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Rauschenberger needs to read Poe and Frost

Editor, The Beacon:

David Rauschenberger’s latest column is a perfect example of the festering political disease that’s eating away at our democracy. His column reminds me of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” about a prince who, to escape a plague, takes his friends and retinue inside a walled compound and welds shut the iron gates. The trouble is, in creating a would-be shelter, he has at the same time created unwittingly a de facto prison.

Predictably, the plague they’ve been fleeing soon breaks out within the palace compound/prison. Those who had thought themselves privileged find themselves instead trapped. Their pleasure ground becomes a charnel house.

Rauschenberger, too, wrote about a wall. Before doing so, however, he’d have done well to reflect, not just on the Poe story, but also on Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”:

       “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

       What I was walling in or walling out….

       Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

       That wants it down.”

Rauschenberger is no Poe or Frost, of course. Start with his title comparing immigration and abortion. Its childish absurdity is laughable. Then move on to his first paragraph:

“The Democrats don’t want to call it a wall.” [A lie.] “They don’t want a barrier at all.” [A lie.] “They did before.” [A lie. We Democrats have never wanted either an open border or a wall. We have agreed to a partial wall only as part of a negotiated deal with Republicans.]

Enough. It’s clear already that Rauschenberger has no interest in building an argument that’s carefully articulated, logical, and based on solid, nonpartisan evidence. Rather, his interest is in assembling a shapeless, totally partisan heap of lies, half-truths and insults.

For whom and for what purpose would a man pile together such nonsense? Not for those willing to be persuaded by rational argument, or for those who value mutually respectful differences of opinion.

No, instead his column should be seen as equivalent to a high-school pep rally, where true believers fire each other up to boost their own energy and morale.

Absolutely nothing wrong with that in and of itself, of course. The problem here is that Rauschenberger’s particular kind of pep rally rouses a fever pitch of fear, hatred and disunity. Perhaps even worse, it welds minds closed, like the gates of Prince Prospero’s compound. And, as with Prospero, what it walls in festers even more dangerous than what it walls out.

Wayne Dickson


Editor’s note: As is the case with most Opinions columns in The Beacon, the author of the Rauschenberger column did not compose the headline.

Deltona should reconsider dumping recycling

Editor, The Beacon:

What could the Deltona City Commission be thinking when they voted to stop recycling? America recycles, and I’m assuming Deltona is part of America.

I guess it’s not only the politicians in Washington who make dumb decisions.

They should reconsider that move. Someone is messing up if recycling is being dumped in the landfill, so who’s not doing their job? Fix it, plain and simple.

Edward Edmonds



Says Rauschenberger is always wrong

Editor, The Beacon:

Abortion, immigration, really? I do not read Rauschenberger’s writings in The Beacon due to the ongoing lies, rants and insane sycophantic nonsense that is normally in the editorial.

Worse than leaning to the right, he is normally hanging off the cliff of the worst kind of partisan dribble. Now, even his headlines invite tossing my cookies.

I still did not read it, but offer comfort to those who might have cast their eyes to read the words of doom and crime. He is always wrong.

There surely isn’t a word of value anywhere in the body of the work. This is like listening to a fourth-grade bully. Nothing of value can be reaped from the nonrational blather. Just like the present head of our government, lies, lies and more lies: double talk and crazy logic.

Instead, go to the park and watch the birds. Join a book club and learn facts. Join the quilting club and talk about the beauty of piecing together works of art.

Women have the right to make their own health choices. Women are equal human beings with brains to make their own choices, and building a wall will not solve immigration’s issues. Now, was that so hard?

Judith Southard


Editor’s note: As is the case with most Opinions columns in The Beacon, the author of the Rauschenberger column did not compose the headline.

Thankful for first responders’ kindness and helpfulness

Editor, The Beacon:

On Jan. 6, in the early morning, we called 911 to assist my family. The immediate response from Deltona Fire Department and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was so appreciated.

My husband’s elderly mother passed away while they were with us. The young men who assisted us were supportive and patient while helping us through this time of loss.

I realize that this is one of the duties they are hired to perform, but the kindness and helpfulness from the several firemen and deputies who showed up was beyond that.

I just want to thank them and remind others that we still have so many wonderful young people in our midst. We seem to only see the worse.

Paul and Connie Crews


Ending recycling is a step backward

Editor, The Beacon:

I was disgusted to see this morning on Channel 9 news that Deltona has decided to end curbside recycling.

The state of Florida has a 75-percent goal by 2020, but this applies to only counties, not cities.

We should all be outraged by this. We are a country moving toward zero waste, and yet Deltona has voted to go backward.

Christine Schena