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Saturday, Sep 05, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

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Growing fissures in Hillary’s inevitability

As we steer toward Labor Day 2015, one of those unofficial hurdles pundits say we must clear before regular folks start paying attention, the most encouraging thing that can be said about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is that most re...
Published: 08/30/15
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Surprise, surprise, no surprise in Pasco politics

Last week, two events on opposite ends of Pasco County demonstrated that things rarely go exactly as one might imagine ... except when they do.
Published: 08/30/15
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Anti-gunners use shock to push irrelevant restrictions

That didn’t take long. Of course, it didn’t. Indeed, it took only about as long as we have been conditioned to expect, because there is nothing the left will not politicize. Not. One. Darn. Thing.
Published: 08/29/15
Navy veteran strings pearls of Vietnam
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Navy veteran strings pearls of Vietnam

PORT RICHEY — In his earliest days as a newspaper reporter — these would have been the go-go late 1970s, when print was king and staffs were gigantic — Jim Lamb sought to distinguish himself by practicing first-person journalism....
Published: 08/28/15
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Neither harm nor foul in anti-slacker ‘participation’ trophies

James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker, made news last week by denouncing one facet of the pernicious politically correct/self-esteem movement: trophies presented his sons, ages 6 and 8, for the admirable but not — in Harri...
Published: 08/23/15
Sometimes, government can’t let us be
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Sometimes, government can’t let us be

LAND O’ LAKES ­— From a time predating our nation’s founding, the raw essence of being an American always has meant this: All things being equal, we prefer to be left alone. This is the short explanation for why patriots hea...
Published: 08/23/15
Nothing ‘neat’ about latest Planned Parenthood horror
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Nothing ‘neat’ about latest Planned Parenthood horror

Video No. 7 exposing Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish culture from the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress dropped Wednesday, establishing this above all else: The series’ producers are building toward a crescendo....
Published: 08/22/15
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Rethinking birthright citizenship

It seems, at least at this early stage, we are embarking on a presidential election campaign about Truly Important Things, things in some ways no less vital to the nation’s future than the issues that dominated the election of 1860....
Updated one month ago
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Why do reformers hate the First Amendment?

On the curiously evergreen topic of reforming how political campaigns are financed let us begin here, with the First Amendment. After all, without it so-called “reformers” could pretty much have their way....
Updated one month ago
Can Pasco think outside its tidy box?
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Can Pasco think outside its tidy box?

The date has been set for Richard Corcoran to deliver his do-or-do-something-drastic pitch on behalf of revolutionizing Pasco County’s form of government — Aug. 24 — and at this moment, you’d have to say the odds are again...
Updated one month ago