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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. Neo-Nazis, alt-Right and white supremacists march the night before the "Unite the Right" rally, on Aug. 11, 2017, through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
  2. Denmark's Andreas Cornelius, top right, fights for a high ball with Tunisia's Yassine Meriah during the World Cup group D soccer match between Denmark and Tunisia, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Tuesday. We can learn a lot about human rights by considering how the World Cup came to be played in Qatar.
  3. Former President Donald Trump works the crowd after Trump announces his bid for the presidency from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach on Tuesday.
  4. A COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine is prepared ahead of a press conference this May at Dallas County Health and Human Services in Dallas.
  5. President Donald Trump greets the crowd on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C..
  6. There is a lot of room on the spectrum to the right of President Ronald Reagan before you land at someone on the farthest right like the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
  7. Attorney General Merrick Garland
  8. Former President Donald Trump listens to applause from the crowd as he steps up to the podium at a rally on Sept. 23, 2022, in Wilmington, N.C.
  9. An immigrant family makes their way to the bus transporting from St. Andrews in Edgartown, Mass., to Vineyard Haven and the ferry to Woods Hole on Sept. 16, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis took the playbook of a fellow Republican, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to a new level by catching officials flat-footed in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., with two planeloads of Venezuelan migrants.
  10. President Joe Biden poses for a photo after speaking about the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  11. A marble statues of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato is seen on a plinth in front of the Athens Academy as the Greek flag flies.
  12. Former President Donald Trump.
  13. Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin holds a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Aug. 19, 2022, after videos showing her partying leaked into social media, sparking criticism.
  14. Freya the walrus rests on a boat in Frognerkilen, Oslo Fjord, Norway, on July 19.
  15. A group of migrant families walk from the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas, near McAllen, Texas, March 14, 2019. A Biden administration effort to reunite children and parents who were separated under President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance border policy has made increasing progress.
  16. Protestors gather and hold signs in Saginaw, Michigan, in reaction to the overturn of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.
  17. A medical assistant in a room where abortion procedures take place,at Planned Parenthood on May 26, 2022 in El Centro, California.
  18. Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo (this was before Ketanji Brown Jackson formally joined the court at the end of the current term. Seated from left: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Stephen Breyer (now retired) and Sonia Sotomayor. Standing from left: Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before he signs the state budget at The Villages on June 2.
  20. Bottles of abortion pills at a clinic in Des Moines, Iowa.
  21. Amnet Ramos, 44, and her daughter, Inaia Hernandez, 12, stand for a portrait during a protest in Manhattan on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in New York where generations of women came together for a protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Ramos has protested since the Trump administration, and the threat to abortion rights has steeled her resolve to be heard - and that of her daughter. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  22. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wearing a mask to curb the spread of coronavirus, before the start of a House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, about the budget request for the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
  23. Stephen Parlato, of Boulder, Colo., holds a sign saying "hands off Roe," as a Capitol Police Officer walks past barricades outside of the Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Washington. "I'm trying to stop the Republicans' war on women," says Parlato, who flew in from Colorado to protest for abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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