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Richey Suncoast Theatre: ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ like going home again for Texas-born columnist

Richey Suncoast Theatre: ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ like going home again for Texas-born columnist

True confession: I walked into Richey Suncoast Theatre on opening night of the musical Hands on a Hardbody feeling something I fight like the dickens never to feel — prejudice.As in "an opinion or leaning formed without just ground or before sufficie...
Published: 09/10/18
Which college degrees are the most and least valuable to Floridians?

Which college degrees are the most and least valuable to Floridians?

Do what you love.The ubiquitous career advice hurled at young people sounds so simple. Make a career of your passions.For some, it’s pitch perfect. They know what they love, and they will get the training or college degree that allows them to get the...
Published: 09/10/18
PolitiFact Florida: No, Andrew Gillum does not have a far left socialist platform

PolitiFact Florida: No, Andrew Gillum does not have a far left socialist platform

In the race for Florida governor, Republican Ron DeSantis is trying to paint Democrat Andrew Gillum as so far out of the mainstream that Gillum "wants to turn Florida into Venezuela," a reference to the failing socialist country."The last thing we ne...
Published: 09/10/18
Column: Protecting kids, not reuniting families, should be Florida’s top priority

Column: Protecting kids, not reuniting families, should be Florida’s top priority

Your headline on Sept. 7, "Guardian Fought Return," says it all.Five months before 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau’s body was found last week in the woods in Largo, the guardian ad litem advocating for the child’s best interests told a magistrate that Jo...
Published: 09/09/18
Updated: 09/11/18

Editorial: The bishop’s helpful conversations on race

The listening sessions on race taking place in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg are as difficult as they are relevant. Wednesday’s session shocked even Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, who is well serving his pastoral mission by ...
Updated one month ago

Editorial: Florida governor’s schedule should be public

Finally. After Gov. Rick Scott has meticulously shielded his whereabouts from the public for years, a judge in Tallahassee has ordered him to turn over three months’ worth of travel, fundraising and meeting schedules. It’s about time.Circuit Judge Ch...
Updated one month ago
Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

While the candidates for governor, U.S. senator and other public offices are clamoring for support, Florida voters must devote full attention to twelve — 12! — proposed amendments to our state constitution that are also on the ballot.The U.S. Constit...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

We should all be lucky enough to live in St. Johns County.Not for its cool beach towns or world-class golf. Not even for easy access to venerable St. Augustine.No, we should go for the money.For the fourth consecutive year, St. Johns residents ranked...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Editorial: A reminder of why a divisive debate ended in the removal of a Confederate memorial

Editorial: A reminder of why a divisive debate ended in the removal of a Confederate memorial

Had they set out to find a conspicuous spot to display Hillsborough County’s divisive Confederate memorial, members of the Judah P. Benjamin Camp #2210 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans couldn’t have chosen better. • Hard-by busy U.S. 60 in Valrico...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/10/18

A disgusting partisan spectacle by the Senate

The three days of testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that concluded on Thursday were less a showcase for Kavanaugh, who delivered a steady, if evasive, performance, than a depressing display of the breakdown of Senate norms.Kavanaug...
Updated one month ago