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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

A few days ago, I received a text from our office manager that read, “A subscriber just called and wanted to speak with you”. It was accompanied by a name and number. My first thought after my rant about the crazy woman at Wal-Mart from last week was, “Oh geez! She’s recognized herself in the story and is wanting to address it.” After dreading making the call for a minute, my second thought was, “Good. Maybe she’s calling to apologize.” I knew I certainly was not about to do such a thing.
I psyched myself up for an ear chewing and armed myself with my sharp wit just in case she went for the jugular, and sat down to make the call.
The phone rang twice and a sweet sounding lady was on the other end. “Can I speak to Miss Mott,” I asked. “This is Miss Mott,” she replied. I could already tell that this gentle woman was not my Wal-Mart nemesis. I introduced myself and explained that I had received her message from the office that she wished to speak with me. “I didn’t think you would actually call me back,” she said excitedly. “I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your stories every week.”
She went on to tell me how my sarcasm and ‘no nonsense’ attitude reminded her of herself and how she always gets a chuckle from the way I like to “put things” as she said.
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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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Local PacSun Store Causes National Controversy With Upside Down Flag Shirt Display
By: Kelly Woodard

The Pacific Sun store (or PacSun as it is often referred to) at the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley has caused a national stir after a photo of a mannequin wearing a t-shirt featuring an upside down American Flag was displayed in the front of the store over the Memorial Day Weekend went viral.
The photo was taken at a storefront at Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, AL on May 23
rd by Rachel Zawacki-Kuss. Appalled by the shirt, she posted the picture on PacSun’s Facebook page with the statement, “I saw this at your location at Tanger Outlets this morning in Foley, Alabama. I understand freedom of speech but this shirt, displayed prominently at the entrance of your store, for Memorial Day weekend is more distasteful and disrespectful than anything I thought I’d see. I will not be shopping at PacSun again.”
After news of the photo broke, many here on the gulf coast and all over the country, stood divided on the issue. While many found the image on the shirt offensive, others are claiming that the shirt is merely a political statement implying that our country is in distress.
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City Council Will Meet To Hear Public Input As New Hatchery Project Moves Forward
By: Kelly Woodard

Work on the new $18 million hatchery to be built in the downtown Pensacola area is slowly beginning after a long delays, but the city needs your help to ensure the success of the project.
The Florida Wildlife Commission completed biological and archaeological assessments on the property late last year, and all tests have returned giving the property the all clear for the project to move forward. Although the project has been met with some opposition, the City Council gave the project the go ahead after a 5-3 vote approved the land lease that the hatchery requires.
Pensacola’s Quint Studer, who has played an important part in the growth of the city with high dollar projects like the Pensacola Maritime Park, said, “This project will be used to remediate Bruce Beach. Even if the hatchery does not work out, the worse-case scenario is that the city has remediated land which is safe and open to the public for enjoyment and learning.”
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Fiesta Days Continues On This Week With the Season’s Most Anticipated Events
By: Kelly Woodard

Fiesta season rolls on as the city of Pensacola honors its rich history with more fun filled family events this week.
Kicking off the exciting festivities this week is Centennial Imports of Pensacola 2015 Fiesta Boat Parade this Saturday, May 30
th at 1 pm on Pensacola Beach. Come decorate your boat and represent the rich culture that so many flags have instilled in our area.
The parade will start at the mouth of the Bayou Chico and will proceed westward down the shoreline. Don’t have a boat or just consider yourself a land lover? Not to worry. The parade can be seen from the Portofino Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach.
Don't miss the opportunity to join the pageantry of vessels escorting Don Tristan DeLuna’s yacht to the shores of Pensacola Beach where he will be welcomed by Chief Mayoki, his Queen, and tribe at the DeLuna Landing Ceremony.
Admission is free, and boats of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate.
Then get ready to dance the night away at the 26th annual Vince Whibbs Automotive Fiesta All Krewe Ball as the Krewe’s get ready to celebrate Fiesta monarchs as they, in turn, honor DeLuna next Thursday, June 4
th at 7 pm at the Hadji Shrine Temple. This year’s ‘Cirque de Fiesta’ gala will be an event unlike any other, and attendees are encouraged to wear their krewe’s attire or dress to honor Fiesta’s circus theme.
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3rd Annual “Shindig on the Sand” Supports the Musicians the Gulf Coast Calls Our Own
By: Kelly Woodard

Summer gets started on the right foot (or left foot if you can’t dance) with the Flora-Bama salute’s the Gulf Coast's finest musicians, the 3rd Annual "Shindig on the Sand", this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 5-7th.
Sponsored by the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce as part of the Flora-Bama’s 51st anniversary celebration, Shindig on the Sand will benefit the Flora-Bama's Gulf Coast Musicians' Assistance Fund (GCMAF), which is intended to keep Gulf Coast music alive by sustaining its musicians in mind, body and spirit. It provides a way for GCMAF to partner with health providers and help cut the high cost of urgent medical care for its musicians. Even a simple, low-cost physical can result in early detection of problems.
This year’s headlining act is country music superstar
David Lee Murphy. Murphy made his first appearance on the Billboard country charts that year with “Just Once”, a song from the soundtrack to the 1994 film 8 Seconds. A year later, Murphy's debut album ‘Out with a Bang’ was released; overall, it produced four chart singles.
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