Columns, Perspective

  1. Perspective: Eroni Kumana, the man who saved JFK after PT-109 and earned a spot in history

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    On a moonless night in summer 1943, a Japanese destroyer tore through a U.S. Navy patrol-torpedo boat guarding the waters around the Solomon Islands. The boat was PT-109, skippered by a young lieutenant from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy.

    Eroni Kumana, believed to be 93, died this month. He was barely out of his teens when he rescued Kennedy’s crew after PT-109 was sliced in half.
  2. Column: Ice bucket fad leaves other needs in the cold

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    Americans are probably not unique in treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly.

  3. Column: For many, conviction means exclusion for life

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    Recent polling shows that white Americans and African-Americans have completely different perspectives on recent events in Ferguson, Mo., with just 37 percent of whites saying that the police shooting raises important issues about race, compared to 80 percent of African-Americans.

  4. Column: To defeat Islamic radicals, Obama needs to do more

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    WASHINGTON

    With his speech condemning the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in newly stark, determined language, President Barack Obama now needs to step up his military campaign in equally dramatic fashion.

  5. Don't complain if you don't vote

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    Elections are here again, the peak season for the blame game.

  6. Enraged People Against Rape's story recounted to aid sexual assault victims

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    The mementos are numerous. Boxes of scrap books. Newspaper clippings. Video tapes of television news broadcasts. Plaques on the walls. Letters. Lots of letters of appreciation, including a couple from a then-U.S. senator from Delaware named Joseph Biden Jr.

  7. Ruth: Visions of sugar dance in legislators' heads

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    It's merely an idea, but perhaps the oath of office for our state's elected panhandlers should be rewritten to read: "I do solemnly swear that I will support, protect and defend the sugar industry interests of the state of Florida; that I am duly compromised to hold office under the legalized bribes of various vested …

    Florida House Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, left, and Speaker Will Weatherford were guests at King Ranch in Texas.
  8. Column: A message to the people of Ferguson

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    Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system.

  9. A cop's advice: Agree or not, it's best to obey an officer

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    A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.

  10. Column: Money talks as orcas' plight revealed

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    SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales.

  11. Column: Perry indictment nothing more than Texas politics

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    WASHINGTON

    There's nothing like Texas when it comes to treating what most consider the normal business of politics as a major crime, especially when the prosecutor is of the opposite party persuasion.

    Gov. Rick Perry called his indictment by the Austin prosecutor’s office a “farce.”
  12. Column: Nation divided by race on Ferguson

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    Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the protests and violence that followed, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. (An aside: 54 percent of blacks are following the news closely; …

  13. More Jobs Are Open, but Employers Are Slow in Filling Them

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    There are now more jobs available — but unfilled — in the United States than there were before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. And employers are firing fewer workers than they did when times were good. But they are also hiring fewer people.

  14. A story of family, commitment - and Ebola

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    FORT WORTH, Texas

    On July 26, I was having dinner with friends in San Antonio when an international call came in. I answered to hear the calm, tired voice of my friend Kent Brantly, who had phoned me eight days earlier to see if I knew anyone who could go to Liberia and help at a hospital in Monrovia for a few …

    Kent Brantly is recuperating in an Atlanta hospital.
  15. Missouri police killing highlights broader problem

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    Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? Black men have an existential fear of the police.

  16. Colburn: What Scott vs. Crist tells us about Florida politics

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    For the past few months, it has been apparent that Florida's gubernatorial contest will pit Republican Gov. Rick Scott against former Republican governor, now Democrat, Charlie Crist.

    The looming electoral confrontation between Charlie Crist, left, and Rick Scott stands as one of most extraordinary in Florida political history. There has never been a gubernatorial contest like it.
  17. Ruth: The Hillary Doctrine (w/video)

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    A few months ago, the New York Times published a massive graphic depicting the overlapping circles of advisers, minions, apparatchiks, confidants, gofers, supernumeraries, pals, cronies, gray eminences, fundraisers, public relations flacks, consultants and enablers who have signed up in the fawning service of …

  18. PolitiFact: Clearing the air on coal issues (w/video)

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    President Barack Obama's second-term promise to tackle climate change has clashed with election-year politics.

    In coal-rich Appalachia, Republicans — and even some Democrats — have lashed out at the Obama administration, saying in ads that a “war on coal” will close down mines and power plants across the region.
  19. Column: Flabbergasted by gadgets that sometimes go on strike

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    I used to know how things worked. Now I don't have a clue.

  20. Column: Don't Dismiss the Humanities

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    What use could the humanities be in a digital age?