Oct 22, 2014
EDITORS’S NOTE: We struggled with this post – even the idea of writing this post – because what we are about to say will be taken as an attack on the fine members of the Satellite Beach Women’s Club. That is not our intent, but we can see how some people may take it that way.
This past Monday night, the Satellite Beach Womens’ Club hosted a “Political Forum” at the Satellite Beach Civic Center. We’ve been to more than a few of these events, and it is always good to see, meet, greet, and compare candidates on issues. The forum serves as an invaluable tool in educating voters in and around Satellite Beach and we applaud the Satellite Beach Womens’ Club for their efforts in hosting these forums.
Unfortunately, the forum on Monday night was not a shining example of what a forum should and could be.
Let’s start with the basics of “what is a forum?”
A forum is defined as “an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.”
The element that was most lacking at the forum was candidates. A political forum without the candidates appearing is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread. You may enjoy the peanut butter and the jelly, but it is going to be messy eating it. The forum had a representative from Representative Posey’s campaign, a write-in candidate for Posey’s seat by the name of Chris Duncan Jr, County Commission District 4 candidate George Lebovitz (L) and some of the folks running for judgeships.
No candidates or representatives for the governor’s race, the Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, or Commissioner of Agriculture were there. Of the 17 non judicial candidates on the ballot, only two were represented plus a write-in candidate.
Oct 22, 2014
It’s hump day, and we all need a laugh.
Oct 21, 2014
Watch the video below where the Washington State Police have an interesting radio conversation between cars on the ground and an air unit looking for speeders.
The air unit sees lots of speeders, but for some reason, none of the speeders are stopped much less given a ticket.
Caught this today on Highway 2 just out of Wenatchee. WSP had their aircraft up to catch speeders in the 60mph section of Hwy 2. Apparently there was a “DRE” drug recognition expert conference up in Lake Chelan today- so the WSP plane caught several marked and unmarked (and a motorcycle) doing well above the speed limit (26mph over in at least once case)
The aircraft stopped calling out the speeds until ground units would confirm they were or were not a police car. If they were a police car they didn’t get stopped.
Oct 20, 2014
After you get your pumpkin (see below) you might want to take the time tonight to stop and listen to the candidates who are running for office this November 4th.
It is always good to get answers from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) rather than relying on ads in support or against a candidate.
Hope to see you there.
Oct 20, 2014
The folks at the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church are having their annual “Pumpkin Patch” sale. The sales benefit the youth programs of the church.
They have pallets of pumpkins from small to large which are great for carving as well as for making your grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe. Decorative gourds are available for giving your home or table that fall feel and look.
What we like about this endeavor is that the kids for are out selling the pumpkins. This is not a handout. The kids are working for the sales and will not only help you with the sale, but will help you load that special pumpkin into your car.
Satellite Beach United Methodist Church is located at 450 Lee Avenue. A better landmark is that the church is directly across the street from Satellite High’s athletic stadium on Grant Avenue. The pumpkin patch is located on the western edge of the church property at the corner of Lee and Avocado or Grant and Avocado and is open Sunday – Friday 12 PM – 7 PM and 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday.
If you are looking for the Great Pumpkin, he might be hiding amongst the pumpkins at the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church.
Oct 19, 2014
While funny at points, this is another discussion on the horrible practice of “civil forfeiture” where one (and one’s property) is considered guilty until proven innocent.
Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it’s involved in a crime? They can!
It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order.
Oct 19, 2014
Each time we read something ridiculous happening in a public school, we keep thinking “it can’t get any worse than this.”
Each time we have been wrong and find that yes, the idiocy in some schools knows no bounds.
For our latest adventure, we head up to E.R. Dickson Elementary School in the Mobile County, Alabama School District where a five year old was forced to sign a “Mobile County Public Safety Contract” after a little girl drew what appeared to be a gun in class and then pointed a crayon at a classmate and said “pew pew.”
5-year-old Elizabeth was sent home after school officials made her take a questionnaire to evaluating her for suicidal thoughts, then had her sign the safety contract promising to contact an adult if she was thinking of suicide or homicide. This all happened while her mom waited in the lobby to pick her up, the upset parent told WPMI.
According to her mom, Elizabeth didn’t know most of the words on the contract she signed. “Suicide,” in particular, was a new one for her.
“Mommy, daddy, what is suicide?” Elizabeth’s mother [Rebecca] says she asked.
It gets worse.
“My child interrupted us and said, ‘What is suicide mommy? Daddy what is suicide?” said Rebecca. “As a parent that’s not right. I’m the one should be able to talk to my child and not have someone else mention words like this in front of her at all.”
Rebecca is pushing to have the incident removed from her child’s record. She said school officials have requested Elizabeth see a psychiatrist.
She believes that is unnecessary.
For their part, the school district said they would look into the incident and the policy.
Oct 18, 2014
One of the more contentious and discussed items for the upcoming election is the vote by Brevard County voters on increasing the sales tax by 1/2 a percent. The additional money would go to schools and be applied to various projects.
Here is the text of the referendum:
SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM
One-Half Cent Sales Surtax for Critical School Facilities Renewal, School Security and Technology Upgrades.
Would you support the School Board levying a one-half cent surtax on sales in Brevard County beginning 1/1/15, for a period of six years, to be used exclusively for critical school facility renewal projects, school security and technology upgrades? A needs based prioritized list of projects has been published and expenditures will be monitored by an independent citizen oversight committee.
In a faery tale world where everything was perfect and people could be trusted, this would be a no brainer. Who doesn’t want the schools to be the best they can be? Who doesn’t want kids to be taught in schools that are well maintained? Who doesn’t want to believe that the money raised from this tax increase will be used to prevent and solve issues?
In that perfect world, everyone would stand, shout and agree “it’s for the kids.”
But this is not a perfect world and there are many questions to be raised about this sales tax increase.