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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Joe Henderson

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Henderson, Joe

Time of transition has arrived for Tampa police


Tampa’s new police chief seems to be a focused, no-nonsense guy. Eric Ward’s handshake is firm and his tone is measured. He appears to have quiet confidence.

It finally has come to this, Republicans are devouring each other


I suppose it was inevitable.

Baltimore mom showed son what consequences mean

- Set boundaries. Set expectations. Set consequences. Joe Henderson says the teen boy who was chastised by his mother, Toya Graham, during the Baltimore riots someday will understand she was trying to save his life, not punis...

We haven’t been good enough stewards of the Earth


We celebrated Earth Day last week.

Good luck with that sales tax hike for transportation


Hillsborough County leaders, led by Commissioner Ken Hagan, appear ready to again ask voters for approval of a tax increase that would address our transportation needs.

Tampa police and public deserve answers federal probe will bring


Jane Castor’s last day as Tampa’s police chief is two weeks from today. Mayor Bob Buckhorn hasn’...

Who is in charge of running this state anyway?


For better or worse — make your own judgment — the people of Florida have twice elected Rick Scott as their governor. The latest Quinnipiac poll seems to show considerable buyer’s regret, since Flori...

Eakins turning Hillsborough schools upside down


One of Jeff Eakins’ first actions as acting superintendent of Hillsborough County schools was to introduce a new organizational chart. Please, don’t stop reading.

Gyrocopter stunt was dangerous, not patriotic

- Douglas Hughes’ ride raises several questions, Joe Henderson writes — among them what constitutes a sensible government protest, and a newspaper’s role in reporting the news.

First Florida battle may be Bush, Rubio

- Florida, Florida, Florida. Joe Henderson says Marco Rubio (right) likely will be going up against his friend and mentor, Jeb Bush, which means Florida once again could be the focal point of the 2016 presidential election.

Ancient grudges stand in way of progress on Cuba


At some point, probably soon, there will be free trade and travel between the United States and Cuba. That will be a great day.

Tampa downtown bicycle lanes means everyone has to be aware


If your daily commute takes you pretty much anywhere in Hillsborough County or the surrounding area, you know dedicated bicycle lanes are here and they aren’t going away.

Sink wants to “pay it forward” through environmental work


Alex Sink lost a close race for governor against Rick Scott in 2010. She re-entered the political arena in 2014, running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Pinellas County left open when C.W. “Bill ...

We’re only No. 11 for worst traffic? I didn’t think we were that good


This is what passes for good traffic news around here.

St. Pete Council deserves some blame for Rays mess, but not all


It’s easy sport to write off members of the St. Petersburg City Council as being naive and clueless in negotiations with the Rays because, well, they have shown that tendency. But we need to look at all sides of t...

Christians should be angry at being pawns for political gain


If you’re following the debate in Indiana over the so-called “religious freedom” law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence, you know it was attacked as something that could be a weapon against lesbians...

Fox News said it best with Cruz: “What have you actually accomplished?”


About 19 months ago, Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. senator from Texas, was the leader in a move that shut down the federal government for two weeks. Standard & Poor’s estimated the ploy by this balance-the-budget ...

Buckhorn’s second term set to kick off with a bang


News outlets will do their thing Wednesday when Bob Buckhorn is sworn in to begin his second term as Tampa’s mayor. It’s what we do, even though everyone in town has known for at least the past two years th...

Inglis, Republican to the core, says climate change is real


Bob Inglis is a Republican who preaches the gospel of gun rights, lower taxes and less government. He spent 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, sent there by voters from one of South Carolina’s most con...

Time to bring common sense back to prep athletics

- Transfer restrictions for Hillsborough County schools are over the top after changes prompted by Armwood High being caught using ineligible players, Joe Henderson writes. Proposed changes to the FHSAA will help change that.

Five little words still rattle the American political landscape


Mitt Romney was trying to score points with potential voters at the Iowa State Fair in 2011. If he was elected president, he promised them, No! New!! Taxes!!!

Any notion that MacDill might close has to be taken seriously


In May 1939, Southeast Air Base opened in Tampa, but it wasn’t long before it was renamed MacDill Air Force Base. Among many other things, it’s where pilots for the B-17 Flying Fortress were trained, and it...

Youth soccer complex plan is gamble worth taking


There are lots of things Hillsborough County leaders could do with $15 million besides building a youth soccer complex.

‘Motown The Musical’ is a non-stop sensory treat


If you plan to catch “Motown The Musical” at the Straz Center, be forewarned: get ready ‘cause here they...

Negative campaign just raises more questions

- Joe Henderson doesn’t recall any candidate wanting to win a council seat as badly as Jackie Toledo. It is that drive to win and the way she is going about it that is making a lot of people nervous.

GOP should be wary about what it just unleashed


The once-august U.S. Senate has become a Romper Room filled with squabbling children 15 minutes overdue for a nap. It won’t be long before a cream pie in the face passes for statesmanship. Maybe it already does.

With Riverwalk completion near, Tampa’s stage will be fully set


A few years ago, I spent some time in San Antonio during a trip to Texas. It definitely is a fine city, but I have to be honest about one of its main attractions. When I saw its famed Riverwalk for the first time, I was ...

How can anybody hurt a dog like this?

- The question that keeps going around in columnist Joe Henderson’s head: If someone is despicable enough to do something like that to Cabela, what else would they do?

Maybe denying climate change isn’t policy, but it sure is dumb


Our state never needs help to look Flori-dumb.

Iran treaty is risky, but so is Boehner’s gambit


President Barack Obama has made reaching a nuclear treaty with Iran a priority. At best, it’s a debatable strategy, and at worst it’s globally dangerous. Most, if not all, Republicans, more than a few Democ...

Tackling casino issue puts Young squarely in the spotlight


State Rep. Dana Young of Tampa is, in the words of her Plant City House colleague Dan Raulerson, “thoughtfully tenacious.”

Even-keeled Eakins what Hillsborough needs

- He has been a loyal, accomplished employee of Hillsborough County schools for a quarter-century. Now, Joe Henderson says, Jeff Eakins will bring a soothing familiarity in his role as MaryEllen Elia’s successor.