Saturday, February 17, 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.

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Editorial: Trumpís rising deficits and misplaced priorities

Editorial: Trumpís rising deficits and misplaced priorities

Itís not popular in Washington or virtually anywhere else these days to express concern about the rising federal deficit. Congressional Republicans who used to be deficit hawks first voted to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, then rais...
Published: 02/17/18
Editorial: Buckhorn should not appeal verdict in firefighterís case

Editorial: Buckhorn should not appeal verdict in firefighterís case

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Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Editorial: CareerSource troubles mount as public trust drops

Editorial: CareerSource troubles mount as public trust drops

The dark cloud enveloping Tampa Bayís job placement centers keeps growing. There are accusations of forged documents, evidence of nepotism and concerns about grossly inflated performance numbers that could be tied to receiving more public money and b...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Editorials: Prayers and platitudes after shootings arenít enough

Editorials: Prayers and platitudes after shootings arenít enough

Even before the victims of another mass shooting at another public school were identified, Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, state legislators and members of Congress rushed to South Florida or to social media to offer their thoughts and p...
Published: 02/15/18
Editorial: DCF review should get to the bottom of Hillsborough foster care issues

Editorial: DCF review should get to the bottom of Hillsborough foster care issues

The Florida Department of Children and Families is right to call for a timely and "comprehensive" review of Hillsborough Countyís foster care system. Though the probe is a reaction to a recent case involving a child who was left unattended, the revie...
Published: 02/14/18

A Washington Post editorial: Modernize 911 calling before it becomes an emergency

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the first 911 emergency call placed in the United States. Since then, uncounted lives have been saved and people helped. It has been a great accomplishment of government.But even as an estimated 240 million 9...
Published: 02/13/18
Updated: 02/14/18
Editorial: Scott, Cabinet cannot be trusted on felonsí voting rights

Editorial: Scott, Cabinet cannot be trusted on felonsí voting rights

Gov. Rick Scott always has been grudging and imperious about restoring the voting rights of felons, requiring them to wait for years before begging the governor and Cabinet to be recognized again as citizens. That arrogance is on full display in a le...
Published: 02/13/18
Another voice: ĎDreamersí donít know whom to trust on immigration

Another voice: ĎDreamersí donít know whom to trust on immigration

Immigrants brought into this country illegally as children by their parents may be wondering whom to trust. The political theater being played out in Washington hasnít settled the status of either the "Dreamers" or the estimated 11 million other undo...
Published: 02/13/18
Editorial: Promising Tampa stadium site for Rays

Editorial: Promising Tampa stadium site for Rays

While it came as little surprise, the Tampa Bay Raysí selection of an Ybor City site near Tampaís Channel District as the best spot for a new stadium is an important milestone in the effort to keep Major League Baseball. Now comes the hard work of de...
Published: 02/09/18
Editorial: Senate should reject Houseís attack on public schools

Editorial: Senate should reject Houseís attack on public schools

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Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/13/18