What I learned at bystander intervention training
Everyone wants to believe they’d rise to the occasion and do something if they saw someone being attacked. That’s the fantasy of being the hero and saving the day. But how do you help without getting pulverized in the process? That’s what I joined 2,500 other would-be interventionists to find out.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Orlando Sentinel guest columnist misses Disney’s rape-y, racist imagery
A Christian conservative Republican gripes that Disney World's changes to make its parks more inclusive capitulates to "woke" politics that won't "offend certain people." Like that's a bad thing?
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Black moms' lives matter
Systemic racism is literally killing expectant Black moms and their babies, and some other things I learned during Black Maternal Health Week.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Let's separate religion from our government rituals
Our opinion writer argues that citizens are best served when civic ceremonies are devoid of religious trappings.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
It’s time Winter Garden made city commission meeting recordings readily accessible
I asked Winter Garden Mayor John Rees a question he didn't like at a city commission meeting. You wouldn't know it from the meeting minutes — but you can catch it on the audio.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The kind of politics residents don't need on the Windermere Town Council
Windermere Town Council candidate Mike Hargreaves won't identify the President and says his top priority is investigating voting machines. With real issues on the line, nobody's got time for that.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
It's election time ... again
Yes, we elected a new president and vice president. But we still have one more job to do: Evaluate the candidates running in the March 9 municipal elections and vote for the best stewards of our own communities. Because when it comes to things like traffic, parking, development, zoning, affordable housing and other quality of life issues, it's local elected officials who really have our backs. #LocalElectionsMatter
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Do Commissioners Bennett & Buchanan Love Winter Garden?
City employees must wear masks inside city buildings, but apparently city commissioners need not comply
Monday, January 18, 2021
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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