Columns, Perspective

  1. Nickens: Vetting the candidates

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    Either we are getting soft or the candidates are getting tougher.

  2. Column: Cut red tape on firefighting equipment

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    Each year, more than 3,000 wildfires burn about 130,000 acres across Florida, threatening the lives of Floridians as well as their homes and businesses. The men and women of the Florida Forest Service, in partnership with local firefighters, bravely risk their lives to battle these blazes and protect others.

  3. Column: It's not about you

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    In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

    And the Internet exploded.

    Alabama teenager Breanna Mitchell posted a selfie from the grounds of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
  4. Ruth: Aunt Mary meets Greek gods

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    When you are taking a dead woman into a foreign country, you might expect a certain amount of scrutiny at the border. But then again, this was Greece, where a tourist is a tourist regardless of the pulse rate. And so we breezed through customs at the Thessaloniki airport with less curiosity over the contents of our …

    Courtesy Olympus National Park
  5. Column: Doomsayers get it wrong on California economy

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    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it's still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing …

  6. Column: Obamacare and the high court — again?

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    Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.

  7. Perspective: Border crisis creates discomfort for politicians

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    TUCSON, Ariz.

    A governor was moved to tears. A mayor fretted about disease and crime. A city councilman accused the federal government of keeping secrets.

    Barbara Gonzalez, a public information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, displays a dormitory where immigrant families will be housed in Artesia, N.M. “Our community cannot support 2,000 to 3,000 new residents overnight,” said Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch.
  8. Perspective: A faith-based court division

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    During its last term, the Supreme Court narrowly decided two cases bearing extensively on the separation of church and state. Both of them broke along familiar 5-4 lines, and both of them implicitly raised a question hardly anyone has asked about a court that is entirely composed, for the first time in U.S. history, of …

    Samuel A. Alito Jr.
  9. Weingarten: A future take on company men

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    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2027 — In his inaugural address, President Kraft Foods promised Tuesday that America would continue fostering the business-friendly atmosphere begun under his predecessor, President Jiffy Lube. The incoming and outgoing Republican heads of state were accompanied, as always, by their …

  10. Column: Manage recreational fishing to protect stocks

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    As the owner of a boat dealership, I'm an avid angler. So much so, I even dabble in commercial fishing as another way to expand my opportunities to fish, though I bring these fish to market for others to enjoy. Some say I'm a strange duck, but I don't think so. I respect our fishery resources, particularly the necessary …

    To address the chronic problem of overfishing within the recreational sector, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering separating the two components — private boating anglers and the for-hire fishing boats.
  11. Column: Missed opportunities of 2014

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    When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.

    A miner in a field in Grabovka, Ukraine, inspects debris last week from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
  12. Column: A turning point for Ukraine?

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    It's neither pleasant nor polite to say it, but the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been the best thing to happen to President Barack Obama's policy on Ukraine in weeks.

    Hearses form a procession in Boxtel, Netherlands, with the remains of victims from the airline disaster. Among the dead were 193 Dutch.
  13. Guest column: Marine discovery center should be part of pier

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    By Will Michaels, Special to the Times

    Will Michaels, the new executive director of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, in St. Petersburg, Thursday afternoon (9/11/03). The  museum is undergoing construction to add a second floor which will add about 30 percent more square feet.
  14. Perspective: How the elevator transformed America

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    When Daniel Levinson Wilk steps onto the elevator at work, he doesn't just stand there and zone out. Instead he focuses on what's happening to him: the strange push against his feet, the sense of moving through a dark and hollow artery in the middle of his building. Over the next 90 seconds, Wilk absorbs — or …

  15. Perspective: Can you trust yourself more than others? Maybe not

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    Trust is a double-edged sword. Though you can accomplish more in life if you put your faith in others, doing so also leaves you vulnerable. If your friend, business partner or political ally betrays you, he benefits — in terms of money, power or some other resource — at your expense.

  16. Perspective: Standards constant, curriculums vary

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    Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing on to a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. But before going too far down that road, an important distinction needs to be made between …

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  17. The religious war on contraception

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    Is "religious freedom" about being free to practice your faith, or just a generic cover story for any and all attempts to try to foist your beliefs on others? In this era of Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell, it's understandable that many on the right have decided it's the latter and are eager to start testing the limits …

  18. Mom's 'crime' of letting daughter play in park sparks debate (video)

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    It takes a village to raise a child – unless that village is full of vigilantes. It feels like the Parent Police were working overtime June 30 when single mom Debra Harrell was arrested in North Augusta, S.C., and charged with child neglect while her daughter was taken to the Department of Social Services.

    Debra Harrell was arrested after allowing her 9-year-old daughter to play in a park while she worked at a McDonald’s.
  19. Column: Save a Tampa cigar institution

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    When my grandfather was a young boy growing up in Cuba, he was afflicted by polio that permanently disabled his legs and rendered him incapable of working in the tobacco or sugarcane fields like most boys his age. Instead he was sent to school, where he learned to read and write and developed a lifelong passion for …

    The J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is the last working cigar factory in Ybor City, which once boasted
150 such institutions. All but one succumbed to the Cuban trade embargo, smoking bans, excessive taxation and competition from low-wage countries.
  20. Steinle: North Pinellas, Greenlight has plans for you

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    After Monday night's candidate forum in East Lake, it's clear that Greenlight Pinellas supporters need to get more aggressive in delivering their message in north Pinellas County. No Tax for Tracks, an anti-Greenlight group, dominated the visuals with sign waving and greeters. And just three of the eight Republican …