Helping families is memorable

Like many who have sheltered during this pandemic, we have been flooded with the same commercials over and over.

I realize those commercials are expensive, but that is what got me to wondering. If these same companies put some of the money they have spent putting their name out there helping families, it would seem that would be some of the best advertising around.

When people get back on their feet, they will remember the companies that have helped during this time. They won't remember those that just bored us with the same car safety commercials over and over.

Safety needed outdoors, too

The old saying "A picture's worth a thousand words" appeared in living color in the Dec. 11 edition.

The photo was taken by Randy Barber at the Nov. 14 Flamingo Follies and depicts attendees jammed in the street like sardines.

There appear just three women and one man wearing masks in the picture. One infant in a stroller is being exposed to droplets from the many people who pass by the vulnerable child. Just one infected symptom-less attendee may have turned that annual celebration into a super-spreader event. Let's hope it didn't result in any illnesses.

Going maskless in crowded festivals, even though outdoors in fresh air, does not represent much common sense.

Rave on, neighbor

I have to rave about my State Farm Insurance agent, Stan Harrison, who is located on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach.

I can't tell you how grateful I am to Mr. Harrison for all his time and assistance getting a claim approved for my property. He got the matter resolved quickly, and I will be forever grateful.

Annoying a pig?

Asking people to wear masks is like trying to teach a pig to sing.

It's a waste of my time and it only annoys the pig.

Mayor's equity initiative

As communities across the nation continue to protest unfair treatment of citizens, Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry has started an equity initiative so the community can come together to help take steps to achieve the dream of a bias-free society.

“It is incumbent upon every citizen, neighborhood, institution and business to respond to what I view as an opportunity to have thought-provoking conversations, and establish sensible equity approaches for our community,” Mayor Henry said. “There is a role for every segment of our society, including business, education, law enforcement, healthcare and government to make a difference for others in our community.”

The Mayor hosted a virtual listening session that was open to the public Monday, June 29. Following the listening session, focus groups will work together during the next six months. Focus groups are: criminal justice, education, health/social services, media/business and neighborhood/clergy.

For more information about the mayor's initiative, visit

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