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Columns, Perspective

  1. Ruth: I need a new drug


    And now, a word from our sponsors.

    "Do you, like millions of other Floridians, suffer from electile dysfunction? By now you know the symptoms of ED — sudden bouts of drooling, an urge to crawl into a fetal position and a sense of entrapment after being exposed to the same hackneyed political commercial for …

  2. The Reading Files: Bill in BubbaLand, Ebola histories and yes means yes


    Ebola's front lines

    In the New Yorker, Richard Preston has a deeply reported and moving piece on the history of the Ebola virus, the people it's affected and the efforts to contain it through health measures and vaccines, including ZMapp, which is made from mouse-human antibodies that have been grown in …
  3. Column: Global inequality dropping


    It's hard to believe looking at this amazing picture of African migrants trying to enter the European enclave of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities on mainland Africa, but global inequality has actually been falling the past 20 years.

    A picture released this week by the humanitarian group Prodein shows golfers playing while African migrants try to climb the fence into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities on mainland Africa.
  4. Column: Republicans planning for power



    When Republicans seized control of the House four years ago, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., took over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and compared his plans for President Barack Obama's health care law to strategy in the game of Jenga, in which players remove wooden blocks one by one from a tower …

  5. Perspective: The Colorado pot experiment


    DENVER — Drive around here for a few days and you can't shake it: Is the smell real or in my head?

    Different marijuana strains for sale at Cannabis Station in downtown Denver.
  6. PolitiFact: 9 biggest whoppers of the 2014 midterms


    One thing we've noticed about the midterms of 2014: There hasn't been a unifying theme. Candidates around the country have launched a grab bag of talking points in races for Senate, House and governor. In Florida, it's jobs and education. In Kentucky, it's coal. In Colorado, it's abortion and contraception.

  7. A Little Perspective


    Bright lights in North Dakota

    This image, taken from NASA's views of the Earth at night, reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was until recently the desolate North Dakotan prairie. This is the location of the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation that stretches across parts of North Dakota, …

    Not long ago, the Bakken Shale would have been pitch black at night. But fracking’s frenetic activities have turned the oil-rich rock formation into a sight to be easily seen from space.
  8. Perspective: Athletes in a bubble means trouble


    Several years ago, in the course of writing a book, I spent a season with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

    In professional sports, they are called clubhouses for a reason, because they are clubs, among the most exclusive in the world, right alongside the U.S. Senate, with privileges.
  9. Perspective: Let's all overshare our politics


    NASHVILLE, Tenn.

    Of all the rights associated with adulthood — the ability to purchase alcohol, rent cars, have sex — the one I most looked forward to when I was a child was voting.

    If you feel it’s presumptuous to guess people’s voting record by looking at their cars, go straight to the irrefutable evidence and look in their yards.
  10. Column: Politicians aren't scientists, but they are responsible


    When an editorial board recently asked Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about climate change, he said he wasn't a scientist. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, both Republicans, have said the same thing.

  11. Column: The quality of fear


    There's been a lot of tutting-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in …

  12. Ruth: Lots of talk, very few answers


    Do you have the sneaking suspicion that if you asked Gov. Rick Scott to name the color of an orange he would answer with a rambling discourse on his Dickensesque childhood, accusations that Charlie Crist pals around with Boardwalk Empire's Nucky Thompson and the Castro brothers are terrorists?

  13. Survey is just silly to call Tampa snobby


    Dear Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine,

  14. Column: Make red snapper fishery work for everyone


    I provide fishing access to Florida anglers and visitors from across the country as a charter captain in Clearwater. I have many customers who want to go fishing, and I want to be able to take them out as often as I can. Weather conditions wreak enough havoc on my business without unpredictable regulations that keep me …

    Florida anglers who rely on charter boats to go fishing had only nine days this year to fish for red snapper.
  15. Column: Rich slackers do as well as poor strivers in U.S.


    America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

  16. Column: Documenting with dignity in the Ebola zone


    I have taken pride over my 40-plus years as a photojournalist in offering dignity to subjects I photograph, especially those who are sick or in distress while in front of my camera.

    Esther Tokpah, an 11-year-old orphan, cries as a doctor tries to console her before she is released last month from an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. Both of Esther’s parents died from Ebola.
  17. Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason


    Since 2009, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies has hosted dozens of African journalists each year through a national program named for Edward R. Murrow. But a few days ago, word went out that this year's program is canceled. The given reason: Ebola. The real …

  18. Dirty rotten (camera) scoundrels


    All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics.

  19. Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

    State Roundup

    For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

    If you own a TV, you get the picture.

  20. Ruth: Fan dance in Broward


    If Rick Scott goes down in defeat two weeks from now, he might well attribute his electoral misfortune to a bizarre night in Davie when the Florida governor had his very own "He-Buffoon" moment.

    Charlie Crist, and his fan, had the stage to himself for a bit.