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As I was bemoaning the fact that what meager amount of money I had in my 401K before I became disabled was now rapidly dwindling as the recession killed the stock market it came to me. We are being forced to return to our roots, so to speak.

This country had gotten so out of control we were like a runaway train about to derail economically, morally, and most other ways as well. And derail we did but it was actually a good thing. I know this won’t be a popular idea to many, but didn’t this recession make us rethink how we live?

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As a person who grew up being yelled at by teachers because I didn’t slant my written letters in the correct direction, I feel justified in commenting on how little the children of today are being taught about cursive writing.

Just because we have computers that doesn’t mean we don’t have to know how to write properly. Our written signatures are always something that is needed and should be legible. I have a friend whose handwriting was so bad she had her signature changed legally to a printed one. Before that time I had no clue one could do such a thing.

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One of the negative things about getting older besides the breaking down of body parts, the aches and pains from places you didn’t know could hurt and so forth is the dying off of everyone you grew up watching in movies or on television, saw in politics, etc.

Since I was old enough to know there was such a thing as politics or at least since I was aware I could have a say in things happening to my country there has been a Kennedy in office.

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I was playing a game online the other day and looked over at the chat area to see what my progress was and saw this: “I grew up from Oregon and been lived in Idaho 21 years now.” It is such an affront to proper English that I looked at the person’s profile and found that the writer was a 46-year-old man.

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I recently watched the documentary “Safe Haven, The Warsaw Zoo,” produced by New Smyrna Beach High School teacher Richard Lester with his son Gary (as director) and Edgewater resident Charlie Carlson. If you never heard of it or haven’t seen it, I suggest you go to www.IDBM.com and watch it. The film is not long but tells a riveting tale of the Warsaw Jews when the Germans took over Poland.

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Editor's Note: This blog was written in response to the ongoing battle between a Volusia County woman with a low IQ trying to get her children back from the Department of Children and Families where one of them was sexually abused by a foster father.

I was so happy to read that the children of the low IQ woman are finally in the process of being returned to her.

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Newspaper Section: 

Grace and courage: I saw two women who possessed those attributes in the past several weeks. They say that women are the weaker sex, but where the heck did that come from? Most women I have known have been strong, capable and nurturing at the same time. Not a weak one in the bunch.

The two women I speak of are Elizabeth Edwards and Farrah Fawcett.

Mrs. John Edwards who is fighting a terminal cancer for the second time and the fact that her husband cheated on her and perhaps has a child with this other woman personified grace during her interview with Oprah.

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Imagine yourself old and alone except for your companion cat or dog. Or perhaps you are disabled and alone, no family except Fdo or Tabby. Now imagine your landlord is threatening to throw you out of your home unless you get rid of your one comfort in life, your pet. This is what is happening at Greenbriar right here in New Smyrna Beach.

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What was that I just heard? Surely that can’t be true. Let me rewind the tape and hear that again, I said to myself. Sure enough what I heard was that if you have a Florida Food Stamp Debit card and you have a question about it when you call the phone number you reach a representative in India.

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I saw a headline the other day that got me thinking. It said something to the effect that President Obama is going to make sure there are more higher paying jobs available in this country.

Do we need more higher paying jobs? Haven’t the higher-paying job people put us in this mess? If we think back to after World War II and the guys came home, suddenly we needed more houses, more infrastructure, more hospitals for the birthing of the Baby Boomers and on and on.

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