June 22, 2000
The bench is a serious seat
A complex trial to determine whether a wealthy businessman paid for the grisly murder of his ex-wife is hardly a laughing matter. But Edward Prado, the presiding judge in the trial of Allen Blackthorne, apparently thinks his San Antonio courtroom is an appropriate place to exhibit his off-the-wall hijinks. His injudicious conduct damages his own credibility and that of the legal proceeding itself. Prado needs to tone down his antics considerably if he expects jurors to take a responsible approach to the grave task that lies ahead.
Eckerd College's financial crisis
The financial crisis that Eckerd College board members became aware of only in the past week has its roots in questionable decisions Eckerd President Peter Armacost and his confidants made years ago. Armacost and Webster Hull, Eckerd's vice president for finance, are stepping down. Hull's predecessor, James Christison, whom some Eckerd officials now blame for the school's most egregious mistakes, has been gone for years. However, solving Eckerd's problems will require changes in policy, not just in personnel.
Now Bush faces a test
A number of Florida's public schools have tested out of their F status, but Gov. Jeb Bush's next step should be to measure students' progress.
No-helmet law adds to burden on the taxpayer
Re: Bikers may ride without helmets, June 17.