Saturday, November 18, 2017

Opinion

Editorial: Yep, humans are main cause of climate change

Editorial: Yep, humans are main cause of climate change

The Trump administration’s junk science on global warming has taken another major hit, as a report by 13 federal agencies made crystal clear that human activities are now "the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid 20th century." In a l...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/12/17

Editorial: An environmentalist to run Florida parks

Gov. Rick Scott made a surprising pick to lead Florida’s state park system: a bona fide environmentalist. Eric Draper, head of the environmental group Audubon Florida, is also a political player who can navigate the dealmaking that goes on in Tallaha...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Another voice: So, what would Trump pay?

‘Here is everything you need to know about our plan," the press office for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised in an email offering links to thousands of words of material on the House GOP’s new tax cut proposal. But it did not contain some cru...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/07/17
Editorial: Jan Platt’s legacy in Hillsborough County

Editorial: Jan Platt’s legacy in Hillsborough County

There was never any question of where Jan Platt stood on an issue. Her sense of fair play and accountability, love for the environment and belief in open government defined her more than 40 years in politics. As a member of both the Tampa City Counci...
Published: 11/06/17
Editorial: Independent investigation needed of harassment claims against Latvala

Editorial: Independent investigation needed of harassment claims against Latvala

An independent, thorough investigation of allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. Jack Latvala is the best way to determine their veracity and start restoring integrity to a Florida Legislature awash in accusations of inappropriate behavior and...
Published: 11/06/17
A Times editorial: Nominee is a poor pick to lead NASA

A Times editorial: Nominee is a poor pick to lead NASA

James Bridenstine took some of the edge off his partisan shtick on Wednesday during his confirmation hearing to become NASA’s next administrator. But the Oklahoma congressman is wholly unfit to lead the nation’s space agency, especially at this criti...
Published: 11/02/17
Updated: 11/06/17

A Times editorial: Bring the broken Pinellas construction licensing board under control of the county commission

Pinellas lawmakers took the only sensible step this week to fix the county’s broken construction licensing board, vowing to pass legislation next year to move it under the County Commission’s control.Months of reporting by the Times’ Mark Puente has ...
Published: 11/02/17
Updated: 11/06/17
Editorial: More locked cars would mean fewer stolen guns

Editorial: More locked cars would mean fewer stolen guns

Florida is an accommodating place for legal gun owners, but that gun-friendly climate has yielded too many opportunities for criminals. Over the last decade, at least 82,000 guns have been stolen from private owners and gun shops that have not been r...
Published: 11/02/17
Updated: 11/03/17

Another voice: Critical thinking skills are the first line of defense in misinformation age

Most Americans probably don’t look to Italy for solutions to our most pressing problems, but the Italians are onto a long-term fix for the dangerous ways the public digests information from the Internet. With Russian meddling and all kinds of nefario...
Published: 11/01/17
Updated: 11/15/17

A Times editorial: Bad EPA directive effectively bars agency from hearing key expert testimony

‘Whatever science comes out of EPA," the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, declared Tuesday, "shouldn’t be political science." We couldn’t agree more. But this is rich coming from one of the most politically motivate...
Published: 11/01/17
Updated: 11/06/17