Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. [U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP]
Innocent children should not be used as political pawns. That is exactly what the Trump administration is doing by cruelly prying young children away from their parents as these desperate families cross the Mexican border in search of a safer, better life...
Photo by Mac Stone
A Tallahassee judge has affirmed the overwhelming intent of Florida voters by ruling that state lawmakers have failed to comply with a constitutional amendment that is supposed to provide a specific fund to buy and preserve endangered lands. This is the Green Swamp, which feeds water to the Hillsborough River.
Editorial: A court victory for protecting Florida’s environment
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A citizens group called All For Transportation announced Thursday it will launch a petition drive to put a 1-cent sales tax increase in Hillsborough on the November ballot for transit.
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Top Editorials

There was no FBI anti-Trump conspiracy

The Justice Department released Thursday the highly anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and other sensitive issues in the 2016 election. It is not the report President Donald Trump wanted. But there is enough i...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

The Florida Department of Children and Families has correctly set a quick deadline for Hillsborough County’s main child welfare provider to correct its foster care program. For too long the same story has played out, where troubled teens who need fos...
Published: 06/14/18
Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

This fall voters will have 13 constitutional amendments to wade through on the ballot, but Amendment 4 should get special focus. It represents a rare opportunity to rectify a grievous provision in the Florida Constitution, which permanently revokes t...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Column: St. Petersburg tackles affordable housing crisis

Column: St. Petersburg tackles affordable housing crisis

Everyone deserves the chance at the American dream of home ownership. But lately it is hard enough to even find an affordable apartment because St. Petersburg is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. Housing is intertwined with job growth an...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Ruth: A 50th high school reunion brings perspective

Time is a funny thing. It has a way of creeping on you like little crow’s feet. And it can melt away at the same time.Fifty years. It was in June 1968 that I graduated from St. Vincent High School in Akron, just a bit removed from the institution’s m...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Editorials

Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

At this moment, she is Tampa Bay’s most influential export. A smart, accomplished and powerful attorney making life-altering decisions on an international stage.But what of tomorrow? And the day after?When the story of President Donald Trump’s border...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Fane Lozman, a consummate citizen-critic of local government affairs, exercised his First Amendment right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The government in this case was the city of Riviera Beach.He was led off in handcuffs ...
Published: 06/18/18
Editorial cartoons for June 19

Editorial cartoons for June 19

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/18/18
PolitiFact Florida: Have more students been killed in schools than soldiers in combat zones?

PolitiFact Florida: Have more students been killed in schools than soldiers in combat zones?

After a student gunman killed 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas, a claim circulated widely on social media that compared the number of deaths in the military with the number of deaths in school shootings.One of the politicians who shared it on social medi...
Published: 06/18/18

Voter purge may be legal, but it’s also suppression

The Supreme Court’s ruling last Monday to allow Ohio’s purging of its voter rolls is difficult to dispute legally. While federal law prohibits removing citizens from voter rolls simply because they haven’t voted, Ohio’s purge is slightly different. T...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Editorial: How Florida and the Trump administration are tampering with your health care

Editorial: How Florida and the Trump administration are tampering with your health care

The Trump administration just can’t stop sabotaging Americans’ access to health care. Instead of giving up after it failed to persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it continues to quietly undermine the law in ways that would reduce acc...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Column: Personalism is the philosophy we need

One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about "Trump voters" or "social justice warriors," but when you actually meet people they defy categories. Someone might be...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Column: My dad didn’t know how to get fit. I’ll do better for my kids.

Column: My dad didn’t know how to get fit. I’ll do better for my kids.

On a June afternoon 28 years ago, in the last inning of my Little League team’s annual parents-and-kids game, my father hit a game-winning grand slam. Judging from the uncertain way he ran the bases and his inexplicable head-first slide into home pla...
Published: 06/15/18
The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

Water is an amazing thing we take for grantedIn Lapham’s Quarterly, Donovan Hohn writes a fascinating essay about water and literature. Read "Watermarks: Diving Into The Fathoms To Find Life’s Fluency" in full at http://bit.ly/2l9IpXr. Here’s an exce...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Even the most informed observer might struggle to know what to make of the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea.Colorful theatrics, such as a four-minute video that Trump showed Kim, gave the event an air of su...
Published: 06/15/18