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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I am a child of the Great Depression. I was a mere 4 years old when it ended a couple years after after Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland. When I came into the world in 1935, six years had already passed since the New York stock market crash of 1929, that sent seismic shocks around the world for a decade. Rations were part of my youth in Cincinnati before my family moved to New Smyrna Beach where I started my high school years. Are we destined now to repeat history?

Peter MalloryBy Peter Mallory
The Right Side
2011 blogger winner Florida Press Club

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Of all the Republican candidates Mitt Romney is probably the most talented, brightest and most accomplished. It's time for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to fold their tents and go home.

If they drop out, Romney's energies and resources and those of the Republican Party can focus directly on Barack Obama. While the others battle it out with Romney, that means Obama is going untouched.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- In his turn-of-the-20th-century book, The Life of Reason, philosopher George Santayana wrote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The 1905 quotation holds true more than a century later.

This, naturally, begs the question of what it is to be remembered so it is not repeated? 

Doug Bently, who does blood and urinalysis testing at the Medical Arts Lab in New Smyrna Beach, answered: “I think we should learn to stay out of foreign wars."

Most conservatives credit Newt Gingrich with achieving or helping achieve many worthwhile things which greatly helped the country, but in terms of becoming president, many Republicans see Mitt Romney as having a better chance at beating President Obama in November.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The problem with trying to tell about a career in engineering is that most of the things that interest an engineer would bore the ears off of a brass donkey. The solution of difficult and complicated problems in science and mathematics is what makes engineering fun, but to the layman there is nothing of interest whatsoever.

Therefore it is the challenge of this blog to find personal stories from the world of engineering that the layman can find amusing and entertaining. Here goes:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Hair stylist Ray Catheline sparked an effort to help those forgotten or ignored in our community, especially children, with his fundraiser a year ago that raised $7,873 for "Cudas Unhooked," a very constructive and cost effective program set up by a group of New Smyrna Beach volunteers like him to help “at risk” high school students finish high school and be successful in life.

The program is designed to give the kids the help, encouragement and support they need to get their lives back on track and graduate from high school.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- As each of us faces the new year we all hope that it will be a good one for us. The most important point about this desire is that how the new year turns out for us is for the most part more dependent on our own efforts than any other consideration.

In other words, for most people the new year depends more on them than any other factor. The best thing about this situation is that for most people there are sure fire things they can do to make things better that cannot be stopped by outside forces. It is instructive to mention some of the things that you can do to make things get better.

First of all, have a positive attitude. While it is often easier to be negative than positive you usually achieve much more while being positive.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like a lot of children, Christmas was a magical fun time for me. I “bought into” all of the fun things that the grownups did to make me believe in Santa Claus.

Let me tell you some of the things that went on. First of all, my parents and older brother, Hal, hid all of the presents and the Christmas tree so that when I went to bed on Christmas eve the house was bare. When I got up in the morning there was a brightly lit Christmas tree with presents under it.

They must have been up half the night to pull that one off. Later my parents said let us put the tree up before Christmas so we can have the fun of decorating it and Santa won’t have to work so hard. I knew Santa got my letter because he knew exactly what to bring.

Finally, the sports media pundits are finally understanding what Florida fans have known all along: Tim Tebow is a winner. He may not be in the same class as John Elway or Joe Montana or Brett Favre, but he knows how to win and that's what counts.

For the past week the sports world has been completely captivated by Tebow and his incredible string of wins. The last one over the Chicago Bears. /p>

Nestled in the dead of winter in our Cinncinnati, Ohio, the lives of my family and millions across the nation would be changed forever with the crackling sound of a news flash on the radio reporting Pearl Harbor had been attacked. I was a mere 7 years old. 

The first I knew of it that mid-day Sunday on Dec. 7, 1941, was my father and older brother running to the giant wooden radio the size of two stacked bread boxes shouting: "The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor!"