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Editorial: Some clarity amid the mud

Details The last of three debates between Florida's candidates for governor turned out to be the best one, but it's a pretty low bar. Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist both gave their strongest performances Tuesday night, and they each scored points with their political bases in the CNN debate. Yet their personal attacks...

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Editorial: St. Petersburg expands opportunity for low-income

Details A city on the rise that does not ensure everyone benefits won't rise for long. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, with four City Council members standing with him, announced two modest initiatives Tuesday that could have a huge impact on the pocketbooks and livelihoods of some of the city's lowest-income residents. The city's lowest-paid …...

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Column: Make red snapper fishery work for everyone

Details I provide fishing access to Florida anglers and visitors from across the country as a charter captain in Clearwater. I have many customers who want to go fishing, and I want to be able to take them out as often as I can. Weather conditions wreak enough havoc on my business without unpredictable regulations that keep me and my customers off the...

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Wednesday's letters: Crash's aftermath and its lessons

Details The trial that left its mark on us all | Oct. 18, Sue Carlton columnCrash's aftermath and its lessons...

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Column: Rich slackers do as well as poor strivers in U.S.

Details America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others....

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Editorial: Partisan poison enters School Board races

Details Hillsborough County voters are being poorly served in the two highest-profile races for the School Board. The attention has not been on student testing and achievement, the competence of the school busing department, vocational education or a half-dozen other serious issues, but rather on political packaging and partisan appeals. This is no way...

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Editorial: Ex-Nazis shouldn't get U.S. payments

Details The only thing the United States owes former SS guards and suspected Nazi war criminals is a one-way ticket out of America. But instead, the government has paid them millions of dollars in Social Security benefits for their voluntary departure. It makes sense that the government wants to quickly remove the Nazis among us. But that doesn't …...

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'Truthy' project is unworthy of tax dollars

Details If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading "misinformation"? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your "partisanship"?...

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Tuesday's letter: Immigrants are good for U.S. economy

Details Voters want immigration reforms | Oct. 18, editorialImmigrants boost U.S. economy...

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Tuesday's letters: Immigrants are good for U.S. economy

Details Voters want immigration reforms | Oct. 18, editorialImmigrants boost U.S. economy...

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Column: Documenting with dignity in the Ebola zone

Details I have taken pride over my 40-plus years as a photojournalist in offering dignity to subjects I photograph, especially those who are sick or in distress while in front of my camera....

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Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason

Details Since 2009, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies has hosted dozens of African journalists each year through a national program named for Edward R. Murrow. But a few days ago, word went out that this year's program is canceled. The given reason: Ebola. The real reason? Fear....

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Paperless bill pay is far from painless<br /><br />Paperless bill pay is far from painless

Details Automatic bill payment. Paperless billing. Easy and secure online transaction....

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Letters to tbt*: PSTA went out of its way to help us out of our fix

Details I would like to commend PSTA for their part in getting me and a young lady home after service hours. On Thursday evening, the young lady and I misread the schedule and were stuck in St. Pete Beach. The bus driver, Tim, called headquarters for permission to get us back to Clearwater. They found an out-of-service bus for us to transfer onto. The...

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Dirty rotten (camera) scoundrels

Details All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics....

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The racial history that Bill O'Reilly ignores

Details Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O'Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come. And it was available only to whites....

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Editorial: Florida needs better way for voters to be heard

Details Floridians ought to be able to force changes in public policy when elected officials refuse to act. But the only way for voters to do that now is to amend the Florida Constitution, which should be reserved for governance issues and cannot be easily tweaked. There has to be a better way that provides more flexibility. The Legislature should …...

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Sunday's letters: Bay presents commuting obstacle

Details It's hard work to get there | Oct. 12, PerspectiveGeography as commuting hurdle...

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Monday's letters: Debate gaffe turns heat up on Scott

Details Fan fair? | Oct. 17Debate gaffe puts heat on Scott At last week's debate, Gov. Rick Scott committed what can only be described as a political gaffe trifecta: It was live; it was a situation any Florida voter could understand; and he gave the Charlie Crist campaign the generous gift of a visual of Crist alone …...

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Editorial: Immigration reform good for Florida

Details Public opinion may finally force lawmakers to recognize what common sense and sound economics have long concluded: Fixing this nation's broken immigration system would be good for the nation and for Florida. That reality was underscored again this week by a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll, which found strong support among...

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Editorial: After killings, hard questions for DCF

Details The six children who were apparently killed by their grandfather recently in Gilchrist County never had a chance. They were hungry, victims of physical abuse, deprived of medical care and chronically absent from school. Newly released reports from the Department of Children and Families show that the Spirit family's problems date to at least...

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Editorial: Sinkhole law needs reforming, again

Details Florida's sinkhole law was supposed to cut down on frivolous claims and provide reasonable relief for an insurance industry crippled by fraud and abuse. But the legislation also unfairly treats property owners with legitimate claims and allows insurers to set unreasonably high rates for sinkhole policies and unaffordable deductibles. The …...

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Editorial: Finally getting serious about Ebola

Details The nation finally got serious this week about addressing the public health threat of Ebola, but the federal government and the states have much more sustained work to do to improve readiness over the long term. Health care workers on the front lines need better equipment and training, hospitals need clearer guidance from the Centers for …...

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Ruth: Fan dance in Broward

Details If Rick Scott goes down in defeat two weeks from now, he might well attribute his electoral misfortune to a bizarre night in Davie when the Florida governor had his very own "He-Buffoon" moment....

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The Reading Files: Ebola and the ethics of stolen Jennifer Lawrence selfies

Details Not a scandal, a crime Jennifer Lawrence, one of the Hollywood stars from whom hackers stole private naked photos and then posted them, gives an extensive interview to Vanity Fair in which she addresses the emotional fallout and the legal ramifications of the hack. Read more at tbtim. …...

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An Ebola reading file

Details An Ebola reading file An antidote to panic … At the website io9, Robbie Gonzalez praises Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a clear-eyed rebuke of hysterical commentary on the Ebola outbreak. Read "Fox News' Shepard Smith Says Not to Panic About Ebola. He's Right" in full at <a href="http://tbtim.es/ebolashep" …...

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Saturday's letters: On the economy, go with what works

Details High price of austerity | Oct. 8, commentaryOn economy, go with what works...

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Friday's letters: Lessons from California on medical marijuana

Details On the road for medical marijuana | Oct. 12Lessons from California on pot...

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Editorial: Class-size shell game helps no one

Details The 2002 class-size amendment approved by voters has always been problematic for Florida's school districts, many of which scramble annually to comply. But the subterfuge the Pinellas County School District has undertaken this fall to meet the caps — briefly employing lower-paid substitute teachers — is little more than a shell game...

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Editorial: Catholic Church evolves on modern families

Details The Roman Catholic Church has begun a long overdue discussion on the role that modern families — including gays and lesbians, the divorced and remarried, and unmarried cohabiting couples — have in the church. This positive development was outlined in a working document released this week by a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican....

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