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Editorial: Reasonable standards needed for rideshare companies

Details Hillsborough County and the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft have a common interest in ending a yearlong standoff on passenger service. Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular, and they aren't going away —but they also cannot be allowed to thumb their noses at local regulations and operate at will in violation of reasonable safety …...

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Editorial: Flood coverage remains unfairly expensive

Details Florida's insurance commissioner has written on paper what thousands of Floridians have been thinking: The federal flood insurance rates in this state are unfair. Now Washington should hand over the secret information used to set those rates, and Congress should pass legislation to make it easier for homeowners to shop elsewhere for affordable...

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Editorial: Walmart makes smart decision to stop selling rifles

Details Walmart took a bold step earlier this week when it announced it would no longer sell assault-style rifles in its U.S. stores. It was the right move in spite of the potential backlash the company could face from gun rights advocates. As the country's largest retailer of guns and ammunition, Walmart's decision should result in fewer rifles on the...

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Editorial: New EDC good for St. Petersburg

Details Johnson & Johnson's decision to bring a headquarters for corporate services and 500 jobs to Hillsborough County testifies to Tampa Bay's attractive climate and lifestyle — and to the value of vigorous business recruitment. A private-public partnership called the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. helped persuade the …...

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Editorial: St. Petersburg should consider moving city elections

Details This week's primary election in St. Petersburg City Council District 7 predictably attracted little voter interest despite the high stakes. Fewer than 15 percent of registered voters in this south St. Petersburg district voted, a dismal record by any standard but particularly for a district with great needs that range from job creation to …...

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Editorial: Pinellas makes short-term transit fixes, needs long-range plan

Details The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority eliminated two of its least-used bus routes last week, the first of several necessary adjustments to keep the county's transit system in line with its limited finances. Reducing already skimpy bus service is a thankless task, but voters left the PSTA with few options last year by rejecting the Greenlight...

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Monday's letters: A cool app for Hillsborough parents

Details ReadyRosieGood resource for parents The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County knows that as a child's first and most important teacher, parents can use every resource they can get their hands on. In June the coalition carved out dollars in its current budget to put ReadyRosie into the hands of every parent …...

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Sunday's letters: Pain patients always made to feel like suspects

Details Yes, I need pain meds | Aug. 23Always treated like a suspect...

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Editorial: PSC sides with FP&L, consumers lose (again)

Details Customers will save tens of millions of dollars. Wait — they will lose money. No, wait — they will save something (at least in the long run). That's the dizzying report from Florida Power & Light, which less than a year into a 50-year project has ping-ponged back and forth about the savings it projects from a speculative investment...

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Editorial: Disbarment right punishment in Hillsborough scandal

Details A Pinellas County judge made the only right decision Thursday by recommending that the three Tampa lawyers involved in the setup arrest of a rival attorney be permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Florida. The Florida Supreme Court should uphold the finding to restore public confidence in the state's criminal justice system....

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Column: Expanding Medicaid would have been wrong move

Details The debate over Medicaid expansion was among the most contentious in recent Florida history — and it shows no signs of ending any time soon....

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Dockery: Court should redraw congressional districts

Details They came, they wrangled and they adjourned — without congressional maps....

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Friday's letters: Be smart when it's time to vote again

Details Florida LegislatureBe smart with your vote I'm astonished readers would write letters to the editor to express their displeasure with the recent train wreck in Tallahassee. Don't they know they got the best representatives power, sugar, commerce, law sharks, land barons and other special interests could buy?...

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Ruth: Deal with HART could drive common sense into Uber feud

Details It has to royally rankle the oh so self-important Victor Crist to be taken so lightly by his arch nemesis, the ride-sharing company Uber....

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Editorial: Pinellas School District in denial

Details They don't get it. The Pinellas County School Board, superintendent Mike Grego and the Pinellas Education Foundation don't grasp the severity of the crisis in failing south St. Petersburg elementary schools, the desperate demand in the community for change or the scope of the response required for meaningful improvements. If they don't listen...

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Another voice: In Washington, a failure to govern

Details If you think this summer of presidential campaign politics has been wild, and the news from Wall Street a bit scary, wait until Congress gets back after Labor Day. The federal government is heading toward a fiscal train wreck and, at the moment, it's far from clear how lawmakers will avoid it....

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Column: Railing against birthright citizenship — we've heard it all before

Details When I hear presidential candidates call for an end to birthright citizenship, I think about Wendy Ruiz....

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Ruth: The Legislature that can't draw straight

Details There is a very simple reason why the Florida Legislature proved incapable of meeting a court-ordered mandate to redraw the state's congressional districts....

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Thursday's letters: Programs that work in schools

Details Failure factoriesPrograms that work The agony of the Pinellas elementary schools is shocking and all the more heartbreaking because of the ubiquity of such problems in metropolitan schools around this country. As a nation that espouses the principle of the right and necessity for free public education, we must also …...

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SPC's Clearwater location marking 50th anniversary

Details As Provost of St. Petersburg College's Clearwater Campus, I wanted to take a moment to welcome new and returning students alike to the fall 2015 term. This will be an especially exciting year, as we will be celebrating our campus' 50th anniversary....

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Guest column: 'Alley traffic' a weak excuse for denying alley pickup for recycling

Details As a longtime St. Pete resident, I, along with many of my neighbors, are thrilled the mayor and our City Council rolled out a recycling program after years of debate. But despite our enthusiasm for recycling, why has there been such an outcry from our neighborhoods and residents about the program's implementation? How hard could this be, and...

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Editorial: Jeb Bush the responsible one on immigration

Details Jeb Bush wrote the book on immigration. Donald Trump blusters about it and appeals to the worst impulses of Americans who feel threatened by the nation's increasing diversity that they are powerless to stop. It is up to the former Florida governor to take the high road on a smarter approach to immigration policy and to call out Trump's …...

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Editorial: Pasco smart to reject charter government

Details A citizens panel made the right decision this week by rejecting the push for a charter government in Pasco County. This idea looked like a bad fit from the start, and local officials were right to take control of this discussion away from Tallahassee and focus on what is best for the growing county....

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Editorial: Avoid whiplash watching financial markets

Details Down more than 1,000 before closing Monday down 588. Up 441 points before closing Tuesday down 205 points. You can get whiplash following the stock market the last few days, panic watching CNBC and your smartphone alerts, and indigestion sneaking a peek at your 401(k) account. Don't do it....

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Column: A weak China is scarier than a powerful China

Details China's slumping stock market is being felt around the world as investors weigh fears that the Chinese economic downturn may be worse than originally feared....

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Column: The man who got China right

Details In fall 2009, Jim Chanos began to ask questions about the Chinese economy. What sparked his curiosity was the realization that commodity producers had been largely unaffected by the financial crisis; indeed, they had recorded big profits even as other sectors found themselves reeling in the aftermath of the crisis....

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