GOP CANDIDATES: There was a lot of agreement among the Republicans seeking to replace Dennis Ross in Congress at a “debate” Wednesday: The candidates all love President Trump and the Second Amendment and oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The main disagreement reflected in the article centered on the race for Florida governor. Sean Harper and Danny Kushmer support Polk native Adam Putnam. Neil Combee and Ed Shoemaker declined to say which candidate they prefer. Ross Spano was represented by a spokesman and the article didn’t reference Spano’s preference.

MONUMENT EDITORIAL: The Ledger’s editorialist still supports the City Commission decision to move the Confederate monument from Munn Park to Veterans Park, and ends his musings with two observations:

  • While the City Commissioners declined to apply public funds toward moving the monument, perhaps it should consider offering matching funds of 11 percent of the cost; that’s the proportion of the cost of erecting the monument that was paid by the city more than 100 years ago.
  • Mayor Mutz’ new drive to secure donations to move the monument (see our story) is kind of an economic referendum. If those who support it don’t pay up, the populace will have spoken with their lack of dollars.

WEBSTER AVENUE: In a letter to the editor, Samuel Simmons, president of the Webster Park Neighborhood Association, laments that a recent 6-1 City Commission decision allowing an industrial warehouse to expand in a residential area reflects a tale of two cities divided by privilege.

MUSIC: A free concert at LkldLive Saturday showcases four young bands from Tampa and Lakeland whose styles range from dream pop to spoken word to progressive rock/punk/jazz | Facebook listing

Source: The Ledger

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