In response to: 'Town should get rid of businesses'
I read the paper and read the rant about towns should get rid of businesses. I don't know who wrote that article, evidently they were never in business, ran or business or know a business. Without businesses town cannot survive. If you want to get rid of something in DeBary get rid of the government. I lived in, DeBary 54 years, and I have not complaints. The little guy has got to make a living, too.
Don't block our view
It is not appropriate to plant political signs down scenic John Anderson in Ormond Beach. Many of us who walk and bike ride along this beautiful road do not appreciate political signs planted along the parkway. How many voters do you think you are persuading with these signs? Stop trashing the view and place these sign in the trash where they belong.
Where did you go, Santa?
I looked forward to having a free photograph taken with Santa in tropical clothing on Canal Street recently at Christmas in July. It was advertised many times in the local papers. The stated time for pictures was 4-6 p.m. I arrived at 5 p.m. Not only was there no Santa, but there was also no photographer - not one single person, in fact. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. What happened?
Response from Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach supervisor of recreation and special event department, who received this message from Santa: I am terribly sorry to have disappointed you. As you know I live in the North Pole where the average temperature is close to freezing. When I got to Florida for my vacation in July, it was very hot for ole Santa. I was able to greet and meet many of my Florida boys and girls, but unfortunately after about three hours I had to retreat to a cooler environment. I am still in Florida and if you would like to make arrangements through my helpers at the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department, I would be happy to make a special appearance, to make your wish of meeting Santa in tropical wear, come true.
In response to: 'Back to the Bible
Again another person who feels that they have the right to judge other people is in the Rants & Raves July 20 edition. Again it's with religion. I hate to break it to you, but this world is made up of many different religions, wars have been started because of religion, and I have discovered that some of the most judgmental people are those that attend church and have their form of the Bible quoted word for word, verse for verse. Good for you, and I hope it helps you get through the pearly gates, as they say. I have yet to find anywhere in any Bible where it states that you as a human being have the right to judge other people. Please send me that verse, so that I can read it myself. I don't know what you would do if a family member of yours admitted to being gay, or bisexual. Would you deny them? Would you be one of the blind fools that thinks that this is a choice? What would make you think that someone would choose to be something that would cause you so much grief in your life and your families? I am so offended by the fact that people such as you feel you have a right to judge others. My son is bisexual, and his entire life he has been bullied, teased taunted and even beaten up because those children were taught by their parents that this is wrong. I pity you for your hurtful, thoughtless words. I pray for you that you will someday learn that taking one or two verses out of a Bible to make what you think right is wrong. I am disgusted by you to think that my son would choose to be beaten up every single week of his life. I am so fed up with such judgment people as you and hope that the tables get turned someday on you.
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
In response to: 'Back to the Bible
I absolutely support the "Back to the Bible" letter writer. They couldn't have said it better.
Kids and pet should not ride in truck bed
When you are riding in a truck, you have to have a seatbelt on. I think it is really outrageous that we let dogs, cats and kids ride in the bed of a pickup truck. They have no protection. If there is an accident, they are going to go fly right out. It might be fun for them, but it's not fun when they end up in the emergency room.
In response to: 'Ocean swimmers have rights'
If you walking down the beach and see a fisherman who has been there long before you, then find another place to fish. They have just as much right to be there as you do. Don't be rude - find another spot.
Glad channels are back
I don't know who blinked. Was it the cable channel or network? I just know I am glad Jerry Springer's channel is back on air.