Publisher's Column

Many local citizens, no doubt are unaware that the Founding Fathers gave Americans additional protection from bad laws and bad government through jury nullification. This occurs when one or more members of a jury decide that even though the defendant may have broken a particular law, he is innocent because the law, or application of it, is wrong. In preparation for this blog, I asked well-known New Smyrna Beach criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor William Hathaway where he stood on the issue and he answered that he favors it.

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I had the honor of knowing Bill Gillespie for more than 50 years and would like to tell some of the stories about Bill along with some he liked to tell on himself. To make this blog entry complete, it should be pointed out that Bill had a prodigious number of accomplishments in his lifetime all the way from being an eagle scout and NSB High School football star to becoming a state senator and having a hand in many path breaking pieces of legislation.

It seems that hardly any time goes by without news of a drug raid somewhere in Volusia County.

Drug busts have been a lead story on this Web site as recently as June 19, when 10 suspected drug dealers were rounded up.

After watching drug busts for a number of decades, it is hard not to wonder if the war on drugs is yielding any benefit. Maybe we should end it.

When I was a kid growing up in Connecticut, I used to love watching Nascar racing; especially the Daytona 500. I liked the open-wheel Indianapolis 500, but the stock cars seemed more exciting. I dreamed of being at Daytona International Speedway. Like Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, it's a special place. I finally got to Daytona in 1995 and it was like being in Nascar heaven. It is not the same anymore, though. Daytona has become too commercialized. The Coke Zero 400?

The summer race under the lights is not the same any more. It's too much of a party atmosphere.

Fourth of July just doesn't seem the same without fireworks. It is downright un-American. What would Barack Obama or John McCain say about this crisis? And that is the sad state of affairs in New Smyrna Beach. I know... I know, you don't have to tell me again: NSB does not have the money. Sorry, I just do not buy it. The city had a couple hundred thousand for a noise study at the airport and found a few million more to pay for 52 parking spaces on Ester Street. Yet, this city, with a $70 million budget, cannot afford $10,000 to $20,000 for fireworks to celebrate our national birthday?

When asked what America ’s leadership should do do to help us celebrate the Fourth of July, Charlene Wells, roving service banker, with Wachovia here in New Smyrna Beach had a ready answer: I want them to do something to give us lower gas prices and improve the economy.

When asked for specific things she thought they should do she declined to give any suggestions. This, however, opens the door for a torrent of suggestions.

To lower the price of gasoline we should immediately start drilling in many of the forbidden places such as ANWAR in Alaska and the off-shore regions.

So child killer Mark Dean Schwab, 31, was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday night for the 1991 rape and murder of 11-year-old Junny Rio-Martinez after befriending the Cocoa boy and his family by pretending to be a newspaper reporter and kidnapping him. Justice finally came for the grieving parents 17 years later. I would have loved to have witnessed his execution like I did in 2002, when serial killer Aileen Wuornos was strapped down to the gurney.

One of the most widely accepted myths in America is that business regulation is necessary to protect the consumer. When asked the question, what is the purpose of business regulations, Robin Keenen an LPN in Dr. Russell Perry’s office answered after long deliberation that she guessed it was to protect the consumer. This is the answer you would get from most people.

The sad truth of the situation is much different. The real function of business regulation is to perpetuate a monopoly position for those writing the regulations.

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