Remove the signs
I am thrilled the Port Orange City Council is looking into ways to remove the advertising banners on the fences of our local schools.
My neighborhood includes Spruce Creek Elementary and Spruce Creek High schools. We have to drive by them every day and the signs covering the fences make the neighborhood look downright trashy. The "student banners" consisting of painted bed sheets look even worse (there is one outside Spruce Creek High School today, Oct. 18.)
If we hung advertisements on our own fences, the city would be on us in an instant to remove them. The schools should be held to the same standard.
Need a turn
I am responding to the Rant & Rave regarding the intersection at Taylor Branch Road and Dunlawton Avenue.
I agree. It's ridiculous you can't make a left turn onto Dunlawton. I live on the west side of Interstate 95 and drive on Taylor Road quite frequently.
Now I have to go around in a great big circle, cross over Dunlawton, go east to go west just to get home. It is so far-fetched. Why?
I guess whoever made this decision to close down making a left turn, did not live on that side of town. Well, I will have to go another route and not drive on Taylor at all. Taylor is getting so jumbled up anyway with Golden Corral, BJ's and CVS.
Instead of making things easier in Port Orange to get around like the good ole days, things have gotten so much worse. Don't think I will make it to BJ's or Golden Corral any time soon. I will avoid it because I don't want to put myself in a dangerous situation trying to cross over lanes of traffic just to get home safely. There really should be another solution to this mess.
Affordable health insurance crucial
I can't help but compare the young business owner who is excited he could finally get insurance for his family and not have to spend more than $500 a month just for diabetes medication with the older citizens picketing against the Affordable Care Act.
These older citizens are no doubt in our national Medicare program. I want to say to these older Americans -- you've "got yours" through Medicare -- why is it you don't care about helping younger citizens with health care needs?
Unlike our representatives in Congress, who basically have "Cadillac" health insurance at low cost, most people who have private or even group insurance pay dearly for it and have to adjust their lives accordingly.
As a retired Volusia County teacher who is too young for Medicare, I pay close to 40 percent of my net pension for my health insurance through the school system. I am quite eager to check out the more affordable options available, but I figure I will wait until the online frenzy that keeps crashing the system is resolved. The very fact so many people are trying to get information and sign up for insurance is proof of how much this benefit is needed.
Or I could always check out the plan that our Republican friends in Congress have designed that will help citizens obtain affordable insurance to better their lives. Oh, that's right, they don't have one.
Better management would help
In response to the article in the Oct. 11 edition, "County Council finalize budget; approves tax increase."
I would like to add: That is sad when we have to carry a burden for a state government that has been inept for years and years. Any executive who cannot plan, direct a staff and organize is ineffective. Those who can't stay within budgetary constraints are deficient as department heads.
Go full-service on gas
Wouldn't it be nice if some civic minded gas station owner would put in a full service pump for the many people in our area who have disabilities and have to pump gas while handling a walker, crutches or cane. It would be a big help for them and greatly appreciated. Please think seriously about it station owners.
As part of pastor appreciation month, I would like to thank all the pastors at the Lighthouse Church in DeLand.
Thank you, pastors Paul and Labecka Bryan, Mark and Deanna Mueller, Dave and Jean Walker, Jim and Gerri Moore, Don and Nicole Iverstine, Billy and Lizette Carrion, and Matt and Sarah Law.
For all the great work they do and the help they give us in our time of need, they truly are appreciated.
Thank you for all you do.
Store gets a rave
I have a rave. I am a Port Orange resident, and I have had several opportunities to visit the GFS store in the Kmart Plaza in Daytona Beach. The store is very clean. The employees are exceptionally helpful. The store is very organized and they also give rewards. If you are looking at the warehouse stores, stop in and take a look. You don't have to pay to be a member.
Leave City Island alone
So the view from a condo on City Island is going to be the best around. It can't be any better than those two empty towers just north of that area. When you get all the empty lots in Daytona Beach filled up with occupied condos and businesses, then why don't you come back and see about condos on City Island? Until that time why don't you just leave it alone and let the public and use it and enjoy the view themselves?
Board didn't deserve it
The decorum at the Trails yearly meeting on Oct. 5 was deplorable. Rude and unruly persons yelling insults and remarks back and forth. Seems as though they are unhappy with how the association is being run and a management firm can do a better job.
The old board and newly elected board were subjected to this verbal attack. It was mean and they were out of order. I understand there was a second meeting the following Thursday and it was even worse than the first -- a near mob riot. I do not think our board and management should have to take this kind of treatment nor should anyone in any capacity.