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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. President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
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  2. President Donald Trump gestures while speakings to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
  3. President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
  4. The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome at sunset on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
  5. Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden.
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
  6. 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.
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
  7. A Popeyes chicken sandwich.
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  8. The Problem We All Live With is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell. An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way into an all-white public school in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960 during the process of racial desegregation. Because of threats and violence against her, she is escorted by four deputy U.S. marshals.
    Here’s some interesting commentary from the opposite poles of the political spectrum.
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