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Columns, Perspective

  1. Views on race relations worsen


    Views on race relations worsen

    Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially worse in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore, eclipsing even the sentiment recorded after turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama's presidency. A New York …

  2. Column: A water policy for all of Florida


    A few days ago we saw an unfortunate failure of leadership in the Legislature. As a businessman still somewhat new to the process, I was disappointed that the will of the majority was bypassed. By putting politics before the work of the people, too many important issues were left stuck in the balance.

  3. Column: Ruling shores up judiciary's integrity


    Last week the U.S. Supreme Court quietly rebuffed a First Amendment challenge to a Florida law that prohibits judicial candidates — whether incumbent judges seeking re-election or lawyer candidates seeking to be elected to the bench — from personally soliciting campaign contributions. The case, …

  4. Column: Protect and preserve Florida parks


    Florida is home to some of the most treasured natural resources in the world, many of which are protected by the best state parks system in the country. I am truly honored to serve Floridians by leading the agency in charge of protecting these special places.

    Wild turkeys roam a wetland area in the Myakka River State Park east of Sarasota. A draft proposal for cattle grazing suggests 315 animals on over 6,500 acres on the southeast corner of the 37,000-acre park, separated by Highway 72.
  5. Column: What Cinco de Mayo is, and isn't


    This may surprise many in the United States, but Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Grito de Delores — the Cry of Delores — is the true Mexican Independence Day and is celebrated on Sept. 16. Like most gringos, I was once confused by the two events, but that was before I spent a year living in …

  6. So, this is Pier Park


    The Municipal Pier. The Million Dollar Pier. The inverted pyramid. And now, Pier Park? For the fourth time in a century, St. Petersburg is about to decide on a new public pier. This Thursday the City Council will vote whether to authorize contract negotiations with the winning design team. If approved, the $46 million …

  7. Nickens: Give Gov. Rick Scott credit; he has some nerve


    Give Rick Scott credit.

    The governor's audacity is impressive, his shamelessness is without limits and his disregard for public perception remains strong.

    Rick Scott, a former hospital executive, is a secretive, tone-deaf governor who still lacks a firm grasp of the tools of the office.
  8. Ruth: How term limits degraded Florida House


    When the going gets tough, the Florida House gets slimier than an Everglades python as it slithers out of Tallahassee.

  9. Maxwell: Florida needs new amendment to protect environment (w/video)


    Enough is enough.

    In its familiar dissembling way, the Republican-led Florida Legislature is contravening the official will of the people.

    Florida needs a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to clean air, safe drinking water and a healthy environment.
  10. Column: Florida Poly wraps up successful inaugural year


    Florida Polytechnic University's first academic year is winding down. Students just finished final exams on Friday, and our faculty is busy grading and completing curriculums. But even as the Florida heat intensifies and summer vacations call, we at Florida Poly are continuing the incredible forward momentum of our …

  11. A story about Harry Reid that was, in fact, too juicy to be true


    A month ago, before reporters from Las Vegas to Washington knew him by his real name, Larry Pfeifer told a lie.

    He doesn't dispute it.

    He promotes it.

    Larry Pfeifer concocted a story to show how lies get airtime easily.
  12. Perspective: How I came to love GMOs


    NAIROBI, Kenya

    Mohammed Rahman doesn't know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land.

    TP 49134 - - DELIVER TO: BUSINESS - - 6/4/97 - - Dover - - CAPTION INFO: Information provided on photo request------Tommy Greene (cq) is an eggplant farmer who can't harvest his crop because of the medfly problem. He's got an 25-acre field he can't pick.-----1. (neg. # 27) some of the eggplants that Tommy Greene won t be able to harvest.---- - - Times Photo- Thomas M. Goethe - - Story By: BESHEARS - - SCANNED BY: tmg - -  RUN DATE:  6/8/97
  13. Perspective: That thing that must not be named


    The New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert compares it to an apocalyptic meteor; the environmentalist George Marshall to the Holocaust; the activist Naomi Klein to slavery; and the economics journalist Mc-Kenzie Funk, tacitly in his excellent book Windfall, to industrial colonialism. The American military …

  14. Perspective: A love that outlived dementia


    Henry Rayhons, a farmer and former Iowa state representative, was acquitted last month of charges that he had sexually abused his wife, who had Alzheimer's disease. He had been accused of having sex with her in a nursing home on May 23, 2014, eight days after staff members told him at a care conference that they …

    In Garner, Iowa, Henry Rayhons stands at the grave of his wife, Donna Lou, an Alzheimer’s patient who died last year.
  15. Column: No surrender in fight for medical marijuana


    Something unprecedented happened in Tallahassee this week. The Florida House of Representatives quit three days early. They just threw up their hands and stopped working. I'm incredulous, but maybe I shouldn't be.

  16. Dockery: Lawmakers ignored voters' will on environment


    This has been an awful legislative session for Florida's environment. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. The future looked so bright just a few months ago.

  17. Hooper: Amid racial issues, asking the right questions will provide answers


    It's not about having all the answers. It's about asking the right questions.

  18. Ruth: In choosing Pier Park, selection committee showed leadership (w/video)


    There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.

  19. Elderly Nutrition Division offers vital services for Pasco's seniors


    If you're over the age of 60, you get it. You understand that as you grow older, money is tighter, sometimes your health deteriorates and you are not as able to do the things you once did without difficulty.

  20. Ruth: Spiro Agnew would be proud of the Clintons


    Poor Spiro Agnew. The disgraced former vice president who was forced from office in 1973 after pleading no contest to bribery, extortion, conspiracy and tax evasion must be spinning in his grave.