Saturday, June 23, 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: Handing out gift cards like candy at CareerSource

Editorial: Handing out gift cards like candy at CareerSource

It’s hard to pick the biggest outrage in the financial and ethical swamp that has swallowed Tampa Bay’s two primary job placement agencies, CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay. Is it the boiler room atmosphere where CareerSource recruite...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Family separation crisis is not over

The family-separation crisis that President Donald Trump created is not over. The executive order Trump signed Wednesday purporting to end the routine tearing of children from their undocumented parents stands on uncertain legal ground. U.S. border a...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18
Editorial: State help needed to staff hotlines with veterans helping veterans

Editorial: State help needed to staff hotlines with veterans helping veterans

Veterans can help veterans deal with trauma resulting from military service in a way no one else can. That’s the theory behind a special hotline set up in the Tampa Bay area that proponents are hoping to take statewide.The expansion would cost some $...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18
Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

It turns out the U.S. Supreme Court has a better grasp of the economic realities of the 21st century than Congress or the Florida Legislature. The court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if the retail...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18
Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

The shocking scenes of immigrant children crying after being taken from their parents at the border exposed a new level of cruelty by the Trump administration, and though the president reversed course Wednesday, Congress needs to end the shameful pra...
Published: 06/21/18
Sessions kickstarts action on marijuana

Sessions kickstarts action on marijuana

Good job, Jeff Sessions! It seems the attorney general’s misguided attempts to revive the unpopular and unjust federal war on marijuana may be having the exact opposite effect — prompting a new bipartisan effort in Congress to allow states to legaliz...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/21/18
Editorial: A court victory for protecting Florida’s environment

Editorial: A court victory for protecting Florida’s environment

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 pot of money to buy and preserve endangered lands. ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18
Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border

Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border

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...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Editorial: ATF should get tougher on gun dealers who violate the law

Gun dealers who break the law by turning a blind eye to federal licensing rules are as dangerous to society as people who have no right to a possess a firearm in the first place. Yet a recent report shows that the federal agency responsible for polic...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/18/18
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

The new grass-roots effort to put a transportation package before Hillsborough County voters in November faces a tough slog. Voters rejected a similar effort in 2010, and another in 2016 by elected officials never made it from the gate. But the lates...
Published: 06/15/18