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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016

Joe Brown Columns

Giving  recess a break
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Giving recess a break

It’s an ancient joke, but I think I actually heard it when I was in elementary school.
Published: 02/07/16
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Democratic socialism part of American life

He had been in Congress for decades and thought he knew the best remedy for health care in America: “Medicare for everyone.”
Published: 02/04/16
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The launch of specialty plates

Wow, it has been 30 years. That was my reaction last Thursday when news reports marked the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that killed seven brave Americans.
Published: 01/31/16
Iowa caucus’ oversized influence in presidential race  makes little sense
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Iowa caucus’ oversized influence in presidential race makes little sense

Try to imagine the National Football League deciding who will be in the Super Bowl based on how teams do during the preseason. After a few games before sparse crowds, a lot of teams decide there’s no use in trying to pursue a title and drop ou...
Published: 01/28/16
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Doomed domes offer cities lessons

The Arizona Cardinals, who will play today for an opportunity to be in this year’s Super Bowl, once called Chicago home. My late father took me to a Chicago Cardinals game, but I was too young to remember it. They played in the old Comiskey Pa...
Updated one month ago
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Expressway still needs link to bridge

As I got on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway the other day at the Gandy Boulevard entrance, traffic was kind of heavy even though it was early afternoon. It got me thinking about how much traffic had increased on the toll road from when I first moved to...
Updated one month ago
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Heed King’s philosophy of nonviolence

This weekend the nation will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday. Locally, there will be the Drum Major For Justice Parade on Monday beginning at the intersection of Third Avenue South and the street named after him in St. Petersburg...
Updated one month ago
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Single payer the solution for health care

Last week for the umpteenth time, Congress passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known to most Americans as Obamacare. No surprise, the president vetoed it.
Updated one month ago
Mayor right to refuse key to city to minister
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Mayor right to refuse key to city to minister

Twenty years ago, I visited Montreal after I was invited to attend its 50th anniversary celebration of the year Jackie Robinson spent there with the Montreal Royals before breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier the next year with the B...
Updated one month ago
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Background checks offer false promise

As I watched President Obama announce his executive order on background checks the other day, a woman standing near him looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her. I learned later that it was Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendlet...
Updated one month ago