Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: After plane horror, Europe must stand up to Putin

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    Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.

  2. Column: Florida taxpayers about to be railroaded

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    Here's a really clever idea:

    Let's run express passenger trains 16 times round-trip every day between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport. That's right, the airport.

    An artist’s rendering shows an All Aboard Florida train. The project has already applied for $1.6 billion in federal loans and plans to rent space at a new terminal at the Orlando airport for which lawmakers recently appropriated $213 million.
  3. Column: Why I chose Anthony Holloway as police chief

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    St. Petersburg has emerged from the Great Recession with a rejuvenated spirit and a bold vision. Like so many in our community, I am excited about our early progress and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

    Holloway has led Clearwater’s police department since 2010.
  4. Kriseman: Why I chose Holloway as St. Petersburg's next police chief

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    St. Petersburg has emerged from the Great Recession with a rejuvenated spirit and a bold vision. Like so many in our community, I am excited about our early progress and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

  5. Column: The looming tower of debt

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    The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the CBO projects deficits of $7.6 trillion from 2015 to 2024. Under less favorable (maybe more realistic) assumptions, …

  6. Column: The phantom menace of runaway inflation

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    The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of …

  7. Commentary: Addressing the border crisis (w/video)

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    There have been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals being bandied about address current political and bureaucratic problems, but they will …

    Two girls watch a World Cup soccer match in June from a holding area at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona. A new bill in Congress would add immigration judges and require a hearing for each unaccompanied minor within seven days.
  8. Ruth: Fuss and feathers over ethics

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    You would probably be forgiven if you mistook the race for governor for something akin to an Our Gang comedy, with a couple of little boys fussing and fuming in a competition to paint the other as more ethically compromised than the cast of Reservoir Dogs.

  9. Column: Israel's deadly gambits

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    WASHINGTON

    The short-term outlook has a certain clarity. Hamas militants are firing rockets into Israel. There's no dealing with Gaza's government, since its leaders are Hamas militants. Retaliating with airstrikes doesn't finish the job and leads to horrible errors. So, let the tanks roll.

    A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Friday. As Israel’s military targeted Gaza, the Palestinian death toll rose into the hundreds.
  10. Tampa police chief: Times article left out key facts

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    Editor's note: Tampa police Chief Jane Castor responds to "Deadly force for so little,'' published in print editions July 6. (The story was published online July 5, with the headline "Informer, not neighbor complaints, led up to fatal Tampa pot raid." A link appears below.)

    Officers stand near the intersection of North Boulevard and W Knollwood Street in Tampa after a Tampa police officer fatally shot Jason Westcott during a raid May 27. Police Chief Jane Castor says Westcott was given every opportunity to surrender.
  11. PolitiFact: Why Clinton, in '75, defended an accused rapist

    National

    How Hillary Clinton at age 27 came to defend an accused rapist in rural Arkansas has suddenly become a contested piece of history in a case otherwise decided 40 years ago.

    Evidence shows there was significant pressure on Clinton to take the case.
  12. This strong fence makes for bad neighbors

    Perspective

    Days after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel was gunned down in 1995 by an Israeli Jew who opposed compromise with the Palestinians, Shimon Peres, the acting prime minister, held a news conference. He was asked why more had not been done to protect Rabin from people like his assassin, Yigal Amir. Peres replied that …

    In a neighborhood near Jerusalem, an Israeli guard peers at a hole young Palestinians knocked in a wall connected to Israel’s separation barrier that arose from a sense that the entities needed complete separation, not greater intimacy. 
  13. Perspective: The junk mail keeps my son alive

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    BOSTON

    “When was the last time you shopped for car insurance?" asks the letter, which arrived the day before Father's Day. "If your answer is 'I haven't done that in years,' you may be missing an opportunity to save money and get great service from GEICO." The letter is addressed to our son, David.

    I had nearly forgotten how death plays out over time. It is like the decommissioning of a great battleship. There is the official notice and ceremony, and then the long and agonizing process that follows — the disposition of so much tonnage. Eulogies are never the last word.
  14. Perspective: The children of the drug wars

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    Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old sixth-grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon — "no matter what."

    Cristian Omar Reyes, 11, is in sixth grade. Gangs shot and killed his dad, and his mother fled to Florida. He knows three people who were murdered this year. He wants out of Honduras — now. 
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  15. Perspective: Robert E. Lee and me

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    I hid Robert E. Lee in a basement utility closet. Along with a matching framed print of Stonewall Jackson and a large photo of the Confederate flag.

  16. Perspective: What colleges should do about campus rape

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    Can universities handle their role as independent investigators and adjudicators of sexual assault? You may conclude that the answer is no after reading a big story in the New York Times about the aftermath of an alleged assault at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. It's called "Reporting Rape, and …

    The result of an investigation into sexual assault charges on the campus of Hobart and William Smith renews the question: Can colleges handle their role as independent investigators and adjudicators of sexual assault or should only the police be involved?
  17. Weingarten: Using a smartphone is my new calling

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    WASHINGTON

    I just became one of the last people on the planet to get a smartphone. Somewhere in Western Sahara, a Bedouin tribesman is sitting on a camel, reading this column on his iPhone, laughing at my primitive self.

  18. Steinle: Does Clearwater need a 'brand'?

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    I'm amazed when I mention Clearwater to individuals who don't live anywhere near here how often they will respond with, "Oh, I've been to Clearwater. Great beach." Or even if they've never been here, they will know something about Clearwater: "Winter the dolphin!" they'll say, or "The Hulkster!"

  19. Column: Capitalism that works

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    As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can't they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation's power and fosters a vibrant middle class.

  20. Column: I was a heroin baby

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    MINNEAPOLIS

    I'm told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal.

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