Thursday, May 17, 2018

Opinion

Editorial: Quiet vote for five-day waiting period sends loud message about ripples of Parkland

Editorial: Quiet vote for five-day waiting period sends loud message about ripples of Parkland

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 handle...
Published: 05/04/18
Editorial: U.S. should not kill nuclear pact with Iran

Editorial: U.S. should not kill nuclear pact with Iran

The Trump administration appears to be careening toward the reckless decision to kill the nuclear agreement with Iran, which would be another in a long line of foreign policy mistakes driven by ideology, impulse and domestic politics rather than fact...
Published: 05/02/18
Updated: 05/04/18

California defends right to clean air

World leaders may negotiate their climate change accords in foreign capitals, but the efforts to stem global warming may succeed or fail based on what happens in United States courtrooms, where the state of California is leading the charge to block t...
Published: 05/02/18
Updated: 05/03/18
Editorial: Hillsborough school district should not keep secret bad behavior by substitute teachers

Editorial: Hillsborough school district should not keep secret bad behavior by substitute teachers

The Hillsborough County School District, in collusion with its staffing company, has devised a cynical way to keep revealing details about problematic substitute teachers out of the public eye. After the Tampa Bay Times exposed numerous instances of ...
Published: 05/01/18
Updated: 05/03/18
Editorial: Focus on improving, not killing, regional BRT concept

Editorial: Focus on improving, not killing, regional BRT concept

Critics are finding plenty not to like about a proposed bus rapid transit system connecting Wesley Chapel, Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the cake’s not even in the oven; consultants are still toying with changes to make the system faster, more ...
Published: 05/01/18
Updated: 05/03/18
Editorials: Clearwater should slow effort to switch to strong mayor

Editorials: Clearwater should slow effort to switch to strong mayor

A handful of downtown Clearwater business leaders should be careful what they wish for in pushing for the city to switch to a strong mayor form of government. A strong mayor offers no guarantee a city will prosper, and it can bring new challenges. Th...
Published: 05/01/18
Updated: 05/03/18
Editorial: State probe should provide clarity at All Children’s heart institute

Editorial: State probe should provide clarity at All Children’s heart institute

State investigators are appropriately investigating serious issues at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Heart Institute in St. Petersburg that raise legitimate concerns about safety and quality of care. Twice, a needle was left in a child a...
Updated one month ago

Newsprint tariffs cost journalists their jobs

The latest lesson in the costs and benefits of tariffs comes from our very own industry: the print media. Specifically, the Commerce Department has imposed substantial new tariffs on newsprint from Canada, driving up newspaper production costs across...
Published: 04/29/18
Updated: 05/02/18
Editorial: A useful watchdog for the state attorney

Editorial: A useful watchdog for the state attorney

For prosecutors, securing a conviction is one thing. Serving justice can be another matter. That’s why the idea by Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren to audit the performance of his office is good for the public and for prosecutors alik...
Published: 04/27/18
Updated: 05/04/18

Editorial: Congress should pass bipartisan bill to ban zombie campaigns

The federal government took the first of several necessary steps this week to crack down on political candidates who cannot seem to ween themselves from the privilege of spending other people’s money.The Federal Elections Commission announced it woul...
Updated one month ago