Publisher's Column

EDGEWATER, Fla. --  They can tear down monuments and remove rebel flags, but it doesn’t rewrite history.

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Some of you may have noticed that I have been absent of late.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Clinician Rules: Validate your patient's reality.

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Column: People, Places & Things

ORLANDO, Fla. -- With the sale of Jacksonville's Florida Times Union and the St. Augustine Record to Gatehouse Media, owners of the Daytoa Beach News-Journal, could the Orlando Sentinel be next? 

Maybe. Maybe not.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Sentinel, is yet another media outlet that buys into Sheriff Mike Chitwood's public relations name calling schtick at the expense of real crime stories stories and issues in his agency. And the mess he left behind in Daytona Beach, where violent crimes shot through the roof under his final two years as chief of police (19 homicides). This story above, like others, feature the PIO, leading the cheers like a PR flak. If this were really community-generted, why are there no citizen voices quited or even refenced in the story?

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The First Amendment of the US Constitution means little in reality when a small media outlet like ours does not have the money or political clout to secure pro bono services of a lawyer to file a lawsuit to fight the abuses of an elected politician, especially one with a gun, a badge and the verbal vitriol of Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who has held the offce since Jan. 1.

In in that span of 215 days, Chitwood's draconian policies of singling out Headline Surfer® for exclusion: Immediate removed from the law enforcement agency's email media alerts on breaking news and updates, an outright ban on attending agency press conferences and the media outlet's two staffers names crossed off the agency's list for working press credentials.

With Chitwood's edicts that carry a threat of arrest and jailing, Headline Surfer's movements are severely restricted, its ability to report the news on a level playing field have been non-existent and its overall mission of news reporting and generating advertising revenue compromised.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ed Kelley, Billie Egger Wheeler, Heather Post, Deb Denys, Joyce Cusack, Pat Patterson & Fred Lowry all have 2 things in common: 1. They are elected members of the Volusia County Council; 2. They have said nothing -- not one word publicly -- about Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood's spiteful exclusion of from his law enforcement agency's email media alerts and banning from press conferences.

DELAND, Fla. -- Following politics in the 21st Century can be overwhelming at times.