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Tim Nickens - Editor of Editorials

Editor of Editorials

I grew up in Indiana and turned to journalism in the eighth grade when it became clear I would not be an NFL linebacker. My first journalism job was covering high school sports at my hometown paper, where the owner did not allow bylines. I graduated from Indiana University and still watch every Hoosier basketball game I can. On a quick trip to St. Petersburg in 1983 the Times hired me as a green reporter and I proposed to my wife on the Howard Frankland Bridge as we drove back to the airport. Very romantic. We lived for nine years in Tallahassee, where I covered the state capital and our two daughters were strategically born between legislative sessions and in non-election years. After spending years as a reporter and editor on the news side, I wondered whether I would have enough opinions to write editorials. It turns out I did.

  1. Photo courtesy of FOX 13  The four Democratic candidates for Florida governor, from left,  Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum during a debate Wednesday, April 18, 2018, moderated by Craig Patrick and sponsored by FOX 13. The 60-minute debate was commercial-free discussion of issues facing the Sunshine State.
  2. The Florida Democratic Party recently sent this mailer with pictures of Trump and Baker - and of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with his quote, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal.'' King led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Baker is supported by Sevell Brown, the long-time former president of the SCLC chapter in St. Petersburg. Baker decisively won the poor, black neighborhoods of Midtown in the primary. But the Kriseman campaign and the Democrats would rather cheapen a phrase from King's seminal speech against the Vietnam War than deal with reality.
  3. House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
  4. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi campaigns for Donald Trump in Jacksonville last week. She blindly follows a man morally and temperamentally unfit for the presidency.
  5. Despite overwhelming evidence that Trump is temperamentally unsuited to be president, many of his supporters are able to overlook the insults in their determination to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
  6. Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, left, is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, right, calls a $1 billion tax cut financially irresponsible.