Lakeland City Commission Adds Fairness and Inclusion to List of Principles and Values

Commissioner Walker saying that breakdown of principles & values have resulted in the decline of this country. #lkld — Lakeland, Florida (@lakelandgov) June 2, 2014 In some respects, I agree with Commissioner Walker. The breakdown of principles and values cause the decline of many countries. We may not agree about that exact list of principles […]

Your City Hall Just Lost a Leader

Tamara Sakagawa, community redevelopment manager for Lakeland since 2002, has resigned. Sakagawa, 40, oversaw the redevelopment of Dixieland, downtown and the midtown redevelopment areas.Sakagawa declined Thursday to discuss why she is leaving her job. Her last day will be April 11. — The Ledger In that resignation, Lakeland lost the person most responsible for making […]

A Nole Fan’s Unified Theory of Football, Race, Sex, and Love — Part 1

What you are about to read is my surrender. For many years, I have wanted to write the definitive cultural analysis of major college football in the South — our benighted region’s most socially and historically consequential institution that doesn’t involve prison or bondage. Doubt me? Look at the aftermath of the Iron Bowl. Anything […]

Hate-Filled Group of Humans Makes Claim to Disrupt Lakeland High School Graduation

This is not a news article. This is commentary. There’s a “church” in this country that wants to spread a message of hate. Tonight this group of people made an announcement that they planned to disrupt the Lakeland High School Graduation on June 1st. Since they don’t want to take the trouble to send a […]

How about some “consequences” for anybody who isn’t 16 and powerless?

Reversing the pointless, idiotic ruin of a young girl is rightly the top priority of most people following the Kiera Wilmot case. But put that aside just a second. Of all the grotesque aspects of this case — and they are difficult to fully count — one sticks most in my craw Explaining the expulsion, Polk […]

No Edie, Your Neighbors and City Workers Are Not Fraud Risks

So now we know where we are. We were about an inch away from the first meaningful public recognition of the value and dignity of gay relationships in this county’s history. We came up a step short. Much more importantly, somewhere there’s a Lakeland police officer, firefighter, lineman or parks and recreation worker, whom you […]