PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives: Disability Employment Awareness

Oct 6, 2016

The month of October is set aside to encourage more employers to hire people with disabilities.  To talk about programs that do this, as well as those helping more people with disabilities get training, education, employment counseling and connect with other resources, we speak with: Dr. Sue Homant, president and CEO of the Able Trust; John Finch, director of ABLE United; and CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Sep 29, 2016

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Perspectives: Foley Plant Pipeline

Sep 22, 2016

Georgia Pacific’s Foley Paper Mill in Wakulla County has proposed running a 15-mile wastewater pipeline from the plant to the Gulf of Mexico.  The company has promised to restore the Fenholloway River, which had been the discharge route for that wastewater.  Still, environmentalists, Gulf fishermen and political leaders from neighboring counties remain concerned.  Company officials declined to appear on the program, which features:  Linda Young, Director of the Clean Water Network of Florida; Wakulla County Commissioner Howard Kessler; and John Taylor who heads the Wakulla Commercial Fisher

Perspectives: Hurricane Hermine Retrospective

Sep 15, 2016

What went well (and not so well) when Hermine paid a visit to Florida’s Capital City Region a few weeks ago?  And what lessons can be applied to the next major disaster that befalls the area?  To talk about it are: Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters; Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations Mathieu Cavell; Tallahassee Deputy City Manager Reese Goad; Tallahassee Assistant City Manager Community Engagement and Public Safety Cynthia Barber; Tony Guillen with the City of Tallahassee Electric Department; and joining the conversation by phone, former Florida Lt.

Perspectives: Suicide

Sep 8, 2016

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  The reasons so many people kill themselves and the latest tools and therapies to address the issue are the subjects discussed by our expert panel: FSU College of Medicine Clinical Psychologist Dr. Heather Flynn; former NAMI-Tallahassee Board President and suicide survivor Mary Bowers; and Dr. John Bailey from TMS Health Care.

Perspectives: Working Well

Sep 1, 2016

For the past 10 years, Tallahassee’s Working Well program has been making the workplace environment of dozens of Capital City employers a lot more healthy and fun.

Talking about it are: Mary Barley, health and well-being coordinator for Leon County and Working Well executive director; Mary Waller, business health and wellness manager at Capital Regional Medical Center; Becca Gilbert, senior manager of Marketing and Business Development for Thomas Howell Ferguson; and Dr. Patrick Smith, DC of Smith Family Chiropractic.

Perspectives: Business Succession Plan

Aug 25, 2016

You’ve got that lifetime-dream business off the ground, but how do you make sure it will continue to exist and prosper after you’re not around anymore?  To talk about the many advantages and pitfalls of putting together a succession plan are: Chip Cicchetti, vice president/commercial banker with Hancock Bank; Stuart Goldberg, Law Offices of Stuart E. Goldberg, PL; and Michael Kalifeh, CPA/CFST, Thomas Howell Ferguson.

Perspectives: Chronic Disease Impact

Aug 18, 2016

As estimated one out of every two Americans has some kind of chronic disease; one out of three people have more than one of these conditions.  To talk about how the pervasiveness of chronic disease affects everything from health care costs to national productivity are: Candace DeMatteis, policy chief for the Florida Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Charlie Adams, deputy director of Big Bend Cares; Brenda Olsen, chief mission officer for the American Lung Association of the Southeast; and Dr. Nicole Bixler, president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

Perspectives: Opening Nights

Aug 12, 2016

From legendary singer Smokey Robinson to the humor of Lily Tomlin, dance, film and everything in between, the 2016-17 season of Opening Nights features an incomparable lineup of world-class talent.  With behind-the-scenes insights about this cultural cavalcade are: Opening Nights Performing Arts Director Chirs Heacox; Administrative Coordinator Bethany Atwell; Marketing and Communications Coordinator Sarah Howard Bozeman; Development Officer Kelly-Ann Fasano; and Education and Engagement Manager Calla MacNamara.

The leadership team of this coalition to attack the problem of childhood obesity in the Tallahassee area talks about what they’ve done and what they plan to do as more partners join this community-wide effort: Dr. Cynthia Harris, director and professor with the College of Pharmacy/Institute of Public Health at FAMU; Sokoya Finch, director Florida Family Network; Dr.

There are three Democrats seeking to succeed term-limited Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda as the representative from Florida House District Nine: Democrats Lorrane Ausley, Josh Johnson and Arnitta Grice-Walker.  One of them will have Republican Jim Messer in the November General Election.  All four candidates present their case for winning the office.

There are four Democratic candidates running for Florida House District Eight, which takes in the northern part of Gadsden County, along with parts of northwest, west and southwest Tallahassee: Ramon Alexander; Clarence Jackson; Brad Johnson; and Dianne Williams-Cox.  They discuss the issues facing the district and their plans to address those issues if elected to the Florida Legislature.

The county’s long-time (since 2000) Tax Collector, Democrat Doris Maloy, faces former City Commissioner, Police Officer and Business Owner, Republican John Paul Bailey.  The candidates talk about their backgrounds and what that experience brings to their respective vision for the office.

The three candidates to succeed long-time State Attorney Willie Meggs make their respective cases: Democrats Jack Campbell and Sean Desmond; and Republican Pete Williams.

There are four people running for this newly-redrawn Florida congressional district that sprawls across the northern part of the state between Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  Three of them are Democrats: the incumbent Brown; LaShonda Holloway; and Al Lawson.  There is also a Republican, Glo Smith.  Lawson was the lone candidate responding to an invitation to appear on Political Perspectives and spends the hour outlining his priorities and philosophy of governance honed by many years in the Florida Legislature.

There are three Republicans and two Democrats vying to win their party’s primary election August 30th for the newly-redrawn Second Congressional District of Florida.  Two of those contenders discuss their very different approaches to governance: Democrat Walter Dartland; and Republican Ken Sukhia.

City of Tallahassee

The incumbent for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two is defending the city’s budget and employee raises.

City budgeting, employee compensation, law enforcement, economic development and two very different visions for the future are topics of discussion during this Political Perspectives featuring: challenger Dr. Steven Hougland; and the incumbent, Curtis Richardson.

Growth, economic development, addressing racial and income disparities and protecting the area’s environment are just a few of the topics tackled by three of the candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One: challengers Luther Lee; and Bruce Warren Strouble; along with the incumbent, Scott Maddox.  A fourth contender, Gary Gayle, did not respond to multiple invitations to participate.

The contenders to represent the schools in the northwestern part of the county make their respective cases for membership on the school board and discuss their particular priorities when it comes to local education policy.  On the panel, Incumbent Dee Dee Rasmussen and the challengers, Patrick Neel Cannon and Tallie Gainer III.

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Both candidates for Leon County School Board District Two say they would work together with schools to protect the rights of transgender students.

With longtime member Dee Crumpler not seeking re-election, the Leon School Board District Two seat is open.  Vying for the job are two veteran educators: Roger Pinholster; and Rosanne Wood.

From growth management to economic development and the need for more sidewalks, there are many issues facing Leon County and the two contenders for this county commission seat discuss those matters: challenger David Hawkins; and incumbent Mary Ann Lindley.

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Whoever becomes the Leon County Commissioner in District Two will have their work cut out for them. 

With the retirement of longtime District Two Commissioner Jane Sauls, the seat has attracted a large number of candidates.  Talking about their particular qualifications and vision for the position are:  Jeffrey William Bullock; Nancy Calhoun; Howard Font; Margaret Franklin; Kirk Headley-Perdue; Manny Joanos; and T.J. Lewis.  An eighth candidate, Jimbo Jackson, was unable to attend.

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