Getting in touch with groups
Help us get involved in groups who are in touch all over the county.
Go to any of the websites: www.meetup.comBrevard-912-Melbourne-FL/, which meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., or www.actforAmerica.org/, which meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. or www.meetup.com/wesurroundthemmerrittisland.com, which meets every second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. or www.meetup.com/rlccef/, which meets every first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 255-7380.
In regard to the gas prices
The gas prices went up 8-12 cents Aug. 23 on the lowest grade of gas because of a possible hurricane coming!
This is just plain gas gouging and no matter how you look at it. It's not right!
We even asked if they had gotten gas today delivered, and they said "no."
You can't charge people for something that may happen.
After "Hurricane Hugo," federal laws were enacted to prevent this sort of gouging, and still they do it.
Is the state going to do anything about this, especially during an election year? Why is Florida so crooked on everything?
That storm was possibly going to hit Miami, not Palm Bay! That was four days away. So why price gouge us then?
We really need more people speaking out.
If the state refuses to do anything about this, remember this at election time and vote all the current ones out!
I'm sick of all this crookedness and would think others are too!
Editor's note: Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the Price Gouging Hotline, and she urged Floridians to report any suspected price gouging during a declared State of Emergency by calling (866) 9-NO-SCAM or (866) 966-7226. Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.
This is a notice to all who have or know of a student who takes the FCAT.
There are FCAT "loop holes" that most schools administrators and teachers are not willing to let you know about.
What school administrators, guidance counselors and teachers are telling high school parents and students: If your high school student does not pass the FCAT reading portion with a score of 3 or higher:
1) They will be required by Florida state law to be in an intensive reading class until they pass the FCAT reading portion with a score of 3 or higher.
2) They will not graduate with a high school diploma nor get to walk at graduation. Rather they will only receive a certificate of completion.
Fact: If your high school student does not pass the FCAT reading portion with a score of 3 or higher:
1) Your student will be required by Florida state law to be in an intensive reading class until they pass the reading portion of the ACT (or SAT).
2) Once your child is in the 11th grade, they can take the ACT (or SAT), and if they pass the reading portion of the ACT (or SAT) (previous years the student had to pass with a score of 19 on the ACT - check with your child's school for current standards), they will be able to get out of the intensive reading class.
3) If your student passes the ACT (or SAT) reading portion in the fall, they will not be required to stay in the intensive reading class in the spring. If they pass it in the spring, they will not be required to stay in that class in the following school year.
4) If your student passes the reading portion of the ACT (or SAT), your student will graduate (as long as they meet all of the other graduation requirements).
It is ridiculous that this information is not readily available to all students and parents.
I personally have seen many students give up on their education because of the misinformation about the FCAT.
Our students work hard to pass their courses all the way through their senior year and to be told that due to FCAT scores they will not be graduating only makes students and parents feel helpless and poses the question "Why bother continuing with school if I am not even going to graduate?."
For those schools and school officials that are informing your students and parents properly, I give you a big "thank you for caring about our children's education and future."
For those schools and school officials that are not informing your students and parents properly, I give you a big "shame on you."
I hope many parents and students get this information. It can mean the difference between graduating and giving up.
Good luck, students! I, as a parent, support you proudly!
So, you were 'an intestinal blockage?'
So, did you notice the lack of bowel movements? Did you keep on eating without ever noticing that food was not "disposed" properly? Were you too busy to notice?
Seems you have a computer and internet access. Ever heard of "web MD?"
It seems your experience is a ridiculous example to push for "Obamacare." Can we expect that from now on you will have medical people following you with an enema?
I had the same experience. On a visit to the Southwest, I enjoyed the tacos, quesadillas, nachos, refried beans with melted cheese, pizzas and cheese on everything to the max! They were five days of glorious ingestion of "intestinal plug."
On the third day, I noticed "not going to bathroom." By the fourth day - light stomach pains.
I went to WalMart and bought - with my own money - some laxatives and Fleet. In a matter of 30 minutes - no more blockage and no need of "Obamacare." I was back at the taco stand!
Cannot afford satellite, cable TV or a computer - severely disabled, etc.
So, tell us how did you find a computer to send your gripe in? How did you get to that computer? Do you drive? Do you shop for food? Do you cook your food?
Take your tax-paid cell phone and use it for what is was supposed to: to call agencies that provide even more freebies.
Granted, there are so many "severely disabled" that you may have to wait in line!
My point: We have many government and public agencies that will "help" those in need. Even churches have people who will go to homes and help.
Is seems you expect others to jump and provide for you.
Lastly, you do not mention family nor friends. I wonder why? They got tired of carrying you, too?
I was handicapped also at 20, and have worked my whole life. Now, I'm 64!
In response to signing up for school
I didn't have to show a utility bill or my Florida driver's license to register my daughter for school.
I showed my lease agreement and my voter registration card and had no problem.
I am replying to a letter I saw in my friend's Hometown News
The writer suggests that (President Barack) Obama has a choice to debate the issues and conduct a positive campaign and not use person attacks.
Well, the exact same goes for (Mitt) Romney, who has billionaire ideologues and corporate interests piling on tens of millions more in negative ads trashing (President) Obama.
This writer suggests that (President) Obama would have you believe that (Mr.) Romney is a corrupt person.
Well his record speaks for itself. Trouble is he won't release much of his records (tax returns), and we already know how he runs a business by shipping jobs over to China and banking offshore. It is what it is.
President) Obama's record has many accomplishments, and there is no problem looking them up.
Personal attacks are always part of the election debating process. There is nothing new this writing has to say. The writer is using personal attacks himself by the statement made about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Let's stick to the issues here and leave other people out of it.
People in glass house should never throw stones.
Ethanol is a farce
I have a 2007 Kia. Before ethanol came into the picture, I was getting 24 miles to the gallon.
Now, with ethanol in there, no matter what I do, additives and everything else, I still can't get more than 20.6 miles to the gallon.
I can't see where the savings is. I'm sorry to say I think it's a farce. It's good in diesel, but not in cars.
And you can't use ethanol in lawn mowers and lawn equipment because it clogs them right up.
Social Security and crosswords
To the politicians: stop stealing from Social Security.
And thank you for making the crossword puzzles larger. I'm not talking about the size, but the squares and the printing.
I am happy with that because I love your paper.
Harness hurricanes and tornados
All the NASA scientists are losing their jobs because they are going to Mars, and nobody wants them to go to Mars. It costs too much money to go to Mars.
What for? To look at small red rocks and one giant red rock?
What they should finally do is to get together and put their rocket-scientist brains together and harness hurricanes and tornados for their energy.
That would be the end of hurricane damage, and we would have a whole new set of energy plans.
So, why don't you get to work, rocket scientists? Stop thinking of the past and that stupid shuttle system that went nowhere. It cost $500 million every time they shot it up in the air.
Now get to work on our planet.
If you can put a man on the moon, you can harness hurricanes and tornados. They are only dust, too.