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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Rep. Val Demings says FDA’s archaic limitations on donating blood may finally be updated
Florida Congresswoman Val Demings was one of six U.S representatives who signed a letter to the Food and Drug Administration in June asking the FDA to reconsider its longtime policy of banning LGBTQ people — specifically, men who sleep with men — from donating blood.
A little over a year ago, at a White House press conference, President Trump said a really amazing thing about COVID-19.
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: PBS painter Bob Ross lived and died in Central Florida; a new Netflix documentary explains why you might not have known that
Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, and he passed away in Orlando in 1995. But many of the details of his life and death have been obscured in the effort to sustain a multimillion-dollar empire in his name.
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Ron DeSantis stays on-message, even when that message doesn’t reflect reality
Changing course is perceived as indecision; indecision, as weakness. For some with political ambitions, even the hint of weakness seems fatal. And so it is that Governor Ron DeSantis, having spent a year sowing the wind, is in denial about the whirlwind his state is reaping.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about misinformation and “fake news.” Studies have shown that changing people’s minds is almost impossible. Arguing with someone can actually reinforce the fact you’re disputing; feeling attacked causes resistance to persuasion.
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Proposed Florida Bill Could Hinder Progress Made Thanks to Bystander Video
In recent years bystander video has, arguably, triggered more change in the world than anything else. Without the visual proof of police abuse, it’s unlikely groups like Black Lives Matter would have made the inroads into public awareness that they have.
The maxim “I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” has always been a bedrock of liberal democracy. Minus the right to express minority viewpoints without government reprisal, our constitutional edifice crumbles.