Thursday, October 11, 2018

Opinion

Times recommends: Hagan, White, Smith, Overman for Hillsborough County Commission

Times recommends: Hagan, White, Smith, Overman for Hillsborough County Commission

The Hillsborough County Commission faces several major challenges in the coming years, from funding transportation improvements and addressing the lack of affordable housing to controlling the fiscal and environmental impacts of sprawl. Commissioners...
Published: 10/02/18
Updated: 10/04/18
Times recommends: Nikki Fried for agriculture commissioner

Times recommends: Nikki Fried for agriculture commissioner

This is an unconventional year for candidates for state commissioner of agriculture, neither of whom has a deep, personal connection to Florida farming. One is a real estate appraiser and the other is a lobbyist for marijuana interests. Democrat Nico...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/04/18
Times recommends: Jeremy Ring for chief financial officer

Times recommends: Jeremy Ring for chief financial officer

Florida’s chief financial officer pays the state’s bills, oversees vendors and contracts, and audits government agencies. It’s not a sexy job, but it’s an important one. Democrat Jeremy Ring is far more qualified than Repu...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/03/18
Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

The list of proposed constitutional amendments is long and confusing. Some have multiple parts. So here’s some easy advice: After voting yes on Amendment 4, vote no on all the others.All but two of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution...
Published: 09/28/18
Updated: 10/03/18

Times recommends: Yes on Amendment 4

Anthony Benitez of Tampa is a carpenter with an engineering degree who long ago left behind the addiction-fueled crimes that led to his felony record. He can’t vote.Clifton Sanders Jr. of Orange Park is a retired minister who once cashed a $23...
Published: 09/28/18
Updated: 10/03/18

A New York Times editorial: Donald Trump, self-made sham

“I built what I built myself.”This boast has long been at the core of the mythology of Donald Trump, Self-Made Billionaire. As the oft-told story goes, young Trump accepted a modest $1 million loan from his father, Fred, a moderately su...
Published: 10/03/18
How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year, more than died in Vietnam (58,220) or from guns (38,658 in 2016) or car crashes (40,100 in 2017). And the crisis is far worse in Florida than the nation, as fatal overdoses spiked 47 percent from 2015...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 10/02/18
Times recommends: Ashley Moody for attorney general

Times recommends: Ashley Moody for attorney general

The most certain outcome in the November election is that the next Florida attorney general will be from Tampa and have a law degree from the University of Florida. Republican Ashley Moody and Democrat Sean Shaw both have been public servants who hav...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/02/18
Editorial: FBI investigation is best way forward in Kavanaugh confirmation

Editorial: FBI investigation is best way forward in Kavanaugh confirmation

Brett Kavanaugh is a seriously damaged nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, besieged by allegations of sexual assault and now raising new concerns about his combative demeanor and political objectivity. So it was a welcome turnabout when a Republican ...
Published: 09/28/18
A Times editorial: No one wins when China and U.S. go to war over trade

A Times editorial: No one wins when China and U.S. go to war over trade

No one wins when the world’s two largest economies fight a trade war. But as President Donald Trump on Monday added levies on another $200 billion in Chinese imports and China’s leaders responded in kind with tariffs on $60 billion in A...
Published: 09/28/18