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Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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Accountability, but common sense, needed in drug sentencing

President Barack Obama this month commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners who were convicted of drug-related offenses, saying “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.” Hundreds more are likely to follow.
Published: 07/28/15
The messenger is flawed, but Bill Cosby’s message isn’t
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The messenger is flawed, but Bill Cosby’s message isn’t

We have known each other for decades. We haven’t seen one another in years, but we communicate via emails, commenting on the status of mutual friends and trading opinions on current events.
Published: 07/22/15
Updated: 07/23/15
COLUMN

Can St. Pete-Clearwater airport tone down sound of money?

The Chicago stockyards were well past their heyday when I entered this world. In 1916, Carl Sanburg called the city “Hog Butcher for the World.” At one time, meatpacking and its associated industries employed one out of every five work...
Published: 07/18/15
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Highest court must settle redistricting

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled congressional maps drawn by the Legislature following the 2010 census resulted in political gerrymandering, and thereby were unconstitutional. The justices ordered new districts be created within 100 days.
Published: 07/15/15
COLUMN

A slight shift on marijuana prosecution

I last served on a jury in 2007. When the 25 or so of us were called and brought into the courtroom, we were told the defendant was being tried for drug trafficking — four dime bags of marijuana. About half of the people groaned in disbelief, ...
Updated one month ago
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Rec centers now doing parents’ job

Because of several homicides involving teenagers in the last few months in East and West Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is keeping some of the city’s parks and recreation facilities open until midnight, seven days a week.
Updated one month ago
COLUMN

St. Pete recycling will take time to perfect

Question: Why did the chicken with an empty beer bottle cross the road?
Updated one month ago
COLUMN

It’s time to care enough to call

Last Saturday, Sharon Darns Watkins became Tampa’s 21st homicide victim of the year. Her crime: being inside her home, in her bedroom, when bullets pierced a window and tore through her body. Police don’t believe she was the intended ta...
Updated one month ago
COLUMN

Supreme Court ruling on marriage was inevitable

The annual St. Pete Pride parade and festival is taking place this weekend, and it’s no longer a big deal. I don’t mean in attendance, which runs in the tens of thousands. I mean the outcry expressed by some before and after the first e...
Updated one month ago
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Rebel flag shouldn’t be a weapon of intimidation

In 1913, speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, President Woodrow Wilson told the aged veterans of both the Blue and the Gray that the Civil War had become “a quarrel forgotten.”
Updated one month ago