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Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Opinion

Editorial: Ease drug sentences cautiously

A new federal program that reduces drug offenders’ long sentences should cut costs and improve the judicial system. But the exercise requires close monitoring. No one should forget the culprits were sent to prison for grave crimes.
Updated: 11 hours ago

Editorial: John Germany, civic giant

John F. Germany started supporting his family at age 12 and buttressed his community for a lifetime. He was among the Greatest Generation giants, including the late Congressman Sam Gibbons, whose foresight and commitment positioned Tampa and Hillsbor...
Published: 08/27/15

Editorial: Tampa’s proposed stormwater fees hike steep, but necessary

Tampa City Council members can expect an earful Thursday from residents opposed to raising the city’s stormwater fees to address the frequent flooding that accompanies heavy downpours.
Published: 08/26/15

Editorial: Clinton sidesteps the truth

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton these days brings to mind her husband — but not the charismatic campaigner with a gift for making the most arcane public policy issue intriguing.
Published: 08/25/15

Tribune Endorsement: Wheeler-Brown for St. Pete Council District 7

Voters in District 7 in St. Petersburg go to the polls today to decide which candidates running to represent their City Council district will advance to the general election in November.
Published: 08/25/15

Editorial: Local VA office makes progress on claims backlog

It’s been a steady stream of troubling reports from Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country over the past few years as stories about patient backlogs and administrative failures make the headlines.
Published: 08/24/15

Holding arrogant lawmakers responsible for failing to deliver on Amendment 1

The group that successfully pushed the constitutional amendment mandating land conservation is restructuring itself into a political action group that can work on individual elections, and we hope it is successful in holding lawmakers accountable for...
Published: 08/23/15

Editorial: Legislative dysfunction shows need for independent redistricting commission

The dishonesty and utter dysfunction exhibited by the Florida Legislature in trying to redraw boundaries for the state’s 27 congressional districts is proof enough that the task shouldn’t be left to a group of sitting lawmakers who have...
Published: 08/22/15

Editorial: Another turn on transportation tax

Hillsborough County, after appearing set to pursue a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation, is now going to take another look at a 1-cent hike.
Published: 08/21/15

Editorial: More support for Uber, Lyft in battle with regulatory agency

The popular ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft might be a perfect fit for the needs of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, which runs the county’s bus system.
Published: 08/20/15