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Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: For too many, working more means making less

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    In my leisure time, I do woodworking.

    My signature piece is a mirror made of two interlocking circles. It sells for $175, of which 15 percent ($26.25) goes to the store, less $90 for materials. That leaves me with $58.75 net for eight hours of work. That is about the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

  2. Column: Children with married parents are better off — but marriage isn't the reason why

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    We know that children raised by two parents tend to be more successful — at school, in the future labor market, in their own marriages — than children raised by a single mom or dad. So it might seem easy to conclude that marriage wields some outsized power over a child's life — that its absence creates …

  3. Column: Market pricing demands increase in gas tax

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    The economic incoherence of the contemporary conservative movement is most apparent in their opposition to raising the gasoline tax.

  4. Column: Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent

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    When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished …

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  5. Column: In surveillance society, justice instead of privacy

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    Ray Rice punching his fiancée in a casino elevator. Donald Sterling ranting about minorities. Danny Ferry, the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, repeating a slur against Africans. Witnesses in Ferguson, Mo., reacting to Michael Brown's killing.

    With video, everybody knows. The punch Ray Rice threw isn’t just on the elevator camera. It’s on TMZ.
  6. Column: Amendment 2 fears were already rejected

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    A core principle of American democracy is respect for the judicial branch. When a court speaks on an issue, the strength of our democracy has been that the people follow — even when they disagree. I honor that principle. I am very surprised that former Florida Supreme Court justices would question the opinion of …

  7. Ruth: Drums of war awaken a slumbering Congress

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    How fitting that House Republicans somehow managed to find a scintilla of time away from their work sclerotic to squeeze in a few moments to hear from former Vice President Dick Cheney for a pep talk on Babel-rattling.

    House Speaker John Boehner, leaving a meeting with Dick Cheney, has ordered members to show up a day early to cast a vote on approving military action against ISIS.
  8. A Little Perspective

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    Ashkenazi Jews began as tiny group

    FILE - SEPTEMBER 03: Actress Johansson has given birth to a baby girl, Rose. This is her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac. VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Actress Scarlett Johansson attends 'Under The Skin' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 3, 2013 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) 503816433
  9. Column: No excuses for abuse

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    Black men. Fellas. Brothers.

    Stop complaining about Ray Rice's (much deserved and yet woefully insufficient) punishment. Right now.

  10. Column: More education equals more income

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    Imagine if the U.S. government taxed the nation's 1-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 …

  11. Perspective: A new way to vote for us all

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    As a conservative living in New York City, my vote for Congress is essentially a socially approved form of venting. A short while ago, I moved from an extremely liberal neighborhood in Manhattan to an extremely liberal neighborhood in Brooklyn.

  12. Verhulst column: The lock on our lives

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    I've been thinking about my combination lock a lot. I keep it on a locker at work. Twenty or more times a week I spin the dial right, then left, then right, and the lock drops open with a satisfying "chunk." The first time I used that lock — in junior high gym class — we were still sending men to the …

    Only one of these two objects is already obsolete. Hint: It’s not the shiny one. I wasn’t quite a teenager when I got the lock. I got this iPhone after I had turned 55. Its days are numbered.
  13. Reluctantly, Obama goes back to war

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    WASHINGTON

    There's an air of tragedy about President Barack Obama. He wants to chart a new course — pivot to the Pacific, end the long decade of war, do nation-building at home — but the old world's most derelict, dysfunctional quarters keep pulling him back in. Now, in the cruelest irony, the gusts …

    When President Barack Obama addressed the nation last week on ISIS, we all could be excused for feeling a spasm of dread as the speech spilled forth. The plan he laid out makes sense but so much could go wrong.
  14. Column: Congress shares onus of confronting Islamic State

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    For most of the summer, Republicans had it easy when it came to the Islamic State. All they had to do was complain that President Barack Obama wasn't tough enough, accuse him of lacking strategic vision and demand that he do more.

  15. Column: Critique from an Obama fan

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    I'm probably one of the few Americans left with some sympathy for President Barack Obama's foreign policy, and even I have to admit that his Syria policy has been a mess.

    Islamic State fighters parade in Raqqa, Syria, in June. In a speech Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced an antiterror campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the group.
  16. Column: Seven ways to cut college costs

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    College is expensive — there's no doubt about it. This is true for both public and private colleges and universities. As next year's freshman class begins the college search process and this year's students settle into the fall semester — and they and their parents look for ways to pay the bills — here …

  17. Ruth: Greenlight Pinellas criticism bought on the cheap

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    This certainly ought to clear up any confusion anyone had over the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum: Randal O'Toole has spoken his two bits.

  18. Ruth: New Hillsborough school security chief teaching, learning

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    In his long and distinguished 28-year career as a member of the Tampa Police Department, John Newman pretty much did it all — patrol duties, undercover work, detective and high-ranking member of Chief Jane Castor's administration. Newman was a cop's cop.

  19. Steinle: Dunedin prepares to launch Garbage 101

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    Ahhh, the scents of summer in Florida. The salty breeze. Exotic blossoms. Fresh-cut grass.