Today at the Editor’s glance: This may well be the day when the Flagler County Commission elects a bigot its chairman: the commission is conducting its annual reorganization, when the five members choose a chairman. Joe Mullins, the man who’s insulted his own colleagues and been the most divisive and demeaning elected officials in the county until the Palm Coast council’s Ed Danko started giving him competition, was in line to be the chairman last year. Commissioners, in a back deal, thought the better of it. But only so Mullins could be chairman in the year of his re-election campaign, which begins now. Alternately, but less likely, commissioners could decide to vote for a less abrasive choice, but it would require an amount of spinal cartilage the commission has not shown itself capable of summoning when it matters most. The meeting is at 5 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. The funeral service for Bunnell Police Department Sgt. Dominic Guida, who died of a cardiac episode during training last week, is at noon at First Baptist Church of Bunnell at 2301 Commerce Parkway, Bunnell. In court: It’s trial week in felony court, with several potential trials on the docket, but mostly third-degree felonies.
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Flagler County School Board Workshop: Agenda Items
Flagler Beach Planning and Architectural Review Board
Palm Coast City Council Meeting
Bunnell Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board
Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
Flagler County Republican Club Meeting
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“From the fourth century of the Common Era (CE, formerly cited as AD) onwards a vast amount of the literature and material culture of antiquity was lost, a great deal of it purposefully destroyed. Christian zealots smashed statues and temples, defaced paintings and burned ‘pagan’ books, in an orgy of effacement of previous culture that lasted for several centuries. It has been estimated that as much as 90 per cent of the literature of antiquity perished in the onslaught. The Christians took the fallen stones of temples to build their churches, and over-wrote the manuscripts of the philosophers and poets with their scripture texts. It is hard to comprehend, still less to forgive, the immense loss of literature, philosophy, history and general culture this represented. Moreover, at the time Christianity existed in a number of mutually hostile and competing versions, and the effort – eventually successful – to achieve a degree of consensus on a ‘right’ version required treating the others as heresies and aberrations requiring suppression, including violent suppression.
–From A.C. Grayling, “The History of Philosophy” (2019).
Let’s hope that the commissioners do not elect Mr. Mullins as the chair.
It would send a clear message that his behavior and attitudes are not acceptable.