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Editorial: Florida House turns its back on Floridians

Details The Florida Senate will be in session this morning, debating public policy and passing legislation. The Florida House will be dark because its Republican leaders abruptly adjourned three days early in an arrogant power play over Medicaid expansion that they should not win. It is irresponsible, and it is an insult to Floridians who deserve …...

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Editorial: Pinellas schools makes smart move to reduce tests

Details The Pinellas County School District's decision to eliminate all mandatory district end-of-course exams sensibly balances the need to reduce testing with a continued commitment to accountability. With this move, the district increases its focus on classroom instruction and gives local teachers and administrators more discretion in determining...

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Kids are going to sext. Get over it.

Details A rash of old-school victim-blaming has cropped up around a nude photo scandal at a high school in Liberty, Missouri. Eight boys have received suspensions of two to 10 days for distributing nude photos of female classmates around school and online. The girls received a lecture about keeping their pants on. All in all, it's about the best …...

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Wednesday's letters: Fracking puts Florida water at risk

Details Fracking bill advances | April 24Fracking puts our water in danger...

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Column: Trade agreement will boost U.S. economy

Details America has long been a land of opportunity and the envy of the world. But today we face serious challenges from global competitors looking to replace us as the leading economic force in the world. China, India and a unified European bloc are vying to become the new global powerhouse of the 21st century....

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Column: Proposals threaten Florida's famed parks

Details If the people of Florida value their state parks as highly as they say they do, they had better cast a wary eye in the direction of Tallahassee. Proposals are being advanced both in the Legislature and in the Department of Environmental Protection that may not bode well for the future of Florida's nationally recognized state park system....

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Crisafulli: Why the Florida House opposes Medicaid expansion

Details In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the option to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and Florida has chosen not to expand. There are principled reasons for declining to grow a program that currently covers 3.7 million Floridians at a cost of $23.5 billion per year, or about one-third of Florida's budget....

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My sad lesson in what dignity means today

Details I made a trivial mistake. I got publicly shamed....

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Editorial: Hillary Clinton has more explaining to do

Details Mistakes were made. Paperwork errors. Out of our control. Those are among the excuses about the lack of transparency regarding wealthy foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation and potential conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. It is another disturbing example where the end justifies the means for the Clintons, and...

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Editorial: Legislators ignore voter intent on Amendment 1

Details Few betrayals of the public trust have played out so openly and brazenly as the Florida Legislature's fraudulent effort to implement Amendment 1, the land-buying measure that three-fourths of voters overwhelmingly approved five months ago. This should be a banner year for protecting the state's endangered lands. Instead, Amendment 1 is becoming...

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Tuesday's letters: Everyone needs health insurance

Details GOP feuding sends session into stalemate | April 26Everyone needs health insurance...

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Column: Working to end poverty

Details As a city leader, I find that income inequality and poverty in our city weigh upon me heavily. It is not one of the fun or sexy issues, but no responsible leader can neglect the most seemingly intractable of all our challenges: the cycle of poverty....

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Profile of a minimum wage worker

Details If the federal government ever raises the minimum wage, it wouldn't help everyone — immediately, at least. Although raising the floor reverberates throughout the wage scale, the vast majority of workers already make more than $7.25 an hour....

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Expensive promposals are invitation to teen angst

Details A high school junior demolishing a bagel described the pressure....

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Editorial: Hillsborough schools embrace digital age

Details The Hillsborough County School District now wisely allows its students to bring personal computing devices on campuses, a positive step that marries the realities of students' relationship with technology with the district's desire to increase digital learning. This forward-thinking approach allows teachers to expose students to technology in a...

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Editorial: Move forward with Pier Park

Details By picking a concept that extends St. Petersburg's bustling waterfront park into the bay, the pier selection committee embraced a flexible, innovative vision for revitalizing the city's centerpiece public space. Adjustments are likely as with any $46 million construction project, but the Pier Park concept is transformative and exciting. It …...

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Editorial: Animal rescue groups should be vetted

Details Animal shelters should do a better job vetting individuals and groups that repeatedly rescue animals. The recent arrests of two St. Petersburg women on animal cruelty charges illustrates what can happen when rescue groups take on more pets than they can handle. It is understandable that animal shelters want to spare the lives of as many pets as...

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Editorial: Florida House should approve utility reforms

Details With five days left in the Florida Legislature's depressing regular session, lawmakers still have an opportunity to provide significant rate cuts and modest protections for customers who have been exploited by the electric utilities. The House should pass legislation that would reduce costs for Duke Energy ratepayers related to a broken nuclear...

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Editorial: Don't silence public workers who raise concerns

Details Too often the response to serious situations brought to light by public workers is to stop the discussion rather than address the issue. Three recent incidents involving Floridians reflect a troubling trend of government agencies seeking to silence free speech among workers who have raised concerns about legitimate issues that otherwise might...

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Monday's letters: Transport troubles all too evident

Details Few attend transportation meetings | April 23Transit troubles all too evident...

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Column: Draper leaving, but USF sciences still going strong

Details When Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff Draper Labs decided to open offices in Florida, the University of South Florida was thrilled at the prospect of this new partnership and the important and exciting scientific discoveries that would follow....

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Sunday's letters: Brother accepts killer's sentence

Details Cop's killer skirts death | April 24...

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Saturday's letters: Fire department committed to fairness

Details Buckhorn responds to firefighter complaints | April 15, editorialFair treatment at fire department...

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Column: A powerful reddit thread reveals what it's like to be disabled

Details The Internet community reddit has become a destination for all kinds of arcane topics, including cats dressed up as lobsters, creepy things found at garage sales and people riding invisible bicycles. But once in a while, the forum also hosts a conversation that connects people with different life experiences in mind-opening ways. Last week, one...

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Daniel Ruth column: Don Draper doesn't set a good example for bosses

Details If I was a business consultant, the first thing I might do is assemble anyone who manages anyone and show them several episodes of Mad Men....

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Friday's letters: Compromise for the sake of health care

Details Legislature: stalemate | April 22Compromise for the sake of care...

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Ruth: Mayor Bob Buckhorn responds to smoke at Fire Rescue

Details Nothing focuses a politician's attention more than accusations of being out of touch. Days ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said he needed "a couple of weeks" to receive a report from Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward before he could decide how to provide a modicum of privacy (and respect) for female first responders who often find themselves...

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Hooper: TIA restaurateur lifts himself up, and others

Details As a child, George Tinsley, Sr., sported such an optimistic outlook that folks in his impoverished Louisville, Ky., neighborhood, known as Smoketown by locals, looked out for him....

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Editorial: Justice probe welcome, but Tampa police should change now

Details Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and police Chief Jane Castor are right to ask the U.S. Justice Department to examine the way police enforce bicycle laws. A Tampa Bay Times' investigation revealed a Tampa Police Department policy that unfairly targets bicyclists in poor black neighborhoods for minor cycling infractions in hopes of uncovering …...

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Editorial: Florida House should improve police body camera bill

Details Bad legislation made marginally better is still bad legislation. The House should make significant changes today to a bill that would keep too many videos from police body cameras secret. As it stands, the legislation would undercut the very purpose of body cameras, creating more suspicion about police hiding incidents of excessive force rather...

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