Thursday, June 21, 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...
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if the retailers do not have a physical presence in the state. That could bring $500 million or more in additional sales tax revenue to Florida, and the Legislature should require that the tax be collected.
Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions enters a news conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Tampa. Sessions spoke about the efforts to combat drug trafficking and end the opioid crisis. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Sessions kickstarts action on marijuana
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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

Top Editorials

Editorial: ATF should get tougher on gun dealers who violate the law

Gun dealers who break the law by turning a blind eye to federal licensing rules are as dangerous to society as people who have no right to a possess a firearm in the first place. Yet a recent report shows that the federal agency responsible for polic...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

The new grass-roots effort to put a transportation package before Hillsborough County voters in November faces a tough slog. Voters rejected a similar effort in 2010, and another in 2016 by elected officials never made it from the gate. But the lates...
Published: 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

Editorials

Editorial: How Florida and the Trump administration are tampering with your health care

Editorial: How Florida and the Trump administration are tampering with your health care

The Trump administration just can’t stop sabotaging Americans’ access to health care. Instead of giving up after it failed to persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it continues to quietly undermine the law in ways that would reduce acc...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Column: Personalism is the philosophy we need

One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about "Trump voters" or "social justice warriors," but when you actually meet people they defy categories. Someone might be...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Column: My dad didn’t know how to get fit. I’ll do better for my kids.

Column: My dad didn’t know how to get fit. I’ll do better for my kids.

On a June afternoon 28 years ago, in the last inning of my Little League team’s annual parents-and-kids game, my father hit a game-winning grand slam. Judging from the uncertain way he ran the bases and his inexplicable head-first slide into home pla...
Published: 06/15/18
The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

Water is an amazing thing we take for grantedIn Lapham’s Quarterly, Donovan Hohn writes a fascinating essay about water and literature. Read "Watermarks: Diving Into The Fathoms To Find Life’s Fluency" in full at http://bit.ly/2l9IpXr. Here’s an exce...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/15/18
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