Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Editorial: Scott should order investigation of concealed weapons permitting
Associated Press
There are more than enough revelations about shortcomings in the processing of concealed weapon permits to justify Gov. Rick Scott ordering an independent investigation.
To his credit, Gov. Rick Scott says he is considering requests to order an independent investigation of how Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office screens applications for concealed weapon permits. It’s a reasonable request, and the governor has a...
JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
Gov. Rick Scott ordered a halt to enforcing a new law passed to clarify property owners\u2019 rights and public access to beaches.
Editorial: Algae blooms, toll woes and beach battles -- Florida’s fouled up summer
Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano
Column: Tampa Bay should speak with one voice supporting bus rapid transit
Courtesy of Maggy Hurchalla
Maggy Hurchalla, right, a former Martin County commissioner, spoke out against the county\u2019s deal with Lake Point Restoration, a mining company owned by billionaire George Lindemann Jr., left, and wound up being sued by the company, which claimed she had interfered with a legal contract. The jury agreed.
Editorial: Sacrificing two kayaks and a Toyota for free speech

Top Editorials

Tash: Newsprint tariffs are hurting newspapers, local communities

Tash: Newsprint tariffs are hurting newspapers, local communities

Editor’s note: Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times and Times Publishing Co., spoke Tuesday before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. The commission is considering whether to make permanent the recently imposed tarif...
Published: 07/17/18
Editorial: Trump sides with Putin over America

Editorial: Trump sides with Putin over America

In one of the most surreal news conferences of our time, President Donald Trump actually stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday and called the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election "a disaster for our coun...
Published: 07/16/18
Editorial: Personal bias taints Florida’s clemency system

Editorial: Personal bias taints Florida’s clemency system

A recent exchange between the governor and Cabinet and a felon seeking to have his civil rights restored underscores the arbitrary unfairness of Florida’s clemency system. A long waiting period, a ridiculous backlog of cases and elected officials who...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council

Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council

The St. Petersburg City Council made the appropriate but difficult decision to reject a contract with renowned artist Janet Echelman for one of her aerial sculptures. It would be wonderful for the city to have one of her signature works, but Spa Beac...
Published: 07/13/18
Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Americans are accustomed to celebrating the nation’s birthday by blowing up Chinese fireworks for days — a rite of recklessness that kills seven people a year and sends another 13,000 to hospital emergency rooms. The tragic toll struck close to home ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Editorials

Editorial cartoons for July 20

Editorial cartoons for July 20

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.

Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.

Before the word "resignation" became a euphemism for being fired, it connoted a sense of public integrity and personal honor. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy,William Ruckelshaus, showed both qualities when they resigned from the Nix...
Published: 07/19/18

Ruth: Is Rick Scott’s blind trust that blind?

This is about to get very complicated and financially eye-rolling. But we’re dealing with Florida politics, Florida money and Florida’s bizarre approach to holding its public officials accountable.Or put another way, Tony Soprano’s New Jersey financi...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18
This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

It’s a regular occurrence for me: Once a week, I’ll take out all the ads that have been mailed to my house and spread them across my tiny glass table.I grab my scissors for any coupons. Pull up any apps for stores whose ads I didn’t get and laugh at ...
Published: 07/19/18
We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

Many of you are passionate about how to cut down on disposable plastics. You lit up our inbox with suggestions that ranged from the everyday — use cloth shopping bags — to the cosmic — get SpaceX founder Elon Musk to build a space ship capable of dep...
Published: 07/19/18
Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Starbucks announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws over the next two years. The move comes as other corporate giants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts experiment with ways to cut down on packaging waste.Plastic grocery bag...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Plastic is found in everything from heart stents to fishing nets to athletic clothing. It extends the shelf life of food and improves the fuel efficiency of planes. Undoubtedly, the wonder product has made our lives easier. Unfortunately, the systems...
Published: 07/19/18
Romano: One last shot at saving St. Pete Pier art

Romano: One last shot at saving St. Pete Pier art

(Holds a painting against a wall.)Does it look good here?(Moves it lower.)Okay, how about it here?(Moves it to the left.)Are you sure you want this?• • •Now try that with 250,000 amateur critics.And a piece of art that stretches more than 200 feet.Ye...
Published: 07/19/18
Column: America is living under minority rule

Column: America is living under minority rule

Within the next few months, Brett Kavanaugh will get a vote in the Senate to determine whether he joins the Supreme Court. In all likelihood, that vote will be close but will work out in Kavanaugh’s favor. Republicans currently have a 51-to-49 majori...
Published: 07/18/18
Joe Henderson:  School custodians doubling as soldiers? Our Founding Fathers are reeling.

Joe Henderson: School custodians doubling as soldiers? Our Founding Fathers are reeling.

If you just dropped in from another planet and needed to learn about Florida’s insidious gun problem, all you had to do was check out the front of Wednesday’s local section of the Tampa Bay Times. In the center was a story about a school safety drill...
Published: 07/19/18