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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

In day to day life there are always things that, as Peter Griffin of Family Guy would say, “Really Grinds My Gears”, but this week I experienced an encounter with two people so ridiculously annoying that I nearly pulled my hair out.
Let me start this story by saying I was at Wal-Mart. I probably don’t really even need to go on because if you’ve been to Wal-Mart, you know that the trolls of the earth cruise its aisles, always making for an unbelievable entry to the website But in case you haven’t experienced a good Wal-Mart story, here you go.
I was sprucing up the back yard and planting flowers in planters that haven’t seen any vegetation other than weeds in about 30 years, when I broke my shovel on a root the size of my forearm. I reluctantly headed to Wal-Mart for a new shovel and a couple bags of red mulch to finish of the job with a little pizazz. I hurried in, not wanting to spend a minute more in this backwoods banjo dungeon than I had to, grabbed the shovel and quickly headed to the checkout station located in the garden center.
As I approached the checkout line, I nearly ran into an older woman who cut me off with her cart in order to jump in line in front of me. There I stood, with my one item in my hand (from the garden center I might add), as she unloaded a cart so full to the top that it looked like she had been on that old show where they let you loose for one minute to grab anything you could get your hands on to fill the cart.
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Escaping Poverty in Kenya and Baltimore
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Books and pencils, not money.

That's how you truly escape poverty.

American liberals still don't understand that simple concept, but millions of poor people living in the sprawling slums of Nairobi do.

They know it's much better to be given an education instead of a handout.

I've seen how the urban poor think in Kenya. I've been to Nairobi with my wife Colleen, who is a travel agent.

When she takes 24 wealthy clients to Kenya for a safari, she always makes it a point to take them to a remarkable private school in the middle of Nairobi's slums.

The school has been created by a luxury safari company from England for kids whose families can't afford the high costs of attending Kenya's "free" public schools.

The school is administered by AmericaShare, the nonprofit arm of Micato Safaris, which pays for the education of one child for every safari it sells. In 25 years, Micato has paid for the education of thousands of poor Kenyan kids.

When my wife takes her First World tourists into the slums in their Land Rovers, they are usually shocked, appalled or scared half to death.

They think they already knew what urban poverty looked like because they had seen the bad parts of Baltimore, Chicago or Los Angeles, where being a poor person means not having an iPhone 6 Plus.

But in Nairobi they were seeing real Third World poverty on a massive scale.

Four million destitute people from Kenya and the surrounding countries are packed into Nairobi's crowded slums. About 800,000 are in the neighborhood called Mukuru.

When I went there on one of my wife's trip's about three years ago, I was amazed and deeply affected by the poverty I saw. No one with a heart could not be.

Squalid living conditions, malnutrition, sickness and disease, children who should be in school combing through garbage dumps — that's the kind of poverty there is in Nairobi.

You can't see the government corruption and incompetence that created and perpetuates Kenya's mass poverty, but they're always present too.

When an American liberal sees how bad the poverty is in Nairobi, he feels sorry for the poor people and wants to hand them money — usually someone else's.

But I noticed something. The people I met in Mukuru were smarter than American liberals when it came to helping poor kids.

Those in Nairobi who asked us for our help said, "Please don't give us money. That will just keep us living here. Give us books and an education. That's the way we can get out of this slum."

The AmericaShare school is equally impressive. The kids wear uniforms. They're taught English. Why English? Because it's the language of success.

Some of the kids walk 3 kilometers through the slum to get to school — which is probably not as dangerous as doing it in the United States.

The kids at the AmericaShare school are dirt poor or they wouldn't be there. But they're not mad at society.

They're not killing each other. They don't see themselves as victims of a bad system of government, though in fact that's exactly what they are.

Somehow those lucky school kids and their parents understand the value and the power of pencils and books.

They know that getting an education will change their lives and allow them to lift themselves out of poverty forever. And they know it's up to them to earn it.

In the United States, we have people in power who still think the best way to help the inner-city poor is to throw even more government dollars into social welfare programs.

We've spent upwards of $22 trillion over the last 50 years on the War on Poverty, most of which went for the salaries of the bureaucrats and social workers who fought it.

All that money didn't end poverty in America. It just created a permanent entitlement class who, unlike the poor of Nairobi, will never learn why pencils and books are more important than handouts.
Copyright ©2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at and Send comments to Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.
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Pensacola Beach Proves To Be One Of the Best On TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches List For 2015
By: Kelly Woodard

As residents of the Gulf Coast, we all know that our beaches are some of the most beautiful in Florida, but thanks to TripAdvisor’s third annual Travelers' Choice Awards which includes the Top 25 Beaches, not only in the U.S., but the world, we now have official bragging rights.
The list for 2015, which will official be posted this Memorial Day weekend, ranks our very own Pensacola Beach at 5 in the US, beating out such other popular Florida beaches like Panama City Beach (#10) and Clearwater Beach (#8). In addition, Pensacola Beach beat out several other exotic beach hotspots like
Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Hawaii (#8), Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii (#11), and South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida (#21).
The beach rankings, in their third year, are determined by analyzing the quality and quantity of a year's worth of TripAdvisor user reviews of beaches across the globe.
According to an official statement made on the TripAdvisor website, “Pensacola Beach is an undiscovered gem that boasts undeniable beauty with a family friendly atmosphere that is as magnetic to visitors as the sugary white sands that lie next to its emerald waters.” TripAdvisor went on to say that Pensacola Beach beat out other popular choices due to its “tight knit community feel, delightful beachside eateries, and ease of access”.
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Pensacola Honors Those Who Gave All This Memorial Day
By: Kelly Woodard

To honor those who have given all for our freedom this Memorial Day, the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens and Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola will celebrate with two separate patriotic ceremonies to remember the sacrifices that our soldiers and their families have made throughout our nation’s history.
On Sunday, May 24
th join this year's guest of honor and keynote speaker is President of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, Mr. Butch Hansen. The Veterans Memorial Park is also pleased to welcome Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen as a guest speaker, and the NAS Pensacola Color Guard, the NAS Pensacola Honor Guard and Bugler. The Memorial celebration festivities at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at 200 S 10th Avenue in downtown Pensacola, will begin at 1 pm. There will be music, a speech by General Nyland, followed by a moment of silence. The event is free for everyone to attend. For more information, call 850-290-7561 or visit
Then, join the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Fort Pickens as they host a living history encampment by Company C, 3rd U.S. Infantry (1860-1865) from 9:30 am to 5pm this Monday, May 25
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Escambia County Law Enforcement Cracks Down With ‘Click It or Ticket’ This Memorial Day Week
By: Kelly Woodard

Not wearing your seat belt can get you in some hot water this Memorial Day weekend as the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office participates in the national seat belt enforcement campaign ‘Click It or Ticket’ this May 18
th through 31st.
Officers will be out in full force to ensure that drivers and passengers alike are wearing their seat belts just in time for the holiday weekend traffic. Sheriff David Morgan said in a press release, “Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”
Seat belts protect you from being thrown from a vehicle. If you are thrown from a vehicle your risk of death is five times greater. By securing you in your seat, a seat belt protects you from being thrown into other people in the car and parts of your car. In addition, seat belts keep the driver in their seat so they can control the car. According to reports by the Florida DMV, nearly 60 percent of fatal crashes in the State of Florida last year involved victims who were not wearing their seat belts.
In Florida, the law states that seat belt laws apply to all cars, pickup trucks, and vans operated on Florida roads. All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt, and all passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt. In addition, children 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat, children 4 through 5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt, and the driver is responsible for buckling up the child.
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Spain’s Grandest Ship Celebrates Its Shared History with Pensacola This Fiesta Season
By: Kelly Woodard

With Pensacola’s rich naval history well known around the world, Spain is returning the favor by allowing its renowned naval training ship, the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, to return to Pensacola for the seventh time for the annual Fiesta of Five Flags celebrations.
The four-masted topsail schooner standing at 113 meters, the third largest Tall Ship in the world, will arrive at the Port of Pensacola on May 27 around 9 am for a five-day visit. Following the ship’s arrival, an informal welcoming ceremony will take place for the ship’s commander, Capt. Enrique Torres-Piñeyro, at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.
Expected in attendance are Maria Davis, Ramon Gil-Casares, the Ambassador of Spain to the United States, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and other local dignitaries and city and military officials.
“Pensacola is very dear to Spain because of our long history,” said Davis. “Spain is sending the Elcano here this year to honor the U.S. citizenship of General Bernardo de Galvez, a Revolutionary War hero who won the Battle of Pensacola 234 years ago in May.”
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Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Help “Surrender the City” For the Fiesta Season

By: Kelly Woodard

Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon, one of Pensacola’s premier law firms, is proud to present the kick off party for the 66
th Annual Fiesta of Five Flags celebration Wednesday, May 27th from 7-10 pm at Seville Quarter.

The celebration salutes the rich history of Pensacola under the flags of the five governments that have flown over our city – Spain, France, England, the Confederacy and the United States. Seville Quarter will host five different rooms representing each of these important influences on our city.

This year, the City of Five Flags will honor the visit of the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, a four-masted topsail schooner standing at 113 meters, the third largest Tall Ship in the world, and the honorary citizenship of Bernardo de Galvez.

Tickets for the event are $35 and include live entertainment from some of the best local a regional bands the gulf coast has to offer. Tickets will also include a delicious variety of food and two drink vouchers, as well as an exclusively designed 66th annual commemorative pin.

The ever popular ‘Surrender the City’ ceremony where local dignitaries such as Mayor Ashton Hayward, Police Chief Chip Simmons, Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford and Pensacola Naval Air Station Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins are captured by the Fiesta Forces and surrender the City of Pensacola and its citizens to DeLuna, his queen, and the Fiesta Forces for the Fiesta season, starts at 7:15 pm in Phineas Phoggs.
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