Monday, April 04, 2005

Things that make you go "Hmmm"

I wrote the essence of this post yesterday morning. It took me over a half-hour to locate all of the links, then I clicked on the wrong icon and lost it all before I posted it. I'm going to try it again.

Ken Sorensen is the Florida State Representative for District 120, which takes in all of Monroe County and a part of Miami-Dade County. There was a sympathetic article about him, about his personal tragedies involving the death of one of his sons and the severe injuries suffered by another.

What captured my attention in the article was this sentence: "Sorensen also is a member of the Florida State University faculty, which he joined after earning a Ph.D in political science and humanities at the University of Zagreb in Croatia."

"Hmmm", I thought, "the University of Zagreb. That's rather an odd place for a retired pilot from Florida to receive his terminal degree." His bio at the House web site shows a progression, from a stretch at DePaul University from 1952-1955; a B.S. in International Studies from Quincy University in Illinois in 1988; an M.A. in International Studies from FLorida State in 1989; and the PhD in Political Science and Humanities from U of Z in 1993. At present, the University of Zagreb offers this course of studies only in Croatian. It might have been different in 1993. Florida State University has some kind of connection with them. It's possible that Sorensen's program of studies were coordinated thru FSU.

Sorensen, a Republican, has become something of a power broker in the Keys. He served on the Monroe County Commission in the early 1980's, and on numerous other boards and commissions. Lately he has been involved with Commissioner Charles "Sonny" McCoy in the proposed take-over of sewer projects in the Keys by the County Commission, the same Commission recently found "negligent and/or incompetent in their control of public funds" by a Grand Jury.

So, I'm still going "Hmmm!", but I'll not make any untoward judgments without knowing more.


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