?

Personally, I always liked the colors, having seen other similar Marriotts. Come on now! Fess up!

John Boyle


Against communists

Editor, The Beacon:

God Bless America, 242 years old …

With all this division going on in our country, we can thank the: socialists, leftists, partisans, progressives, and their total all combined: Communist.

President No. 16 Abraham Lincoln was right when he said the only way this country would fall was from within.

You people are doing a good job; just keep it up. You have never lived under a communist form of government. You’re going to be in for a big surprise.

Our Founding Fathers gave us a Constitution and Bill of Rights. We are a constitutional republic, with a democratic form of government.

It’s time you read and study the history of this great country, with liberty and justice for all … maybe you’ll smarten up.

The door swings both ways; if you don’t like it, well, no one is holding you here … get out … and anywhere you choose. When you get there, give me your passport, because I don’t never want you back.

I’m an old veteran and proud I served my country. What have you ever done for this country?

Silvio F. Spiconardi


League calls for rejection of bigotry in politics

Editor, The Beacon:

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote American political activist Thomas Paine.

The same could be said of election years, which bring out strong emotions, and where the desire to win can often try one’s sense of decency.
Examples of racism are already emerging this election season in Florida. CNN obtained a 78-second prerecorded message targeting gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. The message, narrated by a man “speaking in caricature of a black dialect with cartoonish jungle noises in the background,” was paid for by a Neo-Nazi group.
This type of invective is not only unacceptable, it’s dangerous. We don’t have to look too far back into history to see the consequences of such racial and ethnic prejudice; in fact, they are still happening today.
Now more than ever, we must set standards of decency.

This election year, we have the chance to do the right thing and reject racism from any group, candidate or political party. This is not about partisan politics. This is about civility and human decency — on all sides. A diverse state such as Florida should set that example.

Patti Brigham


— Brigham is president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, and wrote this letter on the organization’s behalf.

Victories for workers helped create America’s greatness

Editor, The Beacon:

Today I’m prompted to remember my student days in Minnesota. There I formed a friendship with my retired neighbor who experienced the general strike in Minneapolis in 1934.

It was started by Teamsters Local 574 and involved thousands of drivers, inside workers and the unemployed. Actions occurred from May through August, and many were violent.

One incident, “Bloody Friday,” involved 100 “police officers” who fired to kill on a group of unarmed picketers. Two were killed and dozens injured. The incident built solidarity for the strike, and 100,000 people attended the funeral for the burial of the dead.

This was no small event. It eventually resulted in the creation of unions throughout the nation. Local 574 was the sponsor of many successful union drives.

Eventually the United States Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. These major victories for the workers were not easy, but their effect was the “Great America” many in our electorate are now seeking.

Now, as then, benefits for workers are not going to happen without sincere effort and intelligent action. This means defeat Republicans who have consistently fought against unions and efforts to benefit workers.

Sheldon Skolfield

DeLeon Springs