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Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: Is the American dream really dying?

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    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who's running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently.

    Doyle McManus is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)
  2. Commentary: Surveillance contradicts our Constitution

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    This country was founded on the notion of liberty. It was the spark that started a revolution, the fire that forged our Constitution and the energy that has fueled our ascent to the great nation we are today. It is a word that is as synonymous with the United States as "red, white and blue." So it is striking to us that …

    Rand Paul
  3. Obama joins Twitter, racism quickly follows

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    There are moments when I come this close to quitting Twitter. The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people. To the uninitiated, the torrent of bigotry …

  4. An ID card to help veterans

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    Earlier this month, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France as part of a national security mission to Europe and the Middle East. The memorial honors the American soldiers who gave their lives in the European theater during World War II.

    Incoming House freshmen, from left, Reps.-elect Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Tim Mahoney, D-Fla. and John Hall, D-N.Y., join other newly-elected House member of the incoming 110th Congress for a group photo on the east steps of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006. John Hall is best known as a member of the rock group Orleans.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  5. The upside of boredom

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    My years as a kayak guide coincided exactly with the Great Recession. By 2009, tourists were canceling their trips in droves. I received their cancellation emails in a quiet shop on the water in San Diego, behind a desk stuffed with waivers for the two-hour trips I rarely led, topped with a display rack of sunglasses …

  6. The birth of a Boom

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    "A terrible year has ended." Amidst the ruins of the abbey at Monte Cassino, a Benedictine monk scribbled those words, Dec. 31, 1944. Few Italians or Americans would have disagreed. But if 1944 was a year of despair, 1945 was a year of hope.

    Sitting with her mother’s wedding dress, Ann Simas Schoenacher, who lives in St. Petersburg and was conceived in Italy, was one of the very first Baby Boomers.
  7. Ruth: Marco Rubio's financial wizardry

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    It is safe to assume that when it comes to financial acumen, no one will confuse U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with Warren Buffett.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, and his wife, Jeanette, have a combined salary of about $250,000. But it seems to not be enough.
  8. Why robots will not be our overlords

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    “Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown more adept.

    It took a human pilot and his skill and intuition to save the US Airways Airbus 320 jet from certain disaster when it had to ditch in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, after a flock of birds knocked out both engines.
  9. Helen Gordon Davis' life an example for a new generation

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    Helen Gordon Davis died Monday, leaving an indelible legacy as a fighter for women and minorities.

    But who will continue the fight?

  10. Crusade against 'rape culture' ignores reality of sexual relations

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    There was the time when, 19 and naïve, I was guilt-tripped into entirely unwanted physical intimacies with a much older married man. And the time, three or four years later, when I went to visit an on-and-off long-distance boyfriend and quickly realized that it was over for me — but he assumed we were still …

  11. Congress' delays on the infrastructure must end

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    America must move beyond the transportation gridlock and address its crumbling infrastructure. Yet Congress is poised to kick the can down the road again, while you sit in traffic, flights are delayed, transit systems await repairs and America stays stuck in neutral.

  12. Scott's tactics sabotage hopes to pass a budget

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    How will the Florida Legislature divvy up $80 billion?

  13. Decade of excellence at PHSC improves local education opportunities

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    What a difference a decade makes. Within the past 10 years, Pasco-Hernando State College has added two beautiful new campuses, transitioned to a state college, added a slate of high-demand workforce programs and established two successful baccalaureate degrees.

  14. We're getting the infrastructure we pay for

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    This chart holds the answers to a lot of life's little headaches — and some of the big ones. It explains why you spend so much time in traffic and why it always feels like your train is running late. It holds the key to why our bridges are a mess, and why water mains keep breaking. It says something about why your …

    President Barack Obama speaks near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, which is undergoing a huge replacement project.
  15. Dan Ruth: About that $8 billion surplus

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    Oh, to be a fly on the wall as Gov. Rick Scott, R-C-3PO, huddled with flack-in-chief Jackie Schutz, for whom there can't possibly be enough gin in the world.

  16. St. Pete is going to recycle — soonish

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    Can we all readily stipulate that the city of St. Petersburg is not sprawling Shanghai? This is not like planning the Invasion of Normandy or managing a Third World Ebola virus contagion.

  17. 'Mad Men' not much like real life in birth of original Coke ad

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    On the finale of the fictional Mad Men, a Don Draper brainstorm produced the legendary "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Slate phoned Bill Backer, the real-life ad man who came up with the concept, at his farm in Virginia for his thoughts. He is retired and turns 89 next month, but in 1971 had …

    Coca-Cola’s famed “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” ad from the early 1970s is back in the spotlight after the series finale of Mad Men, in which Don Draper comes up with the idea for the ad.
  18. Federal storm policies put Florida in danger

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    Andrew. Charley. Wilma. Say these names in Miami-Dade or the Florida Keys or Port Charlotte and people wince.

  19. Drop restrictions on Florida's nurse practitioners

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    The nurse practitioner is more important than ever in today's dynamic health care environment. But unfortunately the role of nurse practitioner — technically, the "advanced practice registered nurse" — is frequently misinterpreted, which keeps these professionals from reaching their full potential to help …

  20. Column: When politics meets a health crisis

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    Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.

    Luis Lang, a Republican from Fort Mills, S.C., refused to sign up for Obamacare. Now a health emergency has him turning to crowd-funding to try to raise $30,000 to pay for eye surgery.