Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Editorial: Scott should order investigation of concealed weapons permitting
Associated Press
There are more than enough revelations about shortcomings in the processing of concealed weapon permits to justify Gov. Rick Scott ordering an independent investigation.
To his credit, Gov. Rick Scott says he is considering requests to order an independent investigation of how Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnamís office screens applications for concealed weapon permits. Itís a reasonable request, and the governor has a...
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn put together a solid plan for $1 billion.
Editorial: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhornís responsible budget
Associated Press
Key West has been dealing with frequent flooding for years, as has Miami. Rising sea levels will also affect the Tampa Bay area and a regional effort is being organized to help deal with it.
Column: A Tampa Bay approach to make region more resilient against flooding, storms

Top Editorials

Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

The CrossBay Ferry appears headed for another round of rides across Tampa Bay, with local governments pledging one more year of financial support. But as more taxpayer money is steered into this project, itís important to recognize what purpose the f...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Editorial: Renting an apartment should not be a pipe dream for low-income workers

A modest apartment should not be financially out of reach for full-time workers in America. But a recent report reveals no one working full-time for minimum wage could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in Florida or the rest of the nati...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Editorial: Modest progress toward paid family leave

Editorial: Modest progress toward paid family leave

Paid family leave promotes workforce participation and makes for healthier parents and babies, but a yearslong disagreement over how to structure and pay for a national policy has left the United States behind other nations in providing even minimal ...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/20/18

IRS making Ďdark moneyí darker

Under a perverse interpretation of federal law, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations supposedly devoted to "social welfare" can spend large amounts of money to influence elections without publicly disclosing the identities of their donors. But instead ...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Editorial: Algae blooms, toll woes and beach battles -- Floridaís fouled up summer

Editorial: Algae blooms, toll woes and beach battles -- Floridaís fouled up summer

July in Florida. The height of summer tourist season. Rental cars clog the highways and tourists crowd the beaches, motels and all-you-can-eat shrimp joints. Many of our neighbors are off to North Carolina or somewhere cooler. So itís an awfully inco...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Editorials

The secret to Amazon Prime Day is buying only what you really, REALLY need

The secret to Amazon Prime Day is buying only what you really, REALLY need

Prime Day is upon us. At 3 p.m. today giant online retailer Amazon will unroll its biggest sales of the year to celebrate its birth month. That could mean either big savings, or the urge to buy stuff you donít really need because it seems like a good...
Published: 07/16/18
PolitiFact Florida: What Trumpís Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trumpís Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Floridaís Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
Published: 07/16/18
Romano: The best politician in Tampa Bay is not a politician

Romano: The best politician in Tampa Bay is not a politician

Some politicians bark, and some like to preen. Itís all part of an elaborate act to attract attention and create an image.But the very best politicians?They donít act like politicians at all.I was reminded of that last week while watching Pinellas Co...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/14/18
Editorial: Personal bias taints Floridaís clemency system

Editorial: Personal bias taints Floridaís clemency system

A recent exchange between the governor and Cabinet and a felon seeking to have his civil rights restored underscores the arbitrary unfairness of Floridaís clemency system. A long waiting period, a ridiculous backlog of cases and elected officials who...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Trump should work with Congress on immigration

Donald Trumpís resounding victory in the 2016 presidential election came at least in part because the New York businessman grasped the disconnect between how millions of Americans and the political establishments of both parties felt about immigratio...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Column: How Putin will con Trump

Column: How Putin will con Trump

It may be harder to predict what the American president ó vs. his Russian counterpart ó will say at Mondayís summit in Helsinki. Indeed, President Donald Trumpís unpredictability contrasts with a rather easy-to-read Vladimir Putin. And that should ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Guest column: Deputyís legacy of heroism inspired a place for dogs to play

Guest column: Deputyís legacy of heroism inspired a place for dogs to play

My dog Sophie likes to remind me that the dog days of summer are just around the corner. That means itís time for her to shed her winter coat, head outdoors and enjoy the Tampa sunshine. Where can Sophie and her furry friends go to enjoy, but not bak...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council

Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council

The St. Petersburg City Council made the appropriate but difficult decision to reject a contract with renowned artist Janet Echelman for one of her aerial sculptures. It would be wonderful for the city to have one of her signature works, but Spa Beac...
Published: 07/13/18
Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

Itís that time of year again ó when people slather on the sunscreen, grab the kids and head to the beach. And itís when we hear what seems like continuous, 24/7 news items about shark attacks.For some reason, shark attacks have become something of a ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18
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