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Social Security is based on sound principles

Details In announcing his presidential candidacy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some strong criticism of the Social Security program, especially its solvency. He claims that those who defend the system are liars. Sen. Marco Rubio, also running for the presidency, likens Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. Their rhetoric reflects a serious …...

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Editorial cartoons for Aug. 1-3

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These cartoons are from various Times wire services....

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Editorial: Pinellas should be flexible with resort tax

Details With Pinellas tourism hitting record levels, it's a good time for the county to raise the resort tax by an additional 1 percent. But when the County Commission takes up the issue Tuesday, it should be careful about dictating how the resort tax money should be spent. The emphasis should be on remaining flexible rather than on locking in specific...

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Monday's letters:

Details State Department trafficking reportHelp fund slavery fight...

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Editorial: Help needed for Florida's poor families

Details Florida ranks an abysmal 37th in the nation for the number of children who live in poverty. Even as the economy gains strength, too many Floridians remain unable to meet their basic needs and live in conditions that make them more vulnerable to violence, crime and health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure. A new study that examines...

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Editorial: Hillsborough should improve flawed transit plan

Details Hillsborough County is about to start another round of public meetings aimed at placing a tax-supported transportation plan on the ballot in 2016. The next several months will test whether the county has the backbone to strengthen a weak plan or intends to plow ahead and ask voters to approve an insufficient proposal to the voters. Though the...

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Fetal stem cells give hope for finding cures

Details For five years, I watched my best friend die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible disease that causes one's muscles to waste away. First he struggled to walk, then to speak, then to breathe....

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Editorial: The importance of regaining driver's licenses

Details The unexpected outpouring of support last weekend for a driver's license reinstatement day in St. Petersburg reaffirms the importance of having a valid license to get to work and more fully participate in community life. Thousands attended the event, which was aimed to attract people with suspended or revoked licenses because of unpaid traffic...

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Ruth: Rick Scott, the fake environmentalist

Details Reader alert! You are about to enter the mother of all spit-take zones! Do not under any circumstances consume any liquids! Face away from any walls! Avoid looking directly at any children, pets, friends or spouses!...

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Editorial: Hillary Clinton's smart call to lift Cuba embargo

Details Hillary Rodham Clinton advanced the ball in a big way Friday by calling for the United States to end its trade embargo against Cuba. By calling for a fresh approach so early in her presidential campaign and announcing it in South Florida, the former secretary of state has added an influential voice of reason to an emotional debate and helped...

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Maxwell: Honest talk needed about race

Details Racism always will exist in the United States. Too many of us, white and black, refuse to stop the pretense about race and reconsider the national myth of "equality for all." By pretending that we are equal, we never need to confront the harsh reality of race and inequality....

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Saturday's letters: Boehner should be replaced as House speaker

Details Boehner dismisses latest bid to oust him | July 30New House speaker needed...

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Sunday's letters: Public cost of retirements

Details Term limits? For many ex-lawmakers, it's a path to a second career | July 26Public cost of retirements...

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Friday's letters: Doctors should talk to patients about guns

Details Free speech no threat to gun ownersDoctors should talk about guns...

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Editorial: Don't silence doctors on guns

Details Florida is awash in guns, a proliferation buoyed by state laws that put gun rights above nearly everything else. A decision this week by a federal appeals court provides fresh evidence of the state's misguided priorities. The court illogically upheld a state law that prohibits doctors from discussing gun ownership with patients, a clear …...

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Vacationing volunteers just part of the story at Trinity Cafe

Details He could have ridden the daunting dips and climbs of Gwazi at Busch Gardens instead of riding over to Nebraska Avenue, armed with large bags of rice and buckets of fresh vegetables....

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Editorial: Reality check on Tampa Bay congestion

Details Tampa Bay has more traffic congestion than Orlando, which already is benefiting from a new commuter rail system. Widening the interstates alone will not solve our problem. And the state is eager to be a partner in creating a robust regional mass transit system as soon as local officials on both sides of the bay can get their act together....

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Dockery: Senate wise to drop redistricting court fight

Details More jaw-dropping and political landscape-changing redistricting news has emerged — this time affecting the Florida Senate maps. What's stunning is the Senate admitted fault and entered into an agreement to revise the Senate maps and forgo a trial....

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How to speak while female: 13 tips

Details I have read all the critiques of women's vocal mannerisms and tics. No "just." No "sorry." No uptalk. No vocal fry. I have come to a few simple conclusions, which I have distilled into the following 13 tips....

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Letters to the Editor: Local Public House and Provisions owner touts advantages of live music

Details Live music helps area thrive The suburbs are coming, and they're only one exit away. The way small communities like San Antonio avoid being absorbed is by protecting and promoting their commercial core. A downtown that includes shopping, dining and entertainment allows a town to thrive, even as it is surrounded by chain stores and …...

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Editorial: The real impact of climate change

Details An alarming new report puts the impact of climate change in the stark terms that many skeptics might appreciate. By mid century, the study found, tens of billions of dollars worth of property could be below sea level, while rising temperatures could devastate agricultural crops and spawn heat waves that force workers indoors and put the poor,...

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Dentist is going to feel some pain

Details Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer could face charges in America for killing the lion in Zimbabwe. Oddly, though, the alleged crime that could really do Palmer in isn't the killing of an endangered animal. It's the alleged bribery of wildlife guides to gain access to his prey....

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Editorial: A path for Medicare's next 50 years

Details Medicare has immeasurably improved the lives of older Americans, most of whom lacked health insurance when it was signed into law 50 years ago today. Though the Obama administration has made strides at containing costs, Medicare must continue to seek efficiencies so it can absorb aging baby boomers without burdening future generations and …...

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The key to marriage survival after a baby: sex

Details In my experience, everything about parenting is counter-intuitive. I remember being pregnant on tour with my first young adult novel and trying to get through the San Francisco airport, garbage can to garbage can. I waited for the wave of nausea to pass until I could make it to the next one, all the while my writing partner, Emma, stood …...

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Thursday's letters: Deferred income is still earned

Details Help choose Letter of the Month Letters to the editor offer a significant contribution to the discussion of public policy and life in Tampa Bay. To recognize some of that work by our most engaged readers, the Times will select a Letter of the Month and the writers will be recognized at the end of the year....

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Vote for July's Letter of the Month

Details Editor's note: Letters to the editor offer a significant contribution to the discussion of public policy and life in Tampa Bay. To recognize some of that work by our most engaged readers, the Times will select a letter of the month and the writers will be recognized at the end of the year. We will choose the finalists each month based on …...

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Digital revolution has a price we all pay

Details Somebody stole your identity when you least expected it. You will be the last one to know....

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Ruth: Vote, then pray your ballot is counted

Details Not to be overly simplistic, but the essential skill set to perform the duties of Florida's secretary of state would seem to be the ability to perform this task: one, two, three, four, five …...

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Candidate reply: Winthrop 'Will' Newton

Details The Tampa Bay Times editorial board recommended Lisa Wheeler-Brown in the Aug. 25 primary election for St. Petersburg City Council District 7. Candidates not recommended by the Times are given an opportunity to reply. Winthrop "Will" Newton...

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Column: The many faces of Reagan

Details The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn't figured out what it wants to be....

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