Party Lines Political Notebook

A moment of silence was observed Tuesday at the start of the New Smyrna Beach City Commission in honor of Ed Cooper who died Jan. 23. He was 85.

The recognition was asked of the more than 200 residents in attendance in the DeBerry Room at the Utilities Commission building on Canal Street by Mayor Sally Mackay who described Cooper as an exemplary citizen.

Cooper died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, his wife, Vivian Cooper, said Saturday.

Making the Grade

Occupy Wall Street protestors a rowdy bunch
Grade: D-
As patriotic Americans gathered at rallies across the country during 2009, 2010 and well into 2011, not one ticket was issued to any Tea Party gathering. They applied and paid for permits and complied with all local requirements. No one was arrested.

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