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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Money Saved At Misdiagnosed Vets' Expense

NEW HAVEN (CN) - The Vietnam Veterans of America says the Pentagon has "systematically and wrongfully discharged" more than 22,000 veterans since 2001 "on the basis of so-called 'personality disorder'" - rather than post-traumatic stress disorder - to deny them medical care and save the Pentagon $12.5 billion in medical and disability payments.
"The military classifies PD [personality disorder] as a condition pre-existing military service," the four plaintiff chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America say in their federal complaint against the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.


Monkey Banana Sam Snatched From San Francisco Zoo

A monkey-hunt is underway in the San Francisco area after someone stole a tiny squirrel monkey from the city’s zoo.
The black and orange monkey, named Banana Sam, was reported missing from his enclosure by zoo employees Friday morning. Zoo officials quickly found signs of a break-in: two holes cut in the wire mesh cage and the chain on the perimeter fence cut.

English As Official US Language: Perry Says, 'I Can Agree With That'

MASON CITY, IOWA -- Gov. Rick Perryon Friday appeared to endorse making English the official language of the United States, agreeing with a questioner who put forward a strongly worded defense of the idea.


600-Pound Internet Star Shuts Down Website

The man from Germany sent a credit card to Donna Simpson with specific instructions: Buy pizzas, Chinese food and other takeout.
He wanted Simpson to use his money to become as large as possible, and he got excited knowing he helped feed the 600-pound woman, she said.

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The Top 10 Everything of 2011

In 54 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months
On Sept. 17, a couple hundred protesters demonstrating against the excesses of corporate execs and the pervasive influence of high finance in U.S. politics set up camp in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and refused to leave.

Salisbury Area Chamber Officers And Board Members For 2012 And Beyond

The Nominating Committee is proud to announce the 2012-2013 slate of officers and 2012-2015 slate for the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee recommends the following:

President Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello Pohanka Automotive Group

President Elect Bradley Gillis Sperry Van Ness - Miller Comm. Real Estate

Vice President Dr. Memo Diriker Salisbury University BEACON

Vice President Tony Nichols BBSI

Vice President John Cannon Cannon Management & Rentals LLC

Secretary/Treasurer Stephen Franklin Accurate Optical Co.

Asst. Sec/Treasurer Jaime Toner Pool Tech

Legal Counsel D. Nicole Green D. Nicole Green, P.A.

Immediate Past President Ernie Colburn Comcast Spotlight (Retired)

Candidates to join the Board of Directors for a three year term (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015) are:

1. Melodie Carter Hebron Savings Bank

2. Dr. Carolyn Elmore Wicomico County Board of Education

3. Roxanna LaGuerre Family Tree Senior Care

4. Jayme Weeg Junior Achievement

5. Dr. Bob Wood Salisbury University, Dean of the Perdue Business School

6. Pamela Webster Perdue, Director of Corporate Human Resources

7. Michael Weisner Weisner Real Estate

A Letter To The Editor 12-31-11

My mother was in Food lion yesterday Thursday Dec 29 on Nanticoke Road where she does her grocery shopping.

She was checking out and using gift cards she had received one gift card would not work for the cashier so they got the manager over there and she had to go to the office to check on it . When she came back she told my mother that her groceries were paid for. Mom said you got the card to work. Manager said no the man behind you paid for your $69.00 worth of groceries. The man was gone. My mom did not get to thank him...My mom and I thank this man for doing this kind deed. Sir, you know who you are and I have you have a prosperous new year. My Dad always said if you give it will come back to you in Tri fold. He didn't say you had to give a lot just give. I have helped many people this year and hope to be able to continue this year. I purchase for those that I think need it.


New Years Eve

Over the years New Years Eve has taken on a different perspective. It was formerly a night of unbridled revelry. Consuming too much alcohol seemed to be the thing to do and I was not one to disappoint. Looking back, we all did some mighty foolish things. The years have brought about a more sensible approach to the event. Now, I don’t even make it to watch the ball fall.

It seemed like making noise was a good way to see in the New Year. I am glad that the ways I made noise are now unlawful. When I was 15 or 16, I used to fire off my shotgun even though I lived in town. Nobody said anything about it. They were too busy making their own form of noise. Since Salisbury was a relatively small town, everybody just seemed to look the other way on New Years Eve. If you did that now in my old neighborhood, there would be a half-dozen police cars there in about two minutes. I guess we did it because nobody told us not to.

I remember one New Years Eve was the first year they initiated the plan to give anyone who wanted, or needed, a ride home. I had walked to a party close to where I lived and took a fifth bottle of vodka. There was only about an inch of vodka in the bottle but I filled it to three quarters full by adding water to it. I had the time of my life that night just watching everyone watch me drink from my bottle and acting progressively more stupid. People were very tolerant of a drunk back then and I got away with far more than I would have if people only knew the truth. At the end of the evening, they wouldn’t even let me walk home, fearing I would be found the next morning laying by the side of the road. When I later found out that they had only given rides to six people, I was thoroughly embarrassed. Oh, well, like I said we did some mighty foolish things.

There are many venues today that provide for New Years merriment. I guess when people of today talk about kids not being able to entertain themselves, they are not taking into consideration that what we found entertaining back then would not be tolerated by society now. Just as well.


The January 3, 2012 City Council Work Session agenda has been revised to include discussion on the possible Comcast audit and other Comcast issues. This discussion is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. during the Work Session.

Today's Survey Question 12-31-11

Are you optomistic for a better year in 2012?

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Daily Times Refuses To Recognize Joe Albero & Mr. Hazzard

"Thank you for the article in today’s Daily Times. I am sorry that you chose not to include two of the donator’s names as every one that participated did so with good intentions. Credit needs to be given to Joe Albero for a donation of a TV and to Mr. Hazzard for the heating being installed today".

"It was discussed that you would not use Haley’s last name – because of her age, for safety purposes and please note the spelling of Haley’s name".

Editors Notes: The story can be found HERE.

When the Daily Times goes out and rings the bell for the Salvation Army, we thank them and recognize them. Considering we, (Salisbury News) have been involved in this Home Makeover from the beginning, we reserved from making any mention of it. Today, (because they chose to exclude us) we are exposing their information through a letter sent to them yesterday morning, (above) from someone close to this event. You have to wonder what axe Mr. Hazzard has had to grind with the Daily Times as well?

In the mean time, some absolutely wonderful people came together and made a little girls life very extra special recently. You might as well click on the link above and read the rest of their story.

It should also be noted, the Daily Times was asked to hold the story, (along with the rest of the Press) until next week. They got and did everything wrong. But they're held to a higher standard, right? I mean, you can trust them, right? Just how many big mistakes can one paper make in two weeks. A LOT!

Troopers Probe Millsboro Home Invasion

Location: Residence in the 26000 block of Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, DE

Date of Occurrence: Friday, December 30, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.


Two black males. One is described as being tall the second short. One was armed with a shotgun.


51 year old male victim

Millsboro, DE- Delaware State Police detectives are currently investigating an attempted home invasion style robbery that occurred early this morning in Millsboro.

The incident happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning as two black male suspects forced their way through the front door of a home located in the 26000 block of Mt. Joy Road in Millsboro. Once inside, the suspects, one armed with a shotgun, confronted the 51 year old male victim who had been sleeping in the living room. The suspects demanded money from the victim and then began fighting with him. They then left the home without obtaining any property and were last seen fleeing in a dark colored sedan. The victim received minor injuries but refused medical attention.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to this incident to contact Troop 4 at 302-856-5850. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

Revised City Council Agenda

REVISED 12-30-111

JANUARY 3, 2012

4:30 p.m. Continuing discussion on changes of Title 15 regarding Rental Inspections – Paul Wilber
5:00 p.m. Follow-up discussion on Towing Ordinances – Paul Wilber
5:30 p.m. Rubbish – Follow up discussion on amending Section 15.24 Housing Standards, Article
XXVI Accumulation of Rubbish Prohibited, of the Code – John Pick/Tom Stevenson
6:00 p.m. Break
6:15 p.m. Park and Flea Lease Agreement – John Pick
6:30 p.m. Feldman’s follow-up discussion with Administration – John Pick
6:45 p.m. Possible changes to Health Insurance Program – John Pick
7:15 p.m. Follow up on possible Comcast audit and other Comcast issues
7:45 p.m. General discussion/Upcoming Agenda items
8:15 p.m. Adjournment

Moms: Reinvention For The New Year

We've all heard of a New Year's resolution. You know, lose 10 pounds, quit smoking, etc. While that is all well and good, most of these "resolutions" don't make it until February! What are we really looking for? To feel good about ourselves? To be happy?
What about a reinvention? Actually taking a holistic approach to your life. What is working? What isn't? What are you actually looking for? Don't be overwhelmed by this. It isn't rocket science, just a different approach to finding what are really looking for in your life.