Monday, July 16, 2018

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Editorial: Supreme Court pick qualified, but confirmation process should be vigorous
JABIN BOTSFORD   |   Washington Post
President Donald Trump applauds Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family during the Supreme Court nomination ceremony Monday night at the White House.
For the second time in less than 18 months, President Donald Trump has nominated a well-qualified, conservative federal appeals court judge to the U.S. Supreme Court. That does not mean Judge Brett Kavanaugh should get an easy pass through Senate...
A rendering depicting the Pier District at night if Janet Echelman\u2019s proposed art piece is installed. [City of St. Petersburg]
Editorial: A vote for preserving waterfront parks by St. Petersburg City Council
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to the press during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC119
Pam Bondi: The Senate should confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Amendment 4 should get special focus in November. It represents a rare opportunity to rectify a grievous provision in the Florida Constitution, which permanently revokes the voting rights of anyone convicted of a felony.
Editorial: Personal bias taints Floridaís clemency system

Top Editorials

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Editorial: Nobody uses fireworks to scare off birds

Americans are accustomed to celebrating the nationís birthday by blowing up Chinese fireworks for days ó a rite of recklessness that kills seven people a year and sends another 13,000 to hospital emergency rooms. The tragic toll struck close to home ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial: Trumpís trade war hurts American consumers

Editorial: Trumpís trade war hurts American consumers

Voters who looked to Donald Trump to make America great might want to look at their wallets. The president escalated his global trade war this week, threatening new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports ó everything from seafood, beef and ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

Editorial: Rays stadium cost should be fairly shared

The imaginative Ybor City ballpark proposed by the Tampa Bay Rays fits nicely into the 21st century vision of a sophisticated city and would secure major league baseballís future for the entire region. It also carries an eye-catching cost that will h...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

Editorial: Let local governments regulate short-term rentals

The Florida Legislatureís meddling in local issues has created another mess for neighborhoods across the state. No family should have to put up with a short-term rental next door that overwhelms their street with constant visitors, traffic and noise ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/10/18
Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Itís the refrain by gun advocates in the wake of every mass shooting: The attacker was mentally ill. They obtained their gun illegally. The message is that gun violence isnít about guns but mental instability and gaps in law enforcement. But a recent...
Published: 07/08/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Editorials

PolitiFact Florida: What Trumpís Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trumpís Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Floridaís Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The secret to Amazon Prime Day is buying only what you really, REALLY need

The secret to Amazon Prime Day is buying only what you really, REALLY need

Prime Day is upon us. At 3 p.m. today giant online retailer Amazon will unroll its biggest sales of the year to celebrate its birth month. That could mean either big savings, or the urge to buy stuff you don’t really need because it seems like...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Romano: The best politician in Tampa Bay is not a politician

Romano: The best politician in Tampa Bay is not a politician

Some politicians bark, and some like to preen. Itís all part of an elaborate act to attract attention and create an image.But the very best politicians?They donít act like politicians at all.I was reminded of that last week while watching Pinellas Co...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Trump should work with Congress on immigration

Donald Trumpís resounding victory in the 2016 presidential election came at least in part because the New York businessman grasped the disconnect between how millions of Americans and the political establishments of both parties felt about immigratio...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Column: How Putin will con Trump

Column: How Putin will con Trump

It may be harder to predict what the American president ó vs. his Russian counterpart ó will say at Mondayís summit in Helsinki. Indeed, President Donald Trumpís unpredictability contrasts with a rather easy-to-read Vladimir Putin. And that should ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Guest column: Deputyís legacy of heroism inspired a place for dogs to play

Guest column: Deputyís legacy of heroism inspired a place for dogs to play

My dog Sophie likes to remind me that the dog days of summer are just around the corner. That means itís time for her to shed her winter coat, head outdoors and enjoy the Tampa sunshine. Where can Sophie and her furry friends go to enjoy, but not bak...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Editorial cartoons for July 14-15-16

Editorial cartoons for July 14-15-16

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

Column: Sigh, Shark Week is on us again

Itís that time of year again ó when people slather on the sunscreen, grab the kids and head to the beach. And itís when we hear what seems like continuous, 24/7 news items about shark attacks.For some reason, shark attacks have become something of a ...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

ĎEverybody needed to know what happenedí

The brutal murder of Emmett Till, a black Chicago youth, in Mississippi nearly 63 years ago went unpunished, but not forgotten. A decision by his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, to allow an open casket at Emmettís Chicago funeral represented an act of def...
Published: 07/13/18

Brooks: The quiet death of racial progress

Over the past few months, Iíve been trying to write a comforting column. The thesis was going to be that even though Donald Trump is doing his best to inflame racial division, we are still making gradual progress against racism and racial disparities...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/13/18