Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. [U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP]
Innocent children should not be used as political pawns. That is exactly what the Trump administration is doing by cruelly prying young children away from their parents as these desperate families cross the Mexican border in search of a safer, better life...
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if the retailers do not have a physical presence in the state. That could bring $500 million or more in additional sales tax revenue to Florida, and the Legislature should require that the tax be collected.
Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions enters a news conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Tampa. Sessions spoke about the efforts to combat drug trafficking and end the opioid crisis. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Sessions kickstarts action on marijuana
Photo by Mac Stone
A Tallahassee judge has affirmed the overwhelming intent of Florida voters by ruling that state lawmakers have failed to comply with a constitutional amendment that is supposed to provide a specific fund to buy and preserve endangered lands. This is the Green Swamp, which feeds water to the Hillsborough River.
Editorial: A court victory for protecting Florida’s environment

Top Editorials

Editorial: ATF should get tougher on gun dealers who violate the law

Gun dealers who break the law by turning a blind eye to federal licensing rules are as dangerous to society as people who have no right to a possess a firearm in the first place. Yet a recent report shows that the federal agency responsible for polic...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/18/18

There was no FBI anti-Trump conspiracy

The Justice Department released Thursday the highly anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and other sensitive issues in the 2016 election. It is not the report President Donald Trump wanted. But there is enough i...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

The new grass-roots effort to put a transportation package before Hillsborough County voters in November faces a tough slog. Voters rejected a similar effort in 2010, and another in 2016 by elected officials never made it from the gate. But the lates...
Published: 06/15/18
Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

Editorial: State, nonprofits share obligation to help Hillsborough’s foster kids

The Florida Department of Children and Families has correctly set a quick deadline for Hillsborough County’s main child welfare provider to correct its foster care program. For too long the same story has played out, where troubled teens who need fos...
Published: 06/14/18
Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

Editorial: Educate voters on Amendment 4 and restoring felons’ rights

This fall voters will have 13 constitutional amendments to wade through on the ballot, but Amendment 4 should get special focus. It represents a rare opportunity to rectify a grievous provision in the Florida Constitution, which permanently revokes t...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Editorials

Editorial cartoons for June 22

Editorial cartoons for June 22

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Column: What Trump Gets Right About Europe

Column: What Trump Gets Right About Europe

Most people can agree that international affairs should not be conducted by tweet — especially when the tweeter in question is Donald Trump. Among other reasons, it’s easy to dismiss the president’s mercurial rage and flagrant insults as little more ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Column: How suicide rates may have an economic side

Column: How suicide rates may have an economic side

The federal Centers for Disease Control recently released data on suicide rates. For the three-year period ending in 2001, to the three-year period ending in 2016, the suicide rate in the United States increased 25 percent.The increase has been treat...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

When we dipped our paddles into Florida Bay at the mangrove fringe of Everglades National Park and took the first strokes of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, I’m not sure I fully understood the scope of the challenge we were facing. Six...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Column: How the U.S. cornered the market for skilled immigrants

Column: How the U.S. cornered the market for skilled immigrants

Countries are constantly competing for the most talented workers and, according to the best available immigration statistics, the United States has been winning.The United States is home to just 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but in 2010, it ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Column: border children are not pawns in a political game

Column: border children are not pawns in a political game

The United States was built on the shoulders of immigrants and refugees who came to this country seeking freedom, work and refuge from violence. Yet, at the current moment, our rich history of welcoming the migrant is being stained by the humanitaria...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Ruth: What would Jesus do about immigration?

e_SDLqJesus? Do you have a moment?""I have all the time in the world, Gabriel. What can I do for you?""Well, it seems we have a bit of a problem down on Earth again.""Oh boy, what is it this time? Another Access Hollywood tape surface?""Not quite, M...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

The shocking scenes of immigrant children crying after being taken from their parents at the border exposed a new level of cruelty by the Trump administration, and though the president reversed course Wednesday, Congress needs to end the shameful pra...
Published: 06/21/18
Romano: Intrigue behind all those manicured lawns

Romano: Intrigue behind all those manicured lawns

I’ve always thought homeowners associations had a lot in common with cops.People love to complain about them and often accuse them of abusing their power. And yet as soon as a neighbor paints his house a hot shade of fuchsia, you’re screaming for the...
Published: 06/21/18

Column: It’s time for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to process concealed weapons licenses

It is hard to believe that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs didn’t discover for a year that an employee could not log into an account needed to see results of background checks that examined, among other things, whether applicants f...
Published: 06/20/18