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FDA ineptness hurting people everywhere

By controlling which drugs are allowed on the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extorted a large toll in drug costs, drug availability and human life throughout our nation -- greater New Smyrna Beach no exception.
The FDA has greatly delayed the introduction of some useful drugs and totally eliminated the introduction of others.

It is estimated that 85 percent of the cost of drugs is caused by the FDA procedures.

Free markets a natural order in environmental protection

These days, it seems everyone is an environmentalist. No one wants to breath bad air, drink polluted water or kill off all of the wildlife and plant life and despoil the planet. Where the argument comes in is how to protect the environment in the most sensible, cost effective way. Certainly here in Southeast Volusia, we have some of nature's greatest wonders -- from manatees to Mosquito Lagoon.

I believe that the principles of free market capitalism form the soundest basis for protecting the environment.

NSB and DeLand student threats symptom of family breakdown

The country is in a recession. People are struggling to keep their homes out of foreclosure. Job layofs are a daily threat. Should it then really come as a surprise that the most fractured among us are children? The Columbine-type threats at New Smyrna Beach High School and a talked-about murder-suicide plot at DeLand Middle School really hit home.
Perhaps the two boys punished for making Columbine-type threats with scrawled messages on the bathroom walls were just looking for an easy way to scare school officials into canceling classes for a few days.

S.E. Volusia people take more rational approach to medical coverage

Individuals and Businesses in Southeast Volusia are starting to use Health Savings Accounts as a cost effective way to cover health care. This growth of HSA's was brought to my attention by Tod Perry an associate at Buddy Davenport’s State Farm Office who said that they had many such plans in place with individuals and businesses around New Smyrna Beach.
He said that the appearance of HAS's was led by individuals who were looking for the best way to take advantage of the new tax regulations that now allow individuals as well as companies to deduct health expenses.

Deltona man dies in motorcylce crash

DELTONA -- A 23-year-old city man was killed Saturday when he lost cotrol of his motorcycle while speeding and struck his head on a fence post, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported. He was not wearing a helmet.
Steven L. Cruz was driving his 2007 Suzuki 600 eastbound on
Eustis Avenue "at a high rate of speed," according to a Sheriff's report.

Republican Club updated on Congressional races

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Republicans need to take care of their incumbents across Florida, including Congressman Tom Feeney, whose district includes Southeast Volusia, a party executive told the Southeast Volusia Republican Club at its April luncheon at the New Smyrna Yacht Club.

We need to focus on getting our incumbents re-elected, getting them funded," said Russell Peck, director of Congressional Affairs for the Republican Club of Florida.

Real drama in criminal court and on jury

Some of the greatest drama can be found not only network TV or the movies, but in real-life courtrooms. And there are few better at delivering that drama than New Smyrna Beach criminal attorney Bill Hathaway, who I have witnessed presenting several child molestations and one knife murder to juries with great skill and presence when he was a prosecutor.
I have been told that the State Attorney's Office often saved the big cases for him until he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney several years back.