Lakeland Ledger – Public Service Commission: Regulators and the Regulated – Whatever the scandal-ridden Florida Public Service Commission decides regarding multibillion-dollar rate-increase requests from the state’s two largest electric utilities, it will hit nearly 5 million homeowners and businesses in the wallet at a time when those wallets are uncomfortably thin.
Miami Herald – Governor’s political theater – Now that Mr. Crist is running for the U.S. Senate and setting fundraising records — he has collected $6.7 million since May — he should drop the ingénue act, call a special session and get serious about true reforms, leading the Legislature to act in the public interest. Otherwise, it’s just one more re-run of bad performances all around.
Orlando Sentinel – Keep Fed independent – First-term U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando has made national headlines lately with his over-the-top attacks on Republicans for opposing Democrats on health-care reform. But he morphs into Mr. Congeniality when the issue is subjecting the Federal Reserve to an audit.
Tallahassee Democrat – For tots under 5 – An overwhelming response from parents to a multi-agency’s communitywide screening for developmental disabilities for children 6 months to 5 years old has organizers already planning for what’s next.
Tampa Tribune – State must preserve Florida Forever – Florida Forever not only conserves wilderness, it protects water supplies, provides recreational opportunities and spares government the costs of providing roads and other services to sprawling subdivisions. It allows communities to better manage growth while protecting landowners’ rights.