WIDE OPEN WEDNESDAY: If ya got 'em, arm up!

As usual, the county fire department made an unreasonable request for a fire fee increase.  The commission pared it down, but approved a hike in the rate.  Palm Bay’s former city attorney is making another unreasonable request.  He wants the city to hand over some $300k, else he plans to sue.  Let’s see: he bails on them, was seeking the county attorney job and wants them to fork over cash under threat.  Ummm, no. 

While the county approved that fire fee increase, more importantly the commission approved a measure allowing county employees to be armed while at work.  Short of that milestone and taking a beating by activists, the school board is on the “THANK YOU, SIR- MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?” tour.  The first of the “spank me, beat me, call me dirty names, make me write bad checks” meetings was held last night.  As they consider school protective measures we see that those who are fighting the arming of school personnel the most, the education crowd, can’t build a safe school environment, much less have a reasonable opinion on how to stop an active shooter.

The NRA has called out legislators who supported the school safety bill.  That could lead to problems for incumbents in the upcoming elections.  And Governor Rick Scott is touting term limits as he ramps up his run against Bill Nelson for the US Senate.  It sounds good and plays well, but it just ain’t going to happen.

Those are my takes on this WIDE OPEN WEDNESDAY, what’s on YOUR mind?


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