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Columns, Perspective

  1. Saving St. Petersburg's ugly Pier is pretty illogical


    So after all this time, all this money, all the consultant reports, all the civic Sturm und Drang over an inverted Devo hat at the end of St. Petersburg's Pier, it is likely to come down to this? More of the same old same mold?

  2. Column: Islamic State and Vietnam


    In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war …

  3. Ruth: Scott vs. Godzilla? Monstrously difficult to choose


    At least for one member of the audience, this event might well have been regarded as the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Seething.

    One thing about Godzilla: We’d always know where he stands.
  4. Ignored in the pot debate: addiction


    On a warm Seattle summer evening in 1978, my wife wanted to talk about my increasingly frequent pot smoking: "I feel you've abandoned me, that the person I married — even when you're sitting next to me on the couch — is not there."

  5. Column: Fears, superstitions persist


    Human beings are, in general, a superstitious lot. Our tendency to see patterns where they don't exist, and to falsely apply cause to effect, may have helped keep us alive back when we were little more than a band of frightened critters scurrying about the savanna.

  6. Column: Why partyism is wrong


    A college student came to me recently with a quandary. He'd spent the summer interning at a conservative think tank. Now he was applying to schools and companies where most people were liberal. Should he remove the internship from his résumé?

  7. Column: On its main promises, health law delivers


    'Relish this moment," President Barack Obama told his weary staff during a champagne toast at an early-morning White House celebration in March 2010. Moments before, he had stood in the East Room to hail passage of the Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare" to its detractors.

  8. Column: Who's the least worst for governor?


    Rick Scott. Charlie Crist.

    Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who'd be more inspiring.

  9. Ruth: I need a new drug


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    "Do you, like millions of other Floridians, suffer from electile dysfunction? By now you know the symptoms of ED — sudden bouts of drooling, an urge to crawl into a fetal position and a sense of entrapment after being exposed to the same hackneyed political commercial for …

  10. The Reading Files: Bill in BubbaLand, Ebola histories and yes means yes


    Ebola's front lines

    In the New Yorker, Richard Preston has a deeply reported and moving piece on the history of the Ebola virus, the people it's affected and the efforts to contain it through health measures and vaccines, including ZMapp, which is made from mouse-human antibodies that have been grown in …

  11. Column: Global inequality dropping


    It's hard to believe looking at this amazing picture of African migrants trying to enter the European enclave of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities on mainland Africa, but global inequality has actually been falling the past 20 years.

    A picture released this week by the humanitarian group Prodein shows golfers playing while African migrants try to climb the fence into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities on mainland Africa.
  12. Column: Republicans planning for power



    When Republicans seized control of the House four years ago, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., took over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and compared his plans for President Barack Obama's health care law to strategy in the game of Jenga, in which players remove wooden blocks one by one from a tower …

  13. Perspective: The Colorado pot experiment (w/video)


    DENVER — Drive around here for a few days and you can't shake it: Is the smell real or in my head?

    Different marijuana strains for sale at Cannabis Station in downtown Denver.
  14. PolitiFact: 9 biggest whoppers of the 2014 midterms


    One thing we've noticed about the midterms of 2014: There hasn't been a unifying theme. Candidates around the country have launched a grab bag of talking points in races for Senate, House and governor. In Florida, it's jobs and education. In Kentucky, it's coal. In Colorado, it's abortion and contraception.

    Ten members of ISIS have not been captured trying to cross from Mexico into the United States.
  15. A little bit of Perspective: Bakken Shale, Mars, Ebola, dog flu


    Bright lights in North Dakota

    This image, taken from NASA's views of the Earth at night, reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was until recently the desolate North Dakotan prairie. This is the location of the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation that stretches across parts of North Dakota, …

    Not long ago, the Bakken Shale would have been pitch black at night. But fracking’s frenetic activities have turned the oil-rich rock formation into a sight to be easily seen from space.
  16. Perspective: Athletes in a bubble means trouble


    Several years ago, in the course of writing a book, I spent a season with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

    In professional sports, they are called clubhouses for a reason, because they are clubs, among the most exclusive in the world, right alongside the U.S. Senate, with privileges.
  17. Perspective: Let's all overshare our politics


    NASHVILLE, Tenn.

    Of all the rights associated with adulthood — the ability to purchase alcohol, rent cars, have sex — the one I most looked forward to when I was a child was voting.

    If you feel it’s presumptuous to guess people’s voting record by looking at their cars, go straight to the irrefutable evidence and look in their yards.
  18. Column: Politicians aren't scientists, but they are responsible


    When an editorial board recently asked Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about climate change, he said he wasn't a scientist. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, both Republicans, have said the same thing.

  19. Column: The quality of fear


    There's been a lot of tutting-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in …

  20. Ruth: Lots of talk, very few answers


    Do you have the sneaking suspicion that if you asked Gov. Rick Scott to name the color of an orange he would answer with a rambling discourse on his Dickensesque childhood, accusations that Charlie Crist pals around with Boardwalk Empire's Nucky Thompson and the Castro brothers are terrorists?