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Thu
14
Dec

Letters to the Editor: Why supporting the LGBTQ community is the Christian thing to do

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE — Beacon editor Anthony DeFeo, left, and his girlfriend, Ally Gardner, both members of Collective and Collective Cares, prepare to march in the Dec. 2 DeLand Christmas Parade with the DeLand Pride entry. The display of support for the LGBTQ community was criticized by a Beacon reader whose letter was published in the Dec. 7-10 edition, prompting the responses published here.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE — Beacon editor Anthony DeFeo, left, and his girlfriend, Ally Gardner, both members of Collective and Collective Cares, prepare to march in the Dec. 2 DeLand Christmas Parade with the DeLand Pride entry. The display of support for the LGBTQ community was criticized by a Beacon reader whose letter was published in the Dec. 7-10 edition, prompting the responses published here.

BEACON PHOTO/MATT GARRETT

Why would a church support the LGBTQ community?

Editor, The Beacon:

Regarding the letter to the editor in the Dec. 7 issue, Collective’s community statement celebrates and calls for diversity, good questions and generative conversations that don’t make assumptions, all in the spirit of love and grace.

Different perspectives, civil discourse and even disagreements are among the most valuable practices in the Christian faith.

As a congregation fully supportive of the LGBTQ community, we understand our theology and core values differ from other churches and practices. This is not new in the Christian conversation.

We wanted to clarify a few things:

First, Collective (the church) founded, but is a separate organization from Collective Cares, an “LGBTQ Safe Zone & Ally Community.”

Thu
14
Dec

Tanner Andrews: Wide open wallets

Tanner Andrews

Tanner Andrews

I am old enough to remember those old Westerns. They had what were called wide-open towns. Booze flowed freely, and the ladies of loose virtue were essentially unregulated. Cowboys came to town and enjoyed the hospitality.

The new tourism slogan reminds me of these things. “Wide-open fun,” they say. And remember, until just recently, Daytona was spending tax money to entrap and arrest those professional ladies. What a swift and sudden change!

There are already excuses for the new slogan. Mostly, the others were even worse. “Dare to Daytona Beach” and “Vacation Outside the Lines” met with even less approval among the focus groups.

The fourth, “Eat a slug sandwich with sun-ripened mayonnaise and Daytona sand” drew mixed reactions. Still, I have no suspicions about an advertising company founded in and promoting Myrtle Beach promoting Daytona Beach.

Thu
14
Dec

David Rauschenberger: Democrats suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

This week, I just want to say one thing to my Democrat friends.   Stop the madness! I’m embarrassed for those suffering from the syndrome. It’s called TDS or Trump Derangement Syndrome. I’m not sure who coined the phrase, but I am certain that many on the left are infected. They think impeachment is just around the corner.

What kills me is how they find nothing positive about President Donald Trump since he was inaugurated. More than $4 trillion in gains in the stock market is proof that Trump’s election benefited the country immensely.

New highs each week exacerbate the problem for the TDS folks. They actually scoff at the fact that most IRAs and 401(k)s are up more than in any like period of time during the Obama administration.

And my Democrat friends are quick to utter “Nuh uh.” Why are they angry that we assign some credit to our president? The syndrome, that’s why.

Thu
14
Dec

Russ White: With current administration, good guys are now bad guys

Russ White

Russ White

I am getting old. On my next birthday, I will lose my private insurance and sign up for Medicare. Fortunately for me, my private insurance then becomes my Medicare supplemental insurance. I have had the blessing in this life with the support, guidance and protection of a strong union, an advantage anyone who is not wealthy should be provided. But, that is a topic for another column.

My point is, for the entirety of my long life, and for the better part of a half-century before I was born, one organization has been recognized in the eyes of the American people as the absolute paragon of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” Multiple TV shows and movies have depicted them as the ultimate “good guys” in our society.

That is, until the past three months or so. Those seeking to protect the ongoing criminal enterprise being run out of the White House are now wrongly, politically, defaming them.

Thu
14
Dec

Letter to the Editor: On Republican voter suppression

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Republicans good at voter suppression

Editor, The Beacon:

The headline of David Rauschenberger’s column of Nov. 16-19 accuses the League of Women Voters of being a “front group” for the Democratic Party. Seriously! Is he being deliberately deceitful and manipulative? Or does he simply not understand the most widely accepted meaning of the accusatory phrases he tosses about so casually?

The Macmillan Dictionary defines a “front group” as a “person, group, or thing used to hide the real character of a secret or illegal activity.” The LWV was not created and is not used by the Democratic Party, and the activities of neither the LWV nor the Democratic Party are secret or illegal.

Thu
07
Dec

Letters to the Editor: On the Automall, parades, and Jesus

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

A gay-pride parade?

Editor, The Beacon:

Near the beginning of the annual DeLand Christmas Parade was the Collective’s float. Of all the things a church could promote during Christmas, they chose LGBT pride.

Collective made the DeLand Christmas Parade a gay-pride parade. Why is this supposed church always thinking about and promoting gay sexuality?

It is a Christmas parade, not a gay-pride parade.

Ryan Gorman

DeLand


Delve deeper into important issues

Editor, The Beacon:

The American public should be outraged at how the Senate went about passing their “historic” tax bill. Done in the middle of the night, no hearings, no allowance for hearings — nothing. Why should we care?

Thu
07
Dec

David Rauschenberger: President Trump didn’t violate Logan Act

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

Some people on Facebook and MSNBC think the dominoes are falling regarding President Donald Trump and the Logan Act. They wish.

The Logan Act was passed in 1799. The act “criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.” And, Trump is the unauthorized person in the cross hairs.

The purpose of the Logan Act was to keep unauthorized Americans from undermining the government. What matters not to my Democrat friends is that the Logan Act has boundaries. And a man who has already been elected president of the United States can’t be guilty of violating the Logan Act.

By definition, Trump’s not an unauthorized American. His inauguration is proof of that.

I’d point out to my Democrat friends that they’ll need to exhume the historical account of Ronald Reagan and prosecute him for breaking the Logan Act too.

Thu
07
Dec

Russ White: From Robert Mueller to Roy Moore

Russ White

Russ White

The other shoe dropped in the Mueller investigation, when fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. This puts the investigation deep into the White House itself, and the noose grows ever-tighter on the criminal enterprise being run out of it.

                   
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There was much jubilation among Republicans when they rammed their abomination of a tax giveaway through the Senate in the middle of the night, with no hearings or debate whatsoever.

Amusingly, it is much like the Rose Garden celebration they threw when the House passed its version of their Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. They seem to have forgotten that that hurdle doesn’t make this atrocity law.

Fri
01
Dec

David Rauschenberger: Trump is making changes all by himself

David Rauschenberger

David Rauschenberger

Many have asked me to comment on the recent scandals. Men are cads. In Hollywood, there’s no shortage of men who have taken advantage of their power. Accusations abound.

In Congress, millions of dollars in hush money has been paid to those accusing congressmen of  boorish and misogynistic behavior. There are Democrats and Republicans hiding from the spotlight.

Russia and Trump sabotaging Hillary, and Mueller’s investigation of everyone who knows Donald Trump, have been buried on the back pages of the national news, if there’s a silver lining.

Frankly, I don’t know and don’t care who is guilty and who isn’t. I saw the pics of Al Franken. John Conyers has stepped down from on high. I laugh when I hear people call for their resignation.

Bill Clinton is the poster child for what happens to Democrat men who abuse women. So, I’ll leave it to those more righteous than I to figure out.

Fri
01
Dec

Russ White: Tax plan is designed to benefit GOP’s fat-cat donors

Russ White

Russ White

It is rare to get unvarnished truth from a Republican member of Congress, but that is exactly what we got recently from Rep. Chris Collins of New York. When asked why he supports the Republican tax plan that has less than 25-percent support from the American people, he said, “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’” Several other GOP (currently the Government of Putin) reps and senators have reported the same thing.

Make no mistake, the tax plan being railroaded through Congress with few or no hearings and discussion is an overt act of class warfare. It is a Robin Hood in reverse, a massive transfer of wealth from those in the middle and lower quintiles of American economic status into the pockets and offshore accounts of those at the very top. And Republicans are not even trying to hide those facts.

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