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Legislators should consider: What if a voucher goes toward teaching hate?

Some state legislators are pushing proposals that would lift a ban on public money going to religious groups, and allow teachers to pray with students.

But what if someone wants to use a voucher to send his child to an elementary school that embraces the hateful teachings of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church? What if a public school teacher thanks God for dead soldiers and insists that Jews and Catholics are going to hell?

A steeple on top doesn't mean a slippery slope isn't inside. …

With Clearwater possibly disbanding its police force and having the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office take over, some wonder: Why even have an incorporated city?

Consolidation? It may sound like a pipe dream, but merging services in areas such as parks and recreation merits consideration all over the Bay area. …

Seen on a T-shirt: West Virginia is the BEST Virginia. …

Artists Pierre Matisse and Alexandre Renoir's exhibit at the Michael Murphy Gallery give kids a chance to catch the art bug. Renoir is the great-grandson of famed painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Pierre Matisse is the grandson of renowned painter Henri Matisse. The artists offer tips from 11 a.m. to noon at the gallery, 2701 S. MacDill St., Tampa. RSVP at 813-902-1414.

"It's a rare opportunity for children to be inspired," Murphy said. …

Here's another inspiration for the kids: Academy Prep Tampa teams with the University of Tampa art department for a free Earth Day event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the HCC/Ybor Campus.

The event has art booths, performances and a chance to win a bicycle donated by the Junior League of Tampa.

Connecting kids to art has never been more important.

That's all I'm saying.

Legislators should consider: What if a voucher goes toward teaching hate? 04/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:49am]
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