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Letters to the editor
Rating: 3.64 / 5 (97 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Jul 06 - 00:20

This grandma was treated kindly

With all the news about the elderly grandma being so cruelly treated on the school bus, I have an uplifting story to tell.

Recently, I was walking toward a local fast food restaurant, when I took a very bad fall, landing face down on the cement step in front of the door. Two boys, Brandon Barrow and Tristen Durham (both 13 years old), came to my rescue. They helped me to stand up and walked me into the restaurant. A young woman was working who saw my injuries and said she would be back with some ice and a wet cloth. When she returned, she said she couldn't stay as she had to get back to work.

The boys then took over, helping me clean up all the cuts and bruises. When they were done with many Band-Aids applied, they stayed with me until I told them I was OK. Then they joined a couple of friends. I could never have managed without their help because I am also a grandma, age 86.

Toni Sherman, Edgewater

High-profile people shouldn't endorse candidates

Are you embarrassed when high profile people designate candidates as viable, non-viable or unelectable?

Correct me if I am wrong, but there is no information to determine viability or electability, as it is only based on opinion. The Volusia County Supervisor of Elections determines if a person is qualified to be placed on the ballot and further, a person has met certain criteria for the office with additional filtering by people who use the law to make qualified determinations.

Entirely too many otherwise qualified candidates have been systematically deterred or defeated through the use of these cheap whisper campaign tactics. Whisper campaigns are uncontrolled, unauthorized personal campaigns used to undermine an otherwise qualified, viable and electable candidate.

Be advised that I will use my one-person vote to counter the next person's vote, that is, the next person who insists that a candidate is unelectable or non-viable.

Paul McCauley, Ormond Beach

Cinematique is a treasure

On Father's Day I had the pleasure of attending a special showing of the wonderful film, "Cherry Blossom," at the Cinematique Theater in Daytona. This wonderful cross cultural film about a father and his relationship with his wife and grown children was the perfect way to spend this holiday. Cinematique chose this movie to honor the late Vic Skolnick, who spent his life devoted to developing the independent theater. Skolnick and his partner Charlotte Sky created the Huntington Art Centre on Long Island, N.Y. Through hard work and perseverance they took the theater from showing independent films on a bed sheet to a multi-theater complex. The Huntington Art Centre is considered one of the best independent theaters in the United States.

Today, Stephanie Mason Teague and a group of dedicated volunteers at the Cinematique Theater are carrying on the same tradition in the Volusia County area. The Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, right across from the Jackie Robinson Ball Park. It is a place where you can enjoy independent and foreign films as well as opera, ballet, symphonies, and comedy improv. The price of a ticket for many shows is still only $5. It is the best buy in town.

Cinematique is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and will hold its annual film festival in November. While the theater has been in existence for 20 years, many residents are not aware of it or its value to the community.


James M. Doumas, Port Orange

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