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Confederate flag, Pasco teachers and a nudist inquiry

I could have written longer columns about the Confederate battle flag controversy last week, but I focused instead on two great nonprofit efforts.

The causes that bind us should rank higher than the distractions that divide us, and that flag is undeniably divisive. No matter the debate, such a large and dynamic flag glorifies the worst period in U.S. history.

Americans were killing each other in horrific warfare.

Today, we're a nation at war that awakens to the threat of terrorism every morning. As such, we should try to stand on common ground instead of rehashing conflicts. What kind of message does last week's combative Hillsborough County Commission meeting send to those of all races who serve this nation overseas?

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have the right to honor its fallen soldiers, but I wish it could do so without reopening wounds or fueling new hatred. ...

Pasco teachers staged a protest because they won't get pay raises. Programs are being cut all over and school districts may switch to four-day school weeks because of budget cuts. Now tell me again why Amendment 1 won't affect education. ...

Bucs coach Jon Gruden and select players will breakfast with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber on Friday morning and lunch with the Greater Tampa Chamber on Friday afternoon. I wonder if Gruden will bring along controversial tight end Jerramy Stevens. Probably not. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Florida Is Full, Don't Even Think About Moving Here. ...

The American Association for Nude Recreation is investigating Land O'Lakes' Caliente Resort & Spa. Exactly how do you qualify to be an investigator?

That's all I'm saying.

Confederate flag, Pasco teachers and a nudist inquiry 06/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:21pm]
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