Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. [U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP]
Innocent children should not be used as political pawns. That is exactly what the Trump administration is doing by cruelly prying young children away from their parents as these desperate families cross the Mexican border in search of a safer, better life...
Photo by Mac Stone
A Tallahassee judge has affirmed the overwhelming intent of Florida voters by ruling that state lawmakers have failed to comply with a constitutional amendment that is supposed to provide a specific fund to buy and preserve endangered lands. This is the Green Swamp, which feeds water to the Hillsborough River.
Editorial: A court victory for protecting Florida’s environment
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A citizens group called All For Transportation announced Thursday it will launch a petition drive to put a 1-cent sales tax increase in Hillsborough on the November ballot for transit.
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Top Editorials

There was no FBI anti-Trump conspiracy

The Justice Department released Thursday the highly anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and other sensitive issues in the 2016 election. It is not the report President Donald Trump wanted. But there is enough i...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

The Florida Department of Children and Families has correctly set a quick deadline for Hillsborough County’s main child welfare provider to correct its foster care program. For too long the same story has played out, where troubled teens who need fos...
Published: 06/14/18
Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

This fall voters will have 13 constitutional amendments to wade through on the ballot, but Amendment 4 should get special focus. It represents a rare opportunity to rectify a grievous provision in the Florida Constitution, which permanently revokes t...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Column: St. Petersburg tackles affordable housing crisis

Column: St. Petersburg tackles affordable housing crisis

Everyone deserves the chance at the American dream of home ownership. But lately it is hard enough to even find an affordable apartment because St. Petersburg is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. Housing is intertwined with job growth an...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Ruth: A 50th high school reunion brings perspective

Time is a funny thing. It has a way of creeping on you like little crow’s feet. And it can melt away at the same time.Fifty years. It was in June 1968 that I graduated from St. Vincent High School in Akron, just a bit removed from the institution’s m...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Editorials

Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Even the most informed observer might struggle to know what to make of the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea.Colorful theatrics, such as a four-minute video that Trump showed Kim, gave the event an air of su...
Published: 06/15/18
Column: Trump’s summit with Kim shows the dangers of too much self-confidence

Column: Trump’s summit with Kim shows the dangers of too much self-confidence

The summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un provided the two leaders with the propaganda successes they both craved: Trump can claim he has done something no previous U.S. president had ever done. And Kim’s effort to cement his legitima...
Published: 06/15/18

Editorial: Free rides will serve as a test of whether the streetcar is serious transportation

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to ride for free?This fall, the TECO Streetcar Line eliminates its $2.50-a-ride-fare, providing the best opportunity yet to see whether the system’s vintage streetcar replicas can serve as a legitimate transportation a...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom "The Assault On Veterans’ Health Car...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Editorial: 40 years later, honoring remarkable legacy of Nelson Poynter

Editorial: 40 years later, honoring remarkable legacy of Nelson Poynter

Forty years ago today, Nelson Poynter died. He was the last individual to own this newspaper, and to keep the Times connected to this community, he did something remarkable. He gave it away.In his last years, Mr. Poynter recognized that sooner or lat...
Published: 06/15/18

AT&T and the case for digital innovation

A good way to guarantee you’ll be wrong about something is to predict the future of technology. As in, "One day, we’ll all …" Experts can hazard guesses about artificial intelligence, driverless cars or the death of cable television, but technologica...
Published: 06/14/18
Column: How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump

Column: How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump

Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters:I get that you’re angry. I’m angry, too. But anger isn’t a strategy. Sometimes it’s a trap. When you find yourself spewing four-letter words, you’ve fallen into it. You’ve chosen cheap theatric...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Column: GOP continues forging itself in Trump’s image

Fiercely and undeniably, the Republican Party this week confirmed its rebranding as the party of Donald Trump.Buoyed by a late Tuesday presidential tweet, voters in South Carolina cast out Rep. Mark Sanford, a firmly conservative member of Congress w...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Howard Altman: New Port Richey veteran out front in campaign for burn-pit benefits

Howard Altman: New Port Richey veteran out front in campaign for burn-pit benefits

Last week, the halls of Congress became the latest battleground in a campaign by tens of thousands of veterans seeking acknowledgment of the health problems they suffer from exposure to open-air refuse burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.Nav...
Published: 06/14/18
Joe Henderson: Remembering Joe Zalupski, who helped make Tampa a big-time sports town

Joe Henderson: Remembering Joe Zalupski, who helped make Tampa a big-time sports town

Joe Zalupski wouldn’t want me to write this.He would cringe at the thought anyone might make a fuss about him. He was most content away from the spotlight and to be with Vilma, his wife of 66 years.He valued friends. He loved golf.He loved to read an...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18