Topics range from the arts, to substance abuse care to higher education on "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.
Shannon Franklin, executive/artistic director of the Nov. 7-10 Naples International Film Festival discusses what the fifth anniversary means for the future of the event. Brenda Iliff, executive director of Hazelden of Naples, sizes up what the merger with the Betty Ford Clinic mean for local substance abuse treatment. Jacob Winge of Naples, a leader of student government at Edison State College and statewide, gives his views on whether Edison should ban certain convicted felons and whether tuition should vary by majors.
Here are excerpts.
* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
NewsMakers - Shannon Franklin
Shannon Franklin talks about the Naples International ...
Lytle: So does getting to the fifth year, does that mean, OK, now you’ve reached the critical mass; now you’re running forever?
Franklin: I wouldn’t say we’re running forever. I think you always have to be really mindful that you take it each year. But, yes, we’ve reached a point where I think it’s clear that we’ve found a great business model; we found the support in the community; we don’t take that lightly, and we work hard each year. But we’re growing and, you now, we do plan on being here a long time.
NewsMakers - Brenda Iliff
Brenda Iliff, Executive Director, Hazelden of Naples
Lytle: Can the partnership with Betty Ford Clinic help promote medical tourism for people who can afford to choose where they get treatment?
Hazelden: When we first opened three years ago, because of the Hazelden name probably 60 percent of our clients came from out of state. We still see a lot from the East coming down to Naples. Maybe mom and dad are here and their child comes, or maybe some aunt is here. So we see a lot of folks from out of state. We also are in a community that has strong recovery community, and that’s not ever going to hit the news, because Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are anonymous. But there is a strong base of recovery in this community. So right now about 60 percent of our folks are local, from the around the area, which is great because that’s who we’re here to serve.
And then part of our treatment model is to get people connected, while they’re in treatment, into the recovery community so that it’s a seamless process right back into real life.
NewsMakers - Jacob Winge
Jacob Winge, Edison State College student government ...
Lytle: What about tuition rates for various majors? For example, the STEM, the science, technology, engineering and math majors; maybe tuition should be lower for those than for the other majors. What’s your take on that?
Winge: Well, I tuition should be lower overall, across the board. I know that the state college system hasn’t raised tuition in quite some time where its university system has. But I think the point is that, I don’t think other majors should be ignored just because if STEM should be lower, or nursing should be lower or business. I think there has to be an overall discussion on everything.
And there is room to lower some degree pass lower than others. But there’s also the ability to have discussion on all those points and not just one or two.