Local reporters did good work examining grades

Local reporters did good work examining grades

ActionNewsJax deserves a half a Wink for its work on school grades. Reporters for the station actually looked at data, which few in the media bother to do these days. They found a large number of low grades in the local public schools and also took note that they were...

Jacksonville had a slave owner with black skin

Jacksonville had a slave owner with black skin

An example from Jacksonville shows the fatal fallacy of the liberal proposal to pay reparations to descendants of slaves. Without question, all former slave owners should pay reparations to all former slaves. But all of those people are dead. For people who never have...

Some Winks, Some Stinks and Me Thinks

Some Winks, Some Stinks and Me Thinks

News moves fast and furious and when you are busy with taking care of clients, it can be tough to share our thoughts quickly. I have saved a few news worthy items and got around to them today. Here are a few Winks that need to be given: Locally: Lori Boyer of the DIA...

Good intentions are making downtown look shabby

Good intentions are making downtown look shabby

While city officials and civic leaders are busy discussing ways to gussie up downtown’s face, the tramp camp in the heart of downtown continues to grow. Well-intended people decided weeks ago to help the homeless people in the camp by moving them into hotels. Once...

Being positive in Jacksonville

Being positive in Jacksonville

New4Jax deserves a Wink for its feature Random Jax of Kindness. Despite the name, which is either a clever pun or a lame play on the words “acts of kindness,” depending on your point of view, it is a good way to take note of some good things happening in the city amid...

Is treating everyone the same a crazy idea?

Is treating everyone the same a crazy idea?

Here’s a radical idea for government schools. Instead of teaching black history and white history, why not try teaching American history? A special task force proposes that the Jacksonville public schools “embed” black history into the history curriculum. What does...

Downtown Development:  Do we have a plan?      Fingers crossed!

Downtown Development: Do we have a plan? Fingers crossed!

Eye on Jacksonville has been asking to see a master plan for Jacksonville’s downtown. We have written a couple of posts about the need for a downtown Master Plan instead of the piecemeal projects we have seen in the past. Rumor has it there might be one on the table....

How big is the ‘bucket’ and who will fill it?

How big is the ‘bucket’ and who will fill it?

In their crusade against septic tanks, Jacksonville politicians are setting up taxpayers for a major hit. But is it necessary? City officials claim septic tanks are a public health problem, even though the state of Florida says they are effective, and the city allows...

Medication or Food?  Choose one.

Medication or Food? Choose one.

You have either heard the radio ads or watched the T.V. commercials where individuals must choose to pay for their prescription medication or put food on the table.  This scenario, sadly, is far too common for such a prosperous nation like the United...

Praise for protest is the wrong response

Praise for protest is the wrong response

Students attending government schools in Jacksonville have learned that if you want something all you have to do is demand it loudly, like toddlers who lie on the floor screaming and kicking their feet. In the span of one incredible week: Students protested something...

Visions emerge for downtown Jacksonville

Visions emerge for downtown Jacksonville

Yesterday the Times Union ran an in-depth article about a Vision for downtown development. The Guest columnist was Mike Balanky, a local developer. I've run into Mr. Balanky at numerous business events and have heard him speak at two local civic organizations. He...

Kids matter, adults don’t, is the lesson for today

Kids matter, adults don’t, is the lesson for today

Kids today are so indoctrinated that they can be “triggered” by almost anything. Case in point: “You Matter Month.” A few students at Sandalwood High School did not understand a new program the school system started, because they are ignorant. Ignorant is not stupid....

Do phantom students have phantom teachers?

Do phantom students have phantom teachers?

Government schools in Jacksonville have more than 5,000 phantom students who may or may not exist. No one really knows and ordinarily it wouldn’t matter much. But this year it does. The state usually estimated what school populations will be in the coming year and...

City Council workshop, jousting with windmills

City Council workshop, jousting with windmills

Despite the fact that there are no visible signs of “hate groups” causing any problem in Jacksonville, members of the City Council are launching a crusade against them. What they propose to do is a mystery. Hate groups are a particular concern with liberals, although...

Will tidying up the city landscape reduce crime?

Will tidying up the city landscape reduce crime?

Based on the theory that there is a link between blight and crime, a bill is moving through the City Council to reduce blight in the city. Sponsored by Council Members Randy DeFoor and Randy White, the bill would spend $200,000 to clean up blight in the Brentwood...

Council is finding more ways to spend money

Council is finding more ways to spend money

The City Council’s special committee of social justice warriors apparently is going to “invest” money in another round of job training programs. The Northside Coalition asked the committee to assign them to run the new program, and promised transparency. We looked on...

Compassion should be tempered with caution

Compassion should be tempered with caution

While it may be proper for the local government to help local citizens who have been made destitute by the federal government, politicians should be careful not to overdo their generosity. Jacksonville does not need to be the bum mecca of America. Leave that to San...

Use this template to hire Jacksonville’s next Mayor

Use this template to hire Jacksonville’s next Mayor

The question of the year is this, “Can I trust any one who runs for office anymore and will the voting system be rigged?”  There are numerous organizations stepping to the forefront on the subject of election fraud and we believe this situation will be...

JEA Scandal makes national news

JEA Scandal makes national news

Daniel Tait, a Research and Communication Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog group in the energy industry posted an in depth article about the JEA Scandal. My first thought was, "This is embarrassing." My second thought was, "The truth is finally...

Everyone wants free stuff, but there is nothing free

Everyone wants free stuff, but there is nothing free

From a story on News4Jax: “…a promise made 60 years ago during consolidation to connect neighborhoods on the Northside and Westside to city sewer lines so they wouldn’t have to rely on septic tanks.” Eye on Jacksonville would like to know: Who made that promise? Who...

Local activists make waves

Local activists make waves

Sitting around and complaining doesn’t change anything. Fortunately, North Florida has a lot of people who don’t sit around. Eye on Jacksonville would like to recognize a few people who might be called “activists” because they follow and try to influence public...

Automatic pay raises? One councilman says, ‘Nope’

Automatic pay raises? One councilman says, ‘Nope’

One of the perks of being a politician is that you can increase your paycheck whenever you want, if you can get enough of your buddies to go along with you. But for some, even that is not enough. Congress put its pay on automatic pilot years ago. (“There is no...

Two local conservatives are running for the Florida Senate

Two local conservatives are running for the Florida Senate

Stalwart conservative Jason Fischer, a state representative from Jacksonville, has filed for the seat in the Florida Senate that will be left vacant by the departure of Sen. Aaron Bean, pitting him against Rep. Clay Yaborough, who filed earlier. Jason Fisher Clay...

How violent Jacksonville is may be open to question

How violent Jacksonville is may be open to question

Many Jacksonville residents were jolted when they saw a graphic suggesting Jacksonville is a dangerous place to live. Compiled by the liberal Washington Post and also published on Fox News, the graphic shows “cities with the most violent crime” and Jacksonville is...

Sonny B: MLK didn’t die so you can BLM

Sonny B: MLK didn’t die so you can BLM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a man who truly cared about black lives and had a dream for all lives to join hands together in unity and love. I believe he would turn over in his grave if he saw the state of our nation today, especially the state of the black race....

Another battle over gun rights is due in the Florida Legislature

Another battle over gun rights is due in the Florida Legislature

Emboldened by the Far Left’s success in Washington, D.C., Florida liberals are going all out for gun grabbing in the upcoming legislative session. This mirrors what the Democrats have promised in Congress – the most serious attempt in years to nullify the Second...

Florida political leaders are not bowing to Big Tech bullies

Florida political leaders are not bowing to Big Tech bullies

Big Tech is stifling conservative speech and conservative politicians in Florida are fighting back. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet have been asked to divest the state’s pension funds of high tech stock companies that are squelching conservative speech. Presumably...

No sales pitch, no deal, and the mayor is to blame

No sales pitch, no deal, and the mayor is to blame

“Hurry” Curry is pouting over the defeat of the Lot J deal but if he wants to find someone to blame all he has to do is look in the mirror. At no time did Mayor Lenny Curry try to present the people of Jacksonville with reasons to support the largest public investment...

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