In case you didn’t see it yesterday, read the Tallahassee Democrat’s Bob Gabordi on our upcoming forum on guns, sponsored by the Democrat and the Village Square.
“Living in America, I have long believed, is about the art of defending the rights of those with whom we most strongly disagree. Now, I would add, it is also the art of sitting down with and engaging in conversation with those same opinion holders.
We hope that is what we will do as a community Feb. 28 as the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee.com join with The Village Square to present a public forum and discussion on “Students, Safety and the Second Amendment.”
We’re delighted that tonight WFSU will air “An Evening with Peter Kageyama: For the Love of Cities” presented in partnership with Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, the Village Square and KCCI. Tune in tonight to WFSU 88.9 FM at 7pm or check out the program online by clicking here (expected to be posted shortly). You can also grab the Village Square on podcast while you’re there! How cool is that?
You can still sign up to join us tomorrow for “A Discussion of Social Justice” featuring the “God Squad” and guest panelist Rev. Brant Copeland of the historic First Presbyterian Church, a congregation that helped to start several important organizations, including the Tallahassee Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and The Shelter. We hope you’ll take a moment to read Rev. Copeland’s thoughtful blog post on the topic by clicking here. You can register for the program here.
You can find photos individually online by clicking here. Miss the program and want to listen up? WFSU will be airing the program next Friday February 8th at 7pm (find the program online later this week HERE). Want to get involved in “For the Love of Tallahassee + Leon County” moving forward? Join us at RedEye on Sunday, February 24th from 1 to 3 pm for pizza (on us), coffee (on you) and a great ongoing conversation about loving where we live. Hold your spot by registering here.
Photo credits: Bob Howard (the professional ones) and Liz Joyner (the amateurish ones, anything out of focus…)
“In 2011, Newsweek published an article naming America’s 10 most dying cities. Most cities on that list responded typically: they amped up their PR campaigns and put out enticing tourism ads. But Grand Rapids, Mich. responded differently, thanks to one 22-year-old named Rob Bliss with an entrepreneurial spirit and a heartwarming love for his city. He staged a citywide lip dub to Don Mclean’s “American Pie,” and thus the dying city showed America that it was rising again. This sort of inspiring behavior was the topic of Peter Kageyama’s lecture at the downtown Challenger Center on Thursday evening, a lecture entitled “For the Love of Cities,” named for his book.” Read the entire article at the FSView website.
Roy Boldt, 81, was acting so strangely last Friday that a concerned friend called the police.
By the time they tracked him to Clare Bridge of Tequesta, the assisted living facility that was now home to his wife of 56 years, Roy, an Air Force veteran and long-retired commercial pilot, had fatally shot Virginia, and then himself.
“My parents were wonderful people, and gravely ill, and got to the end of their rope,” their son, Jacksonville dentist Paul Boldt, told The Palm Beach Post’s Eliot Kleinberg.
The Boldts met as children in Queens. Years laters, they taught their children how to sail off the south shore of Long Island. After Roy retired in 1979 from his post-military career flying for U.S. Airways, they bought a large home on two acres in Palm City. There, they welcomed a growing pack of grandchildren and made beautiful music on his-and-her pianos. (more…)
“People on both sides tend to believe that there is a conspiracy, that there is a stolen election because they don’t know anyone who votes for the other party. Both sides are pretty homogeneous. Democrats tend to congregate with Democrats; Republicans with Republicans. We don’t know anyone who voted for the other guy. And as a result we don’t know how this possibly could have happened.”
–Dan Cassino of Fairleigh Dickinson University, on MSNBC’s Hardball
“For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner had a tough job today – he presented the official flags at President Obama’s inaugural luncheon. Let’s just say in these somewhat tribal times, he was outnumbered and behind “enemy” lines. Here are his gracious comments, for which he received a standing ovation.
The people’s representatives met in this chamber over five decades prior to the civil war. It’s a wonder they actually made it here that long. You see, the acoustics were terrible. You just couldn’t hear anything. Or in some spots you could hear everything that was being said in the room.
It was a mess.
And of course it was also at a time when our leaders weren’t hearing each other all that well to begin with. A century and a half and many architectural improvements later, we gather in the old hall to better hear one another and to renew the appeal to better angels. We do so amid the rituals and symbols of unity, none more important than our flag. (more…)