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Volusia Tax Reform pushed rejection of extra school tax and voters agreed, unless changed with recount today / no subscription fees

Editor's Note: Ed Connor of the Volusia Tax Reform and an ocasional comminty blogger for Headline Surfer was asked to give the 24/7 Internet newspaper his perspective on rejction of the school referendum, which was narrowly defeated Election Day, but today is the subject of a recount by the supervisor of elections:

DAYTONA BEACH -- Despite a relentless barrage of meetings and pleadings with neighborhood groups, notes sent home in lunch boxes threatening loss of vital programs and the endorsement under duress of the Chamber of Commerce and several business leaders in Daytona, the referendum for a new one mill school property tax failed to receive voter approval by half of 1 percent triggering a recount which began today in Deland under the supervision of Ann McFall.

This tax was opposed most actively by Volusia Tax Reform on the basis it would harm the business community disproportionately. The tax would have raised $104 Million over four years. Of that amount about 52% would come from business and a few high end homes.

Gratitude to loved ones on Veteran's Day

EDGEWATER This is the time that I always called my Uncle Norm, my father’s brother, to thank him for his service as a medic in the Marines on Iwo Jima for the battle there and wher the famous flag raising took place.

He died last year so I can only hope he still hears me talk to him when I say it again this year. Others in my family were also service members such as my mother’s brother, Ed, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and my maternal grandfather who was a member of the horse Calvary in World War I.

Prayers for service and well being of our veterans

On this Veterans Day we pay tribute to all military servicemen and women who have served to protect the freedom we enjoy -- freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of opportunity and justice for all. Some have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.

Our votes, not the Electoral College should be choosing our president

This election is a nail bitter and I truly hope it does not come down to the popular vote being ignored and the Electoral College making the choice for our president. I personally think that system should be abolished and I have read that it is slowly being done state by state.

The end of the presidential election season is near

DEBARY -- The end is near -- finally.  Regardless if you are Republican or Democrat, I will be gladwhen November 6th is over.

Wave of incumbent discontent: Obama wasted four years

ORLANDO -- America! Land of the free, and home of the brave -- arid lands thirsting for the twilight of individual liberty, vibrantly ambitious of fertile, national loins, begging, reaching -- grasping for change. The election is Tuesday. Tuesday!

Is it a wave? That monsoon the Nixon beasts used to always scream about back in the 1970s before the humiliation of Watergate -- of Watergate! A corrupting, unmitigated disaster, perhaps, for one of the greatest intellectual minds ever to mind the shop of the presidency.

Crunch time in race for the White House

DEBARY -- With the presidential election looming fast, it's crunch time in the Sunshine State. Florida is a swing state and we are critical to Mit Romney’s success.

With Florida’s 29 electoral votes, as Florida, so goes the election. The other the swing states have importance, but  fewer electoral votes: Ohio, the next biggest at 18, followed by Virginia with13 and Wisconsin with 10.

Obama in electoral trouble; Romney continues to surge

ORLANDO -- Events in Libya continue to spiral out of control for the Obama administration. Gallup released a poll earlier this week, showing President Obama’s approval rating dropping seven points in three days, settling at an underwhelming 46%.

Obama remains the Manchurian Candidate with his own flag

EDGEWATER -- Four more years are needed for President Obama to reach his goal of generating friendships with 57 Muslim states.  In one of his early speeches, he said, "We will win all of the 57 states -- Keep in mind there are 56 Muslim States."

What happens when authoritative discipline and unconditional love fails?

EDGEWATER -- There comes a moment or sets of moments when we wonder if it was all for naught. Was all my patient plea and serious consequences go in one ear and come out the next.

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