I just finished reading the Hometown News. It was a pleasure to see a picture of Gene Swarbrick at Prince of Peace on Jan. 11 conducting a tribute to people who are serving on active duty from various churches throughout the area.
It was one of the most moving experiences I have ever witnessed to see a bunch of old veterans with tears in their eyes, reading the names of those on active duty and the people who have passed away, as well as the veteran's group that showed up there.
It was overwhelming to hear a real bugler play the taps and a rifle salute by the American Legion firing live ammunition, and a POW-MIA ceremony, which was conducted by the Air Force ROTC from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
It was such a moving experience. It is hard to express for someone who has been in service or being a part of service praying for the people in service. It was a tribute to the Catholic War Veterans Post Father Washington. I would love to see everyone show up just to see the ceremony that was provided by all these wonderful people acknowledging America is such a beautiful place and we all pray and support it. God Bless America and the world.
Turn off 'the light'
I was sad to hear about the man who went off the deep end in the movie theatre and shot the couple in front of him, who were texting on their phones. My husband and I used to go to the movies all the time, but all the time, every few minutes, people were checking their phones and the light comes on and distracts us. So we just stopped going.
My husband did throw a wad of napkins at someone one time and that's when I knew it was time to get out. I hope people realize that when people spend $30 for tickets, popcorn and soda, they don't want to see that light going off every few minutes.
Grateful for kindness
My son and I have fled the north snow and are spending time in a vacation rental house in the area Yesterday, on my way to go shopping; I tripped and fell in the parking lot at Beall's on A1A.
I owe a big thanks to the kind gentleman who stood by until he and my son could help me up to my feet and to the nice lady who retrieved my purse and held it until I was ready to take charge again. I feel very fortunate to escape with a few minor scrapes and bruises, but most of all, I am grateful to each of them for the help they gave so generously.
No yuppies here
I enjoy reading Dan Smith's weekly message and even when I don't agree with his point of view, it makes me think (I think that is his goal).
Dan, I would like to invite you to watch the kids play soccer at the YMCA down in Edgewater. There you will see the opposite of the yuppie kids you described. You will see generations of families watching their kids play hard while putting sportsmanship first. We keep score, their uniforms are dirty and you will see no Yuppies.
Changes in gun laws necessary
I will never forget the news photo of the children led by police from the Sandy Hook school. They were told to keep their eyes shut so as not to see the horrific sight of baseball size holes in their 20 classmates and six teachers caused by a semi automatic rifle.
The Bible says there are none so blind as those who will not see. Unlike the children closing their eyes for good reason, Second Amendment fanatics choose not to see the harm they do. They said it is a God given right to bear arms.
Somehow I can't picture Jesus hoisting an AK-15 with a belt load of ammo over his shoulder. In their wildest dream or nightmares, the founding fathers could not have imaged huge numbers of military style weaponry circulating in our country.
Here in Florida, firing guns in your backyard is legal. A 69-year-old man was killed on Christmas Day by a stray bullet from his neighbors, who were shooting guns.
I believe semi-automatic weapons are unnecessary and ultimately do more harm to our country. It was criminally negligent not to reinstate the ban on assault weapons. And as it stands, Florida's flawed Stand Your Ground Law is an invitation to shoot first and come up with an alibi later. It's time for Americans to use their God given common sense and demand necessary changes.
Furry friends rejoice
The Volusia Council has announced plans for a three-month trial period allowing dogs on the beach during early morning/late afternoon hours in coastal Volusia County. I understand the trial period would commence sometime in February. We are so happy and excited to
be able to take our furry friends on the beach where we live. We have been waiting for this to happen since moving here from California.
We understand some general rules would need to be adhered to by all owners, such as dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs love the beach, dog owners love to see their dogs frolic on the beach. It is great exercise for both dogs and humans and a great way to connect with your neighbors. Thank you again Volusia County Council.
A caring salon
In your Jan 3 issue, you had an article written by Tonya West regarding the 25th Anniversary of Creative Designs for Hair and Nails, and she got it right on. I have been going to this salon for several years and can vouch; they really do care about their clients.
Unfortunately this seems to be a rarity, rather than the norm, these days.
When you walk into this salon, it doesn't matter what kind of day you are having. You always walk out with a smile on your face, have had a few laughs and, somehow, just feel calmer and happier within. You don't feel like a client, it is more like an extended family member.
The paragraph containing the reference to the donation box for the Marine Corps League further affirms their commitment to the community and extended family experience. For the past year, this salon has been a drop off location for day-to-day items for veterans being moved into housing that needed a helping hand to get started again. The employees and clients have helped numerous veterans in need.
When the holidays began to approach, they took it upon themselves to start collecting food for the veteran's emergency food pantry. Monetary contributions appeared to buy specific items needed for the holidays. The MCL had the pleasure of coordinating Christmas for veterans at several housing locations; however, this "family of strangers with caring hearts," along with other community organizations made it all possible.
Thank you Hometown News for a great article and thank you Creative Designs for Hair and Nails and extended family for making many veterans feel better. Not just this holiday season, but for all the days you have been collecting items for veterans in need.
In response to: "Funds allocated for Volusia trails project"
Millions of dollars are going for these trails to connect one part of the state to another and I think our priorities are in the wrong place. Why do we have to make trails when people can go and walk wherever they feel like it?
I think this money should be going to schools, teachers and supplies and buses so people can get around in Florida, so people don't have to pay Votran.
We don't have bus-to-bus service here so people can get anywhere.
We have to get our priorities straight in Florida.
Stop spending this money we don't have to spend.
Watch where you're going
I want to remind people how dangerous it is to multi-task while driving. Please watch where you are going other people's lives are at danger too.
I am a very concerned parent who is worried about the FPL substation that is being built within 100 feet of the Silver Sands Middle School (Port Orange) property line. I would like to know how this is possible?
I have read many disturbing articles about the possible health issues coming from the electromagnetic fields from these substations, such as leukemia and other various cancers. Why would be put our children in harm's way? This FPL substation should be moved far away from the middle school.
I want to know how Mayor Allen Green and the Volusia County School Board let this happen? The safety of our children should be their No. 1 priority.
It was wonderful
I experienced something wonderful the other day. To my dismay, my driver's window in my car broke and I needed to get it fixed right away before the cold snap hit. I decided to visit Best Auto Repair Service, in Port Orange. I just happened to see their ad in the Hometown News and I thought I would give them a try.
I didn't have a lot of money at the time and I needed it fixed as soon a possible. Well, the mechanic, Curtis, looked at it right away and knew exactly what to do. After spending a little over an hour taking the door apart and fixing the window, I kindly asked him how much and he said, "don't worry about it."
I was so happy and thrilled that a business would think about its customer first. I have never been to an auto repair business without being charged something. So as payment, I am writing this rave to thank Curtis and the owner, Tina, for helping me out when I needed it so much. Thank you for everything and you now have a customer for life.