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. In this March 19, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, March 19, 2020, in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI  |  AP]
  2. In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. [RINGO H.W. CHIU  |  AP]
  3. A man wearing a mask to help protect against the spread against the coronavirus naps on a bench at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, April 3, 2020. [NG HAN GUAN  |  AP]
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  5. President Donald Trump talks to reporters before signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, March 27, 2020. [EVAN VUCCI  |  AP]
  6. A German police officer checks authorization for a woman to enter Germany at the German-France border in Kehl, March 16, 2020. Germany partially closes its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Denmark as it steps up efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. [JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS  |  AP]
  7. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference, March 13, 2020 at a Florida Emergency Management warehouse in Tallahassee to discuss the States response to the Coronavirus. Coronavirus test kit boxes were used as props, right. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  8. Harvey Weinstein, center, is surrounded by his attorneys Donna Rotunno, left, and Damon Cheronis, as he leaves court for the day in his rape trial, Feb. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) [MARY ALTAFFER  |  AP]
  9. The Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
  10. Sunset on the harbor in Oslo, Norway at 2:30 p.m. after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Dec. 10, 2018. [IRENE SULLIVAN  |  Irene Sullivan]
  11. In this image from video, the vote total, 53-47 for not guilty, on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, is displayed on screen during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate. [AP]
  12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a news conference after leading the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
  13. Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol, during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington. [JOSE LUIS MAGANA  |  AP]
  14. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event Monday in Grimes, Iowa. [PATRICK SEMANSKY  |  AP]
  15. San Francisco has benefited from the growth of nearby Silicon Valley. That metro area added 30,000 jobs in the past year.
  16. 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. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
  17. 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. [KEVIN FRAYER  |  ASSOCIATED PRESS]
  18. The Constitution of the United States of America [AP]
  19. 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) [JOHN AMIS  |  AP]
  20. 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. [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
  21. 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.
  22. The West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
  23. 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) [LLOYD FOX  |  AP]