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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. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. The Manhattan skyline is seen at sunrise from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. The real thing, a cow at a county fair this summer.
  7. People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a pedestrian crossing on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo.
  8. Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Some of the best sources for "Day of Rage," a painstaking 40-minute video investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, were the rioters themselves.
  9. Texas Democrats fled the state to prevent a quorum after protesting SB 7, a voting protection bill that Democrats have criticized as being too restrictive.
  10. In 2017, Donald Trump, left, is shown with his chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, center, and his son Donald Trump Jr., right, as they attend a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.
  11. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
  12. Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the NCGOP state convention on June 5, 2021, in Greenville, North Carolina.
  13. 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)
  14. 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..
  15. Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, amid the U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. President Joe Biden could do more to address racism in the American economy.
  19. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  20. 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.
  21. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  22. Does Bill Gates' new book really contain the answer to solving climate change?
  23. 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)