Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote
, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has been given until Friday to decide whether to appear before the committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
There should be a timely investigation of the allegation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before senators hear from him and his accuser, let alone vote on whether they should confirm his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The process...
Associated Press
Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., on Thursday.
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico
Associated Press
Gov. Rick Scott says he has started the process to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court as he heads out the door. But to his credit, the governor indicated his \u201Cexpectation\u2019\u2019 is that he and the incoming governor will agree on the appointments and that he won\u2019t appoint anyone until his successor has interviewed them.
Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments
New York Times
One cause of tension between the countries stems from American diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Havana complaining of hearing loss, concussion-like symptoms and other ailments. Though the cause of that episode remains unexplained, experts are examining whether microwave strikes were weaponized to harm dozens of U.S. diplomats and their family members.
Editorial: Stalled U.S.-Cuba relations hurting Florida business

Top Editorials

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year, more than died in Vietnam (58,220) or from guns (38,658 in 2016) or car crashes (40,100 in 2017). And the crisis is far worse in Florida than the nation, as fatal overdoses spiked 47 percent from 2015...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

While the candidates for governor, U.S. senator and other public offices are clamoring for support, Florida voters must devote full attention to twelve — 12! — proposed amendments to our state constitution that are also on the ballot.The U.S. Constit...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, there they go again — activist judges getting all huffy and interfering in a perfectly lovely conspiracy to scam the public.We recently observed the hard work of the Constitution Revision Commission,...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Voters should know what they’re voting on, which is why the Florida Supreme Court was entirely correct to strike the deviously worded Amendment 8 from the Nov. 6 ballot. The amendment would have significantly expanded charter schools in Florida by le...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/11/18

Editorials

Too many homeowners forced to tap home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses

Too many homeowners forced to tap home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses

Tapping home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses like groceries and utilities is a recipe for financial peril. It can work for a while, especially if home prices are rising. Eventually the spigot runs dry, bills pile up and your home can be lost to...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18
Editorial: Immigrants help to make America great

Editorial: Immigrants help to make America great

The heated debate on immigration could benefit from some more facts, which the U.S. Census has helpfully provided. And the facts show that rather than building walls, the United States would do far better to keep opening doors to legal immigrants. Th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18
Romano: We need education solutions not slogans from DeSantis, Gillum

Romano: We need education solutions not slogans from DeSantis, Gillum

And 200,000 third-graders just rolled their eyes.I swear, even they can see through the education proposals offered by gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum this week.Let’s see, the Republican wants more privatization. And the Democ...
Published: 09/20/18

We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Anita Hill explains how to get the Kavanaugh hearings right

Anita Hill explains how to get the Kavanaugh hearings right

There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.The facts underlying Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of being sexually assaulted by a young Brett Kavanaugh will continue to be revealed as confirmation proceedings unfold. Yet it...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Sept. 20

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Sept. 20

From Times wires
Published: 09/19/18
Column: What we could learn from the Brett Kavanaugh situation

Column: What we could learn from the Brett Kavanaugh situation

So what do you make of the Brett Kavanaugh situation?The question is going around. I’ve been asked it, and I’ve been asking it, and I’ve heard a lot of answers:She’s lying. He’s lying.She’s misremembering. He...
Published: 09/19/18
Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

This has to be height of bureaucratic pettiness, especially for a city whose track record in promoting quality public art falls somewhere between stick figures and finger puppets.Richard Gonzmart is a community treasure. As the force behind a number ...
Published: 09/19/18
These four people made Florida Trend’s list of the 500 most influential business leaders

These four people made Florida Trend’s list of the 500 most influential business leaders

The 180-page Florida 500 is a compelling read for anyone curious about how the state’s most influential business leaders rose to power.Florida Trend magazine undertook some heavy lifting to compile the 2018 roster. Sure, some of the 500 bios read lik...
Published: 09/19/18
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