Sunday, September 16, 2018

Editorials

Editorials: Florida lawmakers choose ideology over safety in fight over school security money

Editorials: Florida lawmakers choose ideology over safety in fight over school security money

State lawmakers who really care about improving school safety should allow millions in unspent money that was allocated to train and arm school personnel to be used instead to hire more campus police officers. Instead, the incoming House and Senate l...
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/07/18

A disgusting partisan spectacle by the Senate

The three days of testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that concluded on Thursday were less a showcase for Kavanaugh, who delivered a steady, if evasive, performance, than a depressing display of the breakdown of Senate norms.Kavanaug...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18
Editorial: Remain vigilant on hurricane preparation

Editorial: Remain vigilant on hurricane preparation

Everybody knows what they were doing a year ago: waiting in line for water, batteries and plywood, making those final emergency preparations and getting ready to hunker down as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. Residents of Tampa Bay feared that t...
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/07/18
Editorial: Utilities should embrace clean energy even if Trump doesnít

Editorial: Utilities should embrace clean energy even if Trump doesnít

The Trump administrationís proposal to curtail regulations on coal-fired power plants is bad for public health, the wrong signal to the economy and a further danger to coastal states such as Florida, where rising sea levels increasingly threaten the ...
Published: 08/28/18
Updated: 09/07/18

Editorial: The bishopís helpful conversations on race

The listening sessions on race taking place in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg are as difficult as they are relevant. Wednesdayís session shocked even Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, who is well serving his pastoral mission by ...
Published: 09/07/18

Editorial: Florida governorís schedule should be public

Finally. After Gov. Rick Scott has meticulously shielded his whereabouts from the public for years, a judge in Tallahassee has ordered him to turn over three monthsí worth of travel, fundraising and meeting schedules. Itís about time.Circuit Judge Ch...
Published: 09/07/18
Editorial: Why was this child returned to the mother now charged with killing him?

Editorial: Why was this child returned to the mother now charged with killing him?

What is perhaps most dismaying about the death of 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau is that the state had ample opportunity to save this vulnerable child and he died anyway. Born to unfit parents who put him in danger starting at 3 months old, Jordan was p...
Published: 09/06/18
Editorial: A wise push to make entire report on Parkland shooting to be public

Editorial: A wise push to make entire report on Parkland shooting to be public

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is putting public safety and government accountability at the forefront by calling for a state commissionís report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre to be made as public as possible. State and ...
Published: 09/05/18
Editorial: Sweltering Hillsborough students, teachers need help now

Editorial: Sweltering Hillsborough students, teachers need help now

Forget the tax vote. Forget the blame game. Forget the bills coming due for new schools. With air conditioners on the fritz across the Hillsborough County School District and feels-like temperatures soaring into the 90s, the school system needs to do...
Published: 09/04/18
Editorial: No wonder there is a teacher shortage in Florida

Editorial: No wonder there is a teacher shortage in Florida

Florida is facing a serious teacher shortage, and itís no surprise given the low pay, low career esteem, long hours and bureaucratic burdens of standardized testing and paperwork. Making the stateís classrooms a more attractive place to work will req...
Published: 09/01/18
Updated: 09/03/18