Appreciation is due

With the amount of concern about high-stakes/high-frequency testing being expressed by community members at School Board meetings, you might be wondering if our local schools are in trouble. Rest assured: they are not. Thanks to a December 16 School Board Workshop (agenda and presentation materials here), I have a better understanding of the state-mandated school … Continue reading Appreciation is due

Tonight’s show will go on, but a question and an issue remain

Today's Naples Daily News editorial, "Sounding a good note on Collier student performances" (in print, "Chorus compromise beats battle in court") summarized the outcome of Tuesday's School Board meeting as it relates to tonight's Barron Collier High School (BCHS) choral concert at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Some excerpts:There were welcomed conciliatory notes sounded ... to keep … Continue reading Tonight’s show will go on, but a question and an issue remain

The first post-election School Board meeting (Part 1)

My gut-wrenching disappointment with most of the mid-term election results has subsided to a dull ache. I keep reminding myself, "Voters get the government they deserve." Maybe someday enough people will realize the importance of the mid-term and local elections to change the status quo. I sure hope so.In any case, it's time to move … Continue reading The first post-election School Board meeting (Part 1)

Guest Post: School Board Election Significant for All

This post by John Lynch appeared in a Naples Daily News online blog called "Political Point of View by Collier Democrats" on October 22. It appears here at Mr. Lynch's request; he asks that readers share it with others. I urge you to do so. Vote for Kathy Ryan for School Board.School Board Election Significant … Continue reading Guest Post: School Board Election Significant for All

My vote on Amendment 3, Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies

As I learned in “Voting for Judges: Where to Begin?,” Florida’s governor appoints justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the District Courts of Appeal.A judicial appointment may be necessary when a justice or judge reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70, fails to qualify for a retention election, or fails to secure a … Continue reading My vote on Amendment 3, Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies