Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Editorial: Quiet vote for five-day waiting period sends loud message about ripples of Parkland
The waiting time for gun purchases in Hillsborough County will be five days under a measure adopted Wednesday in a 5-2 vote by the Hillsborough County Commission by a 5-2 vote. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)]
Thanks to a County Commission vote that included support from three Republican members, Hillsborough soon will have a five-day waiting period for gun purchases.This is the only option available to county governments in Florida seeking to get a...
Times (2010)
The House has approved a bill the Senate passed in March to ease some of the regulations put in place by Dodd-Frank in 2010. Careful oversight should be included to be sure that banking abuses don't resume.
Editorial: Banks still need watching after easing Dodd-Frank rules
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg was cited by the state for not reporting two incidents of needles left in heart surgery patients. 
[JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
Editorial: Candor key step to restoring trust at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute
Birds fly from the front of a sugar can harvester in U.S. Sugar's fields in Clewiston in this photo from 2008. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)
Editorial: Tampa Bay House members fail to stand up to Big Sugar

Top Editorials

Editorial: Education Department goes soft on investigating for-profit colleges

Editorial: Education Department goes soft on investigating for-profit colleges

Bad actors in the for-profit college industry have scammed countless Americans whose only goal was to make a better life for themselves and their families. But rather than crack down on predatory practices within the industry, the Education Departmen...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/21/18
Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestra’s violin program for at-risk kids

Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestra’s violin program for at-risk kids

This is music to the ears. Members of the Florida Orchestra will introduce at-risk students to the violin this summer at some Hillsborough recreation centers. For free.An $80,000 grant to the University Area Community Development Corp. will pay for s...
Published: 05/17/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Editorial: St. Petersburg recycling worth the effort despite cost issues

Editorial: St. Petersburg recycling worth the effort despite cost issues

St. Petersburg’s 3-year-old recycling program has reached an undesirable tipping point, with operating costs exceeding the income from selling the recyclable materials. The shift is driven by falling commodity prices and new policies in China that cu...
Published: 05/15/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s lawsuit against the nation’s largest drug makers and distributors marks a moment of awakening in the state’s battle to recover from the opioid crisis. In blunt, forceful language, Bondi accuses these companies of ...
Published: 05/18/18
Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s lawsuit against the nation’s largest drug makers and distributors marks a moment of awakening in the state’s battle to recover from the opioid crisis. In blunt, forceful language, Bondi accuses these companies of ...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Editorials

Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

In the past couple of months, I have had to travel about 25 miles from the bucolic burg of Brandon to Lakeland several times.I take Interstate 4 because it is the most direct route.I may have to rethink that strategy, though, especially with Memorial...
Published: 05/24/18

Another voice: The chutzpah of these men

A new phase of the #MeToo movement may be upon us. Call it the "not so fast" era: Powerful men who plotted career comebacks mere months after being taken down by accusations of sexual misconduct now face even more alarming claims.Mario Batali, the ce...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Explain this to me: In the world of partisan politics, how is being an independent thinker a bad thing? When it comes to general elections, we seem to like rogues and mavericks. We want outsiders and swamp scrubbers. Folks appreciate a good finger-...
Published: 05/22/18

Ruth: My failed effort to boycott Publix, where shopping is still a pleasure

So little time, so much material to raise indignant ire over.I know. As a card-carrying member of the chin-rubbing scribbling class, I was supposed to work myself up into a full-throated froth over recent disclosures Publix was a major sugar daddy in...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Column: Why being a foster child made me a conservative

Column: Why being a foster child made me a conservative

NEW HAVEN, Conn.There aren’t many conservative students at Yale: fewer than 12 percent, according to a survey by our student newspaper. There are fewer former foster children. I am one of the rare students on campus who can claim both identities.My u...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Editorial cartoons for May 23

Editorial cartoons for May 23

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Daniel Ruth: For her next job, Pam Bondi seems likely to seek the limelight

Daniel Ruth: For her next job, Pam Bondi seems likely to seek the limelight

Decisions, decisions.What will Pammy do? A breathless body politic sits on pins and needles.As she enters her final months in office as Florida’s attorney general, speculation has ebbed and flowed over what the future holds for Pam Bondi. We can prob...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Column: Can Americans ditch guns the way we ditched cigarettes?

Column: Can Americans ditch guns the way we ditched cigarettes?

Not that long ago, cigarettes were completely woven into American culture. The Marlboro Man, posters telling us that "more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette," even the armrests on planes and all our cars were designed for smokers.And now?...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

FDLE: Pasco couple scammed elderly employer out of $480,000

TAMPA — A Pasco County couple face dozens of charges after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they stole more than $480,000 from their elderly employer.Chet Alan Ragsdale, 45, was arrested Monday on 28 counts of grand theft, 25 counts of ...
Published: 05/21/18
PolitiFact Florida: Did Gwen Graham vote against President Obama 52 percent of the time?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Gwen Graham vote against President Obama 52 percent of the time?

A progressive super PAC slammed the congressional record of Democrat Gwen Graham as too conservative for Florida’s next governor.The Collective super PAC paid for the 30-second spot. The group supports black, progressive candidates and is backing Tal...
Published: 05/21/18