Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Editorial: Habitat for Humanity still has questions to answer about selling mortgages
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Joann Salas and her husband John Clay, 83, helped build their Habitat for Humanity home 15 years ago. Theirs was among the mortgages Habitat\u2019s Hillsborough affiliate recently sold to a company with a history of buying and flipping foreclosed houses.
A good reputation can vanish overnight, which is why Habitat for Humanity of Hills-borough County made a smart decision by announcing it would seek to buy back 12 mortgages it sold to a Tampa company with a history of flipping properties. The...
President Donald Trump speaks appears at a July 31 rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds' Expo Hall in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy
The stand your ground law left McCabe with a tough call.
Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go
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Ruth: Knocking Alex Jones off social media is not censorship

There’s an old saying. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t plotting against you.And that brings us to Alex Jones. He has been reigning over Infowars for nearly 20 years, spewing one conspiracy theory after another across a wide ar...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Editorial: FDA should not penalize premium cigars

Editorial: FDA should not penalize premium cigars

A well-meaning but poorly designed effort to keep tobacco from children could sink a niche industry and end Tampa’s fabled history as a cigar-making capital. The Food and Drug Administration needs to recognize not all tobacco products are alike...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/13/18
Editorial: Bondi should stop fighting smokable medicial marijuana

Editorial: Bondi should stop fighting smokable medicial marijuana

The fight for medical marijuana in Florida should have ended with the resounding 2016 vote authorizing it in the state Constitution. Instead, the battle for access drags on, with Attorney General Pam Bondi waging the latest round in a lengthy legal b...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Editorial: Warning signs of a mental health crisis in Florida

Editorial: Warning signs of a mental health crisis in Florida

They reach from South Florida to Tampa, from a high school to a college campus, from troubled kids to troubled parents. But there is a common thread connecting these tragedies: Florida has a mental health crisis. Addressing it would require spending ...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Candidate replies

Editor’s note: The Tampa Bay Times provides an opportunity for candidates not recommended by the editorial board to respond.Florida SenateDistrict 16, RepublicansLeo KarruliLeo Karruli is a well-educated, good family man, a self-made successful busin...
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Editorials

Editorial cartoons for August 17

Editorial cartoons for August 17

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Editorial: Vote — or a minority of the electorate will decide your future without you

Editorial: Vote — or a minority of the electorate will decide your future without you

40%of Americans who were eligible to vote for president in 2016 just didn’t bother. That number dwarfs the portion of all eligible voters who cast a ballot for President Donald Trump — 27.6 percent — or, for that matter, Hillary Clinton, 28.8 percent...
Updated: 3 hours ago
This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

I’m going start with it: Chicken tender Pub subs are on sale this week. It’s like a Florida holiday when Publix chicken tender subs are $6.99. Suddenly, offices across the Sunshine State are filled with the aroma of Buffalo sauce as everyone brings b...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

At the Hillsborough school board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Jeff Eakins unloaded on the Tampa Bay Times.The normally affable Eakins was steaming about the Times report that the district knew some schools had high levels of lead in the drinking w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Romano: Con artist or Florida politician? You decide

Romano: Con artist or Florida politician? You decide

Decorum matters, and so the attorney’s language was appropriately measured.In seeking to have a constitutional amendment thrown off the ballot, a motion filed in Leon County used words such as "misleading’’ and "ambiguity’’ and "wordsmithing.’’That’s...
Published: 08/16/18
Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Florida’s former secret, the Rosewood racial atrocity, has haunted me for 36 years. Back in the mists of 1982 — before email, cellphones or GPS — I was the revealer of that long-lost secret, unveiling it in an investigative exposé f...
Published: 08/16/18
Editorial cartoons for August 16

Editorial cartoons for August 16

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/30/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Ernest Hooper: Goody Goody stars in latest documentary by Tampa’s video historian

Ernest Hooper: Goody Goody stars in latest documentary by Tampa’s video historian

I don’t know if she can outrace a giant boulder, navigate perilous pitfalls to capture a hidden idol or beat back Nazi soldiers intent on evil.I’m not even sure if she can deftly handle a whip, or fit a fedora over her salt-and-pepper hair.Yet in man...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Editorial cartoons for August 15

Editorial cartoons for August 15

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/30/18
Updated: 08/14/18

Who’s afraid of Nancy Pelosi?

Normally, a party that gives away $2 trillion without worrying about where the money will come from can buy itself at least a few votes. But Donald Trump’s tax cut remains remarkably unpopular, and Republicans barely mention it on the campaign trail ...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
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