Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Editorial: Supreme Court pick qualified, but confirmation process should be vigorous
JABIN BOTSFORD   |   Washington Post
President Donald Trump applauds Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family during the Supreme Court nomination ceremony Monday night at the White House.
For the second time in less than 18 months, President Donald Trump has nominated a well-qualified, conservative federal appeals court judge to the U.S. Supreme Court. That does not mean Judge Brett Kavanaugh should get an easy pass through Senate...
A rendering depicting the Pier District at night if Janet Echelman\u2019s proposed art piece is installed. [City of St. Petersburg]
Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to the press during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC119
Pam Bondi: The Senate should confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Amendment 4 should get special focus in November. It represents a rare opportunity to rectify a grievous provision in the Florida Constitution, which permanently revokes the voting rights of anyone convicted of a felony.
Editorial: Personal bias taints Floridaís clemency system

Top Editorials

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Americans are accustomed to celebrating the nationís birthday by blowing up Chinese fireworks for days ó a rite of recklessness that kills seven people a year and sends another 13,000 to hospital emergency rooms. The tragic toll struck close to home ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: Trumpís trade war hurts American consumers

Editorial: Trumpís trade war hurts American consumers

Voters who looked to Donald Trump to make America great might want to look at their wallets. The president escalated his global trade war this week, threatening new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports ó everything from seafood, beef and ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

The imaginative Ybor City ballpark proposed by the Tampa Bay Rays fits nicely into the 21st century vision of a sophisticated city and would secure major league baseballís future for the entire region. It also carries an eye-catching cost that will h...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

The Florida Legislatureís meddling in local issues has created another mess for neighborhoods across the state. No family should have to put up with a short-term rental next door that overwhelms their street with constant visitors, traffic and noise ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/10/18
Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Itís the refrain by gun advocates in the wake of every mass shooting: The attacker was mentally ill. They obtained their gun illegally. The message is that gun violence isnít about guns but mental instability and gaps in law enforcement. But a recent...
Published: 07/08/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Editorials

Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

In a few short weeks, the Suncoast 2 toll road project has gone from boondoggle to folly.State officials pitched the 13-mile extension of the Suncoast Parkway as a step toward eventually linking the road to Interstate 75 near Ocala via a project dubb...
Published: 07/13/18
Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium dream masks the sticker shock

Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium dream masks the sticker shock

Close your eyes and dream. It is October 2023 or so and the Tampa Bay Rays are up 3-0 in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. The game is being played in the Rays new stadium, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, George Soros, Vinnyís...
Published: 07/13/18
Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

Connie Schultz: Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

In these warm months, when my daughter was an infant, Iíd strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime.One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprin...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Ruth: The good old days in Tallahassee werenít that good, either

By Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Grahamís reckoning, there was a time long ago and far away when Tallahassee was a utopia of good governance. And yes, you are free to begin the forehead slapping.The former U.S. House member has been running...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Column: The center is sexier than you think

Enough about the Freedom Caucus. Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America. Theyíre flamboyant players in our political debate, but theyíre extremes: More politicians ó and most Americans ó occupy the expansive territory in between. Thatís wh...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/11/18
Column: The test for Judge Kavanaugh

Column: The test for Judge Kavanaugh

So itís Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There will be time enough to explore the nomineeís views and record. Letís step back a bit and get some perspective on the national debate that we are about to have.Those on the left fear, and those on the right hope, t...
Published: 07/12/18
Column: A liberalís case for Brett Kavanaugh

Column: A liberalís case for Brett Kavanaugh

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice is President Donald Trumpís finest hour, his classiest move. A few days ago, the president promised to select "someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased...
Published: 07/12/18
Column: How fatal shootings by police were cut in half, and how we might do it again

Column: How fatal shootings by police were cut in half, and how we might do it again

Controversial shootings by police lead to a national outcry and a range of reforms that reduce police killings of suspects by half. Sound like a pie-in-the-sky hope? It is precisely what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.Americaís virtually forgotten s...
Published: 07/11/18
Column: This is what back-alley abortions were really like

Column: This is what back-alley abortions were really like

As a moderate conservative or, equally, a moderate liberal, depending on the issue du jour, I have chills running down my spine at the possibility of Roe vs. Wade being overturned. Let me tell you why.With a staunch Catholic upbringing and an honorab...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18
Column: A record number of folks age 85 and older are working

Column: A record number of folks age 85 and older are working

Although 85 is pretty old to work in America, in some ways it is the era of the very old worker.Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months. Thatís 4.4 percent of Americans that age, up from 2.6 percent in 20...
Published: 07/10/18