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Friday, Feb 12, 2016

Commentary

Eve Epstein: Raising a red flag about ‘independent contractor’ status and wage theft

As residents of St. Petersburg and other Tampa Bay area communities embrace the new sharing economy of Uber and Lyft and stream into high-rises built by subcontractors using on-demand labor, local workers are at increasing risk of being misclassified...
Published: 02/11/16

Matt Jordan: As state population grows, so too does the need to plan for water needs

The sweeping new water policy that passed in the Florida legislature and was signed by the governor is expected to have a big impact on Floridians, now and in the future. The discussion about this precious natural resource brings attention to a criti...
Published: 02/11/16

Rick Homans: Tampa Bay Express lays foundation for public transit

The drumbeat around our transportation needs in the Tampa Bay area is growing louder by the day.
Published: 02/11/16

Jay Ambrose: Let’s hear it for DDT

Warrior greenies, get out of the way. You’ve done enormous hurt in this world, you appear prepared to keep it up, and it’s time to allow people their health, their lives and a chance to fight back more effectively against mosquitoes tha...
Published: 02/11/16

Kevin Thurman: Go Hillsborough would move county forward, unlike Commissioner Murman’s ‘alternative’

I am writing in response to Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman’s commentary about her transportation “plan” for Hillsborough (“An alternative approach to funding transportation needs,” Other Views, Feb. ...
Published: 02/11/16

Obama’s executive action on guns targets disabled

As President Barack Obama’s executive orders addressing gun violence take effect, disability rights activists are concerned that some aspects unfairly label people with psychiatric disabilities as perpetrators of violence.
Published: 02/10/16

Chris Hudson: Florida Legislature should focus on these priorities in second half of session

Now halfway through Florida’s legislative session for 2016, it’s important to focus on what policies are most important to helping Floridians improve their lives. That boils down to two priorities: increasing access to high quality, aff...
Published: 02/10/16

Women and the military draft: A good debate for nation

Not everyone embraces the idea of women serving in military combat roles, particularly some Republican lawmakers as well as commanders of the nation’s most elite special operations units. The skeptics continue to question whether women are up ...
Published: 02/10/16

Women pilots of World War II deserve to be laid to rest at Arlington

Here’s a World War II story featuring an unsung protagonist: Jill McCormick was piloting an A-24 dive bomber/scout plane out of Baltimore when she heard the loudest sound ever — an explosion — followed by terrifying silence. ...
Published: 02/09/16

Sandra L. Murman: An alternative approach to funding transportation needs in Hillsborough County

Our community must find funding solutions for our critical transportation needs. The Hillsborough County Commission will soon decide which of the many funding options to pursue to do this. As part of this process, we must also adopt a specific transp...
Published: 02/09/16