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School shootings lead to greater appreciation of law officers by kids

While advocates argue for a greater sense of security — and opponents insist it's not a true security measure — there's another aspect to the debate about adding armed officers to our elementary schools.

A lot of students have gained a deeper appreciation for deputies and police officers, discovering that behind the badges are men and women who can be kind and caring. Perhaps it's a lesson schools could deliver without the constant presence, thus saving millions, but the value of children learning to see law enforcement in a human light cannot be underestimated. …

My first thought about former legislator Rick Kriseman's decision to challenge St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster — take a number. Don't get me wrong, I think Kriseman will be a formidable challenger, but he won't be the only one.

The fact that people are lining up to challenge an incumbent suggests vulnerability for Foster. He needs a signature achievement — and he needs it soon. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: You Had At Me Woof. …

Groundbreaking for the old federal courthouse's conversion into a boutique hotel occurs this week. It's another boost for downtown Tampa. …

Founded in 2002, the Felder family's MaSquerade party has raised more than $100,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It continues at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Garden Club. The evening will feature casino gaming, a gourmet dinner buffet, and live and silent auction items — including having lunch with a certain columnist. Visit …

I'm not going to say I rarely do yard work, but when I pressure-washed the driveway, my neighbors came out and stared.

That's all I'm saying.

School shootings lead to greater appreciation of law officers by kids 02/10/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 8:46am]
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