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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Congratulations to the graduating class of New Smyrna Beach High School. Seeing that the number of graduates totaled 392 reminded me of my own graduation in 1964. At that time the old high school on the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach was brand new and our class consisted of 66 pupils. Our ceremony was at the school itself and we with our family and friends all fit without a problem.

EDGEWATER -- The decision to change the FCAT scores to accommodate students who cannot pass the test is just wrong.

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EDGEWATER -- A friend forwarded a request from a military friend of hers in Afghanistan telling her they were hit really hard and lost all their personal things. He said they needed towels, razors, and anything personal anyone would send to them. Turns out there are 100 people in his company who lost their stuff.

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EDGEWATER -- When I heard about Dick Clark’s passing this morning, I felt as if I had lost a family member. He had been very much a part of my life since American Bandstand so long ago.

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EDGEWATER -- A sense of relief came over me with the arrest of George Zimmerman on the charge of second-degree murder in the Sanford shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. As much as the whole state of Florida is a tinderbox of dryness prone to fire, I was more and more feeling that this situation was also a tinderbox that was on the verge of exploding into violence.

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EDGEWATER -- I read where Congress has passed and the president has signed bill HR-347, the Anti-Occupy Law, empowering federal agents to arrest and bring criminal felony charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the U.S.A. This means no protest when the president or even your local politicians are speaking. What happened to our free speech?

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Alright, it’s official now as far as I am concerned. The world has gone nuts. I read where someone is now starting to clone hamburger.

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EDGEWATER -- I saw a recent report from ABC News' Diane Sawyer that I found troubling: Our 4 million miles of roads ranks us 20th in the world behind places like Malaysia due to deterioration and poor maintenance. How sad is that?

I was a bit taken aback that someone even had done a ranking of road conditions in the countries of the world, but was not terribly surprised to hear this country wasn’t doing very well. Most states I have been in have many poor roads causing accidents due to pot holes, narrow shoulders, fraying asphalt and other factors.

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EDGEWATER -- I was watching the coverage on the news about the recent tragic death of race driver Dan Wheldon thinking how ghoulish a society we’ve become. Yes, we all are stunned and saddened when these horrible things happen but we, also, demand faster cars in the races, more tricks during airplane shows and other such things that eventually lead to someone dying trying to entertain us.

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Republican Eric Cantor has the nerve to call the demonstrators against Wall Street a “Mob.” That tells me that he is afraid of the American people who are rising up against the politicians and just may get him and others ousted from their cushy congressional seats.

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