Thursday, April 19, 2018

Opinion

How Barbara Bush broke a shameful national silence on AIDS

How Barbara Bush broke a shameful national silence on AIDS

When the news of the passing of Barbara Bush hit on Tuesday, my mind immediately went back to a 1989 photo of her cradling a baby. A grandmother holding an infant isn’t shocking. But when the grandmother was the new first lady and the child was infec...
Published: 04/18/18
Column: Mrs. No-Nonsense

Column: Mrs. No-Nonsense

I met her in 1981, when I went to work for her husband as speechwriter. I was a bit in awe of her — who wasn’t? — and, I confess, a bit scared. A few weeks in, I wrote a speech that went over well, in no small part due to President George H.W. Bush’s...
Published: 04/18/18

Columns: Creating a path to add cities in Hillsborough

There has been much discussion recently about changing the structure of the Hillsborough County Commission. One proposal is to expand the board to nine members from the current seven, with all commissioners being elected from single-member districts ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn is acting like a candidate for lieutenant governor

Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn is acting like a candidate for lieutenant governor

Do you ever get the feeling Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn goes to sleep every night fully attired in a business suit, tie perfectly knotted, pocket square perfectly folded, wing-tips perfectly shined?You just never know if at 3 a.m. he might be awakened w...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Ruth: Our obligation to be educated about Hitler and the Holocaust

We hear a great many preening chants about "Making America Great Again," whatever that means. But how can America make any claims to greatness until it becomes literate again? The two sort of go hand in hand.A recent survey commissioned by the Confer...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/18/18
Editorial: Congress should protect independence of special counsel

Editorial: Congress should protect independence of special counsel

A bipartisan Senate bill clarifying that only the attorney general or a high-ranking designee could remove a special prosecutor would send an important message amid President Donald Trump’s attacks on the investigation into Russia’s inter...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18
Editorial cartoons for April 17

Editorial cartoons for April 17

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 04/16/18

Column: Democrats are the real fiscal conservatives

By now, nobody should be surprised when the Republican Party violates its claims of fiscal rectitude. Increasing the deficit — through big tax cuts, mostly for the rich — has been the defining feature of the party’s economic policy for decades. When ...
Published: 04/16/18
PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

Floridians following Rick Scott since his first campaign probably weren’t surprised when the two-term Republican governor talked about jobs during his announcement to run for the U.S. Senate.He described the years before his election in 2010, claimi...
Published: 04/16/18
Editorial: Redner’s court win on medical marijuana sends message

Editorial: Redner’s court win on medical marijuana sends message

Florida regulators have done far too little to make voter-approved medical marijuana widely available for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. A circuit court judge in Tallahassee ruled last week there is a price for that obstruction, finding t...
Published: 04/15/18
Updated: 04/16/18