Columns, Perspective

  1. 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 …

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  4. 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 …

  5. This isn't the way to help a single mom

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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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 …

  8. Column: Antidiscrimination policies are good business

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    According to a recent study by the Movement Advancement Project, an independent think tank, only 38 percent of Floridians live in cities or counties that protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The city of Tampa has been a trailblazer in this regard, because it is among Florida's …

  9. Column: The photo-op government

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    It's a revealing video.

    Not in the sense of physical nakedness. No, what is naked in that clip is a kind of political opportunism that has become all too common.

    Adam Kwasman, right, a tea party candidate for Congress, talks to an anti-immigration demonstrator this month in Oracle, Ariz.
  10. Another voice: Border needs judges, not soldiers

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    Gov. Rick Perry's plan to activate 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for duty near the border with Mexico will do little to ease the crisis caused by the arrival 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America. Perry appears to be ignoring the assessment of colleagues — both Republican and Democrat — who …

  11. Column: The next move is Putin's

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    WASHINGTON

    Apart from its tragic horror, the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has two strategic consequences. First, it reveals that the Russian military — and, therefore, President Vladimir Putin — is deeply involved in the separatists' fight against the Ukrainian government. Second, it …

    Russian President Vladimir Putin bears the blame for the jetliner disaster, in that he created the setting that made it possible. He contrived the separatist rebellion, and he converted eastern Ukraine into the sort of battlefield where these things happen.
  12. Column: Police state parenting

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    When I was about 9 years old, I graduated to a Little League whose diamonds were a few miles from our house, in a neighborhood that got rougher after dark. After one practice finished early, I ended up as the last kid left with the coach, waiting in the gloaming while he grumbled, looked at his watch and finally left me …

  13. Column: After plane horror, Europe must stand up to Putin

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    Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.

  14. Column: Florida taxpayers about to be railroaded

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    Here's a really clever idea:

    Let's run express passenger trains 16 times round-trip every day between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport. That's right, the airport.

    An artist’s rendering shows an All Aboard Florida train. The project has already applied for $1.6 billion in federal loans and plans to rent space at a new terminal at the Orlando airport for which lawmakers recently appropriated $213 million.
  15. Column: Why I chose Anthony Holloway as police chief

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    St. Petersburg has emerged from the Great Recession with a rejuvenated spirit and a bold vision. Like so many in our community, I am excited about our early progress and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

    Holloway has led Clearwater’s police department since 2010.
  16. Kriseman: Why I chose Holloway as St. Petersburg's next police chief

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    St. Petersburg has emerged from the Great Recession with a rejuvenated spirit and a bold vision. Like so many in our community, I am excited about our early progress and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

  17. Column: The looming tower of debt

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    The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the CBO projects deficits of $7.6 trillion from 2015 to 2024. Under less favorable (maybe more realistic) assumptions, …

  18. Column: The phantom menace of runaway inflation

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    The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of …

  19. Commentary: Addressing the border crisis (w/video)

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    There have been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals being bandied about address current political and bureaucratic problems, but they will …

    Two girls watch a World Cup soccer match in June from a holding area at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona. A new bill in Congress would add immigration judges and require a hearing for each unaccompanied minor within seven days.
  20. Ruth: Fuss and feathers over ethics

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    You would probably be forgiven if you mistook the race for governor for something akin to an Our Gang comedy, with a couple of little boys fussing and fuming in a competition to paint the other as more ethically compromised than the cast of Reservoir Dogs.