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Sunday, Oct 04, 2015

Joe Henderson

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Henderson, Joe

Why wait for the facts when it’s so much fun to scream foul now?


As a master of insult and unsubstantiated innuendo, Sam Rashid has become the Donald Trump Mini-Me of local politics.

It’s time for Plan B on Go Hillsborough effort


The county’s ballyhooed Go Hillsborough plan to address long-term transportation needs might not be clinically dead, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to call for a priest.

Ross makes his play for greater role in House leadership


Republican Dennis Ross swept into the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 as part of the tea party revolution. He has been as reliably conservative since going to Washington as you might expect.

The inmates have taken over the cuckoo’s nest


John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he is stepping down as speaker of the House proves the inmates have taken over the cuckoo’s nest on Capitol Hill.

Florida children’s health care scam “just a horrendous situation”


About nine months ago, U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan ordered the state of Florida to obey the law and provide appropriate health care...

Despite controversies, Pope Francis lives what many others only preach


You know who can relate best to Pope Francis?

This Tampa trial ought to be a movie; oh wait, it will be!


Bob Mazur was driving home in Tampa one night when he noticed a pickup following a little too close for comfort. He was paranoid.

Review: Tampa Repertory’s ‘The Children’s Hour’ is a gripping journey through darkness


One of the reasons to like Tampa Repertory Theatre is its willingness to tackle projects that are deep and sometimes dark. That’s what it did here with Lillian Hellman’s disturbing and, at times, distraught...

Donald Trump lost the debate? Fed-up Americans don’t care


The pundits spoke with essentially one voice, declaring Donald Trump was among the losers in last week’s debate. Carly Fiorina embarrassed him, and Jeb Bush showed him up. All that may be true, but when will they ...

Um, Sen. Rubio? The people of Florida hired you to do a job


Marco Rubio received 2.6 million votes from Floridians in the 2010 race for the U.S. Senate. That was 49 percent of the ballots cast in a three-way race, an overwhelming victory any way you want to look at it.

Henderson: Latest controversy could lead to stop sign for Go Hillsborough


The plan by Hillsborough County commissioners to seek a sales tax hike that would generate billions for transportation needs looks about as well-oiled as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pass defense.

Gamble made Tampa airport a player on international stage

- International passengers have risen to 396,000 over six years, with Lufthansa nonstops beginning this month. Joe Henderson writes that the global success was sparked by 2012 decision that had plenty of skeptics.

Be skeptical of Iran nuclear deal, yes, but don’t be afraid either


Given that the 14th anniversary of 9/11 just passed, the debate over the Iranian nuclear deal needs to be viewed with an extra dose of sensitivity. This nation will never forget what happened on that day, nor should we.<...

Buckhorn’s stiff-arm to city council no way to launch police review board


Bob Buckhorn served eight years as a member of the Tampa City Council before he became the city’s mayor. He was decisive, inquisitive and never afraid to speak his mind. He didn’t like to be ignored.

Leytham: “I’m not going to apologize for being successful”


Beth Leytham has been around the game of local politics long enough to realize how rough it can get. Even with that, though, she says she went “a little numb” last week after a friend read her the now-infam...

Gonzmart’s message to USF: Don’t mess with Ybor City


Richard Gonzmart is known throughout Tampa as the genial and generous proprietor of landmark establishments like the Columbia restaurant and Ulele, great places to eat and drink. His checkbook is open for just about any ...

More stupid legislative tricks translates to more hoops for teachers


Don’t think, even for a moment, that things coming out of Tallahassee can’t get more bizarre. State Rep. Erik Fresen proved they can.

Getting to the heart of a new problem for retired NFL players


We all know pumping iron is a fundamental part of life for football players from high school to the NFL.

Jim Norman says he learned from mistakes, but can you trust him?


Jim Norman kicked off his run for the District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission by sharing results of a lie detector test he took. Now that’s something you don’t see every day out on the ol ...

Hillary’s numbers are shrinking, but she’s still probably Dems’ best bet

- Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings are under water now and may not get much better, with the possibility of likeable Vice President Joe Biden’s entry into the race looming. Deja blue, Joe Henderson asks? Maybe.

Legislature proves again there is no simple task in a sandbox


I don’t know whether to laugh, get righteously mad, or just shake my head at how abysmally messed up the Florida Legislature has become. Then again, who says I can’t do all three?

Your home computer is now a stage for damaged, angry people

- Horror was hidden Wednesday morning like a coiled snake among the banality of typical Facebook posts. A monster wanted you to see his work, and for the unsuspecting there was really no choice.

First female graduates of Ranger School earn elite


FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) – The first female soldiers to complete the Army’s rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony Friday, capping their history-making week ...

Retaining, hiring teachers big challenge in Hillsborough and all over


Hillsborough County began the new school year about 200 permanent teachers short of what it needs. In a school district that employs about 16,000 teachers, that doesn’t sound like a huge number.

Maybe ice cream would be better for youth sports than trophies


The question of whether kids should receive trophies for simply being on a sports team is not high on the list of things I think about. I’m not a big fan of them, to be honest, but I don’t think our America...

Uber, Lyft aren’t going away, but transportation commission might be


By now, it should be clear that nouveau taxi operators Uber and Lyft have no intention of playing by the Public Transportation Commission’s rules. They makes their own rules in the 300 or so cities and 59 c...

Strike up the choir! Tax collector’s new office helps Drew Park comeback


It must have been a little strange around the neighborhood Monday morning in Drew Park. I doubt the good people there expected to hear a full-throated and enthusiastic choir singing loud and proud. They especially would...

Campaign spending is free speech? C’mon! It’s anything but free


Toby Neugebauer is a billionaire from Texas, co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a private equity firm from Houston. He gave $10 million to a Super PAC designed to further Ted Cruz’s presidential ambitions.

When did being civil become sign of political weakness?


“Trump May Be Our Last Hope To Shut Up The Politically Correct.”

Time to put stop sign up for Tampa’s red-light cameras

- Joe Henderson says he’s never gotten a “notice of violation” demanding he fork over $158, so his disapproval over red light cameras isn’t personal. He says they are nothing more than a big cash g...

Keeping war with Elia alive does no one any good


Oh no, not again.

This GOP debate certainly was no “little snoozer”


One of what seemed like 275 Republican presidential debates in 2012 was right here at the University of South Florida, and it was terrible. A complete bore. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele called it “a little s...

Bucs should be red-faced over this one

- Football is the most popular sport in the United States, Joe Henderson writes, yet he’s not sure if the Bucs are aware that a lot of those fans are women. Rather than trying to woo them with a misguided marketing pla...