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Editorial: Did Rick Scott’s wallet affect his epiphany on rail line?

Editorial: Did Rick Scott’s wallet affect his epiphany on rail line?

Within weeks of taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott made one of the worst decisions of his administration and refused $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Within months of leaving office, the governor...
Published: 08/17/18
Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

It remains our biggest economic enigma: Sluggish wage growth despite low unemployment. In a robust job market, pay rises as the supply of available workers shrinks. At least that’s the way it normally works. This time around, the ingredients appear ...
Published: 08/17/18
Editorial: Hillsborough has a place among growing number of governments suing opioid makers

Editorial: Hillsborough has a place among growing number of governments suing opioid makers

Local governments across the land can find plenty of reasons to go after the drug industry over the crisis of opioid addiction.Hillsborough County can find more reasons than most.• In 2016, the county led the state with 579 babies born addicted to dr...
Published: 08/17/18
Column: Christians have repair work to do following Catholic sex abuse scandal

Column: Christians have repair work to do following Catholic sex abuse scandal

A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report this week about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was devastating and heartbreaking. The stories are despicable; even more troubling is the church’s refusal to address problems immediately, its systemic patterns o...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Column: Are we now electing Supreme Court justices?

Column: Are we now electing Supreme Court justices?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock — an ever more appealing prospect this summer — you have no doubt noticed the televised election campaign being waged for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court.Oops, Freudian slip there. Supreme...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

I’m going start with it: Chicken tender Pub subs are on sale this week. It’s like a Florida holiday when Publix chicken tender subs are $6.99. Suddenly, offices across the Sunshine State are filled with the aroma of Buffalo sauce as everyone brings b...
Published: 08/16/18
Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Florida’s former secret, the Rosewood racial atrocity, has haunted me for 36 years. Back in the mists of 1982 — before email, cellphones or GPS — I was the revealer of that long-lost secret, unveiling it in an investigative exposé for the St. Petersb...
Published: 08/16/18
Editorial: Here’s what needs to be done to stop algae blooms

Editorial: Here’s what needs to be done to stop algae blooms

The environmental crisis in South Florida has fast become a political crisis. Politicians in both parties are busy blaming one another for the waves of toxic algae blooms spreading out from Lake Okeechobee and beyond, fouling both coasts and damaging...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

At the Hillsborough school board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Jeff Eakins unloaded on the Tampa Bay Times.The normally affable Eakins was steaming about the Times report that the district knew some schools had high levels of lead in the drinking w...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
Published: 08/15/18