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Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: Documenting with dignity in the Ebola zone


    I have taken pride over my 40-plus years as a photojournalist in offering dignity to subjects I photograph, especially those who are sick or in distress while in front of my camera.

    Esther Tokpah, an 11-year-old orphan, cries as a doctor tries to console her before she is released last month from an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. Both of Esther’s parents died from Ebola.
  2. Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason


    Since 2009, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies has hosted dozens of African journalists each year through a national program named for Edward R. Murrow. But a few days ago, word went out that this year's program is canceled. The given reason: Ebola. The real …

  3. Dirty rotten (camera) scoundrels


    All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics.

  4. Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

    State Roundup

    For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

    If you own a TV, you get the picture.

  5. Ruth: Fan dance in Broward


    If Rick Scott goes down in defeat two weeks from now, he might well attribute his electoral misfortune to a bizarre night in Davie when the Florida governor had his very own "He-Buffoon" moment.

    Charlie Crist, and his fan, had the stage to himself for a bit.
  6. The Reading Files: Ebola and the ethics of stolen Jennifer Lawrence selfies


    Not a scandal, a crime

    Jennifer Lawrence, one of the Hollywood stars from whom hackers stole private naked photos and then posted them, gives an extensive interview to Vanity Fair in which she addresses the emotional fallout and the legal ramifications of the hack. Read more at

    An Ebola reading file


    An Ebola reading file

    An antidote to panic …

    At the website io9, Robbie Gonzalez praises Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a clear-eyed rebuke of hysterical commentary on the Ebola outbreak. Read "Fox News' Shepard Smith Says Not to Panic About Ebola. He's Right" in full at

    Day: Workplace equality doesn't mean putting dreams on ice


    Silicon Valley titans Facebook and Apple now offer to cover the expense of freezing and storing their female employees' eggs. A sign of progress? Only if the goal is to further Corporate America's hostility to work-life balance.

    TP_356291_ALLE_Day  (06/29/2012 TAMPA) New staff headshots for Sherri Day.[WILLIE J. ALLEN JR., Times]
  7. Perspective: Trying to be diplomatic in Iraq


    In his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, Christopher Hill, a career diplomat who was ambassador to Iraq, recalls one-on-one meetings with a dictator, high-stakes negotiations and America's aggressive interventions. Here is an excerpt.

  8. Perspective: Want privacy? Stop oversharing


    Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors. None in your home, on dressing rooms, on the entrance to the local pub or even on restroom stalls at concert halls. The controlling authorities say if you aren't doing anything wrong, then you shouldn't mind.

  9. Perspective: When the course is human events …


    WASHINGTON — With the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools. But if we want students to understand what is happening in Missouri or the Middle East, they need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to …

  10. Column: Ebola didn't have to kill my uncle


    On Friday, Sept. 25, 2014, my uncle Thomas Eric Duncan went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He had a high fever and stomach pains. He told the nurse he had recently been in Liberia. But he was a man of color with no health insurance and no means to pay for treatment, so within hours he was released with …

  11. Ebola! Science! A slippery slope


    There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science.

  12. Ruth: Of gridirons and gray bars


    At this rate of cavalier indifference to irritating stuff like, oh, evidence, you have to wonder if the Tallahassee Police Department could figure out who shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

  13. Candidate replies: Harris, Shah, Hinson


    Candidate replies

    Editor's note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to respond.

    Sally Harris

    Hillsborough School Board

    District 2

  14. Column: Where America's college grads are moving


    The economic rationale for a city is that commerce just works better when people are close together. Hiring and firing is more efficient; so is the exchange of ideas. It's believed that educated workers benefit the most from living and working next to each other, and so studying them is one way to better understand how …

  15. Ruth: Far right froths as rest of nation yawns


    From all the huffing and puffing suggesting we are all doomed into the embrace of Satan's breast should Biff and Todd and/or Blanche and Mildred get married, you would have thought the U.S. Supreme Court was populated by the Village People, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres.

  16. Column: Second-guess the answer key


    Last Friday morning, my fourth-grader handed me her "Thursday folder" shortly before we needed to head to the bus stop. I was glad to see a perfect spelling test, and a bunch of excellent math assignments and math tests. Time was short, however, so I flipped to the wrong answers. The first problem was this:

    Sarah Blaine’s fourth-grade daughter had this answer marked wrong, but it’s correct.
  17. Perspective: The man who switched, then won


    In a triumph as improbable as it was electrifying, voters chose to ignore the fact that a candidate with no political experience, one who barely met the residency requirements, was running for the highest office in Florida. Rumors circulated that he had committed a frightening crime. Astonishingly, he had switched …

    Sidney Catts lost the Democratic primary, then became governor as the Prohibition Party’s candidate, serving a tempestuous term.
  18. Perspective: Don't make Malala a caricature


    So Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize for, as the announcement put it, "their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."