The crossroads of conservative politics and media, and same-sex marriage, are issues on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Neal Boortz, a retired but still active national radio talk show host and author, discusses whether troubles for Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh spell trouble for conservative talk radio in general. He claims Obamacare was built to fail and is asked about the federal government spying on Americans. Jim Towey, Ave Maria University president, is asked if Pope Benedict’s statements signal a Catholic shift on gay marriage and how the national and Florida emphasis on STEM and career readiness is impacting AMU.
NewsMakers - Jim Towey
Lytle: With so much accent on American education these days on STEM and science and technology, and job-specific education as opposed to the liberal arts, how does Ave Maria fit into that? Is that part of your world?
Towey: Sure it is. We feel it’s critical as part of the liberal arts education that you learn the sciences. And so part of our core requires our students to take two science classes. And we feel that’s critical to their understanding of whatever major they get.
Lytle: But are you feeling the pressure, if you will, to answer "will you be able to get a good job with this education?’’ Is that a factor for you, or not?
Towey: Well, you know, we like Gov. (Rick) Scott. We respect him. He’s been great to the private schools like ours. He was our commencement speaker. And he uses anthropology as an example. But, you know, our students who graduate in English and literature are great writers and critical thinkers, and they can go out and make a living. But they also want to harvest beauty and truth through their daily lives and their family lives.
So to me it’s not a competition. We want them to get a job, but we also want them to get a good education. And if they’re only trained in a trade, they may never understand the life around them and unable to critically think and contribute in the public square.
NewsMakers - Neal Boortz
Lytle: Let me ask you of your perspective on Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Boortz: I recently read some statistics on unemployment, business formation, the Florida debt payment and the budget and what have you, and frankly, I am impressed. I know that next year, every time I turn on a TV, I’m going to see John Morgan.
Lytle: On medical marijuana.
Boortz: Pushing Charlie Crist ...
Lytle: ... Oh, OK, his partner.
Boortz: John Morgan is in this for one reason, and one reason only. To make sure we never get tort reform.