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Friday, Sep 04, 2015

Commentary

The immigration backlog

Over the last 10 years, the workload of the federal immigration court system has increased by 146 percent to an astounding 453,948 active cases at the end of July. The average amount of time each of those cases has been pending: 627 days. Some have b...
Published: 08/31/15
Denisha Merriweather: ‘Living proof’ that tax credit scholarships work

Denisha Merriweather: ‘Living proof’ that tax credit scholarships work

I’m not the only student pursuing a master’s degree at the University of South Florida this fall, but given how much I struggled in elementary school, I may be one of the more improbable ones.
Published: 08/30/15
Chris Ingram: Crying ‘pauper’ over 49 cents a day?

Chris Ingram: Crying ‘pauper’ over 49 cents a day?

Demonstrating they are no different than most taxpayers who don’t want to pay for all of their needs and wants, many Tampa residents showed up at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting to oppose a proposed increase in the city’s s...
Published: 08/30/15

Autism Speaks needs to do a lot more listening

For a couple of decades now, Americans have been engaged in a wide-ranging and often heated conversation about autism.
Published: 08/30/15
Why so many teachers quit — and how to fix it

Why so many teachers quit — and how to fix it

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17 percent of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban s...
Published: 08/30/15

Pat Buchanan: Dis-integrating America

The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today.
Published: 08/30/15

Al Hutchison: Closing the book on another piece of Britain’s past

A few years ago my cousin and I visited an old village that has been handsomely preserved as an open-air museum in the north of England, and among its many attractions are a school and a coal mine.
Published: 08/29/15

New mental health bill could prevent mass shootings

James Holmes, who suffers from schizophrenia, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 mass shooting that left 12 dead and 70 injured at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. He has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility o...
Published: 08/29/15

Katrina and the next crisis

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southern Louisiana, causing unprecedented destruction along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. Ten years later, what can we say we learned?
Published: 08/29/15

Unfinished business between Cuba, U.S.

Even with the resumption of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, the U.S. and Cuba have unfinished business to take care of.
Published: 08/28/15