Who would have ever thought — a farm kid from Indiana who was so pigeon-toed he wore corrective shoes; who attended eleven different elementary schools; who spoke with a lisp; who couldn’t read until the fifth grade; who had one … Continue reading →
Published in Naples Daily News, Dec. 29, 2015 Not long ago playing a college football bowl game was something of institutional pride—parades and other events occupied the days in advance. Alumni filled the stadiums. Players were student-athletes, most graduated, and … Continue reading →
Last week the faculty at a local university stood tall, giving a glimmer of hope for our community and the State—they opposed the possession of guns on campus.
It’s hard to believe this issue of allowing guns on campus would even come before the Faculty Senate but it did, thanks to the wisdom of the state legislature. Interestingly, in making Florida one of twenty states to pass such a bill, the legislature didn’t remove the restriction of guns at their meetings or those of any other government agency.
All but one Republican supported the bill; all of the Democrats opposed it. Strangely, the legislation eliminated stun guns and other devices designed solely for defensive purposes making the intent clear—legislators were NOT interested in personal defense; their vote endorsed vigilante action— a concept rejected by wild-westerners decades ago.
All of that aside, you’d think politicians would follow the lead, or at least listen to those closest to the situation, but they failed to respect the fact that:
State University Presidents OPPOSED the measure.
State Police Chiefs OPPOSED the measure.
State University System’s Board of Governors OPPOSED the measure.
On the other side, the National Rifle Association supported the bill. Their lobbyist said it all: “College campuses are gun-free zones, where murders, rapists and shooters can commit crimes without fear of being harmed by their victims.” I spent over thirty years of my career on college campuses and NEVER heard such a definition of university life.
Fact is, deranged individuals do not follow normal logical patterns; they have no feelings for their victims nor fear of the police. And now, they’re protected by the National Rifle Association.
By the university faculty? YES!
By the legislature in Florida? NO WAY!
By the National Rifle Association? NOT EVEN CLOSE!
Is your mom an avid reader? Give her the gift of books for Mother’s Day. Then give her some quiet time to relax and enjoy her gift. She’ll think your the best! And, you can tell her you know the author! Continue reading →
Summers are special when you’re growing up. It’s a time to travel, see your grandparents, go to a ballgame, attend a church or band camp. It was like that for me, but instead of doing what most kids did, I went to baseball school for six weeks. Continue reading →
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Sometimes we just need to think about how fortunate we are to have our family and friends. My year didn’t start so well when I learned that my new left … Continue reading →
Just for fun, I will periodically be sharing some of my childhood stories. I’ll label this series “The Real Les.” The first in this series takes place when I was in elementary school. My legal name is Leslie and that is what my mother called me when I was young. In the old days a male called Les was either Leslie or Lester. Today I go by Les otherwise people think I am a girl! <a href="”> Read More… Continue reading →