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Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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Don’t blame schools’ problems on ‘resegregation’

Back in 2007, when Pinellas County schools were about to end decades of court-ordered busing, many in the black community feared a return to the bad old days when black schools were shamefully and deliberately underfunded. During a number of communit...
Published: 08/29/15
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Fix the infrastructure, but it won’t stop flooding

The first thing the letter from the city of Tampa informed was, “This is not a bill.” That was the good news — temporarily.
Published: 08/27/15
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Mapmakers trying to get it right — again

Some quick research into the history of the science reveals that when ancient mapmakers first began representing the Earth’s surface on a map, they simply drew geographic features as they saw them or as travelers and explorers described them. ...
Published: 08/22/15
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Taxpayers being held for no gain

CLEVELAND — This Ohio city on Lake Erie certainly has seen better days, as have most towns in what we refer to as the Rust Belt. If losing most of its industrial base over the years wasn’t enough, Cleveland for years was the per-capita ...
Published: 08/20/15
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Far too early to jump into presidential election hoopla

Before I could finish my first beer, one of the guys at the bar asked me if I was going to watch the Republican presidential debate later that evening. My response was no, and I went even farther and told him I wouldn’t be viewing any other po...
Published: 08/15/15
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We can’t hide from history, even the warts

The other day a friend of mine who, like me, grew up a Chicago Bears fan, posted a photo on Facebook of a Green Bay Packers flag hanging in the yard of one of his neighbors. Printed over it was written: “This flag offends me. Take it down....
Updated one month ago
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Senate districts due for a change

Last month, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the Legislature violated the state constitution when it drew up congressional districts in 2012 and directed it to draw new ones. Lawmakers will do so during a special session Aug. 10-21.
Updated one month ago
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Public funds for private profit

While “reality” TV is becoming the norm for the small screen, I still tend to watch most of my nonscripted fare on PBS stations, of which we are lucky to have two in the Tampa Bay area. The other day on WUSF I saw “The Rise &...
Updated one month ago
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Accountability, but common sense, needed in drug sentencing

President Barack Obama this month commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners who were convicted of drug-related offenses, saying “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.” Hundreds more are likely to follow.
Updated one month ago
The messenger is flawed, but Bill Cosby’s message isn’t
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The messenger is flawed, but Bill Cosby’s message isn’t

We have known each other for decades. We haven’t seen one another in years, but we communicate via emails, commenting on the status of mutual friends and trading opinions on current events.
Updated one month ago