Mostly Cloudy88° FULL FORECASTMostly Cloudy88° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

Columns, Perspective

  1. Working Women networking group reaches out to build up

    Columns

    Any conversation about women in the workplace eventually leads to a discussion about glass ceilings, gender pay gaps and sexual discrimination.

    Jessica Rivelli, founder and executive director of Working Women Tampa Bay, will host a statewide conference at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 10-11.

credit: Kathleen Hall
  2. Welch: The path to improving Pinellas schools

    Columns

    The most essential step in solving a problem is to acknowledge it. The Tampa Bay Times report on Pinellas County schools provides an unflinching look at the failure of our education system. While many students thrive academically, the Times report dramatically illustrates the stark reality that many …

    Maliyah Morrow, a kindergartner at Melrose, sits on her mom’s lap, Julia Cromartie, during a recent forum with the superintendent to discuss solutions for low-performing schools.
  3. Maxwell: Teachers need a voice in improving schools

    Columns

    ‘Failure Factories," the Tampa Bay Times' superb investigation of five predominantly African-American elementary schools in south St. Petersburg, has forced us to face some inconvenient truths about public education in Pinellas County.

  4. Perspective: We could stop the refugee crisis, but we won't

    Perspective

    The attention is long overdue. But outrage over the refugee crisis in Europe is here and rising, motivated by awful scenes — the discovery of dozens of bodies in a truck in Austria, the disturbing photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Kurdish child from Syria, washed up, face-down, on a beach in Turkey.

    A paramilitary police officer carries the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned along with his brother and mother on a desperate boat trip to a better, safer life.
  5. PolitiFact: Bernie Sanders — socialist or democratic socialist?

    Perspective

    “Socialist" — the word is a loaded term and often a rhetorical weapon. But Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., seems to proudly claim it.

  6. Failure Factories: The students' stories

    Perspective

    JAMES SAMPSON

    Melrose

    James Sampson's mother said she lost count of how many teachers James had in the second grade.

  7. Dockery: Invest in Florida and Floridians, not more tax breaks

    Columns

    Gov. Rick Scott wants more of our tax dollars to go to out-of-state corporations to lure them to Florida.

    Party: Republican - Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties Provided by Legislative Aide / Scheduler Laura L. Rodriguez
  8. Column: Hillary Clinton, the great defender

    Columns

    Hillary Clinton has obviously had a bad summer. She's losing in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders, even among women. She's barely leading him in Iowa. In a Quinnipiac poll of potential general election matchups, she's beating Donald Trump by only 4 points, 45 to 41, and she's beating Marco Rubio by only 1 point.

    In an AP/GfK poll, only 30 percent think Clinton is honest; 40 percent think she’s compassionate.
  9. Coming elections will show how wise we are as voters

    Columns

    Latest wrinkle in national politics: Donald Trump, an arrogant businessman, and Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, leading and advancing in the polls.

  10. Ruth: Norman betting voters have short memories

    Columns

    A political campaign may have a smidgen of a public relation problem when the candidate has been reduced to producing a lie-detector test to convince voters he has not done anything wrong.

    Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman is positioning himself for a 2016 run.
  11. Column: Our radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia

    Columns

    The Washington Post ran a story last week about some 200 retired generals and admirals who sent a letter to Congress "urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security." There are legitimate arguments for and against this deal, but there was one argument expressed …

  12. Column: Renewing half-cent sales tax for schools will benefit our children and our county

    Columns

    Hernando County kids need your help. In January, the half-cent sales tax for schools expired, resulting in a loss of $8 million per year in sales tax revenues. We need to bring it back. The Hernando County School Board recently voted to hold a special election to reinstate the half-cent sales tax. Please support this …

    Lodato
  13. LeMieux: Recognizing Trump before it is too late

    Columns

    Last week, a reporter of 30 years and one of America's most respected journalists, Jorge Ramos, was ignored, denied the ability to ask questions and physically removed from Donald Trump's news conference. At one point, Trump told Ramos with indignation to "go back to Univision."

  14. Column: Hurricane threats intensify

    Columns

    Last weekend, amid an already record-shattering Pacific tropical cyclone season boosted by a potentially historic El Niño, three simultaneous Category 4 hurricanes lined up like a string of deadly pearls across the Pacific. Such a configuration has never occurred before, at least since the 1850s when reliable …

    Three hurricanes lined up last week in the Pacific Ocean, from left: Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena.
  15. Column: Restore fairness in flood insurance

    Columns

    In the words of Yogi Berra, it's deja vu all over again. Florida is facing another episode of rising flood insurance premiums. Homeowners again risk foreclosure due to unaffordable coverage. This should sound familiar; it is the same crisis we faced in 2013 after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act to fill the $24 …

    Federal action is needed to restore fairness in the National Flood Insurance Program, whose rate increases are excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory.
  16. Column: Ocean acidification threatens Florida's economy

    Columns

    I'm an angler and surfer. I spend every moment I can spare on the water with my two sons, who fish and surf with me in Florida's beautiful offshore waters. They're developing a strong love for the ocean, which makes me proud and allows me to share a culture with them that ties us closely to the water.

  17. Opinion: The way forward for schools in Pinellas County

    Columns

    Four key voices on public education in Pinellas offer next steps to help kids in failing St. Petersburg elementaries.

    After being dropped off by his grandmother, kindergartner Tyree Parker sat outside Maximo Elementary last year, waiting for school to begin. Maximo is one of the five lowest-performing schools in Pinellas. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  18. Ruth: Big Macs, Whoppers and world peace

    Columns

    With apologies to John Lennon, can't we please give peace a chance — but hold the onions?

  19. Column: Pinellas school leaders are focusing on the achievement gap

    Columns

    The school district is sharply focused on this urgent need

    Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego
  20. Rick Davis: In five years, little or no progress has been made on Pinellas black student achievement

    Columns

    Little or no progress has been made

    Rick Davis is president of the Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students.