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Daytona International Speedway tax break legislation a win-win for all of us

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona 500 is just one race. I will say that growing up in DeLand, I was not that interested in the races. I only went to one race and it was not one of the big ones and I had no clue who the drivers were and I still do not know. But I do know how important Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, the Coke Zero 400 and the other races are to the economy of Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Central Florida and Florida as a whole.

Boston bombings & aftermath: Everything happened so fast

EDGEWATER -- Can you believe what this country went through this past week in Boston and its neighboring communities? Not since 9/11 have we as Americans been so glued to our television sets, and of course, the internet. The media coverage was instant, continuous, and for once, I didn’t disagree with that because events were happening so fast.

Boston Marathon deaths latest example of crazy society

EDGEWATER -- The sights, sounds and personal accounts of the Boston Marathon bombing make me sick to my stomach with grief for all involved and for this country. Then I heard that the race was dedicated to the Newtown, Conn. survivors and many were in the stands observing the race and I cried.

Dumping Easter Bunny is political correctness gone amuck

EDGEWATER -- A Madison, Ala. school principal banned the word "Easter" from her school this year. Say what? She says it was in the interest of religious diversity.

Easter bunny set for extinction is the Award-Winning 24/7 Internet Newspaper Serving Greater Daytona Beach, FL via

DEBARY -- Years ago there was a famous poem by anti Nazi activist and Pastor Martin Niemoeller. It went like this.

Future of GOP depends on likes of Marco Rubio and Rand Paul

DEBARY -- Over the last couple of weeks we have heard President Obama blaming sequestration cuts; and the big bad Republican Party, for being responsible for everything from school children not being able to tour the White House to the burning down of cities because a fireman must not put on his time sheet to be paid for more than 60 hours in a week.

Washington budget woes: Cut federal paychecks by 10 percent

EDGEWATER -- The budget problems for President Obama and the lawmakers in Congress can be tackled by making additional cuts. It's so simple.

Bike Week a great economic boost, but loud pipes rattle nerves

EDGEWATER -- Since Bike Week arrived, it's been quite noisy. I'll miss the bikers, but I won't miss the noise when they leave today.

Stop lying to yourself: 12 signs of emotional Infidelity

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Time after time I have been asked what is infidelity? How do I know if my partner is cheating on me?

Turning down workforce housing in New Smyrna Beach a slippery slope and travesty

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Progress is something New Smyrna Beach says it wants and encourages, just not in the back yards of anyone influential. The way they see it, it should only be allowed in certain sections of the city like way out west on State Road 44. There is always a group that rises up and protests: “Not in my back yard!”

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