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Tampa Bay Times editorial board

Editorials represent the institutional opinion of the Tampa Bay Times. The members of the Times editorial board are Chairman and CEO Paul Tash, Editor of Editorials Tim Nickens and editorial writers Elizabeth Djinis, John Hill and Jim Verhulst.

  1. Noah McAdams, 3, has leukemia, and his parents didn't want to go along with the chemotherapy his doctors prescribed.
    The state acted correctly by interceding on behalf of Noah McAdams, a 4-year-old leukemia patient.
  2. Nearly three dozen trees were cut down at a half-abandoned trailer park along Gandy Boulevard in August, enraging tree advocates and sparking another battle between the city of Tampa and a new state law that removes local government authority over tree removal. [CHARLIE FRAGO | Times]
    The Florida Legislature made it easier for residents to cut down trees without permission from local government. Now everybody wants to do it.
  3. State Rep. Chris Sprowls, 35, R-Palm Harbor, speaks Tuesday after Republicans selected him as the next House speaker.  Associated Press I Caina Calvan
    The Palm Harbor Republican will become the second Florida House speaker from Pinellas.
  4. Oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in April 2010.  [Associated Press]
    The House has voted to permanently ban oil drilling off the Gulf Coast. Now the Senate should approve it.
  5. In their political afterlife, former politicians and their staffers are hoarding unspent campaign donations for years and using them to finance their lifestyles, advance new careers and pay family members, an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, 10News WTSP and TEGNA-owned TV stations found.
    Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Kathy Castor are still pushing the House to take up the reform legislation. It’s past time.
  6. Signs posted at St. Petersburg's North Shore Park in September 2016 warned people to stay out of the water due to contamination from sewage released by the city's sewer system after it was overwhelmed by Hurricane Hermine.
    Raise environmental fines for local governments and companies, but also help communities rebuild their infrastructure.
  7. An architect's rendering shows part of a planned research center and hospital on N McKinley Drive in Tampa for Moffitt Cancer Center. During the 2020 legislative session in Tallahassee, the center will seek an increased share of Florida's cigarette tax to finance the McKinley Drive project and other improvements. Moffitt officials said Thursday that the increase would finance $205 million, to be paired with $332 million they have already allocated for the project.
    The cancer center is a global leader and a regional economic driver. It needs more space to accommodate more patients, researchers and technology.
  8. Norwegian Airlines has announced it plans to launch twice weekly service between Tampa and London's Gatwick Airport. Photo courtesy Norwegian Airlines
    More international flights to and from Tampa mean more tourism and more commerce for the region. That’s good.
  9. Closeup of woman smoking an e-cigarette. Ledger file photo
    One in four Florida high school students are using e-cigarettes. That’s a problem.
  10. A plan by a Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Advisory board would allow problem foster children to be housed in this secure facility on East Columbus Drive.
    A new approach is needed to deal with foster care kids who refuse placement.