Mar 242018
 
HOB School Safety Update

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. The School District has finally provided The Blue Paper with copies of its “policies and protocols” regarding gun related incidents. It took 5 weeks and the threat of criminal prosecution under the Florida public records law… ~~~~ HOB school administrators had justified the apparent disparate treatment of two students by referencing a “zero-tolerance policy” on guns that even includes colorful plastic toy guns. We wanted to read for ourselves whether that “toy gun zero-tolerance policy” was real or merely a [continue reading…]

Mar 242018
 
Student Safety & Secure Schools

Guest Column by John Donnelly…… Developing “pilot programs” whose objectives are student safety and secure schools has become a national priority. Creating criterion for hiring a School Marshal/Security Officer, which screens candidates to insure that they’re physically fit, psychologically stable, certified marksmen with a pistol and rifle and free from any criminal misconduct is an essential beginning.

 March 24, 2018  Posted by at 2:57 pm ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #261, John Donnelly 15 Responses »
Mar 242018
 
On Military Spending and Trade, Trump Puts Americans Last

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill — $1.3 trillion — on March 23, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn’t fund his cherished US-Mexico border wall idea, and because it doesn’t address the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he’s threatened to end absent a “fix.” Why did he sign it?

 March 24, 2018  Posted by at 2:53 pm ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #261, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Mar 242018
 
Missed Opportunities--Shared Incompetence--Neglect

Guest Column by John Donnelly……. A precise antidote for violence and murderous school rampages is available for every teacher and school administrator in the American Public and Private School Systems.  It’s free of charge, established via empirical data developed through the ages, since the inception of Man and Womankind.

 March 24, 2018  Posted by at 2:51 pm ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #261, John Donnelly No Responses »
Mar 242018
 
Thy Neighbor's Tree

by Rick Boettger…… Late fallout from Irma is that I’m filing a lawsuit to enforce an important provision of Florida’s law on Trees and Landowner Responsibility. Part of this is simple, and part gets complicated. The simple part is, for healthy trees, “. . . the landowner with the tree located on his or her property is not liable for damage caused by the branches or roots. The adjoining landowner may, at his or her own expense, trim back the branches or roots as he or [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2018  Posted by at 2:49 pm ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #261, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »