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Judge Gievers' Decision on Smokable Pot Is Going up in Smoke

June 7, 2018 - 11:00am

Let’s put 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Karen Gievers' recent decision in a proper perspective, in that she ruled smokable medical marijuana in a “private place” is allowed by the plain language of Amendment 2, which is now -- unfortunately for you and us -- ensconced in our state Constitution.

The Politics of Bigotry: John Ward is Unfit to Serve in Congress and Must Go

June 4, 2018 - 11:00am

When people tell you who they are, believe them.

'Unity' Confab Fizzles; Janet Cruz Campaign in Shambles

May 31, 2018 - 6:00am

By any measure, the Janet Cruz Campaign for State Senate’s so-called “unity” event last Thursday in South Tampa was a failure. Worse, it was an embarrassment.

Preparation Is a Priority at Florida’s Long-Term Care Centers

May 30, 2018 - 9:30am

Florida nursing-care centers and their residents have seen more than their share of hurricane seasons, but few have carried the wallop we all experienced last year. 

Offshore Drilling Can Peacefully Co-Exist with Military Operations

May 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Discussions surrounding offshore drilling continue to intensify as the Trump administration considers plans to expand the national Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) program. 

Publix, I Cast My Vote Against Guns with My Pen and My Purse

May 25, 2018 - 7:15pm

In the mid-fifties, my father-in-law, Harry Rich, a floor-covering retailer, made a pact with George Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Publix. The men decided to join forces to oppose a nascent trend in the retail industry: remaining open for business on Sunday. Their reason was simple; they believed their employees deserved to spend more time with their families, and they were happy to forgo profits for principle.

Mueller Probe Flawed, but Must Continue

May 22, 2018 - 6:00am

This week marked the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It’s already lasted too long, during which time malicious leaks and speculation have dominated the news cycle and distracted citizens from the real issues facing our country.

DOC Makes Unwise Cuts to Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

May 18, 2018 - 12:45pm
Mark Fontaine

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders, and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable.

A Big Ol' 'Pants on Fire' for Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman

Mike Pompeo Should Focus on Latin America

April 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to congratulate him on his confirmation. Scott also urged Pompeo to focus on Latin America and act to stop the spread of totalitarianism and repression stemming from Cuba. Scott’s letter is below:

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