Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Editorials

Editorial: Harvey a powerful reminder to prepare for hurricanes

By the time the Saturday newspaper hits your front porch, Hurricane Harvey should be coming ashore and affecting our Gulf Coast neighbors near Corpus Christi in Texas. The rapid strengthening of Harvey should be a reminder to Tampa Bay residents of the need to be prepared at the height of the hurricane season.

Florida knows all too well the damage that Hurricane Andrew caused this state 25 years ago this week. While Harvey is not expected to pack the same punch, its estimated Category 3 strength will bring severely damaging winds, high surf, heavy rain and inland flooding. The misery of everyday life in the wake of a hurricane is hard to describe to anyone who hasn't endured it — and there are plenty of Floridians who haven't. But facing this danger is part of life for those living on the coast.

This is a major test for Texas and the Trump administration, whose ability to respond and work together will be on display. Few events galvanize national attention like a natural disaster. The victims will need immediate relief and long-term assistance in getting their lives back together.

The storm should also prompt bay area residents to prepare. It took barely 24 hours for Harvey to grow from a tropical storm to a major hurricane. Residents in the bay area need to ensure they have supplies, a plan for family and pets, and evacuation routes nailed down. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death, and the time to do it is now. Harvey does not have the bay area in its cross hairs, but the hurricane season is far from over. For those able to afford it, Texas also could use any generosity the bay area can provide.

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Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23Amendment 4 is a matter of reasonMy lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: DeSantis, Scott send mixed messages on oil drilling

Editorial: DeSantis, Scott send mixed messages on oil drilling

Every candidate for federal and state office in Florida should be unequivocal in opposing oil drilling off the coast and crystal clear in supporting a permanent extension to the federal ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. But the Republica...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Vote by mail has been a stunning success in Florida, increasing turnout and making it easy and convenient to cast a ballot with time to research and reflect. But a new study shows that mail ballots cast by African-American, Hispanic or younger voters...
Published: 09/21/18
Editorial: Borrowers need protection from Marlin Financial

Editorial: Borrowers need protection from Marlin Financial

State and federal lending regulations exist to protect consumers from being surprised — and overwhelmed — by ballooning debt. Marlin Financial, a shadowy auto lender doing business around Florida, seems to be skirting those protections ...
Published: 09/21/18
Editorial: Putnam hire stinks of patronage, secrecy

Editorial: Putnam hire stinks of patronage, secrecy

In addition to a lesson on political patronage, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam needs a refresher on the particulars of state public records law.In January 2017, Putnam hired the 27-year-old son of a former Publix executive to a high-pay...
Published: 09/20/18
Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote

Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote

There should be a timely investigation of the allegation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before senators hear from him and his accuser, let alone vote on whether they should confirm his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The proces...
Published: 09/20/18
Editorial: Immigrants help to make America great

Editorial: Immigrants help to make America great

The heated debate on immigration could benefit from some more facts, which the U.S. Census has helpfully provided. And the facts show that rather than building walls, the United States would do far better to keep opening doors to legal immigrants. Th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18
Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

The federal Food and Drug Administration is bringing important scrutiny to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, requiring companies that make and sell them to show they are keeping their products away from minors. Vaping is the new front in the nation...
Published: 09/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

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Published: 09/17/18