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The Opioid Disaster—Who Benefits?

October 4, 2017 - 6:00am

The opioid crisis in America is real, it is lethal and it may be killing the nice family that lives next door to you.

Put the Defense Department in Charge of Puerto Rico's Recovery Aid

September 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urged President Donald Trump to put the Department of Defense (DOD) in charge of handling the logistics of distributing recovery aid in Puerto Rico as the island grapples with the crisis caused by Hurricane Maria. 

Setting the Baker-Kriseman Record Straight

September 28, 2017 - 1:45pm

As many of you know, I worked as former Mayor Rick Baker’s deputy mayor for Midtown economic development. Baker is currently seeking the job again and as a member of his campaign team, I am deeply disappointed by what appears to be a divisive, win-at-any-cost strategy by the Kriseman campaign.

Florida’s Tourism Industry Stands Together Following Hurricane Irma

September 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

Hurricane Irma touched nearly all parts of Florida, but now that the sun is shining once again, our state’s tourism industry stands together as we recover and rebuild. The entire industry has come together to support those that were impacted.

Navy Needs to Expand Collision Review

September 25, 2017 - 9:15am

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Navy Sec. Richard Spencer calling him to expand the review announced in the wake of two deadly collisions to include all ships, including those stationed at Naval Station Mayport on the First Coast. 

Tragic Deaths, Inaccurate Reporting Shouldn’t Tarnish Nursing Home Professionals

September 18, 2017 - 12:00am

Florida’s nursing home industry is populated by hundreds of excellent centers staffed by thousands of dedicated, caring professionals. It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that they will get painted with the same negative brush when one facility fails to meet the high standards we set for ourselves. It is grossly unfair, however, for that challenge to be exacerbated by misleading news reporting that inaccurately suggests the long term care profession actively blocked reforms that could have saved lives.

Florida Should Apply STATEWIDE the Key Lessons Hurricane Hermine Taught Us

September 18, 2017 - 6:00am

Labor Day a year ago, Hurricane Hermine ravaged Tallahassee as it swept through the Big Bend part of Florida.

The State of Higher Education in Tragedy and Calm

September 15, 2017 - 6:15pm

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have laid waste to large sections of two of our largest states. Our news is full of tragic stories, but also replete with heroic efforts by many, as well as an intense spirit of giving and caring. By nature, we are a good people and in our hearts we care about the welfare of our neighbors, even if as neighbors they live hundreds or thousands of miles away. 

The Right to Vote

August 30, 2017 - 9:15am

On July 4, 2017, 15,000 immigrants were sworn in as new American citizens -- something each and every one of them worked hard to attain. On that day, they earned the most sought-after citizenship in the world and swore they would support and defend our Constitution. And on that day, along with their citizenship, they were granted the right and the responsibility to vote.

Oil and Natural Gas Industry Fuels Florida with Jobs and Revenue

August 30, 2017 - 12:45pm

When I saw recent reports of the oil and natural gas industry’s impact on our state, my interest piqued. As the president and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I represent the needs of more than 80,000 minority-owned businesses in the Sunshine State, so I am especially attuned to anything that affects our state’s economy. We support the development of all types of energy, natural gas being one of them.

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