Brevard Commission Chair Bryan Lober has a record on the County Commission. It’s not a good one.   

It’s one of attacking businesses and individuals in various ways. First, it was his hammer on pet stores to stop the purchase of pets in the county from puppy mills.  Then, his various ugly tirades at opponents and constituents in meetings and on social media. 

Then, as chair, he tried to impose heavy regulations on business and the people in response to the coronavirus, including a mask mandate the rest of the Commission rejected. He also tried pushing Health First and other hospital groups to match dollars they asked from the CARES Act with investment in public facilities. 

Now he wants to pay informants (read that: county taxpayers) to rat on Waste Management when service is not up to snuff. His proposal, rejected by the Commission with a 3-2 vote Thursday evening, would have split the penalty provision of the Waste Management contract with the informant and force the company to foot the bill. 

He wants to look at creating the county’s own garbage service, expanding government and costs. 

It’s a record, alright, and not a good one. 

Is your business next? 

Presidential debate an unuseful train wreck 

Tuesday’s debate may be a better commentary on the state of politics in America than anything else. It was a train wreck. 

Moderator Chris Wallace tried to control the discussion and it was an impossible task.  The candidates talked over each other, hurled insults and tossed political jabs that were pretty much known talking points. 

Future moderators need control of candidate microphones in order to allow for answers to be heard without interruption. Soundproof booths for candidates were suggested on my show as a way to do so. 

There were points to glean if you had the patience to listen through the noise. 

In the end, however, both candidates disrespected the process, did not serve the audience well and provided little information to entice any voter who was undecided. 

In other words, politics as usual. 

Words matter

Words matter. They allow us to clearly convey our ideas, thoughts, emotions and so much more. They are also used to convey the news. 

The Associated Press Style Book is the bible for journalists and the words that are used in presenting news to us. 

The AP is turning that bible into sacrilege.  

The scribe scripture is now telling journalists to use the word “unrest” instead of “riot” when describing events in America today.  It’s like using the “sleep” for “dead,” or “candy” for “food.”  It doesn’t always make sense or convey the proper information. 

The AP said unrest is vaguer and less emotional. It’s also inaccurate when violence accompanies what is happening across America. We turn to news to get facts, harsh as they may be.  We don’t need the press coddling us like we are kids. 

Bill Mick is program director and host of “Bill Mick Live” on WMMB-AM. Read more at billmick.com.

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