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Editorial: U.S. Supreme Court should uphold health insurance subsidies

Details Just after 1.6 million Floridians signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider blowing it up. The court will hear arguments on Wednesday about killing the federal subsidies received by nine of every 10 Floridians covered through the marketplace. Outlawing the subsidies would gut health …...

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Monday's letters: Logic of arming everyone falters

Details Guns on campus a step closer | Feb. 17...

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Sunday's letters: Stop attack on ride-share services

Details For Uber and Lyft, court is calling | Feb. 12...

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Editorial: Improve plans to regulate ride-share companies

Details The Florida Legislature appears poised this year to finally bring ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft under lawful operation. The bad news is that bills in the House and Senate would weaken the public safety protections that now exist in Hillsborough County, and they could prevent other communities across the state from protecting riders...

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Editorial: Compelling case for taking Medicaid money

Details Gov. Rick Scott and state legislators portray themselves as responsible stewards of taxpayer money, fiscal conservatives determined to cut costs, spend wisely and help the private sector flourish. Accepting billions in federal Medicaid expansion money to help provide private health coverage to more than 800,000 Floridians would fit nicely with...

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Ruth: Eat, drink and grab last check before the Legislature opens

Details MARK YOUR CALENDARS and shield the children. This week marks the start of the annual gathering of Tallahassee's lobster bibs of public servants, who for 60 days will burn the midnight oil to fulfill their mandate to roll over for Florida's special interests to better ensure a generous fuzzy-wuzzy tummy rub. Aren't they adorable?...

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Editorial: New prisons chief makes progress

Details Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones is right to rebid nearly $1.4 billion in contracts for health care providers in Florida's prisons. Her decision comes at a time when suspicious inmate deaths are inexplicably high and medical teams appear to be short-staffed in many prisons. It makes good business sense for the department to …...

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Editorial: Rays step up to plate on minimum wage

Details The Tampa Bay Rays recently gave their part-time workers a much-needed boost by raising their pay to $10 an hour. The increase will help workers edge closer to earning a living wage and achieving financial stability....

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Editorial: Take survey on pier options

Details Call it pier fatigue. That describes declining interest by St. Petersburg residents in the yearslong debate over replacing the closed inverted pyramid on the downtown waterfront. The city is conducting an online survey of St. Petersburg adults to check support for seven options, and residents should take part now rather than complain later....

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Column: No more delay on Charlotte's Web

Details I am the mother of a very special little girl. My daughter RayAnn is a beautiful, blond 12-year-old with electrifying blue eyes, an infectious laugh and a smile that can brighten the room. Like most 12-year-old girls, RayAnn has a lot of sass and her own opinions about the world around her. Unlike most 12-year-old girls, RayAnn fights for her...

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Editorial: Public Service Commission ripe for reform

Details Electric bills were rising. The Florida Public Service Commission was too cozy with utilities. Homeowners were mad, and the governor and state legislators demanded changes....

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Don't miss the chance to vote

Details Brother, can you spare a measly, lousy, stinking 10 minutes?...

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Editorial: Don't change law to limit damages for Big Tobacco

Details The Florida Legislature should beat back the tobacco industry's latest attempt to avoid taking responsibility for misleading smokers about the dangers of its products. A Senate bill would let tobacco companies off the hook for punitive damages sought by smokers who were initially part of a 1994 class-action lawsuit but were later directed to...

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Editorial: FCC smartly embraces net neutrality

Details In voting Thursday to regulate Internet service providers as public utilities, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted a commonsense approach to net neutrality. The historic 3-2 decision will ensure that people and businesses have fair and open access to the broadband Internet — wired and wireless — that is fundamental to...

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Friday's letters: Some wars can never be won

Details Civilization at stake | Feb. 22, letterSome U.S. wars can never be won...

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Dockery: No accountability from governor on prison mess

Details Generally when a crisis occurs in a large organization, the CEO is expected to acknowledge and address the problem, keep stakeholders up to date on progress and be held accountable for the problems that occurred....

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Column: House speaker responds to Times editorial on water resources bill

Details Benjamin Franklin delivered the memorable line, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Were he alive today, I believe Franklin would amend his short list of inevitabilities with a declaration that Florida Republicans can solidly count on negative editorials from the Tampa Bay Times....

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Guest column: Downtown Dunedin needs parking solutions

Details Downtown Dunedin is entering a new phase in its evolution from a blighted, mostly vacant, dilapidated traffic corridor to the vibrant arts and entertainment district it is today. Four major development projects (Victoria Place, Highland Town Homes, The Gateway, the Keller Property) are about to displace almost 50 percent of the available …...

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Ruth: Stalemate on Rays stadium compromise requires new tactics

Details If this well gets poisoned any further, the relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Petersburg City Council is going to make the Ukraine dustup look like a neighborly spat over a borrowed lawn mower....

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Let us not forget 'Hanging Bridge'

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Letters: Sheriff's Office website should not allow comments

Details Stop comments on mug shots I came across the Pasco Sheriff's Office Facebook page. There are some neat posts on it, but it also posts pictures of criminals. I even saw a sub-caption that invited people to make fun of the person ("Look at his T-shirt."), and lots of people write mean-spirited things....

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Everyone can be, and should be, an agriculturalist

Details What does it mean to shop locally for food? Some people think it means to shop for goods grown within the United States, some think within their state, while others think it means to shop for items produced only within their own county....

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Ensure black history remembers teachers from Moton High

Details I watch the Barrette-Jackson and Meccum classic car auctions religiously on television because I appreciate the old cars, which not only have withstood the test of time, but also have shaped the future of the American auto industry. And like a flash of light, I realized that I should give the same or even more appreciation to those that helped...

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Editorial: Closing book on Zimmerman should not end dialogue on race

Details The Justice Department's decision not to file hate crime charges against George Zimmerman exhausts what may be the last hope for justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But pressing ahead with a civil rights case always was going to be difficult for prosecutors. The federal government's decision to close its investigation does not …...

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Ruth: The high cost of expensive jewelry on the campaign trail

Details By all accounts, it would seem when she wed Jeb Bush more than 40 years ago, a very young Columba Garnica Gallo didn't quite grasp she was marrying into a dynastic political machine, not to mention her whimsical brother-in-law George's penchant for wedgies....

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Wasted energy

Details Climate change warriors of all stripes were focused on the White House on Tuesday, where President Obama vetoed a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Like all the other attention slathered on this overblown issue, the focus was misplaced. It would have been better placed on the Capitol, where Rep. Chris Van...

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Column: Trade, exports help power Florida economy

Details Florida is known for many things: sun, sand, golf courses … and exports. In fact, in 2013, Florida businesses exported more than $96 billion in goods and services, supporting more than 2.4 million jobs including the more than 2,500 employees who work for Honeywell across the state....

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Thursday's letters: Danger of terrorists using drones

Details Drones and privacy | Feb. 23, commentaryDanger of terrorists using drones...

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Moms are the real wage-gap victims

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Editorial: House Republicans should not hold Homeland Security hostage

Details Congressional Republicans are taking a dangerous path by holding funding for the Department of Homeland Security hostage unless President Barack Obama's latest executive orders on immigration are repealed. Even by Washington standards for manufactured crises, this is a reckless strategy that puts cities, border states and families at risk. The...

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