Monday, August 20, 2018

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Editorial: Habitat for Humanity still has questions to answer about selling mortgages
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Joann Salas and her husband John Clay, 83, helped build their Habitat for Humanity home 15 years ago. Theirs was among the mortgages Habitat\u2019s Hillsborough affiliate recently sold to a company with a history of buying and flipping foreclosed houses.
A good reputation can vanish overnight, which is why Habitat for Humanity of Hills-borough County made a smart decision by announcing it would seek to buy back 12 mortgages it sold to a Tampa company with a history of flipping properties. The...
Times
Governor Rick Scott and his wife, Ann, have invested at least $3 million in a credit fund for All Aboard Florida\u2019s parent company, and it could be much more. The federal financial disclosures Scott was required to file as a U.S. Senate candidate show Ann Scott\u2019s holdings to voters for the first time.
Editorial: Did Rick Scott’s wallet affect his epiphany on rail line?
Associated Press
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, speaks before Mass at St. Matthew\u2019s Cathedral, Wednesday. A Pennsylvania state grand jury report released on Tuesday accused senior church officials, including Wuerl, of systematically covering up sexual abuse complaints.
Column: Christians have repair work to do following Catholic sex abuse scandal
Washington Post
Since President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee July 9, the campaigning has been heavy.
Column: Are we now electing Supreme Court justices?

Top Editorials

Editorial: Vaccinations are safe way to prevent measles

Editorial: Vaccinations are safe way to prevent measles

The revelation that three people in Pinellas County have contracted the measles virus should be a wake-up call to everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t been — and to implore parents to immunize their kids. Contagious diseases such as measles can...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Ruth: Knocking Alex Jones off social media is not censorship

There’s an old saying. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t plotting against you.And that brings us to Alex Jones. He has been reigning over Infowars for nearly 20 years, spewing one conspiracy theory after another across a wide ar...
Published: 08/11/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a handicap parkin...
Published: 08/13/18
All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

Here is a complete list of the Times recommendations for the Aug. 28 primary.U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter District 13, Republicans: George Buck District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson District 15, Republicans: Nei...
Published: 08/13/18

Editorials

Romano: A fresh start for Florida to protect abused children

Romano: A fresh start for Florida to protect abused children

The worst job in Florida is available, once again.Mike Carroll has announced his pending resignation as secretary of the Department of Children and Families, giving someone else the privilege to be an underfunded, second-guessed punching bag. For no ...
Published: 08/18/18
Editorial: Here’s what needs to be done to stop algae blooms

Editorial: Here’s what needs to be done to stop algae blooms

The environmental crisis in South Florida has fast become a political crisis. Politicians in both parties are busy blaming one another for the waves of toxic algae blooms spreading out from Lake Okeechobee and beyond, fouling both coasts and damaging...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Editorial cartoons for August 18-19-20

Editorial cartoons for August 18-19-20

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/30/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Bumping into GOP cowardice on guns

One small island of sanity in the generally insane ocean of American gun culture is the near-complete federal ban on civilian possession of fully automatic weapons — machine guns.The nation got a bitter taste last year of what we’d be facing on a reg...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Top dog Trump and the politics of arf

Top dog Trump and the politics of arf

I am beginning to worry that when I die, the highlight of my obituary will be that I was once called "a dog" by Donald Trump.Hey, it was long ago, but it still comes up. Particularly now that we’re making lists of all the women our president has ever...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/17/18
‘Trump’s claims of no collusion are hogwash’

‘Trump’s claims of no collusion are hogwash’

When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown wea...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

It remains our biggest economic enigma: Sluggish wage growth despite low unemployment. In a robust job market, pay rises as the supply of available workers shrinks. At least that’s the way it normally works. This time around, the ingredients appear ...
Published: 08/17/18
Editorial: Hillsborough has a place among growing number of governments suing opioid makers

Editorial: Hillsborough has a place among growing number of governments suing opioid makers

Local governments across the land can find plenty of reasons to go after the drug industry over the crisis of opioid addiction.Hillsborough County can find more reasons than most.• In 2016, the county led the state with 579 babies born addicted to dr...
Published: 08/17/18

Selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom "The Left Is Winning Even When It Lo...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Editorial: Vote — or a minority of the electorate will decide your future without you

Editorial: Vote — or a minority of the electorate will decide your future without you

40%of Americans who were eligible to vote for president in 2016 just didn’t bother. That number dwarfs the portion of all eligible voters who cast a ballot for President Donald Trump — 27.6 percent — or, for that matter, Hillary Clinton, 28.8 percent...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/17/18
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