Some forget state is striving for unity on 'stand your ground'

When conservative radio hosts need callers, they simply say "Jesse Jackson" or "Al Sharpton" and watch the phones light up.

So last week's stern response to Jackson criticizing Florida surely strengthened the stature of Gov. Rick Scott and state House Speaker Will Weatherford among Republican supporters.

Weatherford took the next step in trying to seize the agenda for the GOP by ordering hearings on the state's "stand your ground" law. They believe public sentiment is on their side.

But if the state is trying to heal, as Scott suggested in his response, a defense of the law without sensitivity will backfire.

When Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who will be chairman the hearings, says he wouldn't change anything about the law, it doesn't sound like we're a state striving for unity.

Florida will be best served by elected officials who take the high road instead of trading barbs like they're on the radio. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Hooper Drives the Boat, Chief. …

If you've yet to discover one of Tampa Bay's most charming communities, mark your calendars for the Aug. 31 Geckofest in Gulfport. My neighbor recently dropped in on the Back Fin Blue Cafe, and he can't stop talking about Gulfport's appeal. …

In St. Petersburg, it's vote "no" to go forward with the Lens, "yes" to stop it. How do you vote if you're deeply confused? …

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and the George Edgecomb Bar Association host a forum on the George Zimmerman case at 7 p. m. Thursday at the University of South Florida's Patel Center for Global Solutions.

I wonder if the governor will send a representative. Healing.

That's all I'm saying.

Some forget state is striving for unity on 'stand your ground' 08/04/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 4, 2013 8:08pm]

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