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Jim Verhulst - Deputy Editor of Editorials

Deputy Editor of Editorials

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. Insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
  2. Violent insurrectionists loyal to then President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.
  3. Stephen Parloto of Boulder, Colo., holds a sign on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, ahead of the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  4. What if student debt were actually canceled?
  5. California Gov. Gavin Newsom
  6. Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with now-former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.
  7. New York’s first female governor, Kathy Hochul, is muted in what she wears. As The Nation says, "She’s low-key remarkable precisely for what she’s not: the puffed-up fraud who preceded her." Here, she holds a COVID-focused news conferences, hoping to strike a balance to convey the potential dangers of the omicron variant without fanning excessive fears about the mysterious variant.
  8. Kyle Rittenhouse puts his hand over his face as he is found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on Nov. 19, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis.
  9. Federal officers use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Portland, Ore.
  10. Nikole Hannah-Jones attends the 2019 Root 100 Gala at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on Nov. 21, 2019, in New York City.
  11. Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin takes the stage at an election-night rally at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on Nov. 2, 2021, in Chantilly, Va.
  12. Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing entitled "Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower" on Capitol Hill, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Haugen left Facebook in May and provided internal company documents about Facebook to journalists and others,...
  13. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer jokes about arriving on time with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on families helped by the Child Tax Credit at the U.S. Capitol this summer.
  14. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House on Tuesday. A National Review columnist says that Democrats are surprised to discover that President Joe Biden is a lousy leader.
  15. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks with reporters after a meeting of the progressive House Democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  16. On Sept. 13, the Ahmadi family pray at the cemetery next to family graves of family members killed by a U.S. drone strike, in Kabul, Afghanistan. They say "sorry" is not enough for the Afghan survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of their family, including seven children. They demanded Washington investigate who fired the drone and punish the military personnel responsible for the strike, said Emal Ahmadi, whose 3-year-old daughter Malika was killed on Aug. 29 when the U.S. hellfire missile struck his elder brother's car. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
  17. Protesters hold up signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol in Austin in May.
  18. Raynie Castaneda leads a chant against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott across the street from the building where he signed Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, into law in Tyler, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. The sweeping bill signed by the two-term Republican governor further tightens Texas' strict voting laws. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a strong and unusual warning on Saturday: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The agency was warning people to stop taking  the horse medication ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.
  20. The Manhattan skyline is seen at sunrise from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.
  21. Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on Aug. 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee.
  22. Speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, fourth from left, stand at the opening of ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 19, 2015. [Associated Press]
  23. The real thing, a cow at a county fair this summer.