Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

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NEWSPAPER VIEWPOINTS

It's well known that newspapers, because of their editors' ideology, tend to report liberal or conservative views. Otherwise known as left or right. Recently the Times-Union exposed itself, as we suspected all along, how left it truly is. For example for the first time in recorded history, a sitting president stated on TV that he was "sorry" for the problems that currently plague his administration. That's right, he said sorry. So here comes along the T-U to report this historical event. I didn't see it, say most of its readers. That's easy. It was reported on an inside page, in small type, mixed in the middle of other nondescript items. If those words were uttered by a Republican president, they would have used a print font so big, it wouldn't squeeze on the front page. Even for the USA Today it was front page news.

DEEGAN IS LOCAL CELEBRITY

To the ranter claiming that a Law and Disorder headline about Tim Deegan's DUI were demeaning; consider that as a local celebrity he is amenable to headlines when they are positive, so his bad behavior also generates headlines. It is kind of like the old saying, he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.

COMMENTS BY RUMLIN AND DAVIS

Very odd response from Isahiah Rumlin, head of the Jacksonville NAACP, to concerns voiced by Judge Henry Davis about violent actions taken by students in our schools.

Or maybe that was to be expected. Rumlin mentions voter suppression and civil rights as excuses for some behaviors. What on earth is he talking about? He then cites various groups who are making an effort to improve lives of children. Making the effort is admirable, of course, but Judge Davis's observations - and he is in a position to know of what he speaks - make it clear that these efforts are falling short. He never mentioned rates of suspension for black, white or any other students. His clear concern is for the kids who are in school to be learning and have expectations that they can do so and be safe. How can Rumlin object to this?

Then Rumlin makes a sly threat about voter retaliation against Davis in his next election. This sounds like the NAACP wants to shoot the messenger

SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE NEW NAME

As anyone familiar with Civil War history would know, there is abundant evidence to indict Forrest besides his KKK activity following the Civil War. Look up the history of Fort Pillow. There is little doubt Forrest slaughtered hundreds of helpless black Union prisoners, primarily because of their race. This man was a hugely successful Confederate Calvary General, and without doubt a brutal murdering racist. No public school should be named after him.

NO CHICKENS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

I could not believe I read that the city council wants to OK chickens in our neighborhoods. …

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