Stop the presses! Government makes a mistake!

Stop the presses! Government makes a mistake!

Members of the Police and Fire Pension Board were amazed and surprised to hear something you rarely hear from government officials. The discussion was between the board and a city government lawyer, Jan. 21. Board members were told that employees of the JEA were not...

Buzz about the retirement of a longtime city employee

Buzz about the retirement of a longtime city employee

The retirement of a longtime fixture at City "Haul" seems routine. But nothing ever is these days. Dr. Cheryl Brown Cheryl Brown is leaving after more than 30 years as a city employee, the last 20 as City Council secretary. That’s the longest reign ever in that...

Case against liberal activist collapses

Case against liberal activist collapses

State Attorney Melissa Nelson has a relationship with Ben Frazier. That, at least, is what she told the governor’s office when she asked the governor to reassign a case to another circuit. Frazier was arrested at a press conference the governor was holding in...

Your property is a gold mine for politicians

Your property is a gold mine for politicians

Florida is worth more than $3.12 trillion. It was worth that much on Sept. 30, and has been adding value since. This, and a whole lot more valuable and interesting information, is available in a new report from the Property Appraiser’s Office. The appraiser, Jerry...

Creating a Carlucci clan dynasty

Creating a Carlucci clan dynasty

Joe Carlucci would get a kick out of the fact that his grandson Joe Carlucci may serve on the City Council. The original was a character. A businessman who was fed up with the corruption in City Haul, Carlucci got involved with the Local Government Study Commission in...

New health service in schools needs a checkup!

New health service in schools needs a checkup!

The government schools in Jacksonville have adopted a health care service for students that has aroused suspicion in other parts of Florida. Hazel Health is a Silicon Valley telehealth company that provides primary, urgent, and mental health care services to...

Insurrection, anyone?

Insurrection, anyone?

Guest Writer, Kenneth Timmerman, lives in North Florida after retiring here from a professional career in the days of real journalism. He continues to stay involved by keeping an eye on political developments and recently published his latest book, The Election Heist....

Millions in federal funds were distributed by local government

Millions in federal funds were distributed by local government

Like many state and local governments, Jacksonville was showered with cash by a federal government eager to run the national debt up as high as possible. This always is the end game of tax-and-spend Democrats when they are in power, in the hope that a crushing debt...

The power of the political purse prevails again

The power of the political purse prevails again

As always, there were many political twists and turns during 2021. One was the jockeying for position in the mayor’s race coming up next year. Three people got in and one of them dropped out. Others seem to be waiting in the wings. The dropout was Matt Carlucci, an...

Local man volunteers to raze Epstein’s Orgy Island

Local man volunteers to raze Epstein’s Orgy Island

One local businessman with a demolition business has offered to knock down the palatial estate of Jeffrey Epstein – at his own cost. John Arwood John Arwood, owner of Arwood Waste & Demolition in Jacksonville, does demolition work nationwide and says he could...

Another poll confirms: people don’t like taxes

Another poll confirms: people don’t like taxes

According to a new poll, property tax reform ranks high among the concerns of Florida residents, along with school choice and health care costs. This is a bit puzzling. The median property tax in Florida is $1,773.00 per year for a home worth the median value of...

Ashes in your stockings, Jacksonville taxpayers

Ashes in your stockings, Jacksonville taxpayers

Scrooges in City Hall had a chance to give the people of Jacksonville a nice Christmas gift Tuesday, but instead they said, “Bah, humbug.” Only five members of City Council voted to repeal the recent local gas tax hike. Those heroes are Rory Diamond, LeAnna Cumber, Al...

City’s need for an inspector general should be re-examined

City’s need for an inspector general should be re-examined

As the city inspector general’s office devolves into a flurry of lawsuits, claims and counter-claims, someone should be asking: why do we have an inspector general anyway? The new office was not a result of consolidation and had not been recommended by any other body...

Unity proposal seeks to end senseless squabbling about history

Unity proposal seeks to end senseless squabbling about history

Local conservatives want to be inclusive, rather than dividing people. The issue is statues and monuments reflecting the city’s history. Those on the Far Left seek to rewrite history by removing any trace of the Confederacy. Conservatives want to show the nation’s...

Heavy effort by local GOP brought out conservative voters

Heavy effort by local GOP brought out conservative voters

In the last hour of voting Tuesday night, Dean Black got word from a member of his team that the substantial Democrat lead in voting had been cut – to 32 votes. Black was exultant. This was a big win. For decades, Democrat voters have outnumbered Republicans in...

Local government access is available to “some”

Local government access is available to “some”

Our story on media access to local government brought an interesting response from a long-time reporter for a local TV station. Jim Piggott of News4Jax said, “I've been covering City Hall for 35 years and, yes, I remember when things were much more open.” Yet, he says...

“Freedom” of the press means little in Jacksonville

“Freedom” of the press means little in Jacksonville

The hoary story about the frog who was placed in a pot of cold water on a stove and stayed there contentedly while the water was raised to boiling seems relevant in the case of Jacksonville’s media. Over the years local newspapers and television news outlets have...

Council member wants another shot at the local gas tax

Council member wants another shot at the local gas tax

One member of the City Council has stepped up to protect the city’s residents from a rapidly growing tax burden being heaped on them at all levels of government. Council Member Leanna Cumber told Eye on Jacksonville she will file a bill seeking to rescind the local...

Once again, the size of the police force is debated

Once again, the size of the police force is debated

The perennial argument about the size of the police force has come up again. This go-around, it is about making it bigger, rather than smaller. At a meeting of the Taxation, Revenue, and Utilization of Expenditures (TRUE) Commission Oct. 7, there was a discussion of...

Deegan is in the race, and is a threat to conservatives

Deegan is in the race, and is a threat to conservatives

As expected, former TV talking head and liberal Democrat Donna Deegan has announced she will run for mayor in the 2023 elections. She has no experience in office. She ran for Congress in 2020 and was slaughtered by former Sheriff John Rutherford. Anything can happen...

School Board:  Much ado about nothing

School Board: Much ado about nothing

Tuesday’s School Board meeting produced unanimous agreement on words written on a piece of paper that seemingly said nothing, meant nothing and accomplished nothing. That’s progress, perhaps, although it left a lot of observers puzzled. On the board’s consent agenda...

News4Jax story didn’t fool the viewers

News4Jax story didn’t fool the viewers

Another hopeful sign for Jacksonville: the local media’s pathetic bias is becoming evident to readers and viewers. See this piece from News4Jax. To begin with, this is not an investigation. The Florida Highway Patrol compiled the database, in an effort to be...

Council members finally are bucking the cancel culture

Council members finally are bucking the cancel culture

There may be a backlash forming in the City Council against the unending demands from the Far Left. The local signs mirror what may be major turning points nationally. The first of those is the Republican win in Virginia, a clear repudiation of the liberal agenda. In...

Think policing is easy? Find out for yourself and ride along

Think policing is easy? Find out for yourself and ride along

After a lapse related to the Red Chinese virus, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is once again offering the city’s residents a chance to ride with officers while they are at work. I took one this week and I highly recommend it for others – especially those who...

Committee with a loud voice wants to be louder

Committee with a loud voice wants to be louder

In an unintentionally hilarious “news story,” First Coast News is supporting the efforts of a group of local liberals seeking to hamper law and order in Jacksonville. The so-called Jacksonville Community Action Committee held a demonstration to urge the city to...

Schools keep child’s gender confusion secret from parents

Schools keep child’s gender confusion secret from parents

Government schools in Jacksonville are using a pamphlet on “gender identity” that specifically directs employees to withhold vital information from parents. This latest assault on parental rights was confirmed for Eye on Jacksonville by an administrator who said the...

Newby shows leadership as council president

Newby shows leadership as council president

City Council President Sam Newby deserves a big Wink for ending a series of meetings that were counter-productive to law and order in Jacksonville. Called “Safer Together” workshops, they were held over the past year by two council members, Joyce Morgan and Michael...

City Council members hide political party affiliation

City Council members hide political party affiliation

For some reason, local politicians on the City Council don’t want you to know what political party they belong to. Nowhere on the city’s Web site are the council members identified by political party. Republicans enjoy a majority, and could change this in an instant,...

Anti-police meetings serve no useful purpose

Anti-police meetings serve no useful purpose

Council Member Michael Boylan’s abrupt departure from a council assignment that serves no constructive purpose should give the council president ample reason to disband a so-called “committee.” It isn’t really a committee. The former council president just named two...

Sonny B’s Rant:  The case for ‘Right to Try’ for Covid-19

Sonny B’s Rant: The case for ‘Right to Try’ for Covid-19

This letter may come across like I’m ranting or rambling, but the lunacy of a totalitarian rogue Biden administration is conjoined chaos leading to a communist agenda, set out to destroy our freedoms under the constitution. Examples are: Blocking, demonizing,...

City’s way of disbursing extra dollars needs a tune-up

City’s way of disbursing extra dollars needs a tune-up

Clearly, the city's process for donating your money to charity is out of kilter. It was on display when the City Council voted Tuesday to give away $4.6 million to local non-profit agencies. It was passed as an emergency although the council had a year to decide how...

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