Howdy OP, to another Kyocera user! The 7135 was my first smartphone. Since then, I've gone through a few Treos, a Blackberry, and a couple of Droids.
I've been in IT for over fifteen years, and I'm not rooted or ROM-ed either. I have nothing against those either, but I can just use an alternative launcher to get what I want, as well as some apps.
I also found a bookmark app that unlocks the Verizon bookmarks in the stock browser, so they can be deleted.