Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Opinion

Editorial: Progress on Tampa Bay graduation rates

Tampa Bay’s four school districts all reached a significant milestone last school year: achieving graduation rates over 80 percent. It’s believed to be the first time Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties all surpassed that threshold, a...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

Take deal; build wall

President Donald Trump says he is optimistic a deal can be struck to shield "Dreamers," the young undocumented immigrants whose lives he put in jeopardy by stripping them of work permits and deportation protection, beginning March 5. His price, and t...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/11/18
Editorial: Trump’s reversal on drilling a victory for Florida

Editorial: Trump’s reversal on drilling a victory for Florida

The Trump administration’s abrupt reversal on its foolhardy plan to allow more oil drilling off Florida’s coastlines is a win for the Sunshine State, regardless of whether it is based more on politics than environmental concerns. Drilling poses a uni...
Published: 01/10/18
Editorial: Welcome steps toward cracking down on dangerous teen parties

Editorial: Welcome steps toward cracking down on dangerous teen parties

Getting to the bottom of the shootings that left two people dead after a New Year’s Day teen party, one a 15-year-old girl, is the job of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators so far have said that the two security guards who fired ...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Editorial: Florida should spend more to clean up leaking tanks

Editorial: Florida should spend more to clean up leaking tanks

Thousands of underground petroleum tanks are buried across Florida, endangering the drinking water supply because the state doesn’t make their cleanup a priority or require that nearby residents be alerted. This hidden public health threat has existe...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Another voice: Don’t deport the Salvadorans

The Trump administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade comes as no surprise, given President Donald Trump’s attitu...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/10/18
Editorial: Cracks in the facade of normalcy in Tallahassee

Editorial: Cracks in the facade of normalcy in Tallahassee

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature on Tuesday tried to create a facade of normalcy. The governor’s last State of the State speech was perhaps his best in delivery and focus, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran delivered his usual uncompromisi...
Published: 01/09/18

Another voice: Almost 1,000 were killed by police last year; here’s what to do about it

Police shot and killed 987 people in the United States last year. That is two dozen more than in the year before and nearly identical to the number of people killed by police the year before that. The lack of appreciable change in the numbers is a de...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18
Editorial: North Korea’s real nuclear threat requires real focus, not tweets

Editorial: North Korea’s real nuclear threat requires real focus, not tweets

North Korea’s sudden and apparent vault into the ranks of the world’s nuclear powers presents an immediate threat to global security, and the Trump administration has precious little time to manage this crisis toward a peaceful solution. The White Ho...
Published: 01/08/18

Another voice: Sessions’ endless war on marijuana

The key to understanding the Trump administration’s approach to policy, it seems, is to look at what most Americans want and then imagine the opposite.Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which ...
Published: 01/07/18
Updated: 01/08/18