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Editorial: Positive news on slowing Medicare costs

Details Targeted Medicare cuts by the Obama administration, waste reduction and a shift toward rewarding efficient care have produced positive results. The Medicare cost report released this week shows that per-patient expenses have all but stabilized. Meanwhile, a refreshing bipartisan agreement in Congress has put doctor payments on a more sensible...

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Column: Bill makes it harder for children to find a home

Details There are few things more heart-wrenching than a child in need of a family. Unfortunately, in Florida, as in all states, there are too many children in foster care who lack a stable, loving family to care for and nurture them. Finding a suitable foster or adoptive home can be a challenge, particularly for older children and those with special...

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Monday's letters: Flier is a modern-day Paul Revere

Details Flier eludes Capitol air security | April 16A modern-day Paul Revere...

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Editorial: New public financing to help poor St. Petersburg neighborhoods

Details Opportunity has bypassed much of south St. Petersburg, leaving many largely African-American neighborhoods coping with unemployment, run-down housing and crime. Now city officials have proposed an innovative tax strategy to fight stagnation with job training and public subsidies for private businesses and property owners. It has the potential...

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Sunday's letters: Put police work in the public eye

Details Police cams and secrecy don't mix | April 14, editorial...

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Ruth: Uniting Tampa Bay, one former mayor at a time

Details Residents of St. Petersburg draw near and pay heed. Soon, very soon, a man from the east will descend into your midst, a man of indeterminate hair color, a man of even more indeterminate age, a man who has never met a woman he could not resist complimenting....

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Day: Voluntary prekindergarten pays off

Details The email landed in my in-box in early March....

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The 11 men who died on the rig

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Eleven men died when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and burned. They hailed mostly from Louisiana and Mississippi, though two were from Texas. They included drillers, a roughneck, floor hands, a mud pit worker and a chemical engineer. Nearly all of them left behind wives and children....

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Column: Did 9/11 terrorists get outside help?

Details This is the essential unanswered question remaining from 9/11: While the hijackers were inside the United States, did they act alone or did others facilitate them?...

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Editorial: Five years after oil disaster, coastal health still in doubt

Details Five years after the catastrophic BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico and coastal states still are experiencing an uncertain recovery. Though BP has spent billions of dollars on the cleanup and damages, the full environmental impact will not be known for years. Tens of thousands of people still have not received a decision on their claims for …...

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Saturday's letters: Society bears heavy price for uninsured

Details The immoral minority | April 12, editorial...

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Dockery: The strong case for online voter registration

Details Do politicians who talk about governing for the 21st century mean it?...

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Column: 9/11 claim is unfounded

Details Regarding the April 14 article "Former Sen. Bob Graham pursues claims of Saudi ties to Sept. 11 attacks," I would like to provide some facts that will help your readers better understand the truth involving the erroneous reports of a Sarasota family's alleged connection to the 9/11 attacks....

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Column: Passport to the world, or not

Details Visa requirements are an interesting but overlooked indicator of international relations. Most countries require non-nationals to get visas before they enter their borders, but the requirements can differ a lot....

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Editorial: Pasco schools need work

Details The Pasco County School District should take seriously the results of a three-month study that found the district is failing in several key areas, including the implementation of the state's new academic standards and effectively evaluating and retaining teachers. It is encouraging that Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning allowed researchers to...

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Friday's letters: Medicaid is key to obstetrics care

Details The immoral minority | April 12, editorialMedicaid key to obstetrics care...

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Another voice: Day of reckoning for Blackwater

Details In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in another country. The fact that the defendants were in Iraq when they killed more than a dozen unarmed...

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Dan Ruth: Backyard gun ranges come before common sense

Details A few days ago, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch proposed drafting a county ordinance that would ban people from building backyard gun ranges. Insert a "Duh!" anywhere you want here....

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Debutante programs should reflect diversity

Details Recently, in a program sponsored by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I had the privilege of presenting 25 of our city's most accomplished young women as debutantes. It was a great honor that I will forever treasure, however, I hope that it looks a little different by the time my Nia takes her Texas dip....

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Letters: Rep. Richard Corcoran going to far

Details Corcoran's stand goes too far Is there any truth to the rumor that state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, wishes to rename Pasco County by combining the name Pasco and Corcoran to make it PasCor County?...

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Editorial: Right time to take Cuba off terror list

Details For years, the United States has not had a legitimate reason for keeping Cuba on its list of nations that sponsor terrorism. By moving to end that designation, President Barack Obama brings a welcome dose of honesty to this nation's Cuba policy and paves the way for better relations with the island — all while reinstilling the diplomatic...

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Editorial: End fiscal folly on Medicaid

Details Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Republicans love to complain about government wasting money, particularly when they are focused on Washington. Yet they demand that the Obama administration keep sending money to cover hospital charity care and oppose helping low-income Floridians buy private health insurance. It is an indefensible position at...

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Ruth: Remaking Clinton, one burrito bowl at a time

Details Subject: Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States....

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Thursday's letters: Don't block access to health care

Details The immoral minority | April 12, editorialDon't block access to health care...

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Column: Scott's chance to fix Florida's fouled estuaries

Details When I came to Florida to fish in 2000, I saw sparkling, blue-green water flooding into its lagoons and estuaries and roseate spoonbills roosting in mangroves. Since then dramatic changes have occurred and, as seasoned guides will tell you, there just aren't as many fish left. What happened in 15 years?...

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Editorial: Buckhorn wisely moves fast at Tampa Fire Rescue

Details Tampa finally has taken appropriate steps for its female firefighters by ordering the installation of privacy walls in sleeping quarters and requiring additional diversity training for all Tampa Fire Rescue employees. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's announcement of the changes on Tuesday was the appropriate response to complaints by some female …...

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Editorial: New student testing law should have gone further

Details Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday a modest reduction in student testing, but the changes are by no means perfect and do not adequately address the stubborn march to proceed with suspect standardized tests that have had a bumpy debut. The new law at least confirms that the governor and state lawmakers are hearing the frustrations of …...

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Wednesday's letters: House passes responsible budget

Details Federal spendingHouse passes responsible budget While many in Florida are watching legislators wrangle over the state budget in Tallahassee, I want to take a moment to applaud Republicans in the U.S. House for voting last month to pass a federal budget that reflects a bold vision of conservative values....

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Column: Lift prescription restrictions on health professionals

Details I am a fairly new physician assistant who has been working in a very specialized field of medicine called thoracic medical oncology. But I can already see that a key way to provide better care — and to prevent controlled substance abuse — is to grant both physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (ARNPs) full prescribing...

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Column: Why Florida bear hunt is a bad idea

Details Thanks largely to state protections, there are still Florida black bears, just as there have been for thousands of years....

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