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Title: The news-sun
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Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
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Publication Date: 11-07-2012
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C M Y K By BARRY FOSTER N ews-Sun correspondentSEBRING Election Day started early at the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections office with equipment and poll workers fanning out to 25 different locations around the county. Workers at the office said there was an initial r ush at many of the locations as r esidents wanted to cast their votes on their way to work. By mid-morning,however,the polls had sett led down significantly,with many reports of no lines and residents able to fill out their lengthy ballots with relative ease. Some of the slowdown By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING Highlands Little Theatres 30th season opens tonight with a new production of the popular musical Annie,based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. Mike McMillian directed the cast of 39 human actors and one dog. The story takes place in 1933 and is about the 11-year-old orphan Annie,who is trapped in a miserable orphanage run by the horrible Miss Hannigan. Annies life changes when she is invited to a billionaires home for a visit. Everything,of course,ends up happily-ever-after,but before it does Annie has to escape kidnappers and accept that she will never see her long-missing parents again. As Annie,Larissa Meagher,ajunior Heartland Idol winner,shows tremendous promise in her first starring role. She is as endearing as her character,and just as feisty. When a NEWS-SUN Highlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Wednesday-Thursday, November 7-8, 2012www.newssun.comVolume 93/Number 137 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 H ighLow 73 48C omplete Forecast PAGE 12A Sunny, pleasant and cool F orecast Question: Who will win the presidential election? Next question: Are you glad the election is over? www.newssun .comMake your voice heard at Online Obituaries E llen Bellerose Age 75, of Sebring C arl Hancock Age 77, of Sebring Roland Hodge Age 67, of Avon Park Obituaries, Page 7A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com T otal votes: 222 C elebrations9B Classifieds8A Clubs & Organizations6B Community Briefs2A Crossword Puzzle11B Dear Abby11B Editorial & Opinion4A Friends & Neighbors9B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Times11B NASCAR This Week3B Sports On TV2B Index Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun WAUCHULA STATE BANK/Cheryl Hen; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, front strip low down; 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 8 8 9 9 2 2 Romney 63.5% Obama 36.5% Making a splashC obb, Hutchins qualify for s tate diving championships SPORTS, 1BLatte love affairI ndulge in your love of l attes with these four ideas LIVING, 12BTeam effortV A, hospice agencies join f orces for veterans PAGE2 A News-Sun photo by CHRISTOPEHR TUFFLEY Larissa Meagher is Annie in HLs first show of the 2012-2013 season. Bucky (in real life a Goldendoddle) plays Sandy. Chefs Corner Tim SpainJump on the flatbread bandwagonPAGE12B Leapin lizards! Little Theatre opens new season with Annie By SAMANTHA GHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING A local group of volu nteers will be busy making the w orld,and this community,a better p lace in the upcoming week. Operation Christmas Child, an internationally known project,is targ eting children and their needs as w e enter the end of the year and the h oliday season. Operation Christmas Child is a part of the Samaritans Purse organization. The project hasb een around for four decades and continues to bring together volunteers and those in need all over the world. Locally,OCC has been contributi ng to the hurting world for 10 years. The basic idea behind OCC is fill a shoe box with items for hurting people throughout the world. Area coordinator Margaret Sager and her many volunteers continue their service this year and are gearing up for their big collection week, which runs concurrently with the national collection week Nov. 12-19. T he shoe boxes will all go to n eedy children around the world. Operation Christmas Child collection sites set See HLT,page 5A See SITES,page 3A By SAMANTHA GHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comLAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Police Department spent the weekend giving back to the community in a big way. For the fifth year,the LPPD held its Bike Rodeo and invited children and youth throughout the community to come be a part of the informative and fun event. s our biggest event of the year,said event coordinator and LPPD Officer Heather Mulligan. Chief Phil Williams expressed his satisfaction with his staffs efforts to have the event each year. The officers and volunLPPD Bike Rodeo sees 143 riders See BIKE,page 7A E LECTION D A Y 2012 Voters turn out early N ews-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Rick Babb (from left) and Michael Stone wave signs Tuesday morning along the Sebring Parkway near Precinct 25 in Sebring. Stone said he received one middle finger and one thumbs down from people passing by, but mostly he was greeted with smiles and waves. Stone was running for Highlands County Commission District 3. N ews-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS C ampaign signs lead the way to voting Precinct 5 at the Sebring Hills Clubhouse in Sebring Tuesday morning. www.newssun .comS ee election results online at See ELECTION,page 6A


C M Y K SEBRING I walked into the Good Shepherd Bud and D onna Somers Hospice House, fully expecting to l earn about their HospiceVeteran program by interviewing Chaplain Jim Langham, who heads up that program. But the good chaplain turnedt he tables on me by asking, Are you a veteran? When I said, Yes, his immediate response was, I want to thank you for your service to our country. And he firmly shook my hand. T hanking me, shaking my hand: two simple acts. No one h ad ever done that for me before. And I got all mistyeyed over this brief but touching recognition of my former military service. Somehow, Ij ust wasnt expecting it. Eventually, the chaplain and I began to chat about this Hospice-Veteran Program. Some years ago, the govern-m ent realized the need to strengthen the bond between community hospices and VA facilities, so that VApatients have easier access to community programs and hospice personnel may learn more about the special needs of veterans and their families, especially combat veterans. Thus, in 2001, the National Hospice-Veteran Program was born. Special needs of veterans? Heres a sampling: Like the 86-year-old vet with end-stage heart failure and moderate dementia. He had survived some of the toughest battles in World War II; Much later, he earned a law degree and created a successful practice. But he never talked about the war with his family and they never thought to mention it to his nursing home staff. But he still carried the memories of that war. He cried frequently and had periods of profound depression. The family and nursing home staff knew something was wrong, but what? No one knew how to comfort him. Or like the vet whose religious and moral training are at odds with his military training. Or the vet who leaps under a bed at the sound of a door being slammed shut. Or t he vet who was spat upon after returning from Viet Nam. O r those vets suffering from Agent Orange or from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a press release states, Hospice staff may providet he last opportunity for veterans to feel their service was not in vain. Simple acts of gratitude at the end of life can make up for a lack of appreci-a tion or recognition during the veterans lifetime, especially for those vets who were never thanked for their service. Training sessions for staff and volunteers participating in this National Hospice-Veteran Program stress the importance of thanking veterans for their service to this county, of giving them an opportunity to tell their stories, and of being sincere, caring, compassionate and willing to listen. Having received a thankyou and handshake, I got a taste of the impact these tools can make. Not all hospices are alike. Some offer a Veterans History Project, where trained volunteers record the veterans story, which is then submitted to the Library of Congress. But common to most, if not all, Hospice-Veteran Programs is the Veteran Pinning Ceremony. This tailor-made ceremony involves the family, hospice staff and volunteers, other veterans and the veteran, who is encouraged to share some of his or her stories. The veteran receives a Certificate of Appreciation and an Honored Veteran pin. Some ceremonies might include such words to the veteran as, thank you for y our service to our nation. Thank you for the sacrifices y ou made and your willingness to serve our country. You endured hardships and you were willing to risk your life to maintain our freedom ...W hen you see this pin, know that your service to the nation is deeply appreciated. Larry Levey is a News-Sun corr espondent. Page 2ANews-SunWednesday, November 7, 2012www.newssun.com pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block dummy; 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 9 9 Nov. 2 101621234144x:2Next jackpot $19 millionOct. 31 21734364352x:2 Oct. 27 1229303135x:5 Nov. 5 516192128 Nov. 4 1112131931 Nov. 3 17253033 Nov. 2 2324303334 Nov. 5 (n 3823 Nov. 5 (d 9617 Nov. 4 (n 3875 Nov. 4 (d 0997 Nov. 5(n 131 Nov. 5 (d 058 Nov. 4(n 916 Nov. 4 (d 983 Nov. 2 3411378 Oct. 30 93139418 Oct. 26 2730374015 Oct. 23 31727407 Nov. 3 4793054 PB: 25Next jackpot $143 millionOct. 31 127314548 PB: 5 Oct. 27 2232343656 PB: 33 Note: Cash 3 and Play 4 drawings are twice per day: (d daytime drawing, (n nighttime drawing. PB: Power Ball Lottery Center News-Sun photo by LARRYLEVEY Honoring veterans is a major part of the programs for both Highlands County hospices: G ood Shepherd and Cornerstone. Here, Good Shepherd chaplain and Spiritual Care Consultant Jim Langham shows off a tribute to the military hanging on one of the walls in t he Bud and Donna Somers Hospice House. Air Force Association meeting ThursdayS EBRING Retired Air Force Major James K. Galloway announced that an Avon Park High School teacher Alex Daly will bet he guest speaker Thursday afternoon at the meeting of the local Air Force Association. The meeting will start promptly at 4:30p .m., in the Governors Room at the Kenilworth Lodge. e are indeed pleased to have First Class PettyO fficer Daly, U.S. Navy (Reserve experiences during his 20y ears of service including his reserve tours as a meteorologist, commentedc hapter president Galloway. D aly, a science teacher at Avon Park High School, served three years of actived uty in the U.S. Navy and 17 years in the Navy R eserve. He also holds a degree in metrology, in addition to high school science. All AFAmembers are e ncouraged to attend, as well as other interested l ocal area residents.Country Swingers offer dance lessonsS EBRING Country Swingers Line Dance Club is offering eight beginner l essons for only $45. Fee includes annual membership at the Sebring Recreation Club, 333 Pomegranate Ave. T he first lesson is today and will continue every Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Any questions, call 6552 398.Scribblers and Scribes meet todaySEBRING The Florida Writers Association group, Sebring Scribblers and Scribes, willh old its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at Beef O Bradys in Sebring. Come earlier for dinner. Barbara Beswick, the g roups leader and a published author, has again been published with her first childrens book. Mirror Publishing C ompany has released A C hristmas Moon, which is a personalized gift book for y oung children and reasonably priced for holiday gift-giving. She will bes igning copies of her book at the meeting to which the public is invited. Membership in FWAor Scribblers is not required and FWAapplications are available. For more information, call Beswick at 402-9181. Rotary Club has annual apple saleSEBRING In addition to the Sebring Noon Rotary Club having its annual a pple sale Thursday at Lakeshore Mall, there will also be a barbecue with p ulled pork sandwiches/babyback ribs m eals available for sale. C all 381-5127 or 3858538 to pre-order babybac k ribs, whole Boston butt or a tub of pork. Proceeds w ill go to the New T estament Mission in Sebring.H ighlands P.E.O. to meet ThursdayLAKE PLACID The H ighlands P.E.O. will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of Janet Mitchell.A ny woman who is a memb er of P.E.O. and is now r esiding or visiting in Florida is welcome to attend. For more information, including directions, call 273-9935.Lunch n Learn Health Lecture Series offeredSEBRING Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care announces the presentation during November and December of four of Lunch n Learn Healthl ectures of interest to all Baby Boomers and anyonec aring for a loved one faci ng a life-limiting or lifethreatening illness in H ighlands or Hardee counties. All lectures are free of charge and will be presented at the Sebring Chamber of Commerce Visitors CO MMUNITYBR IEFS C ontinued on page 7A Commentary Larry Levey VA and hospice join forces F or more information, contact the two hospice organizations in Highlands County, Good Shepherd Hospice, 402-1 066; and Cornerstone Hospice, 382-4563. Att he Bay Pines VA M edical Center, the VA also operates a Hospice Program. Call the Sebring VACommunityC linic at 471-6227. I n honor of Veterans D ay, the two Highlands County hospices have planned special veterans ceremonies, both of which are open to thep ublic. G ood Shepherd Hospice will present a program at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the B ud and Donna Somers Hospice House, 1110 Hammock Road. The ceremony includes a number of patriotic andr eligious presentations, followed by breakfasta nd the passing out of C ertificates of Appreciation and Honored Veteran pins. Cornerstone Hospice a nd Palliative Care will c onduct a Cornerstone S alutes recognition at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Change of Pace Adult Day Care, 4514 Hammock Road, for ther esident veterans of the f acility. These veterans will also receive a certificate and Honored Veteran pin. Veterans Day ceremonies planned By SAMANTHAGHOLAR s gholar@newssun.comSEBRING The Florida Sportsman Association iso nce again working to create a unique and memorable experience for local, underprivileged youth. Each November, the F SApools its resources to take young students to the Florida Classic football game. Two of Floridas historically black universities, Florida A& M andB ethune Cookman, battle each year for the title and b ragging rights. Association members use the Florida Classic as am eans to reach kids who are labeled at risk and to s how them the importance of a good education. In order to continue to make a difference we must continue to provide theo pportunity for growth and change, FSApresident R obert Saffold said. The support has made a great difference in theird ecision to make changes in their future. Many have e ntered universities and colleges across the nation because of the experiencea nd support given at this annual event, Saffold said. T he Florida Classic is more than a football game t o the FSAand to the youth; its a window into the future. The experience is one that stays with them throughout the years, thata llows them to see a world beyond their current views. This is our biggest event of the year, Saffold said. We work all year long for this, to take thek ids to this. Funds for the Florida C lassic trip have been cut way down this year due to the FSAs cancellation of its biggest annual fundraiser, the golf tourna-m ent. Most of the money we use for the Classic we get from the golf tournament, but we didnt have it thisy ear. There was so many things going on around the time we usually have it in October. There were at least three other tournaments the same weekend we normally have ours so we were unable to have it, Saffold said. FSAhopes to acquire enough sponsorships and donations over the next couple of weeks to be able to still take the annual trip to the Florida Classic on Saturday, Nov. 17. The price per student for the trip is $48, which includes a seat on the charter bus, game ticket and a meal. The FSAhas reserved six Annett buses and hopes to fill each seat this year. The total overall cost of the event is $4,710. Any interested sponsors, businesses or individuals may contribute to the fund by paying for one childs ticket, a familys cost, sponsoring one bus or just giving to the overall cost. Anyone wishing to provide financial support for the Florida Sportsman Association annual Florida Classic Youth Bus Tour may make checks payable to: Florida Sportsmans Association, Inc. Attn: Robert Saffold, 608 Bowman Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Contributions are tax deductible and will help in the future development of local underprivileged youth. Contact Saffold at 381-5166 or Barbara Walker at 385-6662. Sportsmen seek aid for trip to Classic Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN


C M Y K n eedy children around the world. The millions of recipients of OCC boxes ares pread throughout the world in a total of 100 countries. E ach of the boxes provide hope and a sense of prosperity to those in need. L ast year the Florida region, along with Puerto Rico, collected a total of 348,352 OCC boxes. The 2011 collection was an 11p ercent increase over the previous year. Closer to home, the local collection sites contributed 3,791 boxes to the regionala nd national total. e are accepting the b oxes at our collection sites. We cover three counties rightn ow, Highlands, Hardee and Glades, Sager explained. The two collection sites in Highlands County will be ready and waiting on the firstd ay of collection week on Monday, Nov. 12. The Sebring collection site is at Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road.C ollection times are as follows: Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 1-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lake Placid collection site is at First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, 119 E. Royal Palm Ave. C ollection times are as follows: Monday and Tuesday 34 :30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 91 0:30 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 3-4:30 p.m. S aturday, Nov. 17 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 9-10:30 a.m. Operation Christmas Child i s closely approaching a milestone of providing boxes to its 100 millionth person since its inception in 1993. Sager is confident in the localc ommunities effort to continue come together to make t his an even bigger collection year and touch the lives oft he many people across the world. Last year a lot of our boxes went to Haiti. We had many that went to Africa asw ell. They seem to always go to the Caribbean area and warmer climate countries but they always go to children in countries that are in need,S ager said. The countries are on a seven-year rotation cycle that way the boxes arent going to the same kids every year and we can touch more people. These life-changing gifts can bring joy, happiness and, in many cases, basic necessities to someone in need. The boxes can even be tracked around the world so that the donator can discover where their donation ended up and who it touched. For a $7 contribution for shipping costs, the box is fitted with a tracking shipping label. When it gets to its drop-off location it is scanned and the sender can log on to see the exact location, Sager explained. L ocal organizations are gearing up for packing part ies to get a jump start on the collection week chaosa nd to contribute to the cause. Highlands County 4H c lubs will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center to pack boxes. The 4H-ers hope to pack 100 boxes. BibleF ellowship Church will hold its packing party Wednesday e vening. Boxes may be dropped off a t the collection sites beginning Monday.Any standard shoe box is acceptable. (Small plastic tuberware boxes are also accepted.) Items such as small toys, soap, crayons, notepads, combs, toothbrush, candy or a ny item that may bring a child joy will be accepted. Military or war items such as toy guns, military figurines, knives liquids, m edications and food can not be accepted. Boxes may be designated for a boy or a girl. T he truck will load up every donated box and head to mail the items on Nov. 20; all boxes must be turned in by Nov. 19. F or more information on local efforts or to pick up boxes for donation contact Sager at occ@bfcsebring.com or call3 86-0414. For more information a bout packing instructions, labels or to make a donationt o OCC visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ/. www.newssun.comN ews-SunW ednesday, November 7, 2012Page 3A GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 11/7/12; 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 8 8 9 9 5 5 S pecial to the News-SunSEBRING The Rotary Club of Sebring andE xperimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1240 will again conduct Touch a Truck Touch a Plane on Saturday, Nov. 17 at SebringR egional Airport. This family-friendly event gives kids of all ages the opportunity to climb on, get in, blow horns and generally get familiar with a multitude of trucksr epresenting a broad spectrum of agriculture, commerc ial, industrial and First Responder vehicles from around Highlands County. A dditionally, a group of privately owned airplanes f rom members of EAChapter 1240 will be on display, giving those attending the opportunity to climb in and become familiar with this segment of aviation, whichv aries from small home-built planes to twin-engine aircraft designed for long range family travel. The event will include a b ounce house, clowns and face painting, a police dog demonstration and other activities. Participating organizations in addition to Rotary and EAAChapter1 240 include the Sebring High School InterAct Club a nd South Florida State College. Car parking is free. Just follow the signs on thea irport to the lot. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Admission is $5 per person, with $20 for a family up to six. Admission includes a hot d og and drink for each child. Food will be available for o thers for a donation of $5 for breakfast and $5 for lunch. Breakfast will bea vailable from the time the gates open until 11 a.m. and l unch will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Food is being provided by EAAChapter 1240. Drinks w ill also be available from the Sebring High School I nterAct. All profits from the event, both sponsorships and tickets ales are designated for Champion for Children and E AAyouth education activities. Both organizations are not-for-profit. Touch a Truck, Touch a Plane event planned C ourtesy photo Although the Touch a Truck Touch a Plane event is g eared toward children, kids of all ages are urged to come out Nov. 17 and see up close airplanes, trucks and emergency response vehicles. Continued from page 1A Sites set for Christmas Child drop-offs By SAMANTHAGHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING Veterans Day is fast approaching and local schools are gearing up to pay tribute to the many United States military personnel in our community. Woodlawn Elementary School has set its Veterans Day program for Thursday and has an exciting event planned for students, teachers, veterans and visitors. Local veterans, active duty and retired, are invited to bea part of the annual program. All veterans who have served our country are invited to attend this program so that we can show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice, said Ginger McIntyre, WES secretary. Each year the school puts on a thankful tribute to the veterans of the community. This year students will perform songs and guests will be honored through a presentation by WES faculty and staff. Any interested veterans may contact Woodlawn office for information on how to participate in the event at 471-5444. Veterans will be in the spotlight as WES third graders perform their annual song, dance and skits. Family and friends of veterans are also invited to enjoy the program and take part in the celebration of our nations deserving heroes. Woodlawn Veterans Day program to celebrate heroes Associated PressBOCARATON After 102 years on this earth, aftera life as an art teacher and a store owner, after seeing war and a Depression and presidents good and bad, Selma Friedman sees no reason tom uffle her opinion. What does this election mean? Shell give you an earful. She wants to see war ended and schools renewed,f or manufacturing to return and womens rights to improve. S he worries about health care and climate change and energy and fairness, ands tops for only a moment before continuing her litany. F riedmans first presidential vote was for Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. Whens he voted Tuesday at St. Andrews South, her retirem ent community in Boca Raton, she went with a Democrat again, marking Obama on her ballot with no hesitation. He couldnt do it all in four years, she said. A round the breakfast table at St. Andrews, Romney supporters shookt heir heads when they considered the past four years. D oris Jacobsen, 76, a retired secretary, couldnt imagine why someone would give O bama their vote again. What has he done? she asked with refrained outrage, a piece of bacon pinched between her fingers. F riedman has heard those arguments, along with her neighborsthoughts on tax rates and foreign policy and abortion. S he cannot convince them. She is a couple d ecades older than most here. M aybe, she thinks, its just youthful ignorance.Voting in the shadow of SandyL ITTLEFERRY, N.J. The Big Dipper hangs over Liberty Street as poll worker Frank Puzzo arrives to begin his Election Day duties. J ust a week ago, rescuers were piloting boats through three feet of water that coursed past Memorial School and throughout thiss torm-scarred town. Now, its 28 degrees; the first voters wont arrive forn early an hour. But Puzzo whose apartment still has no heat orh ot water, whose car was claimed by storm surge is t he first to arrive to prepare and open the polls. This is super important f or the future of the country, says Puzzo, an accounta nt who has been out of work since July. The people of Little Ferry could be pardoned if they focused purely on theirb eleaguered present. Some arrived shivering a nd clearly exhausted, their long-held certainties about shelter and safety deeplys haken. But the future matters to t he people lined up at the voting machines in the hallway outside Ms. Kukulas t hird-grade class. Agim Coma, a 25-yearold construction worker, is the first voter to arrive, 13 minutes before polls open. T he storm claimed his apartment and car, but hes still eager to vote. s important because its our day, he said, asE lection Day in America got under way here and everyw here. No matter what happens hurricanes, tornados its our day to vote. America Votes: A century of wisdom at the polls


C M Y K TODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS 2 227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155S COTT DRESSELEditor E xt. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comD AN HOEHNESports Editor E xt. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION N EWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com V ICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.comM ITCH COLLINSExt. 507mcollins@newssun.com A DVERTISING Page 4ANews-SunWednesday, November 7, 2012www.newssun.com Editors notes:The following l etters were received after the News-Suns cooling ofdeadline t wo weeks prior to the election.Scamming the 99 percent of votersE ditor: The saying that there is a sucker born every second and two to take h im or her is so very true. In the past 20 years,middle class America has been destroyed by the Republican party. Middle class America does not vote for their ownself-interest:Social Security,Medicare and all social programs for the middle class came into being under the Democratic party. The Republican party hass pent years trying to destroy all social programs that help middle c lass America. I would ask all seniors if they c ould survive without Social Security or Medicare. I would ask all teachers,police,firefighters,all of the essential social structure of America if they could survive with-o ut representation in the work place. As for the representation of veterans for veteranstights, remember that the Republican party in 1929 under HerbertH oover blocked World War II veteransbonus and even killed some veterans in the process. When it comes to voting selfinterest,the American voter is voting against their own self interest, but the voting against your childrens interest is criminal. Why a woman would vote a Republican ticket is beyond all reason. They do not have equal rights with their male partners due to the Republican view of equal rights for women. I would ask that the American voters vote his or her own self interest and not party lines. I would also ask all Americans vote term limits for all public officials,local, state and federal. In this 2012 election,the administration that wins will control laws for many years due to the advanced ages of our Supreme Court. This will have serious affects on our social programs and womens rights as equals. Billie E. Jewett SebringCox never takes any decision lightlyEditor: I am Richard Norris and I served on The School Board of Highlands County representing District 4 for eight years from 2002 until 2010. I know the hard decisions that the school board,the administration, and especially the superintendent have to make on a daily,weekly, monthly and yearly basis. No decision that is made is perfect and hindsight is always 20/20. However,I can attest to the fact that our current Superintendent of School,Wally Cox,never takes any decision or recommendation he offers lightly or without careful consideration of all the facts. During these tough economic times facing our families,communities, c ounty,state and country Mr. Cox constantly sought to balance the budget each year making little or no impact on the classroom or the quality of education of our stu-d ents,prior to bringing the budget to the School Board for approval. I believe Mr. Cox to be the best candidate to continue to serve the community as superintendent of Highlands County schools. He will continue to strive for excellence in all areas of education as he has demonstrated throughout his career as superintendent. I encourage you to vote for Wally Cox, Superintendent Highlands County Schools. Richard Norris Lake PlacidFlecks value recognized by CoxEditor: As an educator in Highlands County for 35 years,I would like to endorse Rebecca Fleck for Superintendent of Schools. Having worked with Becky for over nine years,I observed first-hand her leadership ability and dedication. She was always supportive of her staff,encouraging us to be innovative in teaching our subject matter. At Lake Placid Middle School, with Becky in administration, school morale,test scores and overall achievement was improved. As principal,her door was always open. If there was a need for our classroom,she did everything in her power to see that it was taken care of. Technology was significantly improved due to her placing special emphasis on providing our students with the tools and skills they needed then as well as those for their future. Mr. Cox obviously recognized Becks abilities as he chose her as his Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum. She is well-versed in all areas of education beginning in the classroom and moving into administration as assistant principal,principal,Director of M.I.S. Dept. (Technology) and now in her p resent position of Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum. In her present role,she is principal of the Career Academy at South Florida State College,supervisesc urriculum including,but not limited to HART,and the International Baccalaureate (IB Once,when LPMS administration was in turmoil and the principal was being replaced mid-year, Mr. Cox chose to send Becky back to the school to help stabilize the situation there. She accepted the duties of that interim principal position as well as continued her duties as Director of the MIS department. She did an admirable job in both positions. Becky has always demonstrated her desire to work hard and go above and beyond in any position she has held. She constantly strives to stay updated on new trends in education in all subject areas. Mr. Cox is a very nice man. However,we need someone in the superintendents position who has first-hand experience in all aspects of education. Becky Fleck is an award-winning leader and will use her expertise and leadership to improve the Highlands County School system. Vote for Beck Fleck. You wont regret it. Nancy Jones Retired Teacher/Coach Lake PlacidDrake deserves to serve the districtEditor: I am writing this letter to urge you to vote for Crystal Drake,our candidate for the Florida State House of representatives,District 55. It is so refreshing and so hopeful to be able to endorse a candidate who is not tarnished by special interests. This is truly a rarity in our present political climate. Here we have a candidate who was actually born and raised in the district that she will represent. She knows our people,their needs, aspirations,beliefs and values. M ore important,she is committed to addressing these areas of concern for our region. Crystal Drake,with her educational background and commitmentt o educating and nurturing our young people,has given her students the tools which will enable them to become knowledgeable and productive citizens. Crystal has the unique background that will make her so invaluable in Tallahassee in addressing the problems in education and agriculture. She understands that our district will become vital in the effort to feed our own people,as well as those around the world. She knows first hand about the millions of dollars wasted in educational funding to administer the FCAT and other questionable tests and tactics. Crystal is concerned with the environment. Growing up in the Glades and her proximity to the Caloosahatchee River,the Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee give her rare insight to the problems and possible solutions to the ever-changing land we live on. Crystal knows too, that our economy is vital to our areas future,and will aggressively be looking for ways to get us back on track. Crystal has successfully demonstrated the qualities which are seldom found in those who run for public office. Please join me in voting for this bright,articulate and energetic young woman. You will have made the right decision and have no regrets when she gets to Tallahassee. Your choice is Crystal clear.Vote for Crystal Drake. Karl Engel Avon ParkCommittee supports Republican candidatesEditor: I would like to make it crystal clear that the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee supports all Federal,state and local Republican candidates. We recommend that you vote for the following candidates on the Highlands County Ballot:U.S. President Mitt Romney; U.S. Senate Connie Mack; U.S. Congress District 17 T om Rooney; Florida State Senate District 21 Denise Grimsley; Florida State Senate District 26 Bill Galvano; Florida House of Representatives District 55 Dr. Cary Pigman; Superintendent of Schools Wally Cox; Supervisoro f Elections Penny Ogg; Highlands County CommissionerD istrict 1 Jim Brooks; Highland s C ounty Commissioner District 3 Ron Handley; and Highlands County Commissioner District 5 G reg Harris. Olivia Sco tt Secretary Highlands County Republican Executive CommitteeDont be fooled a second timeE ditor: Well,election time is upon us and the Obama administration is hoping you forget the last foury ears and give them four more years. Theve managed to spend our childrens money however, t here not satisfied at stopping there. They want to spend our grandchildrens money as well. T wenty-three million unemployed workers,48 million people on food stamps,$16 trillion in debt,$1 trillion-plus deficits ever y year,$4 billion new debt every day, $10 billion interest on our debt every week,and there not satisfied,they want four more years. All the lies,cover-ups,deceit,and division driving this great country of ours farther apart and lets not forget Obamacare. We are learning now that comp anies with 50 or more employees will be laying off employees to get under the 50 number.Why,because under 50 employees and you dont have to provide healthcare. If its not logical to operate with less then 50 employees,they will then become part-time employees. Why? Because you dont have to provide healthcare to part-time employees. The employee will be required to obtain his own healthcare and if he/she doesnt obtain healthcare,a penalty will be imposed. Wow,less income,more expense. Obamacare,the gift that keeps on giving,or should I say taking... Companies such as McDonalds Red Lobster,Olive Garden, Longhorns,3M,are just a few of the many that have stated we are waiting until after the election to see if we must implement the plan. Folks,theres an old saying Im sure youve heard,ool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.Youve already been fooled once with the Hope and ChangeObamaloney. Dont be fooled twice or the shame will be yours. Karl Wod a Lake Placid Continued on page 5A Today we face that same anti-climax. What do we do now? Now that the e lection is finally over. We make such a big to-do about voting (the News-Sun proudly included), that weve turned it into a secular sacrament and expect miracles as a result. Wve forgotten voting by itself doesn ot solve a single problem. All it does is promote individuals into office. I deally,those individuals lead the rest of us in tackling our challenges and developing reality based,broadly sup-p orted,sustainable solutions. The differences between us,as seen r ecently however,can lead to divisions and sabotage progress. As important as it is to take advantage of different points of view,it is equally important to discover common ground. F or example,we often hear from readers who are sick of hyphenated America Swedish-American, Ukranian-American,TahitianAmerican,or whatever Americans are Americans,forget the hyphens theser eaders say.We agree. Whether native born or naturalized,all of us citizens are a ll American. We need to remember what we share. But we dont think removing hyphens s hould stop there. Enough already with Republican-Americans,DemocraticA mericans,Green Party-Americans and Tea Party-Americans. Wre still all patriotic Americans regardless of w hether we see a world trickling down, or a tide rising up. Much more important than who won t he election is the attitude we citizens take into the next four years. Will we continue to disparage one another, hyphenating ourselves into collapse? Or will we seriously work to regain at least a little trust in each other,and prod those we elected to do the same? Working together giving a little h ere,trying a new idea there,one small step at a time is the only way to solve our problems. Think of the ship of state as a long boat,with Republicans manning the oars on one side and Democrats on the other. If only Republicans row,the boat goes in circles in one direction; if onlyD emocrats row the boat goes in circles in the opposite direction. I n fact,the only way to keep the boat moving forward is for everyone to pull together. Time for everyone to pull together Years ago,Robert Redford played the part of a senatorial candidate. The movie was about the candidates campaign. In the closing moment of the film,after he has won,he turns to his campaign manager and says words to the effect of,What do I do now? 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C M Y K www.newssun.comN ews-SunW ednesday, November 7, 2012Page 5A What has Obama done?Editor: What has Obama done for the people of the UnitedS tates? The Veteran Gave them the most funding ever. The Student Cut out the middle man (banksd ent loans; doubled Pell Grants. Foreign Policy Gave orders that had Bin Laden killed; the Iraq War endeda nd troops came home; is pulling troops out of Afghanistan in 2014; helpedt he international community topple Khaddafy. Women Signed the Lily L edbetter Fair Pay Act that says women who do the s ame job as men should be paid the same; more women are gaining jobs; put payrollt ax cuts in the pocket of 75 million families; appointed a w oman to the Supreme Court; believes a woman should have control of her reproductive rights. Tax Cuts Passed 25 sepa rate tax cuts that gave the average American $3,600 m ore in their pocket. Healthcare Signed the Affordable Care Act thatc losed the Doughnut Hole, said insurance companies c ant discriminate against women,and said that that pre-existing conditions are n ot a reason to deny health coverage. Signed financial reform regulation Averted a Depression; signed a creditc ard reform bill. Spending Slowest increase in spending since Eisenhower; shrank the size of government. E conomy Dow Jones is at 13,000 up from 7,000 s ince he took office; extended unemployment benefits;h ave had 32 straight months of private sector growth; when he came to office the economy was contracting at8 percent a year. It is now g rowing at 2 percent a month; the auto bailout was successful; has added 18 different tax breaks for small businesses; has pushed bankst o give more loans to small businesses. Energy Approved 250 permanent off shore drilling permits. It took Republicans eight years to destroy the economy and the confidence of the United States. President Obama needs eights years to bring it back to life. Millie Grime SebringAmendments can raise taxesEditor: This election allows the citizens to vote to raise their property taxes. There are a number of amendments on the ballot giving numerous property exemptions to various groups. However,if these exemptions are granted,the government has not agreed to lower their expenditures, which results in higher tax rates to the rest of the population. If you rent,expect your rent to go up to cover the additional cost. It appears that many groups want the government to be a charity with the power of taxing to fund their agenda. It seems deserving groups should be going to the existing charities to meet their needs,and not using the public treasury. Vote your choice and be willing to live with the consequences. Roy Loweke SebringTake spiritual values to the voting boothEditor: Americas spiritual foundation is being destroyed. Liberal politicians who seemingly have no moral ors piritual compass are destroying our country. T here is no evidence they have God in their lives and they do not want God or HisW ord in our nations public arena. Our founding fathers w ould turn over in their graves if they could see how liberal politicians are re-d efining separation of church and state. Americas founding fathers were not a nti-Christian nor anti-God. They were concerned that g overnment might try to influence religion,not that Christianity would influence government. If Gods people do not start voting for candi-d ates who embrace,believe and live their lives by JudeoChristian principles,we will soon be a country led by atheists and agnostics. You do not have to look any further than Europe to see whato ur country will look like if we continue to elect secular s ocialist-minded political leaders. American Christians are not helpless to solve this problem. Christians musts top leaving their spiritual values outside the voting booth and elect candidates who have a spiritual compass to guide their decisions.T here has never been a time in Americas history when we needed Christians to trust God more and exercise righteous judgment in the voting booth. If we do,there still may be time to repair Americas foundations. Let your voices and your vote be heard for righteousness on Nov. 6! Ben Yantis SebringVote Wally Cox for who he is Editor: I write this letter in support of Wally Cox for who he is when the door is shut and no one else is watching. Is that not a litmus test in judging the character of a person? Look at how he conducts his personal life. I have known Mr. Cox for the last 13 years,and in that time I have recognized him to be a faithful husband,a superior example for his two children,an active listener and a man of honesty and humility. Wally works with a servants heart,giving of both his time and treasure to many things that I personally know he requested anonymity from recognition or reward. I look at his children who are people of character showing his ability to parent by example. I look at his peers throughout the state who bestowed the great honor of Superintendent of the Yearto an unassuming man in rural Highlands County which had no political gain to give such recognition. I know a man whose family has been here forg enerations and has nothing to gain by having any hidden a genda other than leaving our children with the beste ducation our current economic times allow. I know a man of experience and integrity. Even if you disagree with a decision,which is inevitable with any candidate you choose,Wally is a man of honor. Working under five superintendents is also sup-p orted by having a spouse who was a lifelong educator and making good choices in people he has placed in key positions. Having a teacher for a spouse myself,I can only assume Trish (spouse did her duty in sharing with him a ground levelperspective. My own two elementary school-age children are happy,well adjusted and challenged daily to work to their maximum potential. On a more sensitive point, our school system has the greatest level of cooperation in coordinating services for children who have been abused than at any time in our countys history.As the director of the Champion for Children Advocacy Center I can testify that we have the full cooperation from our school district in healing and educating our child victims of abuse. I respectfully recommend you vote in support of Mr. Cox as Superintendent of Schools for the person he is. win or lose. I am a better person having known Wally Cox. Jeffrey L. Roth Avon ParkCox deserves reelectionEditor: I have the pleasure of working with present Superintendent of Schools Wally Cox for more than 30 years and have always found him to place the welfare of students and teachers in our school system as his highest priority. A school district with in excess of 1,500 employees and a multi-million dollar budget needs a persons killed in management at the helm. Wally has chosen to s urround himself with talented educational administra-t ors to run the various departments of the district. Wallys wise management of our small educational share of the pie has prevent-e d mass layoffs of teachers and limited the effect these cuts have upon our classrooms. Mr. Cox comes from an e ducator family with Wally Sr.,a long-time principal in the district; wife Tricia,a 30-plus media specialist,and daughter Katie,a teacher in the Orlando area. Wally makes it a special mission to seek advice for improvements in the district. Having served with him for the past ten years on the Highlands County Education Foundation board,I have found his eager desire to improve classroom performance commendable. As a 35-year veteran of our school system,I can honestly say that Wally Cox is my choice and hopefully yours for Superintendent of Schools. He is the right person for the job. Chet Brojek SebringConsider the AmendmentsEditor: For the undecided and those who will vote soon, please do read the 11 constitutional amendments before you go to the polls. This years election is about change. The candidates running for office, president,Congress and especially the Florida Senate and House,do require consideration of change. Those undecided voters and especially those voting the first time need to study the issues,especially those 11 amendments. Suggestion:Vote No on all 11 amendments. When you analyze them,you will discover that they give you something with one hand and take more from you with the other. Those voting for the first time were born before 2010.T hey will need to go back to 2001 to discover that a $500 b illion surplus was changed to an $8 trillion national fis-c al debt in 2008. Those toxic mortgages engineered by Wall Street,el al,caused the economy to collapse,so that when President Obama camet o office,he was confronted with the Great Recession. It took eight years for this crisis to fester,the Republicans faultedP resident Obama for only stopping the bleeding.In fact,they blame him for this disaster. Those 11 amendments are a symptom,especially in Florida,of what is troubling this nation. Gabriel Read Avon ParkLiberal politicians are biggest threatEditor: In Psalm 11:3,King David asks,If the foundations be destroyed,what can the righteous do?Every Christian in America needs to ask and biblically answer that question. America is being shaken to her very foundation and the future of our country and posterity is at stake. It is nota hostile foreign enemy who is threatening to destroy our nation,but liberal politicians who have been entrusted to protect our country.What Christian people do or fail to do at this defining moment in history will forever impact our nation and family. Americas financial foundation is being destroyed by liberal politicians who are spending our country into a bottomless pit of debt. Our nation is more than $16 trillion dollars in debt. It is almost impossible to comprehend how massive Americas debt problem is. For example,if a person spent a million dollars every day,it would take 3,000 years to spend $1 trillion dollars. Christians simply need to refuse to cast our vote for any candidate that is not fiscally conservative. Americas moral foundation is being shaken. Liberal p oliticians are spitting in the face of God and biblical moral values by redefining marriage to include homos exual couples. Every Christian should refuse to cast their vote for any polit ical candidate who supports g ay marriage. Christian people must stop compromising their biblical Judeo-Christian values at the voting booth by c asting their vote for those who unashamedly endorse gay marriage. Americas moral foundat ion also continues to be destroyed by immoral and unethical politicians whop roudly stand for the syst ematic murder of millions o f innocent unborn children Our political leaders are elected to serve,defend and protect and yet many contin u e to sponsor and vote for l egislation that supports and f ederally funds the murder of our nations unborn children. It is unthinkable that any Christian would knowi ngly cast their vote for a candidate who is pro-abort ion. Vote responsibly! B en Yan t is SebringThose who outsourced jobs are problemEditor: Who were the senators and congressmen who b etrayed America and the American people,by outs ourcing millions of American jobs? N o matter whether they were Republican or D emocrats,they betrayed America and the American p eople. They all should be arrested and tried for treaso n against America and the American people. T hink of that when you go and vote. Don H. Streeter SebringWho would God vote for President?Editor: If you dont believe in the Christian God of our founding fathers,dont waste your time reading this because you wont get it. Same sex marriage and killing the innocent up to the point of birth goes against all of our nations Christian teachings This election is all about the moral direction of this country.This is the first time in American history that our moral and religious values are on the election ballot. We should be pleased tha t the President made his beliefs known to us. It tells us he believes the majority of Americans have the same moral beliefs and the ones who dont,will still vote for him because he offers more stuff.It makes the decision of whom not to vote for very easy for devoted Christians. I am disappointed that these moral and religious issues were not front and center in this election. I have heard very little outrage from our Christian clergy. I did read in the Tampa Tribune and give credit to, the black pastor of a church who told his congregation not to vote at all due to the moral shortcomings of the President. The separation o f church and state applies if the state stays out of Gods business. Birth and marriage are all about Gods business. Please search your soul before you vote. I pray that the majority of American hearts are still righteous and moral. What good is it to be promisedall the things of the world,only to lose your soul? Bob Kurabieski Lake Placid Continued from page 4A EDITORIAL& OPINION


C M Y K butler asks to take her new coat she throws up her fists and answers,Are you going t o give it back? B ill Davis is a perfect Daddy Warbucks big, imposing and a marshmallow in Annies hands. Laura Wade a s his personal secretary G race Ferrell is motherly, beautiful and kind. T he villains,as often happ ens,steal the show,however. Ellen Lemos is the dastardly Hannigan,evil right down to the tip of her,er,pint bottle o f vodka,but hilarious at the same time. For example,she m akes the audience laugh w hile twisting the head off a d oll as she sings an ode to litt le girls. Not a master of empathy,in other words,Hannigan says, why any kid would want to be an orphan Ill never know. Playing her brother R ooster,Todd Coleman oozes a nd slinks across the stage, t he quintessential snake-inthe-grass. And as his girlfriend Lily (Johanna Johnston Joisey Gurlwith a heart of gold although her heart is not exactly worth 24 carats. The three do a wonderful j ob with the number Easy Street. The orphans are all terrific. Energetic,in step and in harmony,they create excitement and command attention. Besides the acting and the singing,the set design and choreography stand out. T he audience follows the characters from an orphanage bedroom,to a homeless gathering under a bridge,to a stunning uptown mansion to night time Times Square. All scene changes are done in smooth motions without lowering the curtain. Every inch of the stage is put to good use. Most of the songs have become classics,such as Its a Hard Knock Life,and omorrow. There are other numbers too,like the powerful Wd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover; You made us what we are todayan angry song, sung to stomping feet. Special mention goes to Bucky,the 5-year-old Goldendoddle playing the part of Sandy the mutt. Despite an audience in f ront of him,speakers on either side of him and cans tied to his tail,Bucky hit every mark (and left no mark in a subtle,finely-tuned performance. T his ambitious production, s howcasing a wide range of talent. It is the perfect kickofft o the 2012-2013 season. The orphans:Jacqueline F ernandez,Carly Juve, Madelyne Weaver,Nala Price, J ulia Laframboise,Moriah Finney,Sylvia Weaver,Katie S hoemaker,and Katlyn Sassatelli. The muti-cast chorus:Elise Chaesean,Harley Aade, Amber Gerberich,Ashlee Carnahan,Payton Wright, G ennell Ward,Hannah Cribbs,Patrick Hely,Gary Johnson III,Mark reyes, J avon Dennis,Kendall H aithcock,Jackson Davis, Brenda Hippchen,GloriaC offey,Goldie Garnich, RoseMarie Tippins-Berenger, L arry Greer,Andy Basso, Glenn Fowler,Ryan Chandler, and Ron Thomas. P resident Franklin Delano Roosevelt is played by ArtH arriman and Bert Healy by Pete Pollard. Annieruns through Nov. 18,with evening shows W ednesday,Friday and S aturday at 7:30 p.m.; and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For morei nformation,call the box office at 382-2525 or visit thew eb site at www.highlandslittletheatre.org. Page 6ANews-SunWednesday, November 7, 2012www.newssun.com SINGER SEWING; 3.639"; 8"; Black; 11/4,7,9; 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 8 8 1 1 0 0 PUBLIX-National Newspaper Plac; 11.25"; 4"; Black plus three; process, 95449 deli holiday; 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 8 8 8 8 1 1 B OYS & GIRLS CLUB**********; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black plus three; process, 11/7,9; 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 8 8 7 7 7 7 C ontinued from page 1A News-Sun photo by CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY While Daddy Warbucks assistant Grace Ferrell (Laura Wade) looks on, the orphans cant help but be jealous when Annies invited to the mansion for a visit. HLs Annie on stage tonight may have been attributable t o a weather system that moved through the county during the morning,causing cooler temperatures and a few rain showers. B y 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon,the supervisors office had issued statistics showing that 29,224 ballots had been cast. The runningt otal was 47 percent of the 62,076 registered voters in Highlands County. That number belied the actual vote totals,inasmuch as it represented only thec ountys three largest precincts,which are conn ected to the supervisors office electronically.Also factored into that numberw ere all the early voters, absentee and over-thec ounter votes at the Highlands County Government Center offices. B y the close Saturday, 16,989 residents had cast their ballots at locations in Avon Park,Sebring and Lake Placid. Elections workers said t hat as of noon there had been no incidents at the p olls. They also noted a brisk business of what were termed over-the-countera bsentees,with residents showing up at the supervis ors office to cast their ballots at machines that were set up there for public con-v enience. Members of the canvassing board spent most of the day Tuesday getting ready for the evenings count ofb allots. They reportedly wrapped up processing absentee and early voting ballots on Monday to be ready forc ounting after the polls closed. More than 700 absentee ballots had to be duplicated for counting due to overvotes in some of the races. T his was the last official election for Highlands C ounty Supervisor of Elections Joe Campbell, who announced he wouldn ot seek re-election after four terms as the elections c hief here. Continued from page 1A Election Day begins with early push of voters GET YOUR LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE