• Home
  • Opinion
  • Lifestyle
  • Weather
  • Nature Calendar
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Florida Tales
  • You And The Law
  • Contact Us
  • Classifieds
  • Recent Opinion Content

     • I wish I would have hugged my Dad who taught me so many lessons about life
     • March in Washington helps revive spirits of marchers, sets up challenge for the future
     • Drug addicts fight, sometimes lose, but agency keeps offering hope to community
     • Drug addicts get
     • Southern Scholarship Foundation offers welcome for honors students
     • Real story: Time heals old split over FSU game, wish to return, as Spurrier comes home to cheers
     • Encounter with a manatee on kayak trip down the Wakulla River
     • Gay marriage decision is intriguing as we look at the opinions of Supreme Court justices
     • There are just no guarantees in a presidential election
     • Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business
     • A night to remember as UF champion gymnastics team salutes cancer patients with “magic medicine”
     • Loss of limb no barrier for people in new support group in town
     • Mom refuses to send kids to school program to honor city’s cops - the family suffered enough
     • Early Christmas miracle came at cash register as customer struggled to pay for her groceries
     • Porsche made me feel like a million dollars

    Recent TTN News Content

     • A free life is a miracle for Calvin Thomas after he serves 57 years of a death sentence - It is no small miracle that Thomas is alive. His death warrant was signed in the 1960's. He was moved to "The Ready Room" next to the electric chair as preparations were made for his execution. The courts granted a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to be put to death. Now, he will enjoy a new life, out of prison. ...
     • Aaron Hernandez left a message of eternal life as he willfully took his own life in prison - Aaron Hernandez was a gifted athlete who led a troubled life. But his suicide caught friends and family by surprise, a week after an quital in court on another case. ...
     • Frosty the Snowman provided a chilly break from Florida’s warmer winter weather - Visiting up North was an experience that a Floridian could enjoy, but coming home to warmer weather makes one appreciate Florida. ...
     • Women prisoners count their blessings on a tearful Thanksgiving at Lowell Prison - Visits on Thanksgiving were all too short at Lowell Prison where children were asking "Why can't I stay with Mommy?" Columnist Jack Strickland visits at Lowell and writes a riveting story about the emotions of the day as families got together all too briefly. He came away with both a feeling of sadness and of joy. ...
     • “Souls to the Polls” march re-enacts history to inspire students at FAMU to vote in the election - FAMU students recreated history on Sunday with a march to the polls to demonstrate the importance of voting and to inspire students to vote in the national election. ...
     • Florida women’s prison is nightmare as prisoners endure humiliation, poor medical care, rip-offs - Florida's major prison for women is an endless nightmare for those who have to endure the permanent psychological scarring that results from little privacy, no meaningful rehabilitation, general neglect of medical care by the prisons, and the rip-off of high prices for phone calls and items supplied by private contractors. ...
     • Question is whether Adelson family was involved in Markel murder, and motives of the suspects - Questions remain unanswered about release of evidence and possible motives for murder - were suspects trying to extort money from Adelsons? ...
     • Small explosion causes chaos at Florida A&M University - An explosion at the FAMU campus Thursday was actually a dishwasher catching fire. However it did cause a scare among faculty, staff and students at the Presidential Dining Hall. ...
     • In a surprise appearance, Shaq has a ball inspiring neighborhood kids to dream big - A surprise visit by the former star basketball player to Gainesville and the police department brought out good feelings all around as kids got to play with superstar. ...
     • ‘Cash register justice’ for the poor means no justice for many in Florida courts - Prosecutors now seek to extract fees from indigent defendents to help pay office costs, causing possible miscarriage of justice, says national justice center. ...
     • If Jeb Bush ever really went to prison in Florida, he wouldn’t get a happy reception - The disaster of corruption, privatized prisons, and loss of competent leadership in state prisons is Jeb Bush’s legacy in Florida. ...
     • Court fails to convict police officer in NC shooting death of former FAMU football player - Family pleads for calm as jury fails to find officer guilty in shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell in Charlotte; no decision yet on retrial. ...
     • Carson wins best dressed while Trump brings up the rear in the clash of haberdashery at GOP debate - Who was dressed to win the recent GOP debate? Who wore the most stunning tie, and the best cut suit? Looks like neurosurgeon Ben Carson knows how to dress. Donald Trump, who sells a line of clothing, ironically finishes last. ...
     • FSU could receive NCAA sanctions similar to those of Penn State sex scandal - Recent events will add up to more problems for Florida State University when NCAA and Title IX investigators report their findings. ...
     • Gators end Florida State’s baseball hopes in big wins in Gainesville; on to the Series - Getting back into the College World Series was a dream for both teams, but the Gators managed to teach Florida State a lesson or two. ...

    CNN National Headlines
    » Cindy weakens into tropical depression but is still threat to Gulf Coast
    » Storm brings heavy rain and powerful winds
    » Gulf Coast hit by second tropical storm in hurricane season
    » 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts
    » Track the storm
    » Two deaths reported in California amid scorching heat wave
    » Bill Cosby jury voted 10-2 to convict, juror tells ABC
    » FBI investigating officer's stabbing at Flint airport as terrorism
    » Girl to mom: 'I don't want you to get shooted'
    » Warmbier's hometown prepares for funeral
    NPR National Headlines
    » Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners
    » How It All Turned Out: A Kindergarten Story, 13 Years Later
    » Rep. Charlie Dent On GOP Health Care Proposal
    » Morning News Brief: Senate Republicans Release Health Care Bill, China Vs. Golf
    » Monterey County Helps Former Flower Growers Switch To Marijuana
    » What The New GOP Health Plan Would And Wouldn't Change
    » The AMA's Take On GOP Health Care Plan
    » Rubio's Changing Feelings Toward Trump
    » Anne Frank's Diary At 75
    » What Uber's Leadership Change Means For Diversity In Tech
    CNN World Headlines

    Opinion... Mike Abrams

    Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business

    --- Advertisement ---
    May 19, 2015

    And we now have a governor who believes that the people in Florida don’t deserve the medical care that is available to those in other states.
    That, in itself, would be a sick joke, but our governor believes that he has earned the right to impose his right wing John Birch philosophy on citizens of Florida and embarrass the state by admittedly faking his interest in helping people get federal money.

    If we look at the mentality here, and that’s basically the problem, we seem to have someone whose idea of government is cramped and crippled when it comes to caring for the health and welfare of the citizenry. I don’t think it’s far removed from the childlike temper tantrums espoused by Ayn Rand, whose basic philosophy has infected a growing number of politicians and fanatics whose mindset borders on fascism.

    American fascism has a long history of growth, and one of its primary exponents was Father Coughlin, whose radio show had to be turned off after we entered World War II because it was full of hatred. He had even inspired gangs of thugs to roam streets and beat up people who didn’t agree with their philosophy. It’s not a far step from hatred of minorities, particularly the Jews, but that would include any religious group whose philosophy would suggest that life can be improved, and any minority which is seen as a threat.

    The history of fascism, of course, is the history of creating a societal elite of manufacturers and businessmen whose job it is to bribe the government to implement policies against the working class; to regiment the poor and hungry into a kind of slavery; to strut and rave and set class against class. Fascism preys on ignorance.

    Fortunately, we have a system of balances in our own country, where the legislature and the judicial branch can be seen as a counterweight to the kind of rascality that we see in the executive branches in many states. The problem is that the same money that elects the governor has elected the legislative branch, and so we find a kind of lock-step here.  It is interesting that the governor’s far right mindset has even upset some of the legislators of Florida. The question is whether there is enough independent thought in the legislature to do anything about it.

    How will Scott be remembered? He will be forgotten because he’s done hardly anything for the people of this state. His attempts to lower taxes in a state that doesn’t even have an income tax harms everything from infrastructure to education. He’s alien to the values of people who would like to preserve a future. He lives in a kind of right-wing Disneyland rather than the real world.

    He needs to go back to private business.