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Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Opinion

Wednesday's letters: Reform tax code to help small businesses

Small businessTax code reform urgently neededIn June, I had the pleasure of traveling to Washington along with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to discuss tax reform on behalf of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. Many people do no...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Another voice: Condemn, but protect, the speech of hate

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means nothing if its highest ideals are not staunchly protected during times of unrest. It means nothing if we reconsider — or undermine — the principles embedded in those words when public hat...
Published: 08/22/17
Editorial: Trump's vague, shifting strategy for Afghanistan

Editorial: Trump's vague, shifting strategy for Afghanistan

President Donald Trump's strategy on Afghanistan makes two things abundantly clear: He has no better idea than Barack Obama how to break a political stalemate between the Afghan government and the insurgents, and he intends to turn over the losing mi...
Published: 08/22/17
Goodman: Learning from history

Goodman: Learning from history

As a history major in college, I learned three important lessons about the affairs of mankind. Namely, reporting history reflects on those who record it; understanding history reflects on those who hear it; and history is about remembering so it is l...
Published: 08/22/17

Column: New approach to water quality works

Last month in Fort Myers, state water managers joined scientists, environmentalists and representatives from agriculture in developing a plan to reduce nutrients flowing into the Caloosahatchee watershed. Years ago, such a meeting would have been hap...
Published: 08/22/17

Column: Empowered parents are engaged parents

Parents whose children are disadvantaged by poverty or disability frequently send emotional thank-you notes to Step Up For Students, the nonprofit I help lead.Through the programs we administer, they're given the opportunity to do what other parents ...
Published: 08/22/17

Tuesday's letters: The greatest day of the year

Solar eclipseMonday was best day of the yearAs I stood outside my office during Monday's eclipse, I realized this was the greatest day in America all year. The chatter among my many colleagues, as they marveled through those rose-colored protective g...
Published: 08/21/17
Editorial: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility's fatal misjudgments

Editorial: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility's fatal misjudgments

There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company's shareho...
Published: 08/21/17

Ruth: Trump's real damage is being done in federal agencies

Sure, it's been an amusing few weeks watching the president of the United States trying to figure out whether he really feels Nazis are horrible people. It remains a work in progress. Tough calls like this take time.But while much attention has been ...
Published: 08/21/17

Column: Community Redevelopment Agency has served Tampa well

With dramatic flair that included invoking the name of a famous novelist, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran recently wrote a critical column about Community Redevelopment Agencies. No one should disagree with him about elected officials in Flori...
Published: 08/21/17