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Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: Bill makes it harder for children to find a home

    Columns

    There are few things more heart-wrenching than a child in need of a family. Unfortunately, in Florida, as in all states, there are too many children in foster care who lack a stable, loving family to care for and nurture them. Finding a suitable foster or adoptive home can be a challenge, particularly for older children …

  2. Ruth: Uniting Tampa Bay, one former mayor at a time

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    Residents of St. Petersburg draw near and pay heed. Soon, very soon, a man from the east will descend into your midst, a man of indeterminate hair color, a man of even more indeterminate age, a man who has never met a woman he could not resist complimenting.

    Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and his wife, Linda, are relocating to a swanky condominium in downtown St. Petersburg.
  3. Day: Voluntary prekindergarten pays off

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    The email landed in my in-box in early March.

    TP_356291_ALLE_Day  (06/29/2012 TAMPA) New staff headshots for Sherri Day.[WILLIE J. ALLEN JR., Times]
  4. Column: Did 9/11 terrorists get outside help?

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    This is the essential unanswered question remaining from 9/11: While the hijackers were inside the United States, did they act alone or did others facilitate them?

    TP_340264_WALL_graham_2 (06/21/2011 Carrollwood) Former U.S. senator and two-term governor of Florida Bob Graham talks about his novel, Keys to the Kingdom, at the Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood. Graham spoke about what spurred him to write the novel; mainly anger over the 9/11 intelligence failures but also a personal challenge to take on a new, difficult endeavor of writing a fictional novel in his retirement. The book took five years to write, which is based on events that he experienced in the decade he served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which he chaired before and after the 9/11 attacks. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio's bad analogy: Borrowing 'like it's 1999'

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    Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed his 2016 presidential campaign Monday, but an apparent musical analogy in his announcement speech was a bit off-

    Year19992014
    Surplus/deficit+$125.7 billion–$484.6 billion
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announces his candidacy for president on April 13 at the Freedom Tower in Miami.
  6. Perspective: Do smart people worry more?

    Perspective

    If you worry a lot, fear not — your anxiety just might be a sign of high intelligence. The idea has been around for a while: The adage that ignorance is bliss suggests the reverse, that knowledge involves anguish. Now it's starting to get some scientific validation.

    Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream came to him in a panic attack when he perceived nature to be yelling in an endless scream.
  7. Column: How to prevent another Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster

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    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, we know a lot more about how to respond to oil spills at sea as well as the physical, chemical and biological consequences of a deepwater oil well blowout. But paradoxically, there has been a stunning lack of progress on national policies regulating ultra-deep drilling …

    Murawski
  8. Perspective: On Earth Day, Florida needs a change of heart for clear, clean water

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    Earth Day this week is the time once a year when we pause to reflect on our appreciation for the planet.

    Many of Florida’s once-crystalline springs are now coated in slime. Our springs are a mess, says photographer John Moran, who wonders how we can ignore the ugly truth hiding in plain sight just below the water’s surface.
  9. Dockery: The strong case for online voter registration

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    Do politicians who talk about governing for the 21st century mean it?

  10. Column: 9/11 claim is unfounded

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    Regarding the April 14 article "Former Sen. Bob Graham pursues claims of Saudi ties to Sept. 11 attacks," I would like to provide some facts that will help your readers better understand the truth involving the erroneous reports of a Sarasota family's alleged connection to the 9/11 attacks.

  11. Column: Passport to the world, or not

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    Visa requirements are an interesting but overlooked indicator of international relations. Most countries require non-nationals to get visas before they enter their borders, but the requirements can differ a lot.

  12. Dan Ruth: Backyard gun ranges come before common sense

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    A few days ago, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch proposed drafting a county ordinance that would ban people from building backyard gun ranges.

    Insert a "Duh!" anywhere you want here.

  13. Debutante programs should reflect diversity

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    Recently, in a program sponsored by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I had the privilege of presenting 25 of our city's most accomplished young women as debutantes. It was a great honor that I will forever treasure, however, I hope that it looks a little different by the time my Nia takes …

    Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, is pictured meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday, 02/19/2013. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times] 

  14. Ruth: Remaking Clinton, one burrito bowl at a time

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    Subject: Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States.

  15. Column: Scott's chance to fix Florida's fouled estuaries

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    When I came to Florida to fish in 2000, I saw sparkling, blue-green water flooding into its lagoons and estuaries and roseate spoonbills roosting in mangroves. Since then dramatic changes have occurred and, as seasoned guides will tell you, there just aren't as many fish left. What happened in 15 years?

    Sugarcane farming along the southern end of Lake Okeechobee contributes much of the effluent released into canal systems.
  16. Column: Lift prescription restrictions on health professionals

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    I am a fairly new physician assistant who has been working in a very specialized field of medicine called thoracic medical oncology. But I can already see that a key way to provide better care — and to prevent controlled substance abuse — is to grant both physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners …

  17. Column: Why Florida bear hunt is a bad idea

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    Thanks largely to state protections, there are still Florida black bears, just as there have been for thousands of years.

  18. Column: Remains from his last day

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    Imagine him in the last week of his life, 150 years ago today. Shuffling, clothes hanging loosely on the 6-foot-4-inch frame, that tinny voice, a face much older than someone of 56. "I am a tired man," he said. "Sometimes I think I am the tiredest man on Earth."

    The last photo taken of Lincoln during his lifetime, on April 10, 1865, shows “a tired man.”
  19. Column: There's no such crime as 'driving while white'

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    The shooting of Walter L. Scott in South Carolina prompts the question:

  20. Ruth: Rubio's case of Potomac fever

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    Much could happen before U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's expected announcement that he will run for president.