West Volusia Realtors recommend election of Pupello

Editor, The Beacon:

The West Volusia Association of REALTORS® is recommending the election of Anthony Pupello for Orange City City Council District 4. A panel of REALTOR® members screened candidates for Orange City City Council and concluded, through an interview process that scrutinized the candidates’ experience, motivation, and knowledge of the issues, that Mr. Pupello is best-qualified for the position.

All candidates for Orange City City Council District 4 were offered the opportunity to interview in person before our screening panel. Mr. Pupello interviewed Aug. 17.

The West Volusia Association of REALTORS® represents more than 900 REALTOR® and Affiliate Business-Partner Members across West Volusia.

Candidate recommendations are made to provide the association’s membership with information regarding which candidates best represent the REALTOR® position on issues affecting the real estate industry, community growth and private-property rights.

Ryan J. Tucholski

Candace Cecil, board president

West Volusia Association of Realtors®

McCain left POW experience with sense of purpose and joy

Editor, The Beacon:

On a recent Sunday morning, in conjunction with the reading from 2 Corinthians 5:1-9, Pastor Leigh gave a beautiful affirmation of Sen. John McCain here at the Lake Helen First Congregational Church (UCC).

When John was taken prisoner in Vietnam, the prisoners were not allowed to speak with one another, so when the senior officer coughed, that was their signal to enter into prayer together.

Later, when they were allowed to be in the same room together, John was able to recite prayers from memory, along with the creeds that he was brought up with from The Book of Common Prayer in the Episcopal Church.

As read in this morning’s Scripture lesson … there were times that John McCain and the other POWs felt truly between this world and the next. The defining moment for McCain, though, was when the group of prisoners he was with were allowed to go outside for the first time into the fresh air and sunshine for 10 minutes and the prison guard assigned to him nudged up beside him and made the sign of the cross in the sand on the ground in front of them with his foot.

He covered it up when they had to go back inside, though John said that for any of us … making the sign of the cross at the right moment can make a difference for others around us.

When Sen. John McCain returned home, he came back with a sense of purpose and joy in his life … a sense that God is preparing us for the very thing Paul described in his letter to the Corinthians, and we are grateful for his life and witness.

(6) “So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— (7) for we walk by faith, not by sight. (8) Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (9) So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” God is preparing us for this very thing.

Chaplain Lewis C. Long III

Lake Helen

— Long is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Trump doesn’t need Democrats to make him look bad

Editor, The Beacon:

The official death toll in Puerto Rico is now set at about 3,000. President Trump’s response to that number is “This was done by Democrats to make me look as bad as possible.”

Doesn’t our president realize yet that the Dems do not need to make him look bad? He does a pretty good job of doing that himself.

Paul Marcinuk