Friday, November 16, 2018

Perspective

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott:Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governor’s periodic and brief question and answer sessions. He almost never says anything.How shou...
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Crystals may have helped Vikings sail to Greenland

Crystals may have helped Vikings sail to Greenland

When the Vikings left the familiar fjords of Norway for icy, uncharted territories, they were at the mercy of weather. They had no magnetic compasses and no way to ward off stretches of heavy clouds or fog that made it difficult to navigate by sun. H...
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Perspective: A case for a carbon tax on beef

Perspective: A case for a carbon tax on beef

Let me admit up front that I would rather be eating a cheeseburger right now. Or maybe trying out a promising new recipe for Korean braised short ribs. But our collective love affair with beef, dating back more than 10,000 years, has gone wrong, in s...
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Perspective: How genetics is changing our understanding of ‘race’

Perspective: How genetics is changing our understanding of ‘race’

In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of ...
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Perspective: A simple two-step plan to solve Florida’s opioid crisis

Even as Florida’s opioid crisis devastates families around the state, there are real, viable solutions that could curb this epidemic, substantially reduce the cascading number of deaths and provide necessary and appropriate treatment for those addict...
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Maxwell: The MLK paradox

Maxwell: The MLK paradox

Twenty-one Americans have won the Nobel Peace Prize. The first was President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and the last was Barack Obama in 2009. All but one of the American laureates received the prize for efforts that had an international focus.Mart...
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PolitiFact: Does the spending bill’s gun research line nullify the Dickey amendment?

PolitiFact: Does the spending bill’s gun research line nullify the Dickey amendment?

One of the hurdles in the gun policy debate is a lack of hard data. Tucked in the just-passed $1.3 trillion spending package is a single sentence that its authors say points the country in a new direction.The guts of the text come down to this: "The ...
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Perspective: For black men, growing up rich may not help

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of m...
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Perspective: The real scandal isn’t Cambridge Analytica. It’s Facebook’s whole business model.

The plot was made for front-page headlines and cable-news chyrons: A scientist-turned-political-operative reportedly hoodwinked Facebook users into giving up personal data on both themselves and all their friends for research purposes, then used it t...
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Perspective: Be a skeptic, not a cynic

Editor’s note: This is adapted from a speech to 600 middle and high school students and teachers participating in a Model U.N. program at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus, this month.It’s time to be more than a spectator. Your involvement ca...
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