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Columns, Perspective

  1. Planned Parenthood videos spark unease, irrational reactions

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    WASHINGTON

    My first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.

  2. Social Security is based on sound principles

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    In announcing his presidential candidacy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some strong criticism of the Social Security program, especially its solvency. He claims that those who defend the system are liars. Sen. Marco Rubio, also running for the presidency, likens Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. Their rhetoric …

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  3. Fetal stem cells give hope for finding cures

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    For five years, I watched my best friend die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible disease that causes one's muscles to waste away. First he struggled to walk, then to speak, then to breathe.

    An opponent and supporter of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday in Philadelphia. Anti-abortion activists are calling for an end to government funding while supporters say the medical care provided by the nonprofit is vital to the country’s women.
  4. Ruth: Rick Scott, the fake environmentalist

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    Reader alert! You are about to enter the mother of all spit-take zones! Do not under any circumstances consume any liquids! Face away from any walls! Avoid looking directly at any children, pets, friends or spouses!

  5. Perspective: Why polls can't be trusted anymore

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    Over the past two years, election polling has had some spectacular disasters. Several organizations tracking the 2014 midterm elections did not catch the Republican wave that led to strong majorities in both houses; polls in Israel badly underestimated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strength, and pollsters in …

    Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media in May after his Conservative Party swept to an unexpected majority. Pollsters incorrectly predicted a close election only to see the Conservatives win easily, one of many times polling has been wrong. The science is harder now.
  6. Maxwell: Honest talk needed about race

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    Racism always will exist in the United States. Too many of us, white and black, refuse to stop the pretense about race and reconsider the national myth of "equality for all." By pretending that we are equal, we never need to confront the harsh reality of race and inequality.

  7. Perspective: The truth about GMOs and their labels

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    Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products nearly tripled.

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  8. PolitiFact: 5 myths about immigration

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    Amnesty, self-deportation, a wall. Politicians have plenty of ideas to fix America's immigration system. But where does rhetoric leave reality?

  9. The evidence supports artificial sweeteners

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    In the last few years, I've watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet, you're going to run into one of these. Rather than rely on anecdote or myth, we can inform this debate with research.

    The author limits his children’s soda consumption, and when allowed, it’s sugar free. He argues that there’s a potential, and probably real, harm from consuming added sugars; there are most likely none from artificial sweeteners.
  10. Vacationing volunteers just part of the story at Trinity Cafe

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    He could have ridden the daunting dips and climbs of Gwazi at Busch Gardens instead of riding over to Nebraska Avenue, armed with large bags of rice and buckets of fresh vegetables.

  11. Dockery: Senate wise to drop redistricting court fight

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    More jaw-dropping and political landscape-changing redistricting news has emerged — this time affecting the Florida Senate maps. What's stunning is the Senate admitted fault and entered into an agreement to revise the Senate maps and forgo a trial.

    Party: Republican - Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties Provided by Legislative Aide / Scheduler Laura L. Rodriguez
  12. How to speak while female: 13 tips

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    I have read all the critiques of women's vocal mannerisms and tics. No "just." No "sorry." No uptalk. No vocal fry. I have come to a few simple conclusions, which I have distilled into the following 13 tips.

  13. The key to marriage survival after a baby: sex

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    In my experience, everything about parenting is counter-intuitive. I remember being pregnant on tour with my first young adult novel and trying to get through the San Francisco airport, garbage can to garbage can. I waited for the wave of nausea to pass until I could make it to the next one, all the while my writing …

  14. Digital revolution has a price we all pay

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    Somebody stole your identity when you least expected it. You will be the last one to know.

  15. Ruth: Vote, then pray your ballot is counted

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    Not to be overly simplistic, but the essential skill set to perform the duties of Florida's secretary of state would seem to be the ability to perform this task: one, two, three, four, five …

  16. Candidate reply: Winthrop 'Will' Newton

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    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board recommended Lisa Wheeler-Brown in the Aug. 25 primary election for St. Petersburg City Council District 7. Candidates not recommended by the Times are given an opportunity to reply.

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  17. Column: The many faces of Reagan

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    The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn't figured out what it wants to be.

  18. Column: Clinton's new email fuss is no scandal

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    WASHINGTON

    The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server — is, or should be, a non-scandal.

    There’s no evidence Clinton had any inkling about the emails’ classification.
  19. Column: Looking away from abortion

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    In an essay in his 1976 collection, Mortal Lessons, the physician Richard Selzer describes a strange suburban scene. People go outside in the morning in his neighborhood, after the garbage trucks have passed, and find "a foreignness upon the pavement," a softness underfoot.

  20. Another voice: When law enforcement, immigration intersect

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    The recent killing of Kathryn Steinle as she walked arm in arm with her father along San Francisco's Embarcadero was horrific, even if the details remain murky. That Steinle's alleged killer had seven previous felony convictions and had been deported five times only makes the incident more complicated and politically …