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Jim Verhulst - Editorial Writer

Editorial Writer

I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois, went to college and got married. In my late 20s I moved to St. Petersburg to take a job with the Times and never left. Now I write editorials, often on education, the environment and science. I also edit the letters to the editor as well as many of the op-ed columns. Shorter is almost always better, by the way. I bike, I cook, I dig out weeds in our Florida-friendly garden as my wife directs, and we take our collie Rufus for long walks. I count dolphins by the seawall when I run to work in the morning.

  1. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
  2. Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the NCGOP state convention on June 5, 2021, in Greenville, North Carolina.
  3. On Jan. 25, 2011, President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Hill in Washington,  prior to delivering his State of the Union address. From left are, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Obama, Justice Ginsburg and Justice Stephen Breyer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool, File)
  4. In this screengrab, from left, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates speak during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020..
  5. Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, amid the U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven last month, surrounded by law enforcement, legislators, and police union representatives, holding up the bill he signed to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests.
  7. Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, wipes tears from his eyes as he speaks during a news conference after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is convicted in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
  8. President Joe Biden could do more to address racism in the American economy.
  9. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  10. Jim Verhulst got his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday at the Center For Health Equity, St. Petersburg, 2333 34th St. S, on the first day that COVID-19 vaccinations were open to those 60 and older.
  11. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  12. Does Bill Gates' new book really contain the answer to solving climate change?
  13. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, left, distributes meals to Julie Gomez Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Houston. The mayor distributed Operation BBQ Relief's 9th million meal, since 2011, to Gomez. The City of Houston, in collaboration with CrowdSource Rescue, Operation BBQ Relief and the Salvation Army served hot meals to those still impacted by last week's Severe Winter Storm Uri. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  14. Acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett, bottom right, leads Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead Democratic House impeachment manager, second from right, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., third from right, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Delegate Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., through Statuary Hall to the Senate for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Washington.
  15. Stacey Abrams led a grassroots effort to get out the vote in Georgia and turn the state blue for the two recent U.S. Senate run-offs.
  16. A pharmacist fills a dead volume syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in New York.
  17. Donald Trump and Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office in 2016.
  18. Josh Platillero, of Knoxville, Tenn., holds flags in support of President Donald Trump as people wait for the doors to open outside of the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on  Dec. 22 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  19. The exterior of Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
  20. In this Nov. 6, 2018, photo, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams leaves the stage after addressing supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. She centered her gubernatorial campaign on women of color. In the election, more than 51,000 Black women in Cobb County cast ballots, a number typical for presidential election years but spectacular for midterms, eclipsing the turnout of the 2014 midterm by nearly 20,000 votes.
  21. What sort of privacy measures would actually work? [AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File]
  22. Michael the Black Man, variously known as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel, holds up a sign as President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally in 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.  [Ralph Freso | Getty Images]
  23. This is the Google building at its campus in Mountain View, Calif.