Publisher's Column

The country is in a recession. People are struggling to keep their homes out of foreclosure. Job layofs are a daily threat. Should it then really come as a surprise that the most fractured among us are children? The Columbine-type threats at New Smyrna Beach High School and a talked-about murder-suicide plot at DeLand Middle School really hit home.
Perhaps the two boys punished for making Columbine-type threats with scrawled messages on the bathroom walls were just looking for an easy way to scare school officials into canceling classes for a few days.

These days, it seems everyone is an environmentalist. No one wants to breath bad air, drink polluted water or kill off all of the wildlife and plant life and despoil the planet. Where the argument comes in is how to protect the environment in the most sensible, cost effective way. Certainly here in Southeast Volusia, we have some of nature's greatest wonders -- from manatees to Mosquito Lagoon.

I believe that the principles of free market capitalism form the soundest basis for protecting the environment.

By controlling which drugs are allowed on the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extorted a large toll in drug costs, drug availability and human life throughout our nation -- greater New Smyrna Beach no exception.
The FDA has greatly delayed the introduction of some useful drugs and totally eliminated the introduction of others.

It is estimated that 85 percent of the cost of drugs is caused by the FDA procedures.

Now in our 20th day since the launch of, we have surpassed 10,000 hits. This is a testament to the thirst for news by the people of Southeast Volusia. And we are pleased to provide around the clock coverage seven days a week. This is a one-person operation so limitations are many, but the drive to succeed is limitless.
And the volunteer contributors we have really do care about the spirit of community journalism.

Many more are welcomed to join in our effort to provide comprehensive news coverage with emphasis on local news and how news everywhere else really hits home.

DAYTONA BEACH -- ust three weeks after saying they wanted no part of an outsider chosen by their divorced minority partner to oversee the operations of the Daytona Beach News-Journal while a new buyer is sought, the newspaper's directors did an about face Tuesday and welcomed him and his $2,000 daily salary. Earlier this month, the newspaper cried foul after Cox Enterprises said it wanted an administrator appointed because it feared News-Journal ownership might squander the assets.

All teachers and parents in New Smyrna Beach must realize that having state legislatures or courts rule on scientific matters is incredibly silly. The spectacle of legislators ruling on what science can be taught in Florida schools demonstrates one more time one of the basic problems of having public schools: Namely that the state will eventually dictate what is taught.
Our legislators opined that it would be OK to question some of the concepts of The theory of evolution. Well bully for them. We should be forever grateful that they will let us question evolution.

When I was growing up in New England, I looked forward to watching the Daytona 500 on TV every year. In high school, I read Peter Benchley's book, Jaws, and later saw the movie. Never did I imagine when I moved to Florida with my family that we would deal with sharks.

Then again, neither did we think we'd have to deal with three hurricanes in one year, one season of massive forest fires and a couple of tornadoes in between.

And of course, we have our political problems, too, from hanging chads to presidential primary voting debacles.

I am very pleased with the development of since the April 15 launch and the 8,000-plus hits as of this Sunday morning. I wanted Sunday to have added emphasis, which is the reasoning behind our Sunday In Depth page, featuring The Big Story and the Sunday Video Newsmaker Q&A.
Oak Hill Police Chief Guy Grasso and his officers are profiled in The Big Story and Edgewater City Councilwoman Gigi Bennington is interviewed in the newsmaker segment. The interview is 10 minutes long.

Developing this Web site has been a painstaking effort, but anything worth pursuing takes a lot of work.

One war Americans should definitely withdraw from is the class war. Instead of whining and complaining about the rich everyone should join them. Joining the rich is a lot more pleasant, productive and satisfying than trying to get even with them. In fact, every time some politician comes up with a plan to “punish the rich” it misses the rich and starves the poor.

The New Smyrna Beach City Commission voted for the city to join in the global warming hoax by a narrow 3-2 vote Tuesday night. Commissioners Jim Hathaway and Jack Grasty were the ones who had the good sense to vote against it.
The commissioners adopted a resolution that is an adaptation of the Kyoto Protocol calling for actions to reduce global warming.

Of course, with so many other important things going on, they could have held the meeting during the daytime and saved on the light bill. How's that for helping to ease the pain of global warming?