Publisher's Column

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 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.

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- If you ever wonder why our economy is the way it is, it's because our government spends too much helping out the United Nations and all of the countries that dislike us.

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It was a sad day for many of us when The Observer closed its doors a week ago, but not unexpected with print newspapers all over the country slowly dying.
I for one have had some happy experiences with The Observer over the last few decades, but mostly when newspapers were in their heyday.

When political correctness overtook the papers in the area, it became very difficult for me to get much of my material published.

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It had been years since I sat in church for a Sunday service. But hearing the words roll off the lips of The Rev. Don Bremer at the United Methodist Church of New Smyrna Beach about the apostle Paul struck a chord deep in my soul as my mind raced in re-tracing the steps of my life at 46.
Bremer was emphatic that the world had never had a teacher like Paul.

As I watched the hype over Triple Crown theat Big Brown during the pre-race coverage Saturday of the Belmont Stakes, I could not stop thinking about Jim McKay, the iconic forefather of broadcast sports journalism as host of ABC's Wide World of Sports and anchor of the network's breaking-news coverage of the horrific terrorist attack during the 1972 Munich Games. He died earlier in the day at the age of 86.

McKay, who covered 12 Olympics in all, died of natural causes in a Maryland hospital, according to his family.