Tuesday's letters: The soon-to-be lack of black judges on Florida's Supreme Court is appalling

Tuesday's letters to the editor
Published December 4 2018

Scott’s legacy: no black judges | Romano column, Dec. 2

The lack of black judges appalling

After more than 35 years of having a black state Supreme Court justice, Gov. Rick Scott and Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission have failed the people of Florida. No recent governor has accepted a slate that doesn’t reflect the diversity of Florida. It’s a shame and disgrace we are still fighting for equality at all levels of government for black people and particularly representation on the state Supreme Court. Govs. Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, Lawton Chiles, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist all ensured there was a black justice on the state Supreme Court.The NAACP Florida State Conference calls for the Judicial Nominating Commission to reconvene and reconsider the initial six African-American applicants. We also call on Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis to stand up to Scott and the commission and demand what all other prior governors did — a slate that reflects the diversity of our state. We also encourage DeSantis to make appointments including agency heads, senior staff and statewide boards that reflect the diversity of Florida, ensuring blacks and minorities are represented at all levels in the new administration. With more than 3 million black residents, we know there are qualified individuals who can serve this state. The NAACP and people of Florida are watching.

Adora Obi Nweze

The writer is president of the NAACP Florida State Conference and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Cat. 6? Storms may get worse | Nov. 30

The power of the people

Days before Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s Panhandle, the Florida Municipal Electric Association had already jumped into action to arrange mutual aid from around Florida and other states. We knew we could count on help from public power communities across the country because they had come to our aid last year following Hurricane Irma and the year before during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Michael caused a level of destruction not seen since Hurricane Andrew. Nearly 122,000 public power customers in Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, Chattahoochee and Blountstown were without power.For some of the hardest-hit public power communities, the Florida Municipal Power Agency sent its staff to help with power restoration, material logistics and document damage for federal disaster assistance. Other staffers helped two cities with communications by managing the cities’ social media accounts so customers could receive up-to-date information on power restoration efforts. It’s about neighbors helping neighbors — whether that neighbor is from Fort Pierce or the Panhandle. As another hurricane season has come to a close, we extend our deep gratitude to all who came to our aid once again. You are the power behind public power.

Amy Zubaly and Jacob Williams

Zubaly is executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, and Williams is the general manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

Leader of a nation, a family | Dec. 2

The points of light

13491 President George H.W. Bush’s passing has caused many to remember his Points of Light Award. I believe his wonderful program encouraging volunteerism will be his greatest legacy. I’m proud to say that I was a recipient.

Elizabeth Kirkman, Seminole