Henry Frederick's blog
LAKE MARY, FL -- My father called me at mid-day Monday to let me know "my college is in lockdown." He sounded pretty upset, describing the intense breaking news footage listing them individually: Hartford TV stations WFSB channel 3 and WTIC channel 61; New Britain's WVIT channel 30 and New Haven's WTNH channel 8.
LAKE MARY -- There's a lot of breaking news we're working on including the latest on the search of the bodies of the murdered Deltona mom and her two children, the severe beating of a DeBary woman and the lockdown of a college campus in Connecticut.
Headline Surfer® will have an updaters story and analysis on former Gov. Charlie Crist's announcement this morning of his campaign for governor and we'll update you on the latest round of awards the 24/7 internet newspaper received over the weekend in the 2013 Florida Press Club contest.
DAYTONA BEACH -- Politicians like Ron DeSantis and John Boehner are so full of themselves and their self-rightous ideology when it comes to Republican rhetoric about why Food Stamp subsidies need to be cut. This is what House Speaker Boehner told The New York Times in a story published today regarding GOP-sponsored legislation narrowly passed with the threat of a presidential veto that would cut a whopping $5 billion in food stamp subsidies: “This bill makes getting Americans back to work a priority again for our nation’s welfare programs."
LAKE MARY -- Even internet newspaper publishers get sick once in a while, especially when they overwork themselves and don't get enough sleep. Staying up for days at a time will cause anyone to crash after awhile. I hope to catch up on coverage later today with Biketoberfest in Daytona, the latest on the ad authority in New Smyrna Beach, our open letter to Gov. Scott on corruption and other news of interest throughout Central Florida.
Thank you to those of you who reached out and showed concern. And thanks to everyone for their understanding.
DAYTONA BEACH -- At the last County Council meeting, one of the first things out of Deb Denys' mouth was referencing a story in that morning's paper quoting chamber insiders critical of Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority Chairman Palmer Wilson's return to the leadership post on the tourism board.
DAYTONA BEACH -- There are certain things in life that you just can't do anything about. Among those is the actions of others. Sure, you can try to change their behavior, maybe even their way of thinking, at least for a while.
But the essence of who they are, what's in their heart and soul, is something only they control. That's reality. In Volusia County government, the reality is the lust for taxpayer money and who can access it.
DAYTONA BEACH -- Ray Davies, lead singer of the Kinks, perfectly coined the sentiments of voters in the wake of Watergate with his phrase: "Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep."
DAYTONA BEACH -- In the 2012 elections, Republican Party elders like Stan Escudero and Tony Ledbetter worked their butts off to help get three Republicans elected to the Volusia County Council for perhaps the first time. And their true underdog candidate for county chair, Jason Davis, walloped the heavily-favored Democrat, Carl Persis, with a 20,000-plus vote plurality.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- For a guy with a phD, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer is not very bright. Here he was holding court as the guest speaker for the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors at a luncheon his friend, Chad Shilsky's beachside restaurant. And what does he do? He rips your's truly, actually mentioning me by name. Wow!
ORLANDO -- Like a lot of politicians, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer knows how to play the role. He leads his meetings in the pledge of allegiance and has his photo-shopped image taken in front of the American flag, smiling, of course. He's not alone. Try Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen at nearly $214,000. And New Smyrna Beach City Attorney Frank Gummey, perhaps the highest paid municipal government employee in America, at $215,000.