Sunday, September 23, 2018
Editorials

Meet the Times editorial board

Editorials represent the institutional opinion of the Tampa Bay Times, which is why they are not signed. These are the members of the editorial board, which is charged with debating, analyzing and presenting those opinions to readers.

Tim Nickens, editor of editorials

Tim Nickens, 57, grew up in Jeffersonville, Ind., and received a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University. After a year at the Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., he joined the Tampa Bay Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the Tampa Bay Times. He was an editorial writer, political editor and assistant managing editor/metro before rejoining the editorial board in December 2004. He became editor of editorials in September 2008. He was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues and shared the 2013 Pulitzer Prize with Daniel Ruth. He and his wife, Bridget, live in St. Petersburg and have two daughters.
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John Hill, editorial writer

John Hill, 52, joined the Times editorial board in 1996. He was raised in Tampa, studied international relations at the University of South Florida and spent 1984 in Britain following the coal miner’s strike. Before joining the Times, he covered local and state government for the Ledger in Lakeland and was a computer-assisted reporting specialist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues. Hill lives in Tampa with his wife, Sue.
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Jim Verhulst, Perspective editor

Jim Verhulst, 57, grew up on a farm in Prophetstown, Ill. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in behavioral science and from the University of Illinois with a master’s in journalism. He was a reporter and editor at the Concord (N.H.) Monitor for six years before joining the national desk of the Tampa Bay Times in 1987. He has held several positions at the Times, including editing the national report, the front page, the St. Pete Times regional section and was a deputy metro editor before becoming editor of the Sunday Perspective section in 2006. He joined the editorial board in 2008. A resident of St. Petersburg, he is married and has two sons.
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Molly Moorhead, editorial writer

Molly Moorhead, 40, is a native of St. Petersburg and graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She came to the Times in 2002 as a reporter in Pasco County, where she covered city government, the Sheriff's Office and the courts and wrote occasional human interest columns. In 2011, she joined the national staff of PolitiFact.com, checking political claims from Washington and the 2012 presidential election. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg and have two sons.
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Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Vote by mail has been a stunning success in Florida, increasing turnout and making it easy and convenient to cast a ballot with time to research and reflect. But a new study shows that mail ballots cast by African-American, Hispanic or younger voters...
Published: 09/21/18
Editorial: Borrowers need protection from Marlin Financial

Editorial: Borrowers need protection from Marlin Financial

State and federal lending regulations exist to protect consumers from being surprised — and overwhelmed — by ballooning debt. Marlin Financial, a shadowy auto lender doing business around Florida, seems to be skirting those protections ...
Published: 09/21/18
Editorial: Putnam hire stinks of patronage, secrecy

Editorial: Putnam hire stinks of patronage, secrecy

In addition to a lesson on political patronage, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam needs a refresher on the particulars of state public records law.In January 2017, Putnam hired the 27-year-old son of a former Publix executive to a high-pay...
Published: 09/20/18
Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote

Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote

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 proces...
Published: 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
Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

Editorial: FDA acts to keep e-cigarettes from kids

The federal Food and Drug Administration is bringing important scrutiny to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, requiring companies that make and sell them to show they are keeping their products away from minors. Vaping is the new front in the nation...
Published: 09/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18
Editorial: Senate should delay vote on Kavanaugh

Editorial: Senate should delay vote on Kavanaugh

The Senate and the nation needs to hear more about the sexual assault allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Setting aside Kavanaugh's judicial record, his political past and the hyper-partisan divide over his nomination, a no...
Published: 09/17/18
Editorial: Tampa council has another chance to show it takes Stovall House changes seriously

Editorial: Tampa council has another chance to show it takes Stovall House changes seriously

The Tampa City Council has yet to hear a compelling reason to allow a private social club in a residential neighborhood off Bayshore Boulevard, and a final meeting on the matter scheduled for Thursday offers the council a chance to show the diligence...
Published: 09/14/18