Publisher's Column

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.

NEW SMYRNA 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.

I am pleased to announce we have now passed the 5,000 hits mark on since our launch on Tuesday. This is particularly exciting, considering the Web site is not fully built. Still, there is plenty of news to write about and what an active weekend it has been with the tragic passing of a popular NSB Middle School teacher and yet another shark bite, this time involving a 14-year-old NSB girl.
Though the Web site is active, I do not have full control and access until all of the database programs are installed and working, which should be completed this week.

It took God six days to create the heavens and the earth before resting on the seventh day. That is what I hope to do today, though my work on building is far from over. I am just so overwhelmed by the number of hits -- close to 4,400 early this Sunday morning.

Those who visit the Web site will see that some things are accessible while others either aren't or are empty. There is no way around this with very limited resources, though hard work and perseverance will pay dividends.

Pulling into my favorite filling station near Sugar Mill, I noticed a big sticker on the gas pump that said less than 10 percent ethanol.
The proprietor of the station informed me that there was no ethanol in the gas yet but in a month there would be. The next thing I did was to call Bob of Bob’s Automotive and ask if using ethanol would hurt my car. His answer was that unless my car is designed to use ethanol the ethanol will cause excessive wear on the engine.

The great thing about the Internet is the rapid speed by which news and other sources of information can be delivered to online readers. The technology in delivering it can be technical and tricky as is the case with, now in its fifth day. We are a mere infant, yet we are experiencing rapid growing pains. In the last 24 hours our page count has nearly doubled and there´s plenty more on the way over the next 48 hours.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The water temperatures are in the low 70s and the fishing is hot everywhere. Tournaments are in full swing and anglers are having a ball -- well, most of them, that is.