Kudos to Judi Palay.
The Collier resident has put together, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday, a video on the importance of voting and encouraging people to participate in the coming elections.
The non-partisan video was done with the help of several groups, including the League of Women Voters and the Collier County Supervisor of Elections.
It opens with a rendition of the National Anthem played by 1,300 members of seven area high school bands. That alone is worth tuning in to see.
The fast-moving 24-minute video includes segments on the history of voting, basic civics and the mechanics and methods of voting.
“It’s a happy push, hopefully, to let people know their vote counts,” Palay said.
Normally, Palay said, she’d go to civic groups and organizations to promote the video and encourage people to watch and share it. Amid the pandemic, those opportunities are closed so she’s relying on word of mouth.
To view the English version of the video, go to YouTube.com and type in Judi Palay Your Voice is Your Vote.
Kudos to the Center for Critical Thinking
The Naples-based discussion group normally hosts talks by experts in a variety of fields at local library branches.
Because of the pandemic, they too have taken to YouTube.
The group’s first virtual lecture posted there, on bitcoin and cyber security by Bob Burnett, is now available for viewing. Burnett is the former chief technology officer for Gateway, Inc., now is the CEO of Divvy Systems and of Barefoot Mining, two companies focused on cryptocurrency.
To view the lecture, type Center for Critical Thinking in the YouTube search bar.
Additional lectures will be added to the channel as they are recorded, said CCT board member Jacky Generous.
A kick, or should it be a kudo?
In these confusing times it’s hard to be sure but whatever it is, it is certainly a disappointment.
Lee County schools have cancelled the in-person high school graduation ceremonies that had been set for six dates in July at Hertz Arena.
In all, 12 Lee County high schools were to have ceremonies at the venue.
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused the cancellations.
“It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our in-person graduations. The decision was made with the Florida Department of Health-Lee County and Hertz Arena. This was an incredibly hard decision but following the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in our community and the health risk associated with large events, we believe this is in the best interest of our graduates and families,” the district announced in a statement released Wednesday evening.
The district is developing plans for a drive-thru ceremony at each high school where the Class of 2020 can wear their cap and gown pick up their diplomas.
(Brent Batten wrote this for the Naples Daily News editorial board.)
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