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Columns, Perspective

  1. President Barack Obama column: MacDill part of new terror fight

    Opinion

    A few days ago, I visited MacDill Air Force Base to thank our service men and women for the extraordinary sacrifices they make every day to keep our nation safe. Ever since we were attacked 13 years ago, our forces at MacDill have shouldered some of the heaviest responsibilities in the challenges of this new century.

    President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of military personnel at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa last week.
  2. Captain Citrus, all juiced up and nowhere to go

    Columns

    How to put this as gently as possible? Apparently the Florida Department of Citrus wants to rid itself of its current mascot, a cutesy-wootsy, pudgy, smiling orange, on the theory the image suggests obesity.

    Marvel Comics custom solutions creative director Bill Rosemann talks introduces Captain Citrus as The Florida Department of Citrus, together with Marvel Custom Solutions, unveiled the redesigned Captain Citrus at Heroes' Haven Comics, 4339 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL Tuesday, 9/16/2014  as they spotlighted the hero‚€™s role as an ambassador of health and smart choices for children. Captain Citrus debuts in a free comic book distributed to one million children this fall alongside Marvel‚€™s popular Avengers Assemble characters to help convey the values of the Florida citrus industry and making smart choices about nutrition. Through a partnership with Marvel Custom Solutions, the Florida Department of Citrus transformed Captain Citrus from life-sized orange into a fit and muscular hero. Classrooms across the country will receive free printed comic books and teacher‚€™s guides. Two additional digital chapters are to follow. More information on Captain Citrus will be available at CaptainCitrus.com  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  3. Column: 5 myths about the NFL, from helmets to profits

    Columns

    Amid all the scrutiny of the past few weeks, the National Football League remains enshrouded in myths. Let's consider five of the most stubborn.

  4. Column: Now is the time to act: Help us get out the vote

    Columns

    It was a typical hot, muggy Sunday morning, but that did not deter the people gathered around the voter registration table.

  5. Column: Poll: 37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

    Columns

    WASHINGTON

    Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let's let that sink in for a minute.

  6. Column: Perceptions failing to match crime decline

    Columns

    Here's a narrative you rarely hear: Our lives are safer. This message is so rarely heard that half of all respondents to a recent YouGov poll suggested that the violent crime rate had risen over the past two decades. The reality, of course, is that it has fallen enormously.

    Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and econmics: http://fordschool.umich.edu/faculty/Justin_Wolfers
  7. On writing, oh, rote is us

    Perspective

    I teach an undergraduate class in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. My job is to introduce these future engineers to topics relevant to their college and professional careers. This includes helping them to write competently.

  8. PolitiFact: Is there a corporate tax break that ships jobs overseas?

    Perspective

    Democrats and their advocates have washed, rinsed and are now repeating one of their favorite talking points from 2012: that "(Insert Republican Here) supports tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas."

  9. Guest column: A warm era ends at Kalmia 7 condo

    Columns

    Jimmy Carter had been the American president for only a few weeks when my mother and father bought into an age-restricted 55-plus condominium complex in Clearwater. My parents were at the time about the same age that I am now.

    Nelson
  10. Perspective: I wasn't exploiting my daughters

    Perspective

    After my family arrives on the Cape May ferry for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore, I take pictures of our two daughters on the ferry's deck as we leave the harbor. I've been doing this since they were 3 and 4 years old. They are now 16 and 17.

    This composite was created by Jeff Gates of his two adopted Chinese daughters each year as they took a vacation ferry. The girls were approached by a passenger who asked the girls if they were okay, not realizing they are a family.
  11. Column: Buy local and help Florida's citrus industry

    Columns

    Would you pay $6.50 for a gallon at the gas pump? You'd have to if it were dispensing Florida orange juice.

  12. Column: It's going to be a long fight in Iraq and Syria

    Columns

    WASHINGTON

    U.S. leadership of the war on terrorism has entered its second phase.

  13. Column: Get tough on the crime gap

    Columns

    Thirty years ago, the tragic murder of 17-year-old basketball phenom Benji Wilson shocked Chicago and drew the nation's gaze to the city's depressingly high level of gun violence. Last year's senseless murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton had a similar effect, raising cries for the National Guard to rescue a city …

  14. Column: Park trades isolation for downtown destination

    Columns

    In a city that touts its long-ago ties to the motion picture industry, this may be one of the most notable entertainment/hospitality expansions in New Port Richey since silent-screen star Thomas Meighan saw a for-sale sign along the Pithlachascotee River.

  15. Dear CBS: Rihanna's right — 'Y'all are sad'

    Columns

    Last Thursday night, CBS and the NFL Network decided to pull its planned opener — the Jay-Z and Rihanna song Run This Town — during its pre-game broadcast, hoping to strike a more serious tone in light of the Ray Rice video. "At the time, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Rihanna's own history as …

    Kicking Rihanna off Thursday Night Football is a joke.
  16. Ruth: Punishments mired in the Middle Ages

    Columns

    Among the three great lies certainly must be the youth baseball coach insisting, "We're all here to just have fun," the response to "Does this dress make me look fat?" and the claim from a parent about to whip a child: "This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you." Piffle.

  17. Column: Islamic State is symptom, not disease

    Columns

    'Comprehensive strategy." That's the operative phrase that the Obama administration has employed in rolling out its new campaign to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. With its connotations of scope and gravity, the phrase resonates — not unlike "extra heavy duty" or "bigger and better than ever."

  18. Column: Not as bad as Bush? Big deal

    Columns

    Whenever Barack Obama seems in danger of falling, do we have to hear that George W. Bush made the cliff?

  19. What kids learn from being paddled

    Columns

    Adrian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in law enforcement, Peterson used a tree branch to discipline the boy, leaving cuts and bruises. Peterson's lawyer says his client meant no harm. "Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to …

  20. Column: Transit is key to driving bay area's economy

    Columns

    As local officials and candidates for public office reach out to voters this election season, I urge voters to ask them where they stand on critical transit issues and impress upon them the widespread support in the business community for these investments in Tampa Bay's future. We must speak with one voice on this …