Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Islamic speaker controversy thinly veiled censorship

The parents complaining about the appearance of Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a Steinbrenner High classroom should have more trust in teachers and more faith in their parental abilities.

Concerns about indoctrination are unfounded, but even if Shibly aimed to "brainwash" students, the protesting parents should believe in the lessons they teach at home.

For example, we've raised our kids to be respectful of differing opinions and reject intolerance. I wouldn't worry if someone preached bigotry in their class.

They know better.

Education should be about the marketplace of ideas, not thinly veiled censorship. ...

Look for former state Rep. Janet C. Long to make it official this week and announce she will run for Pinellas County Commission against incumbent Neil Brickfield, one of four commissioners who voted to remove fluoride from the county's drinking water. Yes, fluoride will be an issue — maybe a defining issue. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Stay Classy. ...

The Tampa Bay Partnership launches a One Bay: Healthy Communities initiative Wednesday with a "Walk To The Moon" campaign at downtown Tampa's Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park. The idea is for residents to collectively log enough miles to reach the moon, realizing small steps can make a big difference.

Teams can register at healthytampabay.com and individuals can get information at connectyourcause.com. ...

Is it just me, or does someone else think it was wrong for the Food Network to air The Best Thing I Ever Ate — With Bacon on a Lenten Friday?

That's all I'm saying.

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‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children stokes rage over separation

‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children stokes rage over separation

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Argument over dog leads to fatal shooting in Polk County

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

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Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

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Updated: 6 hours ago
St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Tampa’s budget is lean and straightforward this year, but trouble may be looming

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Published: 06/19/18
Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

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Updated: 1 hour ago