Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jameis Winston case holds lessons for all students

The aftermath of the Jameis Winston case has parents turning the sad saga into a cautionary tale for their teen and college-age daughters, but shouldn't it also serve as a teachable moment for young men?

A WDAE-AM 620 listener said last week that she tells her Florida State University daughter to "accept the first drink, sip the second and refuse the third." But why aren't we telling young men not to have sex if they or the girl has been drinking? Let's end the "boys will be boys" mentality and make the walk of shame a path for two.

My friends tell me I don't realize how casual sex has become among young people, but we need to draw a line between what is and what should be and challenge people to rise above.

If we underscore respecting themselves and each other, maybe we can move sex closer to something meaningful and further away from a random, drunken foray full of morning-after regret. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Hope Dies Last. …

The Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council will honor locals who participated in the 1963 March on Washington at its 40th annual breakfast Friday at the DoubleTree Westshore hotel. Go to …

In her role as Bright House senior manager of public affairs, Andrea White has given support to the community. Now the community gives back after White's home suffered severe fire damage last week. Friends can bring "expressions of love" for White to a special event at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Da Best Restaurant, 10200 30th St. N in Tampa. …

I don't know whom the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young endorsed as his replacement, but it's difficult to imagine he told his wife and son to fight about it after he was gone. I hope that fence gets mended.

That's all I'm saying.

Jameis Winston case holds lessons for all students 12/08/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 8, 2013 7:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours