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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. San Francisco has benefited from the growth of nearby Silicon Valley. That metro area added 30,000 jobs in the past year.
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  2. Anti-Trump protesters greet lawmakers as the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives debates impeachment charges against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday.
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  3. A medic with the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off," Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment leads Marines as they carry an Afghan civilian wounded by insurgent gunfire on a stretcher to a waiting medevac helicopter in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan in Jan. 2011.
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  4. The Constitution of the United States of America
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  5. Democratic presidential candidates from left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former technology executive Andrew Yang and investor Tom Steyer wave to the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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  6. Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, arrive back from a break to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday during a public impeachment hearing about President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.
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  7. President Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Nov. 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.
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  8. The West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
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  10. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings speaks at the funeral service for her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP, Pool)
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