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Confronting race; time to speak up; a rising star

Kudos to Pinellas School Board members Mary Brown and Nina Hayden for squarely addressing the issue of black students in south county reportedly intimidating white teachers.

While the ethnic generalities don't fully define the problem, it's clear the issue deserved discussion in that context instead of dancing around the challenge with code words. The candor shows a maturity about the board, and maybe the community.

I hope it can find ways to get parents to challenge the student first instead of the school. That's where it starts. ...

The 2009 legislative session is one of the most important in state history. None of us should be silent about our desires. Regardless of your politics, the budget crisis almost requires that every citizen tell their representatives how they feel. I'm writing my e-mails today. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Pray That God Isn't Too Picky. ...

I know Florida State fans are upset about Bobby Bowden potentially having victories taken away and falling behind Penn State's Joe Paterno, but in the end, will that really diminish all that Bowden has accomplished? Maybe some have forgotten, but I remember what FSU football was before Bowden arrived in Tallahassee. ...

Brewster Tech junior Tiffany Bolden practically stole the show during the U.S. Business Hall of Fame Ceremonies in Tampa. She gave a moving luncheon speech about how Junior Achievement, which sponsors the hall, helped her overcome personal hardships. On a day when I heard speeches from some of the nation's top business pioneers, her remarks left the most indelible impression. ...

That's all I'm saying.

Confronting race; time to speak up; a rising star 03/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, March 8, 2009 6:30pm]
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