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 …
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 …
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.
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.
I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won't go to …
At this point the best McDonald's ad campaign might be no ad campaign at all.
In 2001, Donald Hall, just 70 and yet to be named the nation's poet laureate or to receive the National Medal of Arts, published a poem titled Affirmation in the New Yorker. It began: "To grow old is to lose everything."
I was a senior at Cornell University when I was arrested for heroin possession. As an addict — a condition that began during a deep depression — I was muddling my way through classes and doing many things I would come to regret, including selling drugs to pay for my own habit.
I'm at 35,000 feet, somewhere over the Midwest, and I've finally found something on commercial flights that's worse than airplane food: the Wi-Fi. It's so slow and unreliable that it shouldn't be allowed to call itself "Wi-Fi." Renaming it Airplane Dial-Up would be unfair to dial-up.
Greetings to the Cuban government: Hola, you all come on up now, you hear?
The Hillsborough County School Board taught a civics lesson with its dismissal of superintendent MaryEllen Elia.
If you want to quantify the alarming impact of the antivaccine movement, this chart is a good place to start. It plots the cumulative number of new measles cases by month, for each year from 2001 to 2014.
If all had gone as planned, the ouster of Gerald Bailey as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would have been a quiet one. It would have looked like a typical resignation. After all, Gov. Rick Scott had just been re-elected and he was making many new appointments to begin his second term.
Poor Kristin Brett. She is about to undertake an enterprise about the same as if the Tampa Bay Bucs attempted to pass off quarterback Josh McCown in a trade to the New England Patriots for Tom Brady.
Pasco County citizens have cited quality-of-life issues as one of their main priorities for county government to preserve and improve. The county's ordinances that govern many quality-of-life matters, such as vehicle parking and refuse disposal, must be enforced daily.
For this week's lesson in Tallahassee science, let us consider this question: How long does it take for a member of the Florida Cabinet to grow a spine?
Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Barack Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, …
America's political leaders might be finally getting serious about righting what's gone wrong for the middle class. It's only taken them a decade or so.
All college commencements are happy, but community college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees. When their name is read, big cheering sections erupt with horns and roars from the stands. Many students are older; you'll see 50- or …
Chipotle has stopped serving pork at a third of its restaurants, or some 600 establishments countrywide, citing a standards violation by one of its suppliers. It marks the first time the burrito slinger has been forced to pull a topping from its menu. But if Chipotle continues to expand as it has in recent years, it's …