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Editorial: McGrady's steady leadership as Pinellas-Pasco chief judge

Details These have not been easy years for the state court system. The courts were starved for cash during the economic recession. The number of foreclosure cases exploded. Homelessness, drug abuse and other societal issues created new challenges. In the 6th Judicial Circuit that covers Pinellas and Pasco counties, Chief Judge Thomas McGrady has …...

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Monday's letters: Democracy depends on voter participation

Details Voters should be informed | March 22, letterParticipation key to democracy...

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Editorial: St. Petersburg City Council should let Tampa Bay Rays look for stadium site

Details An improved agreement between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays addresses the concerns raised by City Council members who rejected a similar deal to let the franchise look for a new home in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Now council members have a second chance to define themselves as visionary leaders by approving...

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Ruth: The high price of a setup in defending Mr. Sponge

Details You could make a pretty good case that there are more gags about lawyers than almost any other profession. Try this experiment. Here's the punch line; you fill in the joke: Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut. Cue the laugh track. See how easy that was?...

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Sunday's letters: Florida Bar takes misconduct seriously

Details Plea deal for lawyers too lenient | March 26, editorialBar takes misconduct seriously...

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Column: Using common sense to protect water quality

Details For many decades during the middle 20th century, virtually all state governments told their congressional delegations to let them, rather than the federal government, manage water quality within their borders....

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Saturday's letters: Changing tune on parental role

Details Senate plan veers from House on school testing details | March 20A changing tune on parents' role...

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Column: On land and water, voice of voters ignored

Details If you were one of the more than 4 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution, you probably thought the Legislature would carry out the will of the people. You probably thought legislators would hear the loud and clear message that our water and land are suffering, and …...

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Editorial: Finding common ground to strengthen Medicare

Details The sweeping Medicare bill the U.S. House approved last week accomplished two big things: It would put the program on more solid ground, and it demonstrated what Congress can achieve when it works in a bipartisan fashion. The Senate should adopt the bill when it returns after Easter, and both chambers should look at other areas to find common...

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Column: Four rules to judge any Iran nuclear deal

Details If you're confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America — or for Israel — join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs....

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Editorial: Public safety sacrificed on altar of NRA

Details It's been a banner session in Tallahassee for gun zealots and the National Rifle Association and a terrible one for common sense and public safety. In the past weeks, the Senate passed a bill allowing gun owners to carry their weapons in public during a declared state of emergency. It also moved closer to allowing guns on college campuses. The...

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Editorial: Tampa police chief needs help solving gun crimes

Details So far, 2015 has been an unusually deadly year in Tampa. Gun violence has risen sharply during the first three months of the year in categories ranging from aggravated battery to fatal accidental shootings. Tampa police Chief Jane Castor has called for help in solving the crimes, but the societal problem remains: too many guns on the street and...

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Friday's letters: Expand families' options for schools

Details Florida schoolsBill expands education options As executive director of Florida Voices for Choices, I represent thousands of parents who desperately need more educational options for their children. I'm also a mom with sons in a traditional, public high school and a former public school teacher in Hillsborough …...

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Column: Raising the alarm on children's health care

Details The ghost of systems past is haunting children's health care in Florida. Between Florida's system of Medicaid Managed Care and the nature of health plans offered on the Obamacare federal marketplace, kids are once again regarded as afterthoughts in health care....

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Dockery: Why is it so hard for legislators to listen to voters?

Details We're nearly halfway through the legislative session and the Florida House and Senate are releasing their respective budget plans. Many important budget issues are still in flux....

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Dan Ruth: The Pier's time has passed: Move on

Details This what happens when well-intentioned good faith collides headlong into St. Petersburg's Snell Isle/Old Northeast rump government....

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Thursday's letters: Charting a way out of pier thicket

Details Pier debate breather may help | March 24, editorial...

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Another voice: McDonald's smart move on antibiotics

Details So it turns out you really do deserve a break today at McDonald's. Or at least a day two years from now. The fast-food chain with more than 14,000 restaurants in the United States has pledged to phase out the use of chickens treated with antibiotics by March 2017....

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Editorial: Plea deal too good for Tampa lawyers

Details The deal the Florida Bar has offered three Tampa attorneys for their roles in the setup of a rival lawyer does not reflect the seriousness of the injustice that occurred or instill public confidence in the criminal justice system. A Pinellas County judge overseeing the case should reject the plea deal, and all three lawyers involved in this …...

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Ruth: Cruz's presidential ego trip

Details Well, it's official. The Elmer Gantry of the Republican Party has announced he is willing to walk away from his 20-minute legislative career in the U.S. Senate to pursue the presidency....

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Letters: A perfect place to put a park

Details A perfect spot to put a park...

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Column: Complex tax code hobbles growth

Details Beer. For more than 20 years, my family and I have brewed it, cooked with it and served it to thousands of happy customers in Tampa Bay and other selected areas of the United States....

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Letter: From Kelmy's dad, forgiveness

Details Editor's note: Kelmy Tanon, a 16-year-old student at St. Petersburg High School, died last week in a three-vehicle crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says was triggered when a pickup driven by 67-year-old Julian Tanner rear-ended another vehicle. This is a letter from Kelmy's dad, Shane Tiernan, to that driver. Dear Mr. …...

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Letter: From the father of a dead 16-year-old, forgiveness

Details Editor's note: Kelmy Tanon, a 16-year-old student at St. Petersburg High School, died last week in a three-vehicle crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says was triggered when a pickup driven by 67-year-old Julian Tanner rear-ended another vehicle. This is a letter from Kelmy's dad, Shane Tiernan, to that driver. Dea …...

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Letters: Hernando residents again lose to special interests

Details Delayed Restoration of Impact Fees Residents lose to special interests...

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Guns and college students a bad mix

Details University of Tampa professor Jennifer Whelihan allowed me to serve on a panel of journalism professionals that addressed her Media Writing class Tuesday night....

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Welcome to the United States of Potholes

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Editorial: The fatal consequences of neglecting mental health issues

Details Jason Rios' family had him committed three times. After each crisis, his family said, he returned home and resumed his role as a dedicated, helpful family member. But last month, Pasco County sheriff's deputies say, Rios bludgeoned to death his 9-year-old niece and his disabled mother. The family members said they had no indication Rios could...

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Wednesday's letters: Everglades' future hangs in the balance

Details Many disparities in House, Senate water bills | March 12Everglades' future in the balance...

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Column: Lee Kuan Yew was a pilgrim who sought world order

Details Lee Kuan Yew was a great man. And he was a close personal friend, a fact that I consider one of the great blessings of my life. A world needing to distill order from incipient chaos will miss his leadership....

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