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Monday, May 02, 2016

Joe Henderson Columns

COLUMN

To be Frank, Clerk Pat says she still has a zest for the job

If her campaign to continue as Hillsborough County’s clerk of court and comptroller is successful, Pat Frank will be 87 years old when she begins her next term. I figured I would get that fact out of the way early, because it figures to be a k...
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COLUMN

County residents right to ask what’s in transportation plan for them

All of the enthusiasm about what’s happening in Tampa, especially downtown, ignores that two-thirds of Hillsborough County residents live in unincorporated areas. That’s a problem.
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COLUMN

Now I know why Frontier cable has a capital “F”

For years, I was a loyal customer of Verizon’s FiOS television service. The only time I really had a problem was a couple of years ago, when the cable blew out just before the Tampa Bay Rays’ opening game of the season.
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Neighbors have a point about safety at Peter O. Knight Airport

The best thing about Peter O. Knight Airport is its location at the end of Davis Islands. People can step out of an airplane and make their business meeting 10 minutes later in downtown Tampa.
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COLUMN

‘Religious freedom’ laws are just another attempt to divide the people

I’ve always thought the so-called “religious freedom” push in some state legislatures was a law in search of a problem. If I was a person of faith — which, hey, I am — I might get rightly offended by lawmakers using...
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Just when you think Trump can’t top himself, he does
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Just when you think Trump can’t top himself, he does

It has been an eternity since politicians and chatter heads on TV were hyperventilating because Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly shoving a female reporter.
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Lawmakers cut off Rick Scott’s money tap for job incentives

If Rick Scott has shown nothing else in the five-plus years he has been Florida’s governor, it is this: He has never met a tax he wouldn’t cut. That’s especially true if that tax might affect the bottom line of a business.
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USF faces embarrassing questions after department head is placed on leave

Samuel D. Bradley, head of the communications school at the University of South Florida, teaches — er, taught — a class called “Research Methods In Mass Communications.”
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Tom Lee’s next move? Even he doesn’t know just yet
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Tom Lee’s next move? Even he doesn’t know just yet

Tom Lee is a power player in Florida politics, and everyone in Tallahassee knows that. The question is how much longer he wants to stay in the game. It’s anyone’s guess.
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Cuba outreach is not about the politics; it’s about people like Pastor Leo
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Cuba outreach is not about the politics; it’s about people like Pastor Leo

I wish you could have met Leonardo Diaz. What a dude. He came to speak to my church in Temple Terrace about four years ago. He was the pastor at our sister United Methodist church in Manzanillo, Cuba.
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