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Ernest Hooper: Work remains in struggle to end discrimination

Community Tampa Bay celebrated the life-changing success of its Anytown program at a luncheon last week, but the nonprofit also reminded us that there is work to be done in its quest to end discrimination.

Officials shared how an employee has to endure a co-worker repeatedly using the n-word, even though the employee asked her to stop. Management has yet to take action.

Check your calendar. Yes, it is 2013. Yes, it's still a problem.

I believe all of 10 people heard me read a 15-minute excerpt from The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí at the Salvador Dalí Museum at 4:15 a.m. Saturday. That doesn't count the two people lying on the floor and sleeping in the back of the room.

Still, I enjoyed being a part of the museum's celebration of Dalí's birthday, and the passage proved as fascinating as the rest of the man's life. I think Dalí appreciated my attempts to pronounce words like "philistinism" while wearing Gator pajama pants and a Times shirt. …

STEM is the growing educational emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math to help fill the void of viable employees for high-tech jobs. But can we add an "A" to STEM and maintain liberal arts programs. Find out when 83 Degrees Media hosts a "STEM or STEAM" community conversation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Science and Industry near Tampa. …

As someone with fond childhood memories of Wakulla Springs, I hope a $10 million legislative allocation to the Department of Environmental Protection gets us moving toward saving the state's treasured water sources. Florida must remain what God intended it to be.

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper: Work remains in struggle to end discrimination 05/12/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:52pm]
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