St. Petersburg Times – On Reform, Move Past Fears: “The American people should not spend this summer’s congressional recess succumbing to the fearmongering and outright lies that some House Republicans and special interest groups are using to erode public support for comprehensive health care reform. The stakes are too high. Members of Congress need to engage in frank discussions with their constituents about the proposals, and encouraging mobs to disrupt town hall meetings like the one Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa held last week does no one any good. The health care bills still need considerable work, but they are moving in the right direction by seeking to make the system better, easier to access and more affordable for nearly everyone.”
Daytona Beach News Journal – Big Oil Shills Back With A New Push To Drill Off Florida: A warning that some in Congress want to scrap the compromise bargained three years ago which resulted in a 125 mile “no drill” zone off Florida’s coast; the newspaper says leave it alone.
Lakeland Ledger – Public Deeds: Gigs and Garlands: Another edition of the newspaper’s occasional series which sorts out those who do a good job from those who don’t. This time the Ledger Editorial Board salutes several organizations nominated for Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Awards for the Tampa Bay area while critical of the federal Enviromential Protection Agency as well as the Governors’ Highway Safety Association and other opponents of legislation that would ban texting while driving.
Orlando Sentinel – Don’t Cut Station Short: The opinion is that it would be folly to abandon the International Space Station after budgeting for it is scheduled to end next year or 2011, or even after the first launch of Constellation in 2015 or likely beyond…at a time when NASA and the nation are beginning to see return on their investment.
Tampa Tribune – A Fight At Every Level For Consumers: A call for the Hillsborough County Commission to reject a recommendation to eliminate the Consumer Protection and Professional Responsibility Department, noting “Money saved in the county budget would be more than offset by losses not recovered for local folks by county investigators.”