Publisher's Column

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.

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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?

When the Daytona Beach News-Journal cut its Daily Journal section for Southeast Volusia readers back to three days a week in March, its editors wrote a note promising added features and bonus coverage. That should not preclude the mighty metro from putting NSB-area stories in the main paper. Of course, the NSB City Commission met Tuesday night to discuss global warming. And indeed, the News-Journal had the gavel to gavel coverage in its Thursday paper. The only problem is it's two days old. The Edgewater City Commission met Monday night to ratify a new contract for 80 of its employees.

It is rather ironic that on the same day the Daytona Beach News-Journal announces a proposed deal on the front page that has Daytona Beach Community College acquiring the financially strapped News-Journal-Center, the newspaper publishes a glowing story on what a great education DBCC provides.

In keeping with the national polls, our readers rightfully predicted victory for Hillary Tuesday night (550 votes or 73 percent for the former first lady).
And why not? This was most likely based on the negative anti American feelings that have appeared in both Obama’s wife and also in his close spiritual adviser Reverend Wright. Other that that most Americans have found Obama more lovable, personable and articulate than Hillary.

NEWSMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2008 march of the winter cold fronts accompanied by following high pressure ridges (defined as an elongated areas of high pressure in the atmosphere lying between two areas of low pressure) has ended.

Because of technical issues, I could not update the editorial content or scrolling text and headline stories for posting early this morning. Hopefully by midday the problem will be fixed.
We will have live local coverage, including community reaction and analysis of the Pennsylvania primary.

The 6 percent wage hikes the union representing 80 employees of Edgewater government sought were not granted. It is outrageous they asked in the first place in these hard economic times when taxpayers are losing their homes. When things get tough and people in the business community start getting laid off in large numbers. You see headlines such as Boeing to lay off 15 percent of its work force or General electric to lay off thousands. What I would like to know is why we don’t read about thousands of government employees laid off at the federal, state and local level.