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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott wants transparency for VA but not for himself

When Gov. Rick Scott filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs for not allowing state inspectors into VA hospitals in Florida, he said the VA was "stonewalling."

He should know. The former Columbia/HCA head once exercised his Fifth Amendment right 75 times in a civil court deposition.

Observers routinely criticize Scott's gubernatorial tenure for operating outside the "sunshine," but now he's criticizing the VA for a lack of transparency?

This act of political gamesmanship would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. Veterans deserve and need a solution, not a governor trying to score political points with the sword of hypocrisy. …

Fast food workers clamor for a wage increase to $15 an hour, but my friend Stanley Gray offers a better solution: above-base compensation.

Every restaurant accepts a loss for waste and theft known as shrinkage. Gray says instead of a simple hourly increase, workers should receive quarterly bonuses for reducing that shrinkage. In other words, earn the increase. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: There Is No Planet B …

Kudos to Hot 101.5 morning host Jayde Donovan, who gave away 22 iPads this month to kids battling pediatric cancer, part of her Apple-A-Day program. …

Patrons of Brady's Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor will get a treat Tuesday night when Robin Taylor, the son of Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, takes the stage. …

A StoryCorps segment I recorded in January with my old college roommate Mike Sexton airs today on WUSF-89.7 FM. We can't remember what we said, and we're both scared to death.

That's all I'm saying.

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott wants transparency for VA but not for himself 06/01/14 [Last modified: Sunday, June 1, 2014 6:49pm]
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