Golden pen, blank checks
DeBary is more than $11 million in debt, with interest alone costing $3,000 per day. In spite of this we have a City Council that feels we as taxpayers have provided them with a golden pen and blank checks.
The fiduciary responsibility is not simply lacking, it is nonexistent. As a resident of DeBary for 20 plus years I have watched DeBary go from the nicest city in Volusia County to being a laughing stock and a model of what not to do in a city.
We as voters have little recourse once we vote the members in (on lies and deceitful statements), other than to vote them out.
Therefore, I am campaigning for the total and complete replacement of the City Council of DeBary with no one surviving the cut.
Either this city wakes up or those of us supporting it will simply leave.
Editor's note: According to Jimmy Seelbinder, the city's finance administrator, the city's current debt of $10.6 million is being paid off with about $1.2 million in annual debt service payments - a small portion of the city's $25 million annual budget. Mr. Seelbinder said the debt was accrued due to stormwater improvements, City Hall construction and a new fire truck.
Thank you for your service
First of all, I would like to say to Donn E. Pepper, thank you, so much for you unselfish service for watching over each community every Monday for 13 years driving for the Citizens on Patrol. Whether we lived in New Smyrna Beach or north or south of it, you are greatly appreciated and respected by us all.
Now, I am only writing this letter because I need to get something off my chest. The Citizens on Patrol has become very disturbing to me, not because they don't do their job, but because I feel as though they don't respect or appreciate their own. Mr. Pepper worked for the program for 13 years. When he retired from this volunteer job, the only thing the program officials did is ask for their whistle and vest back. He did not get a thank you. I feel my grandfather was treated wrong. I want him to know how much the rest of us appreciate him. At the age of 86, he is still kindhearted and humble. He deserves to be honored and appreciated for his past 13 years of volunteer work every Monday.
In response to the response for: 'Back to the Bible'
In all my years, I find it hard to believe that anyone could be so bigoted to think his Bible is the only one in the world. There are millions of people who read other books that they believe. If this writer speaks for First Baptist of Daytona Beach, this is one place I will surely avoid. To state that his son will be with the devil when he leaves the world is nothing more than pure bigotry. I am thankful every day for my family. When my children were born, I did not have any preconditions. We were just happy they were healthy. Anyone this bigoted should not be in our papers. I thought God loved us all.
Traffic in front of high school is too much
I would like to know why the Volusia school system can't do something about the horrendous traffic in front of Spruce Creek High. All lanes will be backed up for at least a half-mile in both directions. As school starts, I invite the Volusia school board members to drive down Taylor Road anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning. You can experience Port Orange's only traffic jam. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your tank.
Bring a book.
In response to:' Back to the Bible'
All sin is evil, but Jesus can save us from our sins. Heterosexual sins are no better than homosexual sins. We must be holy as God is holy.
What matters is how a person lives his life
One of the saddest things about the debate over whether being gay is a choice or decided before birth is the people. On one side you have the "Christians." These are people who claim to know the Bible verse by verse. They feel that they have a right to judge how others live. On the other side are the people who either feel that every person has a right to live their life the way they choose as long as it harms no one else or extremely protective of a family member who has had to deal with this all of their lives. I have something I would like to say to those "Christians."
I myself went to church for several years. That is, until I realized this.
Like it or not, the Bible was written by the Apostles. We have no way of knowing if these words have been altered from what Jesus spoke or not.
Like it or not when a Christian complains about how someone dresses when they attend church, you are breaking a religious being. Jesus never attended any specific church. He wore a robe and sandals. He had long hair, a beard and mustache,
Jesus was nailed to a cross by other religious zealots because they judged him.
It doesn't matter what religion you have in your heart. Not one human being on this Earth has any right to judge other people.
A true Christian has love in their heart for all people.
A true Christian welcomes all people.
A true Christian does not judge others by what they wear, how they live or what they can afford.
A true Christian is willing to help anyone in need without expecting anything in return.
In my travels, I have yet to meet a true Christian, so maybe everyone should just stop and realize that it truly does not matter whether someone is gay or not. What matters more is how that person lives their life. Do they steal? Do they lie? Do they harm other people? Do they judge? Do they decide whether how you live your life is right or wrong? Think about it. We are all Gods children and only God can judge us. So lets all get off our high horses and really read that Bible
In response to: 'Back to the Bible'
It really makes me sad to read a response like this one because I believe that this person is so very wrong and misguided on so many different levels that it is mind boggling to me. First of all, this person is very eager to tell us "what the Bible says on this one topic, but does not seem to have a clue about what the bible says about "judging others."
Next, is the mention of a son who was told that he was "going to go to hell to be with the devil" because of being born with what was perceived to be a defect; and then to tell your son that the defect was of his own choosing. If your son had been born with a serious and obvious birth defect, would you have used this same sort of logic with him?
The writer wants to have proof that a person can be born gay, why not do a little research for yourself and you will find that there are lots of documented cases of to prove the point that I am attempting to make. For example: A "hermaphrodite" is an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present; would you tell such a person that it was their own fault that they were born this way?
My final point would be to let you know that I am not a gay or lesbian person, in fact I am an ordained deacon within the same church denomination that you mentioned, and it breaks my heart to know that such misguided thinking is going on in a large church that has the ability and opportunity to influence so many people. Please ask your pastor to do a series of sermons on what the Bible says about "not judging others and the harm and repercussions that will take place by doing so."
In response to: 'Signs with no information'
I agree with the rant in the Aug. 10 issue about the campaign runners in this coming election. I also have no idea on what these people are going to do for our country, state and county. All anyone ever hears on this campaign trail has nothing to do with our country's issues, problem, jobs, taxes and many more. This election campaign is an embarrassment to our country, let alone our intelligence. How can we really decide who is best for our government, when the candidates are acting like a bunch of uneducated middle school children that are fighting on a school bus. These candidates are suppose to be adults, who should be providing us information on how they will help our country to get back on its feet, free from China's constant imports, free from debts to China and to encourage businesses to bring back our jobs. We want to hear how the government is going to cut welfare dependency of tax dollars, cut health care cost without putting the cost on tax dollars. We want to hear how the government is going to help and protect our veterans, our seniors and our military. How they will increase education, help the schools and have training programs for welfare recipients and cut free programs to immigrants? Finally, on cutting down on all the serious crimes that has been happening and showing every day on the news. This is what we want to know. We don't care for the back lashing, name-calling, finger-pointing and dirt-digging that have been going on. Right now, I feel neither presidential candidate is worth anyone's vote, until they grow up and act like responsible, compassionate and intelligent adults who can run our nation. May God bless us during this election.