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Columns, Perspective

  1. Perspective: Searching out answers on sex

    Perspective

    Are you confused by sex? I certainly am.

    One of the many reasons sex is puzzling is that we lack reliable data. People lie to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys and themselves.

  2. Perspective: Cuba? It's complicated

    Perspective

    After two weeks touring Cuba with an Eckerd College economics class, I keep returning to the advice of a tour guide at a Santeria cultural center: "I hope that you enjoy my country, but please do not try and understand it."

    In the small colonial-era town of Trinidad, horses share the cobblestone streets with classic American cars and worn-out Russian automobiles.
  3. Perspective: Dolphins and a long paddle

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the story of the third week.

    A calf nurses in Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, drawn by the warm water. There were 528 by Sunday, when high tides allowed the manatees into the relatively shallow spring to escape the cold. Newborns, four feet long and 60 pounds, can swim to the surface and breathe just after birth. But calves depend on their mothers and their milk for up to two years.
  4. Column: Scholarship program helps neediest succeed

    Columns

    In its lawsuit seeking to eliminate scholarships that serve 70,000 low-income schoolchildren, the Florida Education Association argues that the state's high court has already found this kind of program to be unconstitutional. As a former justice who participated in the 2006 Florida Supreme Court case they cite, I know …

  5. Column: Tax-credit voucher scheme diverts needed money from public schools

    Columns

    Faced with an ever-expanding tax-credit voucher program, the Florida Education Association, along with the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida PTA, the Florida Association of School Administrators and other groups and individuals, filed a lawsuit last year seeking to declare the program unconstitutional.

  6. Ruth: Suicide prevention nets logical addition to Sunshine Skyway

    Columns

    It is one of the oldest public safety axioms: That if doing X, Y or Z will save but only one life, just one, then whatever the proposal, it is still worth the cost and effort to implement.

  7. Ruth: To endurance, to life

    Columns

    When an aging, decrepit 90-something Nazi is discovered still alive and hauled before a court to account for decades-old war crimes, there are some who would argue: Why bother after all this time to hound a wheezing goose-stepper to his grave?

  8. Respecting others' religions is first step toward peace

    Columns

    As I was watching the recent events in Paris unfold, I could not help but feel the pain of watching innocent people get killed, and simultaneously I could not help but feel pain due to the response of the media in associating those who committed the murders with our beautiful faith Islam, which has more than 1.7 billion …

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  9. Column: Cleaning up Florida's prison mess

    Columns

    Kudos to Florida state Sen. Greg Evers for not just talking about cleaning up the prison mess, but showing that he means business.

  10. Column: Community colleges keep Florida working

    Columns

    Florida businesses need an academically and technologically prepared workforce to succeed, which makes the strength of our higher education system a major factor in attracting new business to Florida. We are fortunate to have the Florida College System as the primary access point to higher education in Florida.

  11. Column: Despite a sharp price drop, gas remains expensive

    Columns

    The decline in gasoline prices over the last four months has been sharp and surprising. But for Americans wondering why their family budgets still feel strained, part of the answer is almost as surprising:

  12. Another voice: The 'humane' death penalty charade

    Columns

    When the United States at last abandons the abhorrent practice of capital punishment, the early years of the 21st century will stand out as a peculiar period during which otherwise reasonable people hotly debated how to kill other people while inflicting the least amount of constitutionally acceptable pain.

  13. Where's Tampa's big idea?

    Columns

    When Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik unveiled his $1 billion plan for the swath of undeveloped land he controls along downtown Tampa's waterfront, he reeled off a list of the things he had in mind: a medical school, a corporate headquarters, condos, a hotel with convention meeting space, shops and restaurants.

  14. Column: More fallout as middle class shrinks further

    Columns

    The middle class has been shrinking for almost half a century. In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning — in today's dollars — between $35,000 and $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because …

  15. Another voice: The college piggy bank

    Columns

    President Barack Obama has caused a furor with his plan to tax withdrawals from so-called 529 plans, a tax-advantaged savings account through which families save for children's college tuition. Annual contributions to 529s, often deductible from state income taxes, accumulate earnings tax-free and then — under …

  16. Column: Library visit, then held at gunpoint

    Columns

    Saturday evening, I got a call that no parent wants to get. It was my son calling from college — he's a third-year student at Yale. He had been accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!

    This is how my son remembers it:

  17. Perspective: The world is not falling apart

    Perspective

    It's a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Charlie Hebdo, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops — who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? As troubling as the recent headlines have been, these lamentations need …

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  18. Ruth column: Don't be shocked by my campaign platform

    Columns

    Since I announced my intention to brood, meditate, mull and otherwise noodle around a potential, possible, maybe, sorta run for the Republican presidential nomination, the response from you, gentle readers, has been overwhelming, encouraging me to think, ponder and otherwise dawdle to the point of paralyzing inertia …

  19. About Sen. Joni Ernst and those bread bags (w/video)

    Perspective

    To give the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union last week, Republicans put forward freshman Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. Her response started with a childhood memory that got people talking.

    Sen. Joni Ernst spoke about wearing bread bags on her feet. Iowans can relate.
  20. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: An early fog, a broken link

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the story of the second week.

    Joe Guthrie explores the headspring of the Chassahowitzka River before the team followed the river’s 5-mile journey downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2013, Swiftmud led a restoration of the headspring that pumped out truckloads of sediment and sand. Nearly 4 tons of nitrogen were removed. Though the headspring is clear, the river is still plagued by toxic algae fed by polluted runoff.