Columns, Perspective

  1. Ruth: Parents pay any price, bear any burden

    Columns

    There are some facts and figures in life we probably don't really need to know: like when we're going to die, or how long the brother-in-law intends to stay at the house, or perhaps the final tally for the remodeled bathroom that began as a sink installation and wound up resembling one of Saddam Hussein's palace …

    $230,610 to raise Skippy?
That sounds awfully low.
  2. James: On campus, women must practice safety

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    It was on an evening in the dormitory, days before classes started in my junior year, that I came closest to being sexually assaulted. A handsome, charming member of the golf team, out prowling the near-empty campus with a friend, struck up a conversation with me and my dormmate.

  3. Column: Protesters in Ferguson should rebrand themselves as 'sidewalk counselors'

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    Dozens of legitimate protesters have been arrested in Ferguson, Mo., for essentially doing it wrong, which can be variously described as protesting about issues of race, refusing to stop protesting about issues of race, and in many cases, perhaps most outrageously, protesting while black.

    … like antiabortion activist Eleanor McCullen, who was part of the Supreme Court case that struck down protest buffer zones.
  4. Perspective: How to serve and protect

    Perspective

    The events this month in Ferguson, Mo., ought to be of grave concern to anyone who believes in the First Amendment, and specifically the rights to free speech, protest and assembly.

    When protesters demonstrated against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999, police chief Norm Stamper said:  “We gassed fellow Americans engaging in civil disobedience.We set a number of precedents, most of them bad. And police departments across the country learned all the wrong lessons from us.”
  5. Five things to watch in Tuesday's primary

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    Tuesday's statewide primary election may feel like a warmup act for the main event: a November showdown between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his leading Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. But even if turnout is as low as expected, important trends will hint at where things are heading for the general …

    Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist should deliver a decisive victory over former state Sen. Nan Rich.
  6. The reading file: Charting the racial divide and meeting the neighbors

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    Charting the racial divide

    With events in Ferguson, Mo., once again exposing racial fault lines in America, here are some good background resources that rely on hard data. A summary of "The Real Record on Racial Attitudes" — based on decades of responses to the General Social Survey run by the …

  7. Perspective: How geckos stick and unstick their feet

    Perspective

    Your Benjamin goes furthest in Mississippi

    Bjorn Christian Torrissen
  8. Ruth: Appalling 'joke' merited stronger response

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    On the off-chance they might have missed this minor detail over at the city of St. Petersburg's Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations Department: We are currently residing in the year 2014, not 1861.

  9. Perspective: Will Washington Redskins change name as pressure mounts?

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    WASHINGTON

    He showed up at the bar for a birthday party, but J.C. Rocha was huddled near the big-screen TV in the corner. It was inevitable. When the Redskins are on, football rivals the city's obsession with politics.

    This Aug. 7, 2014 file photo shows groundskeepers preparing the end zone for the NFL football preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The debate over the Washington Redskins nickname has been around for decades, usually as a flash-in-the-pan topic that pops up occasionally and disappears after a day or so. This time is different. The campaign against the term many consider to be a racial slur has reached sustained, unprecedented momentum over the last 18 months and shows no signs of abating. A confluence of events — and several missteps by team owner Dan Snyder — has made the issue a topic du jour.
  10. Meet the man who saved JFK after the PT-109 sinking

    Perspective

    On a moonless night in summer 1943, a Japanese destroyer tore through a U.S. Navy patrol-torpedo boat guarding the waters around the Solomon Islands. The boat was PT-109, skippered by a young lieutenant from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy.

    Eroni Kumana, believed to be 93, died this month. He was barely out of his teens when he rescued Kennedy’s crew after PT-109 was sliced in half.
  11. Column: Ice bucket fad leaves other needs in the cold

    Columns

    Americans are probably not unique in treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly.

  12. Column: For many, conviction means exclusion for life

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    Recent polling shows that white Americans and African-Americans have completely different perspectives on recent events in Ferguson, Mo., with just 37 percent of whites saying that the police shooting raises important issues about race, compared to 80 percent of African-Americans.

  13. Column: To defeat Islamic radicals, Obama needs to do more

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    WASHINGTON

    With his speech condemning the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in newly stark, determined language, President Barack Obama now needs to step up his military campaign in equally dramatic fashion.

  14. Don't complain if you don't vote

    Columns

    Elections are here again, the peak season for the blame game.

  15. Enraged People Against Rape's story recounted to aid sexual assault victims

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    The mementos are numerous. Boxes of scrap books. Newspaper clippings. Video tapes of television news broadcasts. Plaques on the walls. Letters. Lots of letters of appreciation, including a couple from a then-U.S. senator from Delaware named Joseph Biden Jr.

  16. Ruth: Visions of sugar dance in legislators' heads

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    It's merely an idea, but perhaps the oath of office for our state's elected panhandlers should be rewritten to read: "I do solemnly swear that I will support, protect and defend the sugar industry interests of the state of Florida; that I am duly compromised to hold office under the legalized bribes of various vested …

    Florida House Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, left, and Speaker Will Weatherford were guests at King Ranch in Texas.
  17. Column: A message to the people of Ferguson

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    Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system.

  18. A cop's advice: Agree or not, it's best to obey an officer

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    A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.

  19. Column: Money talks as orcas' plight revealed

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    SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales.

  20. Column: Perry indictment nothing more than Texas politics

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    WASHINGTON

    There's nothing like Texas when it comes to treating what most consider the normal business of politics as a major crime, especially when the prosecutor is of the opposite party persuasion.

    Gov. Rick Perry called his indictment by the Austin prosecutor’s office a “farce.”