Making the Grade

Editorial Board: Henry Frederick, editor and publisher; Peter Mallory, co-publisher and senior writer. Grades are based on how issues affecting the public good are handled by public servants or those representing them whose actions affect public interests.

Making the Grade: Gov. Scott appoints special investigator for Trayvon Martin

Grade: A

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Jacksonville area State Attorney Angela Corey as special prosecutor to head the state's investigation into the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The governor also announced that Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll will oversee a task force to study the merits of the "Stand Your Ground" law, which Sanford police cited as the reason George Zimmerman wasn't charged in the killing of the 17-year-old Miami boy.

Media and race baiting deplorable

Grade: F

MAKING THE GRADE: Obama's spending practices out of control

VolusiaNews.net / NSBNews.net / report card / Sally Gillies

Here are some grades for news happenings and the newsmakers behind them in our ongoing feature: "Making the Grade."

Obama's focus on the rich is sending all of us to the poor house

Grade: F

President ObamaCourtesy photo / President Obama

Oh, come on. Does Prsident Obama have a paper bag over his head? America is headed toward financial disaster and Mr. O. thinks we should raise taxes on the “rich” and cut spending by some miniscule amount. This isn’t a solution; it’s a prescription for disaster. Congress needs to pass Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to reduce our debt by trillions and put us on the path to a balanced budget. Our taxes are more than adequate to run the government once it is right-sized. It’s Congress that has “deficit attention disorder.”

MAKING THE GRADE: NSB CRA approves up to $9K for X-Mas tree

MAKING THE GRADE: F

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Community Redevelopment Agency voted 6-0 at its May 13 meeting to approve up to $9,000 in spending for an artificial Christmas tree in Riverside Park.

Making the Grade: Landshark surfing festival really rad

Lanshark surfing festival totally rad

Grade: A-plus

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Karen Clancy and dozens of other volunteers should be commended for their hard work in making the inaugural Landshark surfing festival such a success over the past five days.

Traffic heading east to the beach was well past the South Causeway Bridge on Saturday, a testament to the draw of the surfing contest that doled out $20,000 in cash prizes.

Making the Grade: The biggest Ponzi Scheme dwarfs Bernard Madoff’s “little scam”

GRADE: F

The whole world of finance is agog about the $50 billion Ponzi scheme carried out by Bernard Madoff on Wall Street.

Madoff’s scheme is alleged to have bilked many big time financial players such as Real Estate magnate Mort Zuckerman and Foundation for Humanity director Ellie Wiesel.

For those not familiar with a Ponzi scheme, it consists of an organized plan that promises to pay unusually large “dividends.”

Teacher layoffs a tough situation

Grade: C
 
It was a sad day, Monday, June 9, when 220 teachers in Volusia County were let go -- many referred to as "Black Monday."
 
This act represents a series of foul ups that are well worth examining.
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Edgewater union request for 6 percent raises pie in the sky (or face)

Grade: C

While the union for 80 city employees are in amicable talks over a new contract, one particular demand has no chance of passage. That's a request of 6 percent annual wage hikes. This isn't Major League Baesball with its out-of-this-world arbitration figures. Yes, these workers are deserving of cost of living raises, but even 3 percent is asking a lot. With for sale signs dotting lawns through Southeast Volusia amid a national real estate crisis, taxpayers are already overwhelmed.

The school board's reasoning for closing schools weak at best

Grade: F
There are a number of powerful reasons for not closing small schools in the Volusia County system. First of all, education goes better in small schools. The fact that everybody knows everybody gives a number of advantages.

It is harder to misbehave when everyone knows you. You have a much stronger feeling of belonging which is important to young people and is lost in big schools. The small schools also tend to have greater parent participation than big schools.

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