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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. 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.
  2. The exterior of Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
  3. 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.
  4. What sort of privacy measures would actually work? [AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File]
  5. 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]
  6. This is the Google building at its campus in Mountain View, Calif.
  7. Vice President Mike Pence looks at Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as she answers a question during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
  8. Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James sets up a play during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  9. The Atomic Bomb Dome is seen at dusk, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Hiroshima, western Japan. The city of Hiroshima on Thursday, Aug. 6, marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing.
  10. Stan Easley holds up a Black Lives Matter sign at a Blue Lives Matter rally Sunday in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  11. In this image from video, former President Barack Obama speaks during the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.
  12. A closeup view of the Dawes Glacier at Endicott Arm, Alaska shows visible large chunks of ice falling into the water below. Experts continue to report that global warming is responsible for the rapid recession of glaciers.
  13. Former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a tour of a metal fabricating facility in Dunmore, Pa., last month.
  14. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa on July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  15. Federal officers use chemical irritants and projectiles to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Friday in Portland, Ore. Since federal officers arrived in downtown Portland in early July, violent protests have largely been limited to a two block radius from the courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
  16. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, lowers his face mask as he prepares to testify before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this summer.
  17. Black Hawk (Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik) as painted in 1832, oil on canvas, by George Catlin, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.2
  18. This painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall is by John Trumbull. One writer from the right says,  "If there is hope, it lies in the majority of Americans of all races who still cling to the colorblind republican creed of equal rights under equal law."
  19. Visitors walk along the 26 acre, $92 million St. Petersburg Pier District.
  20. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.