Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Editorial: Scott should order investigation of concealed weapons permitting
Associated Press
There are more than enough revelations about shortcomings in the processing of concealed weapon permits to justify Gov. Rick Scott ordering an independent investigation.
To his credit, Gov. Rick Scott says he is considering requests to order an independent investigation of how Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office screens applications for concealed weapon permits. It’s a reasonable request, and the governor has a...
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn put together a solid plan for $1 billion.
Editorial: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s responsible budget
Associated Press
Key West has been dealing with frequent flooding for years, as has Miami. Rising sea levels will also affect the Tampa Bay area and a regional effort is being organized to help deal with it.
Column: A Tampa Bay approach to make region more resilient against flooding, storms

Top Editorials

Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

The CrossBay Ferry appears headed for another round of rides across Tampa Bay, with local governments pledging one more year of financial support. But as more taxpayer money is steered into this project, it’s important to recognize what purpose the f...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Editorial: Renting an apartment should not be a pipe dream for low-income workers

A modest apartment should not be financially out of reach for full-time workers in America. But a recent report reveals no one working full-time for minimum wage could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in Florida or the rest of the nati...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Editorial: Modest progress toward paid family leave

Editorial: Modest progress toward paid family leave

Paid family leave promotes workforce participation and makes for healthier parents and babies, but a yearslong disagreement over how to structure and pay for a national policy has left the United States behind other nations in providing even minimal ...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/20/18

IRS making ‘dark money’ darker

Under a perverse interpretation of federal law, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations supposedly devoted to "social welfare" can spend large amounts of money to influence elections without publicly disclosing the identities of their donors. But instead ...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Editorial: Algae blooms, toll woes and beach battles -- Florida’s fouled up summer

Editorial: Algae blooms, toll woes and beach battles -- Florida’s fouled up summer

July in Florida. The height of summer tourist season. Rental cars clog the highways and tourists crowd the beaches, motels and all-you-can-eat shrimp joints. Many of our neighbors are off to North Carolina or somewhere cooler. So it’s an awfully inco...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Editorials

Editorial cartoons for July 21-22-23

Editorial cartoons for July 21-22-23

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Column: Reading scholarship offers glimpse into public education’s future

Column: Reading scholarship offers glimpse into public education’s future

As Florida expands its ambitious menu of private school options for public education this fall, a new scholarship for elementary children who struggle with reading has attracted little notice.This new "reading scholarship account" scrambles the deck ...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Words on identity politics better late than never

Words on identity politics better late than never

"Democracy demands that we’re able to also get inside the reality of people who are different than us, so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours."That was Barack Obama speaking in South Afric...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
We’ll sing while you breathe

We’ll sing while you breathe

Signs of our growing anxiety, as a country and as citizens, are everywhere, it seems.Physicians describe surging numbers of patients seeking help for anxiety and stress. Casual get-togethers, those brief respites from the world’s mayhem, are now ofte...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Term limits for justices

Term limits for justices

Before nominating 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump expressed a hope that his pick would serve for 40 to 45 years. That was wishful thinking: The longest-serving justice in history, William O. Douglas, lasted ov...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18
To win, Democrats must talk tougher on Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba

To win, Democrats must talk tougher on Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba

If Democrats want to win the Hispanic vote in Florida — a key swing state — in upcoming elections, it won’t be enough for them to say that President Trump locks up immigrant infants in cages, sides with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin against U.S. ...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Get this: Bank of the Ozarks is the country’s largest construction lender

Get this: Bank of the Ozarks is the country’s largest construction lender

This surprised me: Little ole Bank of the Ozarks is the country’s largest construction lender, loaning out more to the industry than financial heavyweight Wells Fargo and Bank of America.Those factoids were part of a lengthy profile of the bank pub...
Published: 07/20/18
Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.

Resign, Mike Pompeo. Resign, John Bolton.

Before the word "resignation" became a euphemism for being fired, it connoted a sense of public integrity and personal honor. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy,William Ruckelshaus, showed both qualities when they resigned from the Nix...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Editorial cartoons for July 20

Editorial cartoons for July 20

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Column: The sliming of a Florida river

Column: The sliming of a Florida river

The Great Toxic Slime Outbreak of 2018 has befouled the Caloosahatchee River, the river of my childhood. I needed to see for myself, so I grabbed my cameras and headed south to Fort Myers and Cape Coral. A heartbreaking sight awaited.Gov. Rick Scott ...
Published: 07/20/18