2011 Week 4

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John Chapman Speeks at High Speed Rail Public Meeting

12 in 6. Not by design, Lakeland Local has published 12 articles in each of two of the four weeks of 2011. The other two weeks carried 15 and 9 articles. Math majors will point out those two average to 12. We try to publish Monday to Friday, save for this weekly media roundup on Sunday. (Of course, we broke that rule today.)

What about Week Four? Let’s review our week in single words: Nature, Ringtones, Guns, Homeless, Rail, Gray, Transition, Diet, Taxes, Practice, Education and Devolution. Oh my.

Moving to what’s left of the local “legacy” media, here’s a few you shouldn’t miss:

Standing Room Only at High Speed Rail Forum [Steve Steiner – Lake Wales News] (Yes, The Lake Wales News)

It looks like the Ledger was expecting more outrage to their Marshal Goodman nepotism article. Editorial Page Editor Glenn Marston followed up with: USF Poly Needs to Get Out of Funk and USF Polytechnic Nepotism Issue: Avoid Appearance of Conflict

Cary McMullen has a good piece entitled, Civility Is Beyond Being Nice. While I agree in principle, I also believe you should stand behind your words. In his column, McMullen wrote:

One local Representative, who shall remain nameless, posted a Facebook update stating that while he is all for civility, he was elected to represent certain principles, so he would sit on the Republican side of the aisle. “If a Democrat sits down next to me, there is not much I can do about that,” he wrote.

In case you wonder which of your reps feels that way:


(Before you ask: No, I’m not Facebook friends with Rep. Ross. He posted that comment publicly.)

Lakeland Electric’s Kus’ Past Tarnished [John Chambliss]

Fla. House joins Amendment 6 lawsuit [St. Augustine Record] (Yes, this affects Lakeland.)

Lakeland calls in chicken chaser team to rid the city of feral fowls [Bay News 9]

A couple of unsigned shorts: SunRail Commuter Train Contracts Frozen and CSX 4th Quarter Profit Soars 42 Percent


We’re refreshing our new Listings Maps for 2011. First, to make them easy to find we’re going to use this column to publish the maps. Second, we’ve changed the icons. A quick glance at the map will now tell you if a listing is a “short sale,” a “REO/Bank Owned” property, or one with no special sale provisions. Click the map icons for more information on a home or click an open area to load the map in a full page.

CommunityWalk Map – New Listings for Lakeland, Florida 2011-01-22

Creative Commons License photo credit: Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local