Close the airport tower
I live within two miles of the Ormond Beach Airport. I am looking forward to the tower closing. I have lived in Ormond Lakes eight years. The students, who are mostly foreign, circle our property eight to 10 hours a day. It is sickening to hear a prop all the time. Bad enough, there are drunken bikers on U.S. 1. I think (the pilots) need to learn over the ocean and then come back. I am looking forward to it.
Remember when . . .
Do you remember when...
Children didn't speak until spoken to.
A homeless person was a bum.
Foreclosure of your home was disgraceful.
Being a single, unmarried mother was shameful.
The term scary was for 7 and 8 year olds.
The honor of your country was beyond reproach.
A child's mother and father were respected and feared if the child crossed the do not do line.
Teachers were listened to and not disrespected.
A citizen paid his taxes and was not offered settlements 75 percent to 90 percent less to clear their debts.
Gas was 19.9 cents a gallon and not gouged at the prices today of $3.80 to $5 a gallon.
Mom and dad tried to keep the thermostat down to 69 or 70 in the dead of winter and we didn't know why.
We brought tin cans to our schoolrooms during the Second World War to help win and contribute to our victory.
Our soldiers marched in the streets and it was a thrill for us.
During the Second World War, we were rationed to three gallons of gas a week, and we accepted it.
Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable were America's heroes and we didn't have to see them going to bed with a girl. In those days, we just knew they did without today's producers demeaning the films with trash.
Traveling in a plane included very good food, Champagne and all those free things. Today, you pay for a bag of peanuts.
A car of $13,000 was considered extraordinary and a home of $10,000 was considered very nice.
You could apply for a charge card, but you had to earn at least $15,000 a year.
Your purchasing credit was judged by the auto agency you went to or the Realtor you went to or the clothing store you went to or the travel agent you went to or the food market you went to. Not judged by one overall powerful credit agency that can squash you.
A missing person was an immediate alarm. Today, we are told a certain amount of time has to pass before the authorities will act.
Yes, I do remember.
Don't forget older parks
While we are thrilled with all the attention the new Ormond Beach Andy Romano Park has been receiving since it opened, has anyone else noticed that since all the hoopla is focused there, the Tom Renick and the Al Weeks North Shore Parks (both Echo-funded projects) have been neglected with weeds growing everywhere. This is not a pretty sight for us locals as well as tourists passing through. Seems Volusia County has focused their maintenance elsewhere and forgotten Ormond-by-the-Sea.
The Volusia County Council should take a look at what happened with the Riverwalk Project. We had tax paying properties there and they displaced people from their homes in the name of development and now it sits empty. Will we have a lot of empty businesses on the Ridgewood corridor when they are done, in the name of progress? Somebody should think before they react.
Gun rights, but no patriotism?
Here are my questions. For those of you so adamant about gun rights, what about my right to be free from indiscriminate violence and if owning a gun is so important to so many of you, why did only 1 percent of Americans answer the call to arms to fight in our two recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The job was left to those men and women who were redeployed to go back and fight over and over and over. Those are my questions.