Publisher's Column

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.

We have upgraded the look of NSBNEWS.net as part of our effort to expand our coverage of Southeast Volusia. There are, however, some unexpected glitches that may require you to hit your refresh with your mouse to the right of the URL line or by hitting F5 on your keyboard. Because it is the weekend, these glitches may not be fixed right away. We appreciate your patience and hope you like the new look of the Home page.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Recall that I recently explained that a new attack on the net ban law that was passed overwhelmingly in 1994 by the Florida voters would take place at the FWC meeting in Dania earlier this month.

It was not a big surprise that the News Journal closed their offices in New Smyrna Beach, Deland and Palm Coast. Here in New Smyrna, they really didn't appear to have their heart in covering us in New Smyrna to begin with. It probably wasn't much different at their other locations.
One thing I find amusing is that they plan to raise the price of the Newspaper. Does that mean that their coverage of New Smyrna, Deland and Palm Coast was so bad that the paper is worth more without it?

The Daytona Beach News-Journal fired 99 employees and closed its New Smyrna Beach, Palm Coast and DeLand bureaus today. The Daily Journal, the zoned local section has also been eliminated. And get this: The ownership is going to raise the rates for home delivery and the Sunday paper is going up by 25 cents to $1.50 starting this Sunday. You are going to get even less news now and pay more for it. But there's a way you can tell the News-Journal owners this new arrangement is unacceptable: Don't buy their newspaper. Cancel your subscription.

Watching the Volusia County School Board and the Volusia County, NSB, Edgewater and Oak Hill governments grapple with revenue shortfalls makes Volusians ask the question: What could they have done better? The management, faculty and staff at Daytona Beach College, which includes a campus right here in New Smyrna Beach, provide some insight into what can be done.

It all started several years ago when D. Kent Sharples took over as president. He was cost conscious right from the start.

I know firsthand because I am on the DBC Board of Trustees.

We have reached a milestone -- 25,000 hits. And so our thanks go out to all of you who have gone online and typed in NSBNEWS.net since we made our launch April 11. We hope that you are enjoying the local news coverage and the wire stories for national and world news, sports and Hollywood -- all constantly updated.
While print media continues to struggle, there are many growth opportunities here in cyber space.

It just goes to show that you don't need to be a millionaire to produce a news product. All you need is competent journalism experience, the Internet and a will to succeed.

Today is my holiday -- Father's Day. I am a father and have a father. I am blessed. I have so many memories of my father, who I look up to as my ultimate hero. He was a big influence in my development from an early age. And now, I'm using the benchmark he provided to raise my own son, Henry IV, who is 14. My father taught me courage and toughness. The same things I am now trying to pass on to my son.

This blog is dedicated to Donna Marcotte, 42, and Gary Crane, 48, who are getting married June 21. Miss Marcotte and I entered into a discussion of how to tell when you have chosen a good partner. I presented some of the ideas contained in this blog for finding warning signals of a bad choice. After all, June weddings are very popular and, of course, half of all marriages end in divorce.

She was emphatic that her husband-to-be exhibits none of the warning signals we talked about.

Like millions of Americans across the country and here throughout Southeast Volusia, I am saddened by the passing of Tim Russert, the host of Meet the Press and the Washington bureau chief for NBC News. I liked Russert because he was down to earth. He was intelligent and tough on politicians, but always fair-minded. Put simply: He was a giant in the journalism industry.

Russert never made it to the top of the network anchor chair -- not because he wasn't talented or deserving, but because of image.

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