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Editorial: School district must do better on diversity

Details The nation's eighth-largest school district should have a strong commitment to diversity and a transition plan in place to ensure that qualified employees are prepared to advance when others retire. But an emotional debate before the Hillsborough County School Board this week over the rehiring of a recent retiree who was one of the district's...

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Editorial: It turns out printing money worked

Details Ben Bernanke was right. When the American economy was in free fall in late 2008, Bernanke, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, pushed a program called quantitative easing, or QE — basically printing money to pump trillions of dollars into the economy by buying government bonds and mortgage-backed securities. There were three periods of...

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Saturday's letters: Crist's positive record on Everglades

Details Help choose Letter of the Month Letters to the editor offer a significant contribution to the discussion of public policy and life in Tampa Bay. To recognize some of that work by our most engaged readers, the Times will select a letter of the month and the writers will be recognized at the end of the year....

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Saving St. Petersburg's ugly Pier is pretty illogical

Details So after all this time, all this money, all the consultant reports, all the civic Sturm und Drang over an inverted Devo hat at the end of St. Petersburg's Pier, it is likely to come down to this? More of the same old same mold?...

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Editorial: Hillsborough transit plan needs details

Details Hillsborough County needs a reality check if it wants to avoid another defeat at the polls on transit in a couple of years. The suggestion by county officials that a plan headed for the ballot in 2016 would not include detailed plans for bus and rail is a recipe for failure. There is no excuse for being coy about how new tax money would be …...

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Letters: School District should also reward nonteachers

Details Remember other school employees On Nov. 4, the citizens of Hernando County are going to vote on a 1-cent tax on all sales in the county except food and medicine....

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Friday's letters: Projections affect turnout, results

Details Divide in early voting narrows | Oct. 28...

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Column: Islamic State and Vietnam

Details In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war with Vietnam that cost so...

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Letters: Highway projects stretch all rational time limits

Details The problem with highway projects Pokey, messy, disorganized, undermanned, years-long road projects are an old story in Florida. Some recent examples:...

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Editorial: Big money calls tune in key cases

Details Partisanship has no place in law enforcement. But the rising influence of two national attorneys general groups, including one in which Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a key player, indicates corporations are routinely spending big money to access and influence the state's top law enforcement officers. Bondi has never hidden her partisan...

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Editorial: Downtown Tampa needs better library

Details Tampa's growing downtown is adding many of the amenities urban dwellers want, from apartments and restaurants to new parks, riverfront paths and cultural events that give the city center a 24/7 feel. But a weak point is the downtown library, a string of worn and dated buildings in the heart of the cultural arts district. A new report on the …...

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Vote for October's Letter of the Month

Details Editor's note: Letters to the editor offer a significant contribution to the discussion of public policy and life in Tampa Bay. To recognize some of that work by our most engaged readers, the Times will select a letter of the month and the writers will be recognized at the end of the year. We will choose the finalists each month based on …...

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Ruth: Scott vs. Godzilla? Monstrously difficult to choose

Details At least for one member of the audience, this event might well have been regarded as the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Seething....

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Thursday's letters: Campaigns rigged against challengers

Details Cabinet officers look to the future | Oct. 26System excludes Libertarians...

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Ignored in the pot debate: addiction

Details On a warm Seattle summer evening in 1978, my wife wanted to talk about my increasingly frequent pot smoking: "I feel you've abandoned me, that the person I married — even when you're sitting next to me on the couch — is not there."...

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Gun limits are a key women's issue

Details What wasn't said said everything. Gabby Giffords came to Des Moines last week to talk with women about gun safety. But after a few opening sentences, the former congresswoman from Arizona didn't speak again....

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Editorial: A new pitch for universal background checks for gun sales

Details A national group of law enforcement leaders meeting in Orlando this week renewed the reasonable call for mandatory background checks on all gun purchases, and it's time public officials in Tallahassee and Washington listened to them rather than the National Rife Association. The law enforcement groups don't write big campaign checks like the...

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Let's panic about sharks!

Details Listen. A lot of people have been complaining about our Ebola panic. Turn on cable news, and you find people frantically asking if you can get it from a bowling ball (nope) and whether the virus is notably, magically different now that it has touched American soil (also no)....

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24 drugs treat sexual dysfunction, all for men

Details 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1...

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Wednesday's letters: Church reforms tentative, incomplete

Details Church talks break ground | Oct. 24...

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Column: Fears, superstitions persist

Details Human beings are, in general, a superstitious lot. Our tendency to see patterns where they don't exist, and to falsely apply cause to effect, may have helped keep us alive back when we were little more than a band of frightened critters scurrying about the savanna....

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Column: Why partyism is wrong

Details A college student came to me recently with a quandary. He'd spent the summer interning at a conservative think tank. Now he was applying to schools and companies where most people were liberal. Should he remove the internship from his résumé?...

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Editorial: Prudence, not panic, on Ebola

Details There is a thin line between taking reasonable precautions to protect the public from Ebola and inciting hysteria by overreacting. The governors of New York and New Jersey crossed that line last week when they ordered mandatory quarantines for health care workers returning from Ebola-affected countries. So far, Florida's Gov. Rick Scott has …...

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Tuesday's letters: In the real world, power bills up

Details Animosity oozes with distortions | Oct. 22...

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Column: On its main promises, health law delivers

Details 'Relish this moment," President Barack Obama told his weary staff during a champagne toast at an early-morning White House celebration in March 2010. Moments before, he had stood in the East Room to hail passage of the Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare" to its detractors....

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Column: Who's the least worst for governor?

Details Rick Scott. Charlie Crist. Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who'd be more inspiring....

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Candidate replies

Details Editor's note: The Tampa Bay Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to reply. Jon Newlon Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Group 35...

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