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Tip to the School Board: Less gavel, more listening

My initial reaction to the latest blowup between Hillsborough School Board members April Griffin and Jennifer Faliero was to suggest their next meeting be held in a sandbox.

But we should be asking some serious questions about the board's problems with discourse. Faliero "gaveled down" Griffin, but Griffin has the right to speak. Collegiality is important, but so are dissenting opinions. Don't confuse the worthiness of consensus building with the shallowness of "go along to get along."

John Madden says winning is the best deodorant, but even a Rays World Series victory may not be enough to smother the opposition to a new stadium. We need a winning economy. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Life Is An Endless Battle Against Maturity.

The University of Florida saluted George "Mr. Two-Bits" Edmondson at homecoming on Saturday. Edmondson, a Tampa Gator Club member, will retire his cheering tradition at the end of the season, but he and wife, June, will continue to raise scholarship funds for cheerleaders and dance team members.

UF students have cherished Edmondson's spirit for decades. Too bad I can't say the same for the school's infamous parking attendants.

Spring Hill's David Lambert, Tampa's Maria Gonzalez, Valrico's Doris Solomon and Palm Harbor's Patricia Duncan are semifinalists in Sure-Fit's 2008 Ugly Couch Contest. Check out the sickening sofas at www.SureFit.com.

Judging from the photos, they've got a chance to win the $5,000 living room makeover. Someday, someone will enter the comfy couch my wife gave away years ago. And I'll cry.

That's all I'm saying.

Tip to the School Board: Less gavel, more listening 10/26/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:31pm]
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