Citizen’s Review of ESO

August 24, 2005

It’s time that Escambia County seriously consider a citizens’ review panel for the Escambia County Sheriff.

When our paper exposed Taser abuse in the Pensacola Police Dept, Chief John Mathias didn’t hesitate to investigate it. Eventually the officer in question resigned. Sheriff McNesby did nothing about his deputies that were mentioned in the article.

A 25-year old man was killed by McNesby’s SWAT team last month. FDLE has been called in to investigate, but the Sheriff stays silent. Teenagers are manhandled by deputies at Valentine’s Day dance – and the Sheriff remains silent. There are numerous tales of Taser misuse that go unreported and uninvestigated.

Movement for Change wants to an independent review panel, and I have to agree. Nothing will change unless we add more supervision to the mix.

Florida’s Next Governor

August 18, 2005

Will Florida’s next governor be a Democrat?

It’s a real possibility. The Dems are counting on the two Republican contenders – Tom Gallagher & Charlie Crist – to really go after each other in the Rep. primary. Both will expose the other’s skeletons to win their party’s nomination.

Gallagher, the state’s CFO, is reputed womanizer. The word in Tallahassee is no woman wants to get caught alone with him in his office.

Crist has long been rumored to be a homosexual. As Jerry Seinfeld would say- “Not there’s anything wrong with that” – however Florida is not ready for a gay governor…even if he’s a Republican.

The Bush power machine really doesn’t like either one so they will probably stay neutral.

Who will get the Democrat nomination? Even though the current frontrunner is Congressman Jim Davis, smart money says watch for State Senator Rod Smith. He out republicans the Republicans.

It’s official the Blue Angels Classic – formerly the Emerald Coast Classic, formerly Pensacola Open – has left the Pensacola Bay area for Sandestin.

Just another sign of Pensacola losing out to our eastern neighbors. Instead of community leaders rallying to keep it, they simply held the door open for the departure.

If we don’t build the Community Maritime Park and come up other ideas to revitalize our area, then we will have to accept that Pensacola’s day has passed. We are has beens.

People are listening

August 13, 2005

It appears the Chamber and United Way of Escambia County are listening to the Independent News. They are both considering initiatives to attract more participation from the 20- & 30-somethings.

The Chamber is talking about organizing focus groups with these age groups. It probably only be those ordered to attend by their bosses, but at least it’s a start.

United Way is considering something more ambitious. It wants some real input from these young adults as it tries to get more proactive in dealing with the poverty, domestic violence, illiteracy and other problems in this community.

Watch for the News Journal to get on the bandwagon soon. I’m just glad that something is happening.

U.S. Atty vs. Ronnie Mac

August 11, 2005

U.S. Attorney Greg Miller announces he will no longer prosecute arrests made by Escambia County Sheriff Ron McNesby. Miller says it’s because info leaks from the sheriff’s office make it more difficult to get convictions.

But what is the real reason? During the civil rights era in Mississippi, the Feds disassociated themselves from the local sheriffs because the law enforcement was too closely tied to the Klan.

Are the Feds about to go after someone that they don’t want Ronnie Mac to know about?