Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom I’m sorry. I don’t agree with this guy, so I don’t listen to him, but to suspend him due to his comments is censorship. Didn’t our fathers, grandfathers, and their fathers fight for our right to free speech? Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here It was the worst mass shooting in American history. On Sunday morning, 50 people were killed and 53 wounded at The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Two of the victims were from Apopka. The vast majority of the community came together to give blood, pray, mourn and grieve together for the victims and the first responders of this horrific event.However there was a dark side.This past Sunday evening and again on Monday morning, Jim Turner had a different reaction. The longtime host of “My Home Town” on the local radio station, WBZW 1520 AM, posted these remarks on Facebook:“Watch now as the news stations hang around at another homosexual hang out as if we’re supposed to feel sorry for sexual deviancy.”On Monday morning he posted this:“50 homosexuals die hanging out at some sorry bar. As per the World Health Organization, 3000 babies are murdered every day. I’ll make you a deal, I’ll go along with an out right ban of assault rifles if it also includes an out right ban on abortions, abortion doctors and abortion clinics.”By Tuesday community backlash had started.Jim Meadows, the Founder of The AHA Players, denounced Turner’s remarks in this Facebook post:“Jim Turner, host of “My Home Town” on the local radio station, WBZW 1520 AM, chose to post the following on Sunday, June 12, and Monday, June 13, on his FB page. It is because of Mr. Turner’s “opinions” and “position” that the AHA Players, Apopka Community Theater while under my direction will never again participate on Mr. Turner’s radio show. We do not wish to be associated with nor will we approve any promotion of our productions on WBZW as long this station supports a personality who holds such opinions.”Bill Files, the General Manager of Salem Media Group in Orlando (that owns WBZW 1520 AM) immediately suspended Turner for his comments.“This person (Turner) has been suspended and subject to review,” said Files. “He in no way speaks for the Salem Media Group. These were his own opinions posted on his personal Facebook page. We will not tolerate these type of comments.”These were not the first controversial remarks Turner has made about national issues. On June 4th, he posted these two comments on his Facebook page in reference to Muhammad Ali:“Cassius Clay FAILED to serve his country. Cassius Clay participated in a “sport”, the purpose of which is to deliberately injure another person. There is no “greatness” in that no matter how anybody tries to stretch it!”“What is “Greatness”? It is when you are called by your country to SERVE. It is when, in response to that call, you raise your right hand to answer that call! Making up some cowardly excuse to shirk that responsibility is simply that…cowardly! In the days ahead, always remember that!”And on June 2nd, he posted this on his Facebook page in reference to Prince:“So now the truth comes out. This “Prince” dies of a drug overdose. We’re supposed to feel sorry about this? Do you want to feel sorry? I can take you to a section of our town right this very second where kids are standing on the streets with no future. There’s drugs and crime there along with good people. That’s something to feel sorry about!!!”Turner was contacted by phone and was surprised by Meadow’s comments.“Anybody that knows me knows that I’m not bigoted. I don’t hate anybody. As a Christian I cannot hate anybody. There’s no prejudice in me.”Turner also confirmed that he deleted his personal Facebook page, and will issue a statement later in the day. Censorship is not the same as censure. He is not being FORCED to withdraw his comments. He willingly did so because he realized that there would be backlash and he didn’t want to face it. Freedom of speech does not give you freedom from consequences from the things you say. It only protects you from the government imprisoning/prosecuting you for it. Other people and companies have every right to part ways with someone who speaks in ways that don’t agree with their company values and policies. 4 COMMENTS June 15, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSJim TUrner Previous articleApopka CONA Formation Meeting is Tonight!Next articleOn This Day in History: Congress Chooses a Flag Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derek John MJ Reply June 14, 2016 at 4:37 pm June 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm Bosco Kyll Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gee, it’s seems this is the Village Voice! Jim Turner spoke the truth, which of course is considered by the all the idiots on the let as “hate speak!” No one cares what the aha players have to say or this bogus online rag. June 15, 2016 at 9:38 am Free speech for yourself and the company has the freedom to be represented the way it wants to be. So if it is made evident that someones views differ from that of the company image they have every right to no longer employ said employee. Same thing that happened with the whole Duck Dynasty thing. He had the right to explain his views and they had the right to get rid of him. Reply Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Calyx Announces New Integration Next: Home Price Slowdown: Cause for Concern? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago How Effective Is FHA’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program? A new study by the Urban Institute analyzed the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO’s) recent evaluation of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA’s) Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). The study found that while the GAO evaluation has made recommendations to improve the quality control of this program, its conclusions on the DASP’s overall effectiveness were “less helpful.”The Urban Institute said the GAO had concluded that “in aggregate sold defaulted loans were more likely to experience foreclosure than comparable unsold defaulted loans.” It had noted the probability of foreclosure 24 months after the loan servicing was transferred to the investor was 43% for sold loans through the program, versus 36% for unsold loans.”Though this figure appears bleak, and is indeed the subject of criticism in the report, it indicates the program’s success, not its weakness,” Laurie Goodman, VP, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute; Edward Golding, and Jim Parrott, both Nonresident Fellows at Urban Institute wrote in a blog.The writers said that the figures that GAO reached compared the outcomes of delinquent borrowers who FHA could no longer help because of which they were put into DASP, with borrowers FHA could still help avoid foreclosure. “Put differently, it shows the program changed the probability of foreclosure in that first group from close to 100% to 43%, only 7% higher than the group of borrowers FHA was still in a position to help on its own,” they said.Some of the ways in which investors who bought loans through the DASP helped delinquent borrowers avoid foreclosure included:Extending the loan term to 40 years or cutting the interest rate to below a market rate of interestForgiving the principal on the loansForbearing more than 30% of the loan value, or offering more generous terms for deeds in lieu of foreclosure or short sales”None of these options is available to FHA given their statutory authority,” the researchers pointed out while making a case for the importance of DASP. “Again, borrowers who participate in DASP are basically out of options with FHA.”However, they added that more needs to be done to “ensure borrowers whose loans were sold through this program got the best shot possible and any foreclosures had minimal impact on the community.” While the FHA had made changes along these lines to the program in 2016, the researchers wrote that only one auction had taken place after these changes were implemented. Because of this, their full impact has not been studied.The study, therefore, made some recommendations that could help FHA improve its program. They included using better information systems and monitoring capability and more personnel and funding to manage the program. However, the most important aspect of FHA improving the program would be by releasing much more loan-level data, including data on DASP, “so that independent analysts can help them evaluate their programs. Indeed, periodic public reporting of outcomes would be valuable.”Click here to read the full blog. Related Articles Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How Effective Is FHA’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program? Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Borrowers Delinquency Distressed Assets FHA Foreclosures GAO Investors mortgage Urban Institute 2019-08-19 Radhika Ojha Tagged with: Borrowers Delinquency Distressed Assets FHA Foreclosures GAO Investors mortgage Urban Institute Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha August 19, 2019 1,766 Views Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
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