Volusia officials should aim high for funds
I am a 58-year-old male. I worked for New York City transit. If you want to raise about $50 million, make marijuana legal in Volusia County.
Let’s be the first to make marijuana legal. The county will make tons of cash.
[READ: Volusia residents to vote on sales tax in spring]
Consider this: In Las Vegas anyone can walk into a store and buy marijuana products. It helps with pain and sleep. Its county is probably collecting millions of tax dollars.
Peter Orlowski, South Daytona
Coast Guard affected
The current government shutdown is causing a considerable disturbance throughout our country. I am opposed to the shutdown for many reasons. One specific reason is that active duty service members of the U.S. Coast Guard are not being paid. They are the only branch of the U.S. Military not being paid.
The reason they’re not being paid is they operate under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense. They operate under DHS because they are the only branch of U.S. military that has law enforcement authority to enforce U.S. laws and treaties within the U.S.
The Coast Guard provides many services to the public. Search and rescue and drug interdiction are two of its primary missions. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its mission and honor their motto of Sempter Paratus, “Always Ready.” We can rely on it as we have since 1790 when it became the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service under Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
During this shutdown many Coast Guard members will have to rely on Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to pay their bills and put food on their tables.
Michael T. Bagnato, Port Orange
Being an Alabama alum, I wasn’t too happy with the way the game was progressing, and kept eating fried chicken (which I’m not supposed to) to keep my mind off what was happening on the field. It was horrible to say the least, and I’m glad I never predicted a ’Bama win, since I had seen Clemson play several times and saw how strong they really were — maybe a three- to seven-point difference either way.
[READ: Clemson finishes No. 1 for 3rd time in AP poll; Alabama 2, Ohio State 3]
I did keep telling my friends that it all came down primarily to who had the strongest defense and who took advantage of it. Well, we all know the outcome (Clemson 44, Alabama 16). Except for the Crimson Tide’s mere 16 points, they were basically crushed by the Tigers, not only by their defense, but by their amazing offense with their freshman quarterback leading the charge. They kept it to two touchdowns, something Alabama usually had by the end of the first quarter.
The Tide had never lost by more than 14 points while Nick Saban has been the coach. It all changed Jan. 7 against Clemson, led by head coach Dabo Swinney. It appeared he and his assistant coaches had studied, and practiced, every move that ’Bama would make in this college championship. No doubt Alabama was outcoached, but also made some really stupid mistakes and panicked.
So, the best we alum can do is say, “Congratulations, Clemson. You played one hell of a game! Maybe we’ll see you next year.”
Len Indianer, Ormond Beach
After listening to President Donald Trump’s speech (Jan. 8) and the Democrats' rebuttal, one thing became crystal clear to me: The Democrats insist they are for strengthening our southern border, as long as it does not include Trump’s barrier wall requests.
The paramount thought one should consider between these two opposite opinions is this: Increased border patrols, drones, helicopters and other various increases in security could be pared back or even eliminated should Democrats control the government again. A wall is a tangible, effective deterrent that I doubt even Democrats would have the temerity to tear down. Therein lies the difference in the two positions.
John J. Meirose, Daytona Beach Shores