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Editorial: Improve school security plans with gun controls

Editorial: Improve school security plans with gun controls

Gov. Rick Scott and key members of the Florida Legislature offered ambitious proposals Friday that would plug some holes in the stateís safety net, strengthen school security and spend up to a half-billion dollars in response to last weekís massacre ...
Published: 02/23/18
Editorial: Six proposals for reasonable gun control

Editorial: Six proposals for reasonable gun control

Enough is enough. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has renewed conversations about gun control in Washington and Tallahassee. Young people are demanding action, and there are cracks in the National Rifle Associationís solid w...
Published: 02/23/18
Column: A combat zone, with desks

Column: A combat zone, with desks

For nine months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I went through the same routine every day.I put on my uniform and tied my boots. I put a magazine in my 9-millimeter handgun and locked it in my hip holster. I put a 30-round magazine in my M-4 and slung it o...
Published: 02/23/18

Column: Billy Graham, the last nonpartisan evangelical?

Itís difficult to overstate the influence of the Rev. Billy Graham ó who died at 99 last week ó on American public life, and indeed the world, over the past century. Itís estimated that the globe-trotting preacher shared the Christian message with 21...
Published: 02/23/18

Pitts: Whatís going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans.It is also a column about trust.A few days ago in Miami, the Knight Foundation, a philanthropic institution, convened a conference of journalists, tech persons, business persons and others to consider ...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
William March: Gun issues playing bigger role now in local races

William March: Gun issues playing bigger role now in local races

In the aftermath of the Broward County high school shooting, gun rights issues have jumped to the forefront of local legislative races.Democratic challengers are calling out incumbents in Tampa legislative seats on their past stances on gun control."...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
Editorial: The time to act on guns is now

Editorial: The time to act on guns is now

The nationís conversation on guns took an encouraging step this week in three essential places ó South Florida, Tallahassee and Washington ó as survivors, victimsí families and elected leaders searched painfully and sincerely for common ground after ...
Published: 02/22/18
Column: Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be proud of these kids

Column: Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be proud of these kids

Moments after the AR-15 assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit the news, emails and social media alerts pinged in my in-box. I wrote a biography of the schoolís namesake several years ago, and people were messaging to express their horro...
Published: 02/22/18

Column: Why canít we stop this public health crisis?

As physicians, we are trained to identify and address public health emergencies. One ongoing public health crisis began in 1999 at Columbine High School. On that day 12 students and one teacher were murdered by two high school seniors.Some of the mas...
Published: 02/22/18
Column: Put patients before profits: protect our safety net hospitals

Column: Put patients before profits: protect our safety net hospitals

For decades, the most vulnerable Floridians have depended on the stateís safety net hospitals to save their lives and care for their health. Each year, these hospitals care for large numbers of low-income children, sick babies, senior citizens and pr...
Published: 02/22/18