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Monday's letters: Less for foreign aid, more for infrastructure

Details Infrastructure spendingLess on foreign aid, more on roads...

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Times recommends: Hillsborough judges

Details The Aug. 26 primary election features four races for circuit judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Hillsborough County. Two of the races have more than two candidates, and if no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote in those races, the top two finishers will face each other in November. Circuit judges hear felony and …...

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Times recommends: Three new faces for School Board

Details Now more than ever, the Hillsborough County School Board must focus on providing a higher quality education for its more than 200,000 students. The School Board will help overhaul areas ranging from student transportation to teacher evaluations and implement the new Florida Standards, the state's version of the Common Core Standards. There are...

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Nickens: Vetting the candidates

Details Either we are getting soft or the candidates are getting tougher....

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Editorial: A bold plan for magnet schools

Details The Pinellas County School Board signaled this week it is pursuing its boldest plan yet for helping the county's lowest-performing schools. Superintendent Mike Grego proposes opening new elementary magnet schools in 2017-18 at four or five of those schools. It's a strategy that has worked in the past when the district marshaled significant …...

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Editorial: Taken for a dirty ride

Details The agency that regulates taxis in Hillsborough County has taken on the right cause lately by cracking down on unlicensed cabs. But it also needs to start cleaning up the abysmal taxis that are legally operating on the road....

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Editorial: Do your part and register to vote

Details Monday is the final day Floridians can register to vote or change their voter registration for participation in the Aug. 26 primary. Don't miss out....

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Sunday's letters: Three solutions of one word each

Details Wild talk vs. calm action on immigrants | July 20, editorialThree solutions of one word each...

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Column: Cut red tape on firefighting equipment

Details Each year, more than 3,000 wildfires burn about 130,000 acres across Florida, threatening the lives of Floridians as well as their homes and businesses. The men and women of the Florida Forest Service, in partnership with local firefighters, bravely risk their lives to battle these blazes and protect others....

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Column: It's not about you

Details In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile. And the Internet exploded....

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Column: Obamacare and the high court — again?

Details Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again....

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Saturday's letters: Schools deserve praise for acting on misconduct

Details As a 30-year veteran in the field of sexual violence prevention and current director of sexual assault services for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, I am thrilled to see that the Hillsborough County School District has taken steps to educate students and staff on sexual misconduct. It is shocking that nearly 60 percent of Hillsborough students...

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Editorial: Jolly's thoughtful stance on gay marriage

Details U.S. Rep. David Jolly has offered a thoughtful explanation of his reasonable position on gay marriage that could be a model for other Florida Republicans. At risk of upsetting some of his own supporters, he believes government should recognize same-sex marriages and says that does not conflict with his personal religious views or his belief in...

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Editorial: Buckhorn gets Tampa budget right

Details Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn spread the wealth Thursday with an election-year budget that should please every incumbent officeholder at City Hall. After years of relying on cash reserves to make ends meet, Buckhorn avoided that and presented a balanced budget that makes important investments in neighborhoods and aging public works. It is a …...

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Column: Manage recreational fishing to protect stocks

Details As the owner of a boat dealership, I'm an avid angler. So much so, I even dabble in commercial fishing as another way to expand my opportunities to fish, though I bring these fish to market for others to enjoy. Some say I'm a strange duck, but I don't think so. I respect our fishery resources, particularly the necessary limits a rapidly …...

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Column: Missed opportunities of 2014

Details When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy....

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Times recommends: Hatcher for Circuit Court judge

Details A 5th Judicial Circuit Court seat on the Aug. 26 ballot has drawn four candidates. If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will face each other in November. This is a nonpartisan office with a six-year term. Circuit judges hear felony cases, probate and family law issues as well as civil disputes involving …...

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Column: A turning point for Ukraine?

Details It's neither pleasant nor polite to say it, but the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been the best thing to happen to President Barack Obama's policy on Ukraine in weeks....

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Tampa Bay Times recommendations for Aug. 26 primary

Details The Tampa Bay TimesEditorial Board has recommended the following candidates for the Aug. 26 primary. More recommendations will be posted to this page as they are printed daily in the Times....

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Guest column: Marine discovery center should be part of pier

Details The new pier working group is focused on recommending functions for a new pier. One of the best functions suggested by the original Pier Task Force was consideration of a marine discovery center....

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South Pinellas letters: Greenlight is a good transit plan for all

Details Re: No real ridership for rail system | letter, July 18Greenlight plan will help many...

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North Pinellas letters: With budget surplus, can county fix road now?

Details Fix roads with budget surplus I read in the Times that Pinellas County has a surplus in the budget. Maybe now, after almost eight years of pleading and letter writing and going to meetings, we can finally get our street flooding problem taken care of....

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Editorial: Another embarrassing hiccup on way to curbside recycling in St. Pete

Details It's a mystery why St. Petersburg is finding it so difficult to create a universal curbside recycling program. The latest stumble: The city put out a request for bids from companies that process recyclables, but not a single company was willing to submit a bid. Mayor Rick Kriseman needs to find out what went wrong and how to fix it, even if …...

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Friday's letters: Reading must begin in the home

Details St. Petersburg's illiteracy problem | July 20, editorialReading must start in the home...

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Letters: Protect trees, not power lines

Details County must enforce statute There is a horrible process raping our county of trees, grand live oak, elm, pine, cypress — basically any tree or vegetation. Some may have noticed this along Trinity Boulevard and State Roads 52 and 54 in Land O'Lakes. All trees and vegetation within 50 feet of Duke Energy's three-wire, …...

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Editorial: Rule puts drug sentences in line with crime

Details The U.S. Sentencing Commission took a bold step toward correcting decades of injustice last week by approving a plan to reduce the prison sentences for about 50,000 federal inmates convicted of low-level drug crimes. The move would reduce the ballooning federal prison population and save taxpayers money. Congress, which has until Nov. 1 to …...

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The religious war on contraception

Details Is "religious freedom" about being free to practice your faith, or just a generic cover story for any and all attempts to try to foist your beliefs on others? In this era of Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell, it's understandable that many on the right have decided it's the latter and are eager to start testing the limits of how much leverage the …...

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This isn't the way to help a single mom

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Mom's 'crime' of letting daughter play in park sparks debate (video)

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Editorial: Scott should come clean about rail project

Details When a private company contemplates a major transportation investment stretching across 256 miles of Florida railway and dozens of communities, Floridians deserve to know what their governor knows. But vigorous efforts by Gov. Rick Scott and his administration to deflect questions and mislead the public about the state's investment in the …...

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