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Jim Verhulst - Editorial Writer

Editorial Writer

I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois, went to college and got married. In my late 20s I moved to St. Petersburg to take a job with the Times and never left. Now I write editorials, often on education, the environment and science. I also edit the letters to the editor as well as many of the op-ed columns. Shorter is almost always better, by the way. I bike, I cook, I dig out weeds in our Florida-friendly garden as my wife directs, and we take our collie Rufus for long walks. I count dolphins by the seawall when I run to work in the morning.

  1. Sunset on the harbor in Oslo, Norway at 2:30 p.m. after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Dec. 10, 2018.
  2. In this image from video, the vote total, 53-47 for not guilty, on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress, is displayed on screen during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate.
  3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a news conference after leading the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol.
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  5. Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol, during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington.
  6. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event Monday in Grimes, Iowa.
  7. San Francisco has benefited from the growth of nearby Silicon Valley. That metro area added 30,000 jobs in the past year.
  8. Anti-Trump protesters greet lawmakers as the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives debates impeachment charges against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday.
  9. A medic with the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off," Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment leads Marines as they carry an Afghan civilian wounded by insurgent gunfire on a stretcher to a waiting medevac helicopter in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan in Jan. 2011.
  10. The Constitution of the United States of America
  11. Democratic presidential candidates from left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former technology executive Andrew Yang and investor Tom Steyer wave to the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
  12. Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, arrive back from a break to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday during a public impeachment hearing about President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.
  13. President Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Nov. 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.
  14. The West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
  15. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings speaks at the funeral service for her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP, Pool)
  16. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, former Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., raise their hands to speak during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  17. President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
  18. President Donald Trump gestures while speakings to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
  19. President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
  20. The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome at sunset on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  21. Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden.
  22. In this Aug. 3, 2019, photo, Texas state police cars block the access to the Walmart store in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter says Tuesday, Sept. 3, that it will be discontinuing the sale of short-barrel and handgun ammunition.
  23. A Popeyes chicken sandwich.