A few days ago, I visited MacDill Air Force Base to thank our service men and women for the extraordinary sacrifices they make every day to keep our nation safe. Ever since we were attacked 13 years ago, our forces at MacDill have shouldered some of the heaviest responsibilities in the challenges of this new century.
How to put this as gently as possible? Apparently the Florida Department of Citrus wants to rid itself of its current mascot, a cutesy-wootsy, pudgy, smiling orange, on the theory the image suggests obesity.
Amid all the scrutiny of the past few weeks, the National Football League remains enshrouded in myths. Let's consider five of the most stubborn.
It was a typical hot, muggy Sunday morning, but that did not deter the people gathered around the voter registration table.
Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let's let that sink in for a minute.
Here's a narrative you rarely hear: Our lives are safer. This message is so rarely heard that half of all respondents to a recent YouGov poll suggested that the violent crime rate had risen over the past two decades. The reality, of course, is that it has fallen enormously.
I teach an undergraduate class in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. My job is to introduce these future engineers to topics relevant to their college and professional careers. This includes helping them to write competently.
Democrats and their advocates have washed, rinsed and are now repeating one of their favorite talking points from 2012: that "(Insert Republican Here) supports tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas."
Jimmy Carter had been the American president for only a few weeks when my mother and father bought into an age-restricted 55-plus condominium complex in Clearwater. My parents were at the time about the same age that I am now.
After my family arrives on the Cape May ferry for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore, I take pictures of our two daughters on the ferry's deck as we leave the harbor. I've been doing this since they were 3 and 4 years old. They are now 16 and 17.
Would you pay $6.50 for a gallon at the gas pump? You'd have to if it were dispensing Florida orange juice.
U.S. leadership of the war on terrorism has entered its second phase.
Thirty years ago, the tragic murder of 17-year-old basketball phenom Benji Wilson shocked Chicago and drew the nation's gaze to the city's depressingly high level of gun violence. Last year's senseless murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton had a similar effect, raising cries for the National Guard to rescue a city …
In a city that touts its long-ago ties to the motion picture industry, this may be one of the most notable entertainment/hospitality expansions in New Port Richey since silent-screen star Thomas Meighan saw a for-sale sign along the Pithlachascotee River.
Last Thursday night, CBS and the NFL Network decided to pull its planned opener — the Jay-Z and Rihanna song Run This Town — during its pre-game broadcast, hoping to strike a more serious tone in light of the Ray Rice video. "At the time, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Rihanna's own history as …
Among the three great lies certainly must be the youth baseball coach insisting, "We're all here to just have fun," the response to "Does this dress make me look fat?" and the claim from a parent about to whip a child: "This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you." Piffle.
'Comprehensive strategy." That's the operative phrase that the Obama administration has employed in rolling out its new campaign to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. With its connotations of scope and gravity, the phrase resonates — not unlike "extra heavy duty" or "bigger and better than ever."
Whenever Barack Obama seems in danger of falling, do we have to hear that George W. Bush made the cliff?
Adrian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in law enforcement, Peterson used a tree branch to discipline the boy, leaving cuts and bruises. Peterson's lawyer says his client meant no harm. "Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to …
As local officials and candidates for public office reach out to voters this election season, I urge voters to ask them where they stand on critical transit issues and impress upon them the widespread support in the business community for these investments in Tampa Bay's future. We must speak with one voice on this …