Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Editorial: Answering questions about Hillsborough school tax
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesJeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools speaks during a media visit on September 21, 2018 at Westchase Elementary School in Tampa, Fla. The school district released a list of projects to be completed should the referendum pass in November. The projects include air conditioning, roofing, security measures and classroom renovations. At Westchase Elementary School the work will include new air conditioning, painting and updated playgrounds.
The Hillsborough County school tax on the Nov. 6 ballot is a smart, necessary investment in the nation's eighth-largest school system. The 10-year, half-penny sales tax would create stronger, safer schools and a healthier learning environment for more than...
Mexico Beach, population 1,200, lay devastated on Thursday, the day after Hurricane Michael made landfall nearby. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Hurricane Michael reminds us it’s past time to get smarter about where we build
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik  [Times staff]
Column: Jeff Vinik: Time to invest in transportation
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
Pinellas County School Board
Times recommends: Larsen, O’Shea, Stewart for Pinellas schools

Top Editorials

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

Here is a complete list of the Times recommendations for the Aug. 28 primary. U.S. House of Representatives District 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter District 13, Republicans: George Buck District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson District 15, Republica...
Published: 08/24/18
Updated: 10/07/18
Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

The list of proposed constitutional amendments is long and confusing. Some have multiple parts. So here’s some easy advice: After voting yes on Amendment 4, vote no on all the others.All but two of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution...
Published: 09/28/18
Updated: 10/03/18
Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Gov. Rick Scott has headed down a dangerous path by announcing he has started the process to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court as he heads out the door. But to his credit, the governor indicated his "expectation’’ is that he ...
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Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
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Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Florence began lashing down on the Carolinas Thursday and was expected to make landfall early Friday, washing over dunes, downing trees and power lines and putting some 10 million people in the path of a potentially catastrophic storm. Flor...
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Editorials

Column: Florida must protect voting systems, right to vote

Column: Florida must protect voting systems, right to vote

This continues to be a devastating week for Florida. Hurricane Michael has taken lives, wrecked homes, and destroyed whole communities. It has also had a significant, destructive effect on our democracy.On Monday, social media lit up with reports tha...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rays’ purchase of the Rowdies soccer team adds some stability to the region’s roster of professional sports franchises. It also guarantees that the Rowdies, who have amassed an enthusiastic fan base in a short time, will k...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

When the sun rose Wednesday, Mexico Beach was a sleepy town of 1,200 people on Florida's northern Gulf coast. By sundown, it was gone. The pictures show the heartbreaking devastation left by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Entire neighbor...
Published: 10/12/18
Business leaders support Hillsborough referendums

Business leaders support Hillsborough referendums

Column: Tampa Bay business leaders support education, transportation referendums
Published: 10/12/18
Shortsighted opposition to TECO

Shortsighted opposition to TECO

The destruction from Hurricane Michael is only the latest reminder of Florida's growing vulnerability to extreme weather, rising sea levels and other impacts of a warming climate. But the Sierra Club's opposition to Tampa Electric Co.'s plans to retr...
Published: 10/12/18
Region could use more of the unity that built Tampa Bay Water 20 years ago

Region could use more of the unity that built Tampa Bay Water 20 years ago

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Tampa Bay Water, one of the most successful regional initiatives in Florida, and perhaps in the nation, and one that ended more than 30 years of vexatious and costly water wars.The story of Tamp...
Published: 10/12/18

Selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom “Nikki Haley Was Never The Ad...
Published: 10/12/18
Times recommends: Chronister for Hillsborough sheriff

Times recommends: Chronister for Hillsborough sheriff

Florida sheriffs have long hand-plucked their successors from within the ranks. While he is a product of this tradition, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is uniquely qualified to be elected on his own merits.Then-Sheriff David Gee surprise...
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
All the Times election recommendations in one place

All the Times election recommendations in one place

This is the complete list of the Times recommendations for the Nov. 6 general election. U.S. SenateBill NelsonU.S. HouseDistrict 12: Chris HunterDistrict 13: Charlie CristDistrict 15: Kristen CarlsonDistrict 16: David ShapiroConstitutional Amendments...
Published: 10/06/18
Updated: 10/11/18
Times recommends: Yes on Florida Supreme Court retention

Times recommends: Yes on Florida Supreme Court retention

One justice on the Florida Supreme Court faces a merit retention vote in November, essentially an up-or-down vote of confidence allowing him to remain on the bench. Merit retention votes occur at least one year after the justice’s initial appo...
Published: 10/11/18
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