SUNDAY CENTRAL FLORIDA EDITORIAL ROUNDUP
This feature is being done a bit differently from now on. In the past, I have featured some of the editorial pages from Florida's major newspapers, but it has grown to the point that it has become a bit of a burden. Since this blog is supposed to be more of a Central Florida based spot, I've decided to reel it in a bit to make it reflect the area. Therefore, this feature will focus on the editorial pages of the major newspapers along the I-4 corridor, so here's what they are saying this first Sunday in January...
We'll start here at home, where the Lakeland Ledger takes note of the Republican minority in Congress crying about their disappointment at having to play second fiddle and now bringing up a "Minority Bill of Rights" --- the very same document that then-Minority Leader (now Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi of California brought fourth three years ago when Democrats were in the minority and was rejected handily.
Today's opinion in the St. Petersburg Times deals with the issue of cloning animals for meat and milk products. Currently it's not widespread, and it's an expensive process. The Food and Drug Administration says products from cloned animals is as safe as conventionally cloned animals, but some are suggesting that such products be labled to give consumers a choice as the idea of cloning is morally and ethically objectionable to some.
It ain't exactly saving money, but it will help save the enviroment: The Orlando Sentinel editorial agrees with the idea of Wal-Mart Stores' push of selling more compact fluorescant light bulbs, which is about eight times the cost an incandencent bulb but saves 75 percent the electricity and lasts ten times longer. The only thing left Wal-Mart needs to do is help consumers recycle the bulbs they sell, as they contain mercury.
Hillsborough Community College is kicking Head Start programmes off it's campus to make room for new buildings, including luxury housing on it's Dale Mabry campus, a move which the Tampa Tribune calls "an egregious decision that flies in the face of serving needy students" as well as a "misguided, shameful move".
And it's time for the Daytona Beach News-Journal to pick it's agenda for 2007: Community Health Care, Conservation, and Higher Education. Today the newspaper touches on all three issues, and during the next three weeks the editorial space will deal with each one more in detail.