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  1. Column: Sorting fears from facts about Hispanic migrants (w/video)


    President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration was greeted with mixed reactions. Republican outrage focused on the supposedly negative effects of extending residential stays, including adverse effects on our labor force and social service network from the predominantly Latino wave of immigrants.

    Angela Navarro, right, who has been living in the United States with her American-born children despite a deportation order issued 10 years ago, looks over a letter with New Sanctuary Movement community organizer Nicole Kligerman at the West Kensington Ministry church in Philadelphia. Navarro took sanctuary with her children and husband, a U.S. citizen, in the church to help her avoid being deported to her native Honduras.
  2. Column: Common Core tests states, not just students


    Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested to hundreds of lawmakers and education reformers gathered for his foundation's annual summit that "the rigor of the Common Core State Standards must be the new minimum." Furthermore, he said, to "those states choosing a path other than Common Core, I say this: That's …

    Jeb Bush said the rigor of Common Core State Standards “must be the new minimum.”
  3. Ruth: Cuba, America reach across 90 miles (w/video)


    It was not the warmest welcome. Arriving at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana back in 1978, the first thing I noticed were all the then-Soviet-era warplanes on the tarmac. The grim soldiers with guns in the customs area were hardly a lot of laughs.

    Street vendor Edmundo Gomez walks his cart of fruit and vegetables through the streets of Havana on Friday. Gomez, 70, is retired but sells produce to supplement his government pension.
  4. Column: Canada gets it right on language, culture diversity



    As the United States gears up for a political brawl over immigration next year, one of the concerns shaping the debate will be the fear that English-speaking Americans will be culturally and linguistically overwhelmed by newcomers, many of them Spanish-speaking.

  5. Vinik's grand vision is one we should believe in


    Eventually, if this really does happen, the Viniksiana Purchase will be a simply wonderful, game-changing moment in Tampa history — "if," of course, being the operative term here.

  6. 'The Interview' question Hollywood needs to ask


    The dust-up between Sony Pictures and North Korea gets more bizarre and complicated by the day, opening once unimagined scenarios of a foreign government resorting to information-hacking to retaliate against perceived offenses by a private business. A movie studio cancels its film release to avoid more embarrassing …

    James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview. Was a comedy that depicts North Korea’s paranoid and despotic leader getting his head blown off a good idea in the first place?
Columbia Pictures
  7. Ruth: Sensible minds will prevail for Tampa Bay Rays stadium pact



    To: Brian Auld, President of the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Subject: Making Nice-Nice

    Dear Mr. Auld,

  8. New online reporting system at Sheriff's Office aims to improve efficiency


    At the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, we are continuously finding new ways to better our service to Pasco citizens. Our most recent endeavor allows citizens another option, instead of calling the county's nonemergency number, to quickly and efficiently report certain types of crimes themselves.

  9. Column: Invest in infrastructure to get best bang for buck


    Recessions disrupt the spending plans of businesses and consumers, delaying investments and curtailing consumption. Public officials often feel pressure to manage downturns the same way the private sector does: belt-tightening.

  10. Positive family interactions abound; just get out and take a look


    This special time of year is best spent appreciating all the wonderful sensations the holidays bring. One of the things that I have enjoyed the most in the last few years has been observing the American family. Despite what some may think, it is truly magnificent.

  11. Column: Sugar season: It's everywhere, and addictive


    Your co-worker brought in brownies, your daughter made cookies for a holiday party and candy is arriving from far-flung relatives. Sugar is everywhere. It is celebration, it is festivity, it is love.

    Sugar is everywhere, and it’s addictive. Too much can lead to heart and kidney disease.
  12. Ruth: Gathering around the teetering tree


    Not to get all Fiddler on the Roof's Tevye on everybody, but one of the things I love most about Christmastime is honoring all the deeply ingrained family traditions of the season.

  13. A shaded conversation about race


    Like so many African-American parents, I had rehearsed "the talk," that nausea-inducing discussion I needed to have with my son about how to conduct himself in the presence of the police. I was prepared for his questions, except for one.

    "Can I just pretend I'm white?"

    The author with her son and his father.
  14. PolitiFact: Why most Cubans don't have Internet (w/video)


    There's a good chance most Cubans won't be able to read this article. And the reason why — lack of Internet access — is a point of contention between President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Students stand outside a building to find an Internet signal for their phones in Havana, Cuba. In programs revealed by the Associated Press, USAID secretly created a primitive social media program called ZunZuneo.
  15. A lesson to be learned: Discuss end-of-life wishes


    My 78-year-old father died recently after a sudden heart attack. I ought to have been prepared for the five days my mother, brother and I spent with him in the cardiac intensive care unit because I teach medical ethics at a university, and I am a member of a hospital ethics committee and have discussed many difficult …

  16. Perspective: The cliche of struggling teachers is not going away



    On the first day of the fall semester, I left campus from an afternoon of teaching anxious college freshmen and headed to my second job, serving at a chain restaurant off Las Vegas Boulevard. The switch from my professional attire to a white dress shirt, black apron and tie reflected the separation I …

  17. Why poor people stay poor


    Editor's note: This is excerpted from "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America."

  18. A sad truth: Protests planted seeds for cop killings


    If you say something loudly enough, with just the right amount of conviction, the odds are that people will begin to listen. They might not agree with you, but they'll listen, and then move on.

    The protests have created a dangerous, powerful animus against police across the nation.
  19. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


    Editor's note: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 117 years later.

  20. Column: Vaccines provide healthy life for millions of children overseas


    The infant starts crying as he takes his first breath of outside air. The cord is clamped and cut, and he's handed to mom for skin-to-skin bonding time. Then he's handed off to the pediatric team for a quick examination. During his first few days of life he receives the hepatitis B vaccine, and later his routine …