Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Having a gun tilts scales to action over discretion

Gun control needs to be more about controlling the mentality of gun owners and less about the sale of guns.

A gun emboldens, so we end up with murders in movie theaters instead of an annoyed attendee changing seats.

Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis is dead and assailant Michael Dunn may spend the rest of his life in jail because a gun prompted him to act upon faulty impulses of fear and anger (and in this case, race), but it's the gun that tilts the scales toward action and away from discretion. How many more people have to die before we seriously challenge this mentality? Guns should mitigate misguided deaths, not create them. ...

Differences don't have to divide us. Just look at the relationship between Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., men from different faiths who found common ground in their belief in justice.

Susannah Heschel, the rabbi's daughter and a noted Dartmouth College professor, speaks at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Leo College about that unique relationship. Call (352) 588-7298 for details. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Everyone Says I'm In Denial, But, Really, I'm Not. ...

Stan Heath's up and down struggles as the University of South Florida basketball coach has fans carping, but I'm convinced he just needs a couple of breaks to find consistency.

It also would help if he can land top local talent.

Kudos to Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management for going green with the installation of 400 solar panels at its Clearwater office. Note: These kudos have nothing to do with the fact the company's co-owner was once my college roommate.

That's all I'm saying.

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