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Will Jacksonville Ever Meet the Challenge of Mass Transit?(7)

January 25, 2012

“To be the Northeast Florida leader in providing effective, coordinated and integrated multimodal transportation solutions.” Mission Statement, JTA I had a great job when I lived out west in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Traveling between Denver, my home base, and San Diego and San Francisco wasn’t a hardship, that’s for sure. I was single with […]

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Shifting Attitudes to Save Our School System

More dollars won’t do it. Taking tenure away from teachers (or even giving it back) won’t do it. Adding another layer of testing certainly won’t do it. The key to turning poor student achievement around rests on one word: Attitude. Specifically, parental attitudes toward education. There is a wholesale lack of respect for education in […]

All Gave Some, Some Gave All…

Several years ago I was asked to speak to a group of teenagers at a local middle school on the topic of living an ethical life. As I faced the class that day, filled with 30 teenagers who had no interest in why I was there or what I had to say, I realized that […]

Emergency in Slow Motion

The woman in the wheelchair across the room writhed in pain, tears dripping onto her faded blue dress. Her husband wearily patted her shoulder, his face lined with worry for her. We had come to the emergency room with my 83-year old father who had begun to have chest pains early this Saturday morning. When […]