Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Opinion Roundup; Council Steps Up for Hemming Park

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Opinion Roundup; Council Steps Up for Hemming Park

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It is true: Fortune does tend to favor the brave.

But the reality is maintaining Hemming Park's momentum hardly requires Jacksonville to spend a fortune.

The Friends of Hemming Park, the nonprofit group that's sparked the downtown square's transformation from a decrepit spot into a bright hub of activity, is expected to receive $1 million in city support spread over 18 months.

But keeping Hemming's revival going strong will require Jacksonville to bravely resist obsessive penny-pinching.

The historic city park at the foot of City Hall is symbolic of the entire city.

Its former blighted state was a civic embarrassment. Its new revived status is a refreshing inspiration.

So it's encouraging that City Council has resolved the brief dispute that saw the city temporarily withhold a scheduled $150,000 payment to Friends of Hemming Park over what was little more than bookkeeping hair-splitting.

If the teapot tempest had lingered much longer, it would have seriously threatened the great work being done there.

The promising rise of Hemming Park from its ashes says a lot about what our city can accomplish.

We don't need a fortune to make Hemming Park a stunning statement about our city's ambition and energy.

But to make it an enduring statement, we do need to be brave enough to put our money where our hopes rest when it comes to Hemming Park.


History buffs should be delighted with the announcement from YouTube that the online service has uploaded more than a million minutes of historic video.

Interested in the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Now you'll be able to quickly access first-person videos of the attack.

Want to see what happened in the middle of Berlin as the wall was collapsing?

How about being able to view video of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?

The 550,000 videos date from 1895 and are from the archives of The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world's greatest archives of newsreels.

All the reels have been digitized and placed on two view-on-demand channels on the online service.

"Get a bag of popcorn, sit down and I'm sure you'll spend a number of pleasant hours with these videos," says Paul Colford, director of media relations for The Associated Press.

Thanks to all three companies for making these historic videos accessible by anyone.

Not only will the videos be a boon for history buffs, it will also be a wonderful resource for students who want to access original footage for projects.

And the channels will be a treasure trove for educators who will be able to use the videos to illustrate real historic events.

Although the videos can be used free of charge for most purposes, if anyone wants to use the clips within their own videos they must still obtain permission. …

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