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Column: Sorting fears from facts about Hispanic migrants

Details President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration was greeted with mixed reactions. Republican outrage focused on the supposedly negative effects of extending residential stays, including adverse effects on our labor force and social service network from the predominantly Latino wave of immigrants....

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Column: Common Core tests states, not just students

Details Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested to hundreds of lawmakers and education reformers gathered for his foundation's annual summit that "the rigor of the Common Core State Standards must be the new minimum." Furthermore, he said, to "those states choosing a path other than Common Core, I say this: That's fine. Except you should be...

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Ruth: Cuba, America reach across 90 miles

Details It was not the warmest welcome. Arriving at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana back in 1978, the first thing I noticed were all the then-Soviet-era warplanes on the tarmac. The grim soldiers with guns in the customs area were hardly a lot of laughs....

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Editorial: Hazards of rush on testing

Details Four months after Gov. Rick Scott promised on the campaign trail to take a look at the proliferation of standardized tests in Florida schools, the Department of Education finally announced plans this week to do so, saying it would seek details from the state's 67 school districts. That's a fine start, but the question about standardized testing...

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Editorial: Fresh start for Temple Terrace

Details The city of Temple Terrace is starting over on redeveloping its downtown commercial core now that its latest effort fell through. This is a moment to step back, be realistic and recognize what the city has to offer....

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Editorial: Less time in court, more working for Florida

Details Here's an idea for Gov. Rick Scott's second term: Spend less in taxpayer resources and administrative energy on pointless court fights, and focus instead on serving the people of Florida. Rulings earlier this month from the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Atlanta that tossed two signature Scott efforts — drug testing welfare …...

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Sunday's letters: Cowardly critics on Cuba policy shift

Details U.S.-Cuba thaw | Dec. 18Cowardly critics on policy shift Recently President Barack Obama has come under attack for taking the first steps to restore relations with Cuba....

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Editorial: Four bay area positives in 2014

Details As 2014 draws to a close, this is a moment to pause and look back on some of the positive strides Tampa Bay has made in the past year. Here are four signs of progress that the region can continue to build on in the new year. Booming downtowns...

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Column: Canada gets it right on language, culture diversity

Details TORONTO As the United States gears up for a political brawl over immigration next year, one of the concerns shaping the debate will be the fear that English-speaking Americans will be culturally and linguistically overwhelmed by newcomers, many of them Spanish-speaking....

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Saturday's letters: A guide for Florida's newcomers

Details Bigger than N.Y. | Dec. 24A guide for Florida's newcomers...

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Vinik's grand vision is one we should believe in

Details Eventually, if this really does happen, the Viniksiana Purchase will be a simply wonderful, game-changing moment in Tampa history — "if," of course, being the operative term here....

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'The Interview' question Hollywood needs to ask

Details The dust-up between Sony Pictures and North Korea gets more bizarre and complicated by the day, opening once unimagined scenarios of a foreign government resorting to information-hacking to retaliate against perceived offenses by a private business. A movie studio cancels its film release to avoid more embarrassing leaks of its information, and...

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Ruth: Sensible minds will prevail for Tampa Bay Rays stadium pact

Details MemoTo: Brian Auld, President of the Tampa Bay Rays. Subject: Making Nice-Nice Dear Mr. Auld,...

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Friday's letters: Put focus on criminals, not gays

Details Same-sex marriages' final hurdle | Dec. 24, editorialPut focus on criminals, not gays...

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New online reporting system at Sheriff's Office aims to improve efficiency

Details At the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, we are continuously finding new ways to better our service to Pasco citizens. Our most recent endeavor allows citizens another option, instead of calling the county's nonemergency number, to quickly and efficiently report certain types of crimes themselves....

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Editorial: Sony stands up for 'The Interview'

Details It took a barrage of bad press, including fire from the White House, but Sony Pictures did the right thing by putting threats aside and agreeing to release the new film The Interview. The studio underscored the principle of free speech by refusing to self-censor the film merely to satisfy the demands of digital hackers....

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Editorial: Prisons need strong push for reform

Details The more the curtain is pulled back on Florida's prison system, the more dark corners are exposed. Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers need to acknowledge the atrocities occurring in state corrections facilities and actually fund the reforms the system so desperately needs. Without that, new Corrections Secretary Julie Jones is all but destined...

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Column: Invest in infrastructure to get best bang for buck

Details Recessions disrupt the spending plans of businesses and consumers, delaying investments and curtailing consumption. Public officials often feel pressure to manage downturns the same way the private sector does: belt-tightening....

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Thursday's letters: Criticism of FPL was misinformed

Details Let FPL pay for its lobbying | Dec. 17, editorialCriticism of FPL was misinformed...

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Positive family interactions abound; just get out and take a look

Details This special time of year is best spent appreciating all the wonderful sensations the holidays bring. One of the things that I have enjoyed the most in the last few years has been observing the American family. Despite what some may think, it is truly magnificent....

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Editorial: New reasons for Christmas cheer this year

Details It can be hard to remember a Christmas not filled with anxiety, what with 13 years of America's longest war, the Great Recession and still-stumbling recovery, and political leaders who seem more fueled by division than unity. But this Christmas Day finds the nation in a brighter mood, and today's holiday offers a moment to enjoy the warmth of...

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Editorial: Florida's brighter place in the sun

Details There are now more Floridians in America than New Yorkers. Imagine that....

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Column: Sugar season: It's everywhere, and addictive

Details Your co-worker brought in brownies, your daughter made cookies for a holiday party and candy is arriving from far-flung relatives. Sugar is everywhere. It is celebration, it is festivity, it is love....

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Editorial: Ruling was clear: Marriage equality for Florida

Details In an ideal world, when a federal judge declares that a state measure violates the U.S. Constitution, Florida officials wouldn't need a road map to do the right thing. But four months after a federal judge struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages, apparently more guidance is needed. The cleanest solution is likely for U.S. District Judge...

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A sad truth: Protests planted seeds for cop killings

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: Yankees' support for police sets right example

Details 2 NYPD officers ambushed, killed | Dec. 21Team's charity sets right example...

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Another voice: The welcome decline of the death penalty

Details The death penalty has had a long run in America, but that run may not last forever. Though it's not on life support, it's definitely in serious condition. A form of punishment that was once widely used and highly popular has lost much of its allure....

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Column: Vaccines provide healthy life for millions of children overseas

Details The infant starts crying as he takes his first breath of outside air. The cord is clamped and cut, and he's handed to mom for skin-to-skin bonding time. Then he's handed off to the pediatric team for a quick examination. During his first few days of life he receives the hepatitis B vaccine, and later his routine vaccinations. Immunizations …...

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Column: St. Petersburg should retain development rights at the Trop

Details The St. Petersburg City Council vote and rejection of the deal with the Tampa Bay Rays last week once again showed that democracy and government in the sunshine can be pretty messy. In spite of Thursday's vote, I believe we are closer to an agreement than it appears. A clear majority of City Council is prepared to allow the Rays to look on both...

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Editorial: Tarpon Springs officers death points to everyday risk of senseless death

Details That Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek would lose his life answering a call about a loud stereo is a reminder of the violent, unpredictable world that police officers and their families face every day. Coming during this season of goodwill and brotherhood, the tragedy points to the selfless role of those in uniform and the huge debt...

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