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  1. Social Security is based on sound principles


    In announcing his presidential candidacy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some strong criticism of the Social Security program, especially its solvency. He claims that those who defend the system are liars. Sen. Marco Rubio, also running for the presidency, likens Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. Their rhetoric …
  2. Editorial cartoons for Aug. 1-3


    These cartoons are from various Times wire services.

  3. Editorial: Pinellas should be flexible with resort tax


    With Pinellas tourism hitting record levels, it's a good time for the county to raise the resort tax by an additional 1 percent. But when the County Commission takes up the issue Tuesday, it should be careful about dictating how the resort tax money should be spent. The emphasis should be on remaining flexible rather …

  4. Monday's letters:


    State Department trafficking report

    Help fund slavery fight

  5. Editorial: Help needed for Florida's poor families


    Florida ranks an abysmal 37th in the nation for the number of children who live in poverty. Even as the economy gains strength, too many Floridians remain unable to meet their basic needs and live in conditions that make them more vulnerable to violence, crime and health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure. A …

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    Kick off the tax-free holiday with these fun finds

    The first day of school is nigh, and the time to plot your tax-free holiday survival is now. Start your year off right with these fun finds, and don't forget that Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday will last a record 10 days beginning Aug. 7. Take advantage of tax breaks on apparel $100 or less per item, school supplies $15 or less and computers and other electronics $750 or less. The holiday runs through Aug. 16. Ready, set, go!...


    Governor Scott highlights infection problems at hospitals

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using new infection control data released this week by a consumer magazine to provide further justification of his call to create a commission to review the state’s hospital system....


    Erasmo Ramirez will be on the mound for the Rays. [Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP]

    For starters, Rays at Red Sox, on trade day

    UPDATE, 5:49: Baseball ops president Matt Silverman said they looked at some possibilities of adding bats but there were "no glaring holes" in their lineup that they could fill at the deadline. ... He also acknowledged the "dynamics were odd" in trading Jepsen to a team they were chasing in the wild-card race but said that was the case in several of their conversations. ....  Several Rays said they were disappointed to see Jepsen go but they understood it was a business. .. Cash said they will use several relievers to fill his role, with Geltz and Gomes seemingly the most likely, and that he won't use the bullpen any differently, meaning McGee could still pitch in the 7th if matchups dictate and Boxberger in the 8th. ... Yates will also get some opportunities.