Monday, May 21, 2018

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Editorial: U.S. House should end sweet deal for Big Sugar
With a new farm bill coming up in Congress, now is the time to reset the board on sugar policy to allow market forces to set sugar prices and bring relief to Floridians who are paying dearly for this sweet deal.
Longstanding U.S. sugar policy pummels consumers and taxpayers in three ways: We subsidize growers, pay higher food prices and then pay even more for environmental damage sugar production causes in South Florida. The only winners are Big Sugar and the...
Birds fly from the front of a sugar can harvester in U.S. Sugar's fields in Clewiston in this photo from 2008. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)
Editorial: Tampa Bay House members fail to stand up to Big Sugar
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, flanked by state and local officials and families affected by the opioid epidemic at the Riverside Recovery Center in Tampa, announces a lawsuit against five large drug manufacturers and distributers of opioids. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis
The Florida Orchestra, led by music director Michael Francis, will offer introductory violin lessons this summer to at-risk kids in some Hillsborough County recreation centers. [MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES]
Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestraís violin program for at-risk kids

Top Editorials

Editorial: Education Department goes soft on investigating for-profit colleges

Editorial: Education Department goes soft on investigating for-profit colleges

Bad actors in the for-profit college industry have scammed countless Americans whose only goal was to make a better life for themselves and their families. But rather than crack down on predatory practices within the industry, the Education Departmen...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: St. Petersburg recycling worth the effort despite cost issues

Editorial: St. Petersburg recycling worth the effort despite cost issues

St. Petersburgís 3-year-old recycling program has reached an undesirable tipping point, with operating costs exceeding the income from selling the recyclable materials. The shift is driven by falling commodity prices and new policies in China that cu...
Published: 05/15/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondiís lawsuit against the nationís largest drug makers and distributors marks a moment of awakening in the stateís battle to recover from the opioid crisis. In blunt, forceful language, Bondi accuses these companies of ...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Editorial: Johns Hopkins All Childrenís should be more open about mistakes

Editorial: Johns Hopkins All Childrenís should be more open about mistakes

A state investigation raises even more concern about medical errors at Johns Hopkins All Childrenís Hospital and the venerable St. Petersburg institutionís lack of candor to the community. Regulators have determined the hospital broke Florida law by ...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Ruth: Donít run government like Rick Scott ran his business

Itís probably the curse of age, but whenever Iím exposed to one of Gov. Rick Scottís dubious campaign ads the mind tends to recall the routine by the late comedy team of Bob & Ray involving the proudly preening corrupt mayor of Skunkhaven, N.J.Perhap...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Editorials

PolitiFact Florida: Did Gwen Graham vote against President Obama 52 percent of the time?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Gwen Graham vote against President Obama 52 percent of the time?

A progressive super PAC slammed the congressional record of Democrat Gwen Graham as too conservative for Floridaís next governor.The Collective super PAC paid for the 30-second spot. The group supports black, progressive candidates and is backing Tal...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

It is the middle of the day and the beginning of the off-season at Tampa Bay Downs. That means the action is limited to simulcast wagering, and that means the televisions outnumber the bettors.The parimutuel industry is long past its heyday in Americ...
Published: 05/19/18
The real stuff is how Tom Wolfe best used his write stuff

The real stuff is how Tom Wolfe best used his write stuff

om Wolfeís best writing lifted real people into legend: car designers and astronauts and disciples of LSD. With that writing, Wolfe lifted himself into legend as well.The author of 16 books, including such bestsellers as The Right Stuff and The Bonfi...
Published: 05/18/18
Marcus: Actually, Muellerís Ďwitch huntí is bagging flesh-and-blood villains

Marcus: Actually, Muellerís Ďwitch huntí is bagging flesh-and-blood villains

WASHINGTONCongratulations, America, indeed.President Trump was being sarcastic when he tweeted, at 7:28 Thursday morning, "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still ...
Published: 05/18/18
Column: Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds

Column: Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds

Americans are in agreement on a large number of gun policy proposals regardless of whether they own guns, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.More than 80 percent of gun owners and non-owners favor universal background c...
Published: 05/18/18
Oh, Florida! Without air conditioning we’re a stinky swamp of sweat. With it, we warm the world

Oh, Florida! Without air conditioning we’re a stinky swamp of sweat. With it, we warm the world

As I write this, some workers are disassembling the 24-year-old air conditioning system in my house. They’re clunking and clanking around, tromping up and down my stairs, so they can replace the old system with a new one that presumably wonR...
Published: 05/17/18
Updated: 05/18/18
PolitiFact: Is Mike Pence right that religion is gaining new life in U.S.?

PolitiFact: Is Mike Pence right that religion is gaining new life in U.S.?

Speaking at a commencement ceremony at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Vice President Mike Pence told the graduates that religion in the United States is going strong."The percentage of Americans who live out their religion on a weekly basis ó praying...
Published: 05/17/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Column: The open secret of anti-mom bias at work

Column: The open secret of anti-mom bias at work

Last fall, I was in a meeting with a leader in womenís health, discussing re-entry-to-work programs for new mothers when, out of the blue, she began complaining about a former employee. This employee on their small team had gotten pregnant, the woman...
Published: 05/17/18
Trump backs off China tariff threat as China pumps money into a Trump family project

Trump backs off China tariff threat as China pumps money into a Trump family project

In barely six weeks, President Donald Trump has gone from threatening to impose $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods to extending a lifeline to ZTE, a Chinese cell phone company that violated U.S. sanctions by doing business with Iran and North K...
Published: 05/17/18
Joe Henderson: Donít plug your ears when strapped Hillsborough schools come seeking tax hike

Joe Henderson: Donít plug your ears when strapped Hillsborough schools come seeking tax hike

Iím always dubious when public officials start talking about tax referendums. We live in a state where good governance is often measured by the amount of taxes that are eliminated, no matter the impact those reductions have.But in this case, itís hig...
Published: 05/17/18