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Columns, Perspective

  1. Kriseman: Respect process of ranking pier finalists

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    Last May, I stood at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg and outlined our process to build a new pier. I was joined by City Council members, community leaders, members of our citizen-led pier working group and numerous residents who were involved in the initial pier process.

  2. Column: Indiana bill a step backward for America

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    There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.

    Demonstrators gather in Indianapolis on Saturday to protest a law that could make it easier for businesses to refuse service to homosexual couples.
  3. Column: 500,000 elected officials in U.S.

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    With Tax Day just over two weeks away (ha, ha, happy Tuesday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: Government is expensive and big and pays for things I don't want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is timeless, if recently very much in …

  4. Ruth: The high price of a setup in defending Mr. Sponge

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    You could make a pretty good case that there are more gags about lawyers than almost any other profession. Try this experiment. Here's the punch line; you fill in the joke: Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut. Cue the laugh track. See how easy that was?

  5. Column: Using common sense to protect water quality (w/video)

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    For many decades during the middle 20th century, virtually all state governments told their congressional delegations to let them, rather than the federal government, manage water quality within their borders.

    When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, it was the impetus for the U.S. Clean Water Act.
  6. Column: On land and water, voice of voters ignored

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    If you were one of the more than 4 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution, you probably thought the Legislature would carry out the will of the people. You probably thought legislators would hear the loud and clear message that our water and …

    Kayakers paddle through heavy fog in the the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, which is part of a vast ecosystem that begins hundreds of miles away in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
  7. Column: Four rules to judge any Iran nuclear deal

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    If you're confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America — or for Israel — join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs.

  8. Column: Inside a pilot's mind (w/video)

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    I worked as a pilot for about 10 years before going back to school to become an architect. There are a few oddballs I can remember flying with, but mostly we're just talking quirks and eccentricities. Never did I fear a colleague intended to kill himself, or everyone onboard.

    Being a pilot is a unique working environment. You’re stuck with someone one on one, mostly in a tiny room, for days.
  9. Perspective: A clear path to saving wild Florida (w/video)

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    The Perdido River sweeps us between white sand shoals and steep forested banks as it winds out of longleaf pine uplands down toward the Gulf of Mexico. The waterway is alive; the river's current thrums beneath us, and the chatter of newly arrived songbirds reverberates from the trees.

    Week 1: Sunrise at Creek Ranch on the banks of Lake Hatchineha.
  10. PolitiFact: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president? (w/video)

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    For most of his presidential campaign and much of his presidency, President Barack Obama endured erroneous claims that he was born in Kenya rather than the United States. He released the short form of his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. Then the long form. The conspiracists quieted down but did not go …

    Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president last week. He was born in Canada to an American mother.
  11. Perspective: Odds are, in politics, nepotism boosts the chances for success (w/video)

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    There is a very real chance that the presidential election in 2016 will pit Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton. According to oddsmakers, this is the likeliest outcome.

    Ross Perot Jr., Ross Perot
  12. Perspective: My stepdad walked on the moon

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    “Neil Armstrong's widow finds artifacts from moonwalk in a closet" read a recent headline on CNN.com. Seeing the story brought me back to the day just over two years ago when a 26-foot moving truck pulled up in front of my house. My mom had called to warn me of the truck's imminent arrival; nonetheless, I was …

    My stepdad on the moon: He and I had our differences. For one, he had gone to the moon, whereas I had not.
  13. Perspective: On sex, America finally grows up

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    Last summer, Monica Lewinsky made a big splash by writing an article for Vanity Fair that denounced the "culture of humiliation" she so famously endured — and which she fears is only getting worse because "the Internet has seismically shifted the tone of our interactions."

    An older and wiser but still vulnerable Monica Lewinsky has re-emerged, taking on the fight against cyberbullying.
  14. Perspective: China's colossal cement century

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    China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the United States used in the entire 20th century.

    The skyline of Shanghai spreads out below the shadow of the 2,073-foot-tall Shanghai Center Tower. China’s scale is hard to fathom: In 2009, it had 221 cities with more than a million people in each.
  15. Column: Raising the alarm on children's health care

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    The ghost of systems past is haunting children's health care in Florida. Between Florida's system of Medicaid Managed Care and the nature of health plans offered on the Obamacare federal marketplace, kids are once again regarded as afterthoughts in health care.

  16. Dockery: Why is it so hard for legislators to listen to voters?

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    We're nearly halfway through the legislative session and the Florida House and Senate are releasing their respective budget plans. Many important budget issues are still in flux.

  17. Dan Ruth: The Pier's time has passed: Move on

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    This what happens when well-intentioned good faith collides headlong into St. Petersburg's Snell Isle/Old Northeast rump government.

  18. Ruth: Cruz's presidential ego trip

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    Well, it's official. The Elmer Gantry of the Republican Party has announced he is willing to walk away from his 20-minute legislative career in the U.S. Senate to pursue the presidency.

  19. Column: Complex tax code hobbles growth

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    Beer. For more than 20 years, my family and I have brewed it, cooked with it and served it to thousands of happy customers in Tampa Bay and other selected areas of the United States.

  20. Guns and college students a bad mix

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    University of Tampa professor Jennifer Whelihan allowed me to serve on a panel of journalism professionals who addressed her media writing class Tuesday night.