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Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
Miami Herald on punish Syria for crossing 'red line':
There are plenty of reasons to avoid U.S. military intervention in Syria: We're not the policeman of the world. It's easy to get in, but hard to get out. The war-weary American people don't want any part of it.
These are all sound reasons. The misadventure in Iraq remains a painful reminder of the dangers of jumping into a military conflict in the Middle East.
Yet despite all of these objections, the case for a direct and meaningful U.S. response is compelling. The colossal contempt for world opinion shown by Syria's Bashar Assad cannot be ignored. The regime's atrocities represent a direct challenge to U.S. leadership and credibility. This country's vital national interests are at stake.
The humanitarian dimension of this crisis should be self-evident. ...
Given the mass slaughter against civilians in Syria and President Obama's declaration of a "red line" against the use of chemical and biological weapons, the United States has no choice but to follow through with a military response or see its standing in the world diminished. The president once declared that the use of chemical weapons would constitute a "game changer."
Today, like it or not, the game has decidedly changed.
Beyond the moral issue is American self-interest. Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons capability is the greatest threat in the region. Time and again President Barack Obama has warned Iran that the United States and its allies would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. The mullahs in Tehran are carefully watching the president's response in Syria, Iran's ally.
If the White House backs down, Iranian leaders who believe the United States is bluffing on the nuclear issue would feel vindicated. Israel — the country with the most to lose from a nuclear Iran — would feel more isolated and alone than ever.
The U.S. response in Syria should be limited and narrowly defined. No boots on the ground, no unilateral action.
Sending troops into Syria would be a mistake. ...
Deepening American involvement in yet another Middle East conflict goes against President Obama's instincts — and ours. Unemployment should be his principal focus. But events have a way of intruding on presidential agendas. In this instance, it's unavoidable. Syria's brazen disregard for humanitarian norms cannot go unanswered.
The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune on keeping a deadly threat at bay:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, under pressure by lawmakers, earlier this summer failed to adopt a proposal aimed at preventing the spread of chronic wasting disease to Florida's deer.
Commissioners will revisit the matter Friday and this time should adopt the ban on importing live deer.
Failure to do so will endanger the state's deer herd and deer hunting.
The deadly affliction, similar to mad cow disease, has infected deer in 22 states. It is always fatal, shredding the brains and nervous systems of infected animals. Transmission to humans has not been documented, but scientists do not rule out the possibility.
And the highly contagious disease has spread with perplexing consistency despite the best efforts of wildlife biologists throughout the nation.
Chronic wasting can be contracted by deer, elk and moose and is spread from one animal to another through body fluids or from contact with contaminated soil. The prions, the infectious proteins that cause the disease, can survive in the environment for years.
The disease has been associated with deer farms and feeding stations, where animals congregate to eat.
Despite the havoc this disease would cause the state, a number of lawmakers have urged the FWC to oppose the ban. ...
Senate President Don Gaetz and his son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, both Panhandle Republicans, were among those lawmakers who initially had reservations about the ban. A review of the facts changed their outlook, and they've since urged the commission to support the proposal.
The ban has united conservation and pro-hunting groups, including the National Rifle Association, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Humane Society of the United States.
Marion Hammer of the NRA put the chronic wasting threat into proper perspective when she told the News Service of Florida: "Some folks say it's manageable. It's not manageable. Why should you wait to try to manage something when you can take action to prevent getting it in the first place?"
Wildlife commissioners, in reviewing the proposal, should see the obvious answer to that question.
The Gainesville (Fla.) Times on heat exhaustion:
If you're reading this before attending today's football game, drink plenty of water.
For the fourth time in six years, the Gators were stuck with an afternoon kickoff for their season opener. Today's 12:21 p.m. start time is brutal in the heat and humidity of Florida in late August.
More than 100 fans were treated by medical staff for heat-related issues at last year's season opener, which started at 3:30 p.m. In contrast, just six fans were treated for those issues at the 2011 opener that started at 7 p.m.
University of Florida associate athletic director Mike Hill told The Sun that the school has had positive conversations with the Southeastern Conference about balancing fan safety with optimal television slots. But the conference's $3 billion, 15-year deals with ESPN and CBS essentially allow the networks to dictate kickoff times. ...
Alan DeSantis, a communications professor at the University of Kentucky, told The Times that his frustration with weekday games led him to try to persuade SEC presidents to adopt a rule barring athletes from missing more than 20 percent of classes. He failed.
ESPN has brought money and attention to the Florida athletic program and others, but there's a cost to both players and fans. It's also costing ticket sales for the Gators, as some fans would rather sit home in air conditioning.
The SEC should use its leverage at the nation's premier conference to pressure the network to take safety into account when scheduling games.