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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Joe Brown Columns


Hand-wringing over Missouri killing ignores today’s black-on-black violence

Over the past weekend, as I expected, there were marches in Tampa and St. Petersburg protesting the shooting death of a young black man, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer. They were almost a copycat of hundreds of others...
Published: 08/27/14

We should care enough to vote

Early voting for the Florida primary election on Tuesday has been under way for more than a week. A presidential commission formed after the 2012 election touted early voting as one of the best ways to get people involved in the political process and...
Published: 08/24/14

Compassion must trump politics

The other day, while flipping through the 2,000 or so cable channels I receive, I came across “The Godfather, Part II,” which many critics consider better than its classic predecessor.
Published: 08/19/14

Redistricting snuffs election competition

The Florida Legislature finished its court-ordered task of fixing two congressional districts this past week that a judge ruled unconstitutional. Gov. Rick Scott approved it, but it’s still uncertain if Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis will sig...
Published: 08/17/14

Perspective can nourish the future

Since I was a child, I’ve been in love with black history. I have, however, become bored with Black History Month, which we celebrate annually during the shortest month of the year.
Published: 08/13/14

New ballpark no answer to Rays’ woes

When the news hit that the Tampa Bay Rays’ best pitcher, Cy Young Award winner David Price, had been traded to the Detroit Tigers, there was collective groan from many of my friends. A few expressed anger by way of their Facebook postings.
Published: 08/10/14

Write-in scam cheats other voters

A judge in Tallahassee disqualified a write-in candidate in the Florida House District 64 race Thursday because the write-in didn’t live in the district. As a result, what was a closed primary election between two Republicans scheduled for Aug...
Published: 08/06/14

Make education a priority

When it comes to reading, the FCAT scores released last month were not kind to some Pinellas County schools. Of 300 schools targeted to boost performance, five of the bottom 20 were in Pinellas. The county also had the lowest-ranked school in the sta...
Published: 08/03/14

Any ideas for Pier-less St. Pete?

The bar conversation started out as a debate about what the Rays should do with pitcher David Price. Should he stay or should he go? Will the Rays ever be able to keep a superstar? Would a new ballpark really make a difference?
Published: 07/29/14

Jolly cedes on marriage rights

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who represents most of Pinellas County, made national news last week when he told the Washington Post that it’s “fully appropriate” for states to recognize same-sex marriage. He was responding to a question...
Updated: 1 months ago