(A quick aside: if you follow Lakeland Local on Twitter, you read the phone call news, Supreme Court info and the City Commission reactions as all three played out Friday morning. If you haven’t followed @lakelandlocal then we have to ask in our best Cee-Lo voice, “WWWhhhhyyyyyy?!”)
Of course, high speed rail wasn’t the full extent of our coverage this week. Food played a part with “Grow Something” and “Is Your Diet Making You Crazy?.” (Yes, even we stooped to mentioning Charlie Sheen.)
We started out goodbyes to Chris Craig with “Tattoo My Heart” – a reprint of one of his favorite Religion in the City columns. Through March well reprint four more of his favorites. Good luck, Chris.
Wait, we did have one more high speed rail mention. Way back on Monday Kemp wrote, “High Speed Rail, Meet Gay Marriage”
No, Charlie Sheen was not mentioned in that commentary.
Former County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson weighed in on Scott’s decision to Just Say No.
Lloyd Dunkelberger profiled Florida’s Top Legislative Leaders. The Ledger liked the article so much they ran it again. (Which reminds me of a letter I need to send out again: Dear Legacy Media, if you update a story, please publish the update on the same URL and reflect the original story has been updated. It’s not just good Internet coding, it’s a good journalistic practice. Love, Chuck.)
Dunkelberger also addressed Major Issues Florida Lawmakers Will Face
Matthew Pleasant & Jason Geary wrote about the arrest of EllenBeth Wachs, a representative of Atheists of Florida. Note the many reader comments. It’s proof that the most comments come when topics require little technical knowledge, but engender deep opinions. (José Patiño also wrote about the arrest for the Tampa Tribune.)
One area where the public has the absolute right to know is the internal workings of their government. Governor Scott evidently believes the public should pay for that right. One solution: simply automatically publish online all governmental correspondence and reports.. Then the cost to view the documents is close to nil. The benefits would be great as the public would be truly informed. Based on my Business 101 class, that’s a great Benefit-Cost Ratio.
Cinnamon Blair’s history articles are always interesting. This week she brought up Lakeland’s Downtown arch.
[box]Don’t forget NEXT Sunday (March 13, 2011) is the start of Daylight Savings Time. Set your clock FORWARD one hour at bedtime.[/box]