Sunday, December 10, 2017
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: Let's do more to help our society live with its conscience

During a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I got a chance to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial south of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Fourteen King quotes frame the 30-foot statue of the civil rights leader, but one struck a particular chord given our national and local discord.

We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we must find a way to resolve disputes with compromises that yield respect for all. No matter how long the Confederate Memorial stood in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, it was time for it to be moved from the hall of justice.

Those who support the statue will soon find it in a new home. Those opposed will accept it still stands.

I hope the commission doesn't revisit the issue.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we must give more to those who have less. Through time, talent and treasure, everyone needs to find a way to help. Too many people are waltzing through life without enough care for our most needy.

Don't just talk about it, be about it.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we have to commit to better funding for public transportation, not just because it makes us more attractive to businesses and residents, but because as we rise, we must lift.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we have to find a better way to salute, support and celebrate teachers. This state faces a shortage of teachers because it has failed to match the job's demands with earnest and meaningful incentives.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we must do more to protect children. We can't yawn at reports of a girl forced to sleep on a bathroom floor before being killed and stuffed in a freezer by her mother.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we have to focus more on honoring those in their twilight years. Elder abuse can't be part of our everyday lexicon, and their living histories should be cherished.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we have to push to move social justice from an abstract term to a reality.

To be a society that can live with its conscience, we can't live with society's imperfections without pushing to change them.

That's all I'm saying.

Comments
Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Uncertain with all the talk about potentially rebuilding if the Rays would go as far as trading franchise cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria?So is he."I don’t know what to think, really,’’ Longoria said via text message Sunday night as t...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sunny day floods become new norm

WASHINGTON — The tide watchers start patrolling whenever the celestial forces align. From coast to coast, hundreds of tide watchers come out with their cameras to record the latest ‘‘king tides,’’ brief episodes of tidal flooding that could become th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow

Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow

The "Welcome to Florida" sign in the northwest part of the state was covered in light snow as winter weather dipped into the Sunshine State. It was part of a winter storm that hit the Deep South over the weekend and left thousands of people without p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida professional wrestler arrested, charged with battery of his wife, also a professional wrestler

Florida professional wrestler arrested, charged with battery of his wife, also a professional wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 2 hours ago
Getting around Cuban customs control

Getting around Cuban customs control

HAVANA, CUBA — Ernesto Machado will never forget that cold morning in 1968 at José Martí International Airport in Havana, when an immigration official seized his parents’ gold wedding bands and ripped up his passport."This is property of the revoluti...
Updated: 2 hours ago
FSU beats Tulane in Tampa, stays unbeaten in basketball

FSU beats Tulane in Tampa, stays unbeaten in basketball

Updated: 3 hours ago
Struggling Florida citrus growers face tough decisions

Struggling Florida citrus growers face tough decisions

WINTER HAVEN — Although the 2017-18 citrus harvest has barely begun, growers are already planning for the 2018-19 season, and they have critical decisions to make in the coming months that will affect next season’s crop and perhaps others in years to...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs-Lions journal: Backup lineman was most unlikely of targets

Bucs-Lions journal: Backup lineman was most unlikely of targets

TAMPA — The Bucs’ unlikely comeback to erase a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter was capped by the most unlikely of targets. Tampa Bay tied the game when Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard pass to 305-pound Leonard Wester, a backup lineman who lined ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
New normal: Firefighting at Christmas; U.S. homeless population increases 1st time since 2010; Athletes, celebrities rally for bullied boy; more in U.S. news

New normal: Firefighting at Christmas; U.S. homeless population increases 1st time since 2010; Athletes, celebrities rally for bullied boy; more in U.S. news

CaliforniaNew normal: Christmas firefightingA flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday. Fire crews saved several homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze churning dee...
Updated: 4 hours ago