Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary Schools

Teaching tolerance and respect for difference. Here is a first grader, reported by Paul Emerich France* “Paul, do you have a girlfriend?” Parker asked me. “I don’t,” I replied succinctly, hoping to avoid the topic altogether. “Why?” she queried. “Because I don’t want one,” I said. “Why?” she asked again, smiling up at me. It … Continue reading Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary Schools

Op-ed: Of Embarrassment, Vanity, Viciousness

Trump praises "very smart" Putin for invading Ukraine. Salon.com By Bill Britton. Bill Britton is a freelance writer and formerly an editor for John Hopkins University Press, ABI Research, and Elsevier Science.  He is a frequent contributor to Vero Communiqué. Donald Trump said that Vladimir Putin is “very savvy” and made a “genius” move by … Continue reading Op-ed: Of Embarrassment, Vanity, Viciousness

A Dangerous False Sense of Security Over Short-Term Rentals.  Indian River County, FL.

Republican State Senator Danny Burgess’ Senate Bill 512 would preempt “certain regulated activities of public lodging establishments (to include a non-transient apartment, transient apartment…vacation rental) and public food service establishments to the State.  They would require vacation rental homes to be licensed through the Florida Department of Professional Registration (DBPR).  Florida State Representative Jason Fischer presenting Florida state … Continue reading A Dangerous False Sense of Security Over Short-Term Rentals.  Indian River County, FL.

“Moves to Silence Critical Race Theory Have Only Amplified its Virtues.”

According to Shannon Prince, a lawyer at Boies Schiller Flexner, and a legal commentator, “Moves to silence critical race theory have only amplified its virtues. As Douglass taught us, the knowledge that is forbidden to us is the knowledge that frees us. The instruction that we are told is unsafe, leads only to mischief and that … Continue reading “Moves to Silence Critical Race Theory Have Only Amplified its Virtues.”

How Wikipedia Can Help or Hurt You.

NPC Communicators Lunch and Learn: How Wikipedia Can Help or Hurt You, July 8 Tom McMahon tmcmahon2@gmail.com June 28, 2021 Wikipedia is one of the most used and powerful research tools online, with billions of people around the world every day looking up information in the free online encyclopedia. While Wikipedia has received praise for … Continue reading How Wikipedia Can Help or Hurt You.

School Board Public Comments. A Lack of Civility. Indian River County, FL

We want to share with you two outrageous public comments at the June 8, 2021 Indian River County School, FL School Board meeting. According to school board member Mara Schiff, “Political civility is quickly flying out the window.” First some background. Mr. John Corapi, formerly the Business Retention Manager Indian River County Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading School Board Public Comments. A Lack of Civility. Indian River County, FL

Bill Britton: RACISM AND THE FABRIC OF AMERICA

Growing up in America exposed me to both subtle and palpable symptoms of racism. Having been born in 1938, I was first exposed to racism during World War II. The Japanese were simply called “Japs” and were typically pictured in cartoons with large buck teeth and squinty, slanted eyes. They were also portrayed as being sub-human, … Continue reading Bill Britton: RACISM AND THE FABRIC OF AMERICA

A Guide to Antifa. What is it?

The English word Antifa was adopted from the German language. The German Antifa, where it is a shortened form of the word antifaschistisch ("anti-fascist") and a nickname of Antifaschistische Aktion (1932–1933), a short-lived group which inspired the wider Antifa movement in Germany. According to Wikipedia, “Antifa (/ænˈtiːfə, ˈænti(ˈ)fɑː/) is a left-wing, anti-fascist and anti-racist political movement in the United States.” Anarchists, communists, and socialists, who describe themselves as revolutionaries and criticize liberal democracy, are characterized as Antifa. … Continue reading A Guide to Antifa. What is it?

Three ‘Founding Mothers’ Describe How Women Built NPR

Daniel Moore dmoore@post-gazette April 29, 2021 As Linda Wertheimer rode the bus to work ahead of National Public Radio’s first broadcast in 1971, mobs of antiwar protesters tried to throw tear gas canisters through the windows. Braving the nauseating smoke, she finally made it to the fledgling station, where a group of talented and under-paid … Continue reading Three ‘Founding Mothers’ Describe How Women Built NPR

A Guide to QAnon. Who is it?

QAnon (/ˌkjuːəˈnɒn/), or simply, Q, has claimed to be a high-level government official with Q clearance, (a person) who had access to classified information involving the Trump administration and its opponents in the United States.  Q is apparently a person. A Q Clearance is equivalent to a United States Department of Defense Top Secret clearance. Anyone possessing an active Q clearance is always categorized … Continue reading A Guide to QAnon. Who is it?