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Columns, Perspective

  1. Scramble for a loose kayak

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the story of the seventh week.

    Fire warms the expedition team and colors a canopy of pines above a riverside campsite in Apalachicola National Forest, which at three times the size of Pinellas County is the largest national forest in Florida and an essential hub for the wildlife corridor. The team paddled for five days downstream to Apalachicola Bay, which has been deprived of freshwater kept by Georgia as Atlanta has grown. 
  2. Utilities: Pulling the plug on passivity

    Perspective

    LAST FALL, CRITICS of Duke Energy Florida rallied protesters at a demonstration by shouting, "If you're not mad, you're not paying attention."

  3. Romano: Smarter, not tougher, drug sentences

    Perspective

    THREE YEARS AGO, the governor made a mistake. A costly, shortsighted, foolish mistake.

  4. Smoking out a solution before '16

    Perspective

    MOST FLORIDIANS FAVOR medical marijuana of some kind. A flamboyant Orlando lawyer, children with seizures and a presidential election have seen to that.

    CAMERON COTTRILL   |   Times illustration
  5. Testy about all that testing

    Perspective

    IN THE 15-YEAR HISTORY of Florida's school accountability movement, it is difficult to recall a moment quite like this.

    STEVE MADDEN
Times illustration
  6. Amendment 1 passed by a wide margin but now all that cash is up for grabs

    Perspective

    AMID ALL THE NASTY ATTACK ADS, one political commercial that ran on Florida television stations last year stood out for sheer beauty. It opened with clouds scudding across the Everglades, a rainbow arching over a stand of mangroves and a girl swimming in a spring.

    STEVE MADDEN   |   Times illustration
  7. Trigaux: Jobs, but at what wage?

    Perspective

    WHEN IT COMES TO A LEGACY, two-term Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have a choice.

    CAMERON COTTRILL   |   Times illustration
  8. Column: House speaker responds to Times editorial on water resources bill

    Columns

    Benjamin Franklin delivered the memorable line, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Were he alive today, I believe Franklin would amend his short list of inevitabilities with a declaration that Florida Republicans can solidly count on negative editorials from the Tampa Bay …

    Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island
  9. Ruth: Stalemate on Rays stadium compromise requires new tactics

    Columns

    If this well gets poisoned any further, the relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Petersburg City Council is going to make the Ukraine dustup look like a neighborly spat over a borrowed lawn mower.

  10. Everyone can be, and should be, an agriculturalist

    Columns

    What does it mean to shop locally for food? Some people think it means to shop for goods grown within the United States, some think within their state, while others think it means to shop for items produced only within their own county.

  11. Ensure black history remembers teachers from Moton High

    Columns

    I watch the Barrette-Jackson and Meccum classic car auctions religiously on television because I appreciate the old cars, which not only have withstood the test of time, but also have shaped the future of the American auto industry. And like a flash of light, I realized that I should give the same or even more …

  12. Ruth: The high cost of expensive jewelry on the campaign trail

    Columns

    By all accounts, it would seem when she wed Jeb Bush more than 40 years ago, a very young Columba Garnica Gallo didn't quite grasp she was marrying into a dynastic political machine, not to mention her whimsical brother-in-law George's penchant for wedgies.

    Columba Bush: reticent and publicity-averse, but about to enter the public spotlight.
  13. Spoto community rallies behind girl who suffered traumatic brain injury

    Columns

    Less than a day after they learned their friend was in the hospital, they organized.

    Tyra Janelle Brown
  14. Column: Trade, exports help power Florida economy

    Columns

    Florida is known for many things: sun, sand, golf courses … and exports. In fact, in 2013, Florida businesses exported more than $96 billion in goods and services, supporting more than 2.4 million jobs including the more than 2,500 employees who work for Honeywell across the state.

  15. Moms are the real wage-gap victims

    Columns

    Sunday night at the Academy Awards, actress Patricia Arquette brought down the house during her acceptance speech for some socioeconomic commentary on wage inequality.

    Arquette speaking out for mothers at the Oscars.
  16. Column: The walled-off well-to-do

    Columns

    Concentrated poverty is one of the biggest problems facing cities today, as more of the urban poor become isolated in neighborhoods where the people around them are poor, too. Growing economic segregation across cities, though, is also shaped by a parallel, even stronger force: concentrated wealth.

  17. Column: Scientology's chilling effect (w/video)

    Columns

    When I was at Fortune magazine in the 1990s, one of my colleagues was a reporter named Richard Behar. He had a special lock on his door, and he wouldn't even let the janitor in to empty his wastebasket. He used a secret phone, which he kept hidden in a desk drawer, so that calls made to sources couldn't be traced …

    Photo credit: Sam Painter
HBO documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"
  18. Ruth: With a docket full of problems, judge should stay off bench

    Columns

    Someone needs to remind Hillsborough County Court Judge Eric Myers that when someone appears before the bar of the court they are not there for a gin and tonic.

  19. Column: Florida's peculiar Cabinet

    Columns

    Although few Floridians are aware of it, the state has the most unusual executive branch in the United States. That became apparent recently when Gov. Rick Scott forced Gerald Bailey, longtime commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, to retire or be fired. But Scott did not have the constitutional …

  20. Column: Jeb Bush's brainless trust

    Columns

    WASHINGTON

    I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.

    U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes a statement to the media during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, not seen, in Jerusalem Tuesday July 25, 2006 . Rice arrived in Israel on Monday for talks about the ongoing fight between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. (AP Photo/ David Silverman, Pool)