Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Opinion

Crist custody battle may be scrutinized in a campaign

Carole Crist's attorney labeled a custody case with her former husband as "private," but the fact that she lost custody of her two daughters may become very public if current husband Charlie Crist runs for governor.

Most voters will focus on more pertinent matters regarding the state's direction. But if Crist ends up in a close race with Gov. Rick Scott, maybe a handful of voters will be influenced by the dispute and the harsh allegations coming from Carole Crist's ex-husband, Todd Rome. It may be a mistake to let the accusations go unanswered. ...

Congresswoman Kathy Castor holds a job and community resource fair Thursday at St. Petersburg's Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 50 employers will be present. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker (by a laughing Michigan native): So Many Snowbirds, So Little Freezer Space. ...

I miss football terribly, but Saturday's Perry Mason marathon on Hallmark was awesome. Kids, ask your parents. ...

Local book editor Paula Stahel recently completed her latest collaboration with My Haley, wife of the late Roots author Alex Haley. Stahel says the new effort, a Civil War-era true account entitled The Treason of Mary Louvestre, reflects My Haley's phenomenal storytelling ability. Pick it up at Inkwood Books. ...

Kudos to Hillsborough County Veterans Council president Walt Raysick and the other service men and women who rallied to give an indigent veteran a military funeral. As the Times' Rich Shopes explained in his moving story, they didn't know him and had never met him, but felt compelled to help.

It's nice to know duty, honor and courage still matter.

That's all I'm saying.

Comments
Editorial: As USFSP consolidation task force meets, openness and collaboration are key

Editorial: As USFSP consolidation task force meets, openness and collaboration are key

Writing a new law that phases out separate accreditation for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and folds it back into the major research university was the easy part. The hard work starts today when a new consolidation task force holds i...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Correction

CorrectionCircuit Judge John Stargel of Lakeland is a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission who voted against a proposed amendment that would have stopped write-in candidates from closing primary elections. An editorial Saturday inco...
Published: 04/23/18
Editorial: Pruitt sets new low for ethics at EPA

Editorial: Pruitt sets new low for ethics at EPA

Not too many people took then-candidate Donald Trump seriously when he famously campaigned to "drain the swamp" as president. But that shouldn’t give this administration a free pass to excuse the behavior of Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Env...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18
Editorial: Allegiant Air still has safety issues

Editorial: Allegiant Air still has safety issues

Allegiant Air’s safety record remains troubling, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s reluctance to talk about it is no more encouraging. Those are the key takeaways from a 60 Minutes report on the low-cost carrier’s high rate of mid-flight brea...
Published: 04/21/18

Editorial: Women’s work undervalued in bay area

Even a strong economy and low unemployment cannot overcome the persistent pay gap affecting full-time working women in Florida. A new report shows women in Florida earned 12.5 percent less on average than their male counterparts, and the disparities ...
Published: 04/21/18
Editorial: Florida’s death penalty fading away on its own

Editorial: Florida’s death penalty fading away on its own

Florida lawmakers may never take the death penalty off the books, but stronger forces are steadily eroding this inhumane, outdated tool of injustice. Court rulings, subsequent changes to law and waning public support have significantly suppressed the...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Editorial: A missed chance for open primary elections

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission did a lot of things wrong this week by combining unrelated or unpalatable provisions into single amendments that will appear on the November ballot. It also wasted an opportunity to do one thing right. The...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/23/18
Editorial: New Cuba president is chance for new start

Editorial: New Cuba president is chance for new start

For all the symbolism, Raul Castro’s handoff of the Cuban presidency this week amounts to less than meets the eye even if his handpicked successor, the Communist Party functionary Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, is the first person not named Castro to le...
Published: 04/20/18
Editorial: When they visit Nature’s Classroom, kids are right where they belong

Editorial: When they visit Nature’s Classroom, kids are right where they belong

The Hillsborough school district planted a fruitful seed with the opening of Nature’s Classroom five decades ago on the cypress-lined banks of the Hillsborough River northeast of Tampa. • The lessons taught there to some 17,000 sixth graders each yea...
Published: 04/20/18

Editorial: Equality pays off on Southwest Flight 1380

The passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 can be thankful that, 33 years ago, the U.S. Navy took the lead on equal opportunity.Capt. Tammie Jo Shults was piloting the flight from New York to Dallas on Tuesday when an engine exploded, blowing out a wind...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18