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Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Joe Brown Columns


State should end election of judges

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case regarding a 2009 judicial election in Hillsborough County. Lanell Williams-Yulee, a local lawyer, ran unsuccessfully against an incumbent judge. During her campaign, she signed a fundraising letter, which...
Published: 01/29/15

Nonviolence must prevail in community

In his book “Rock This!” comedian Chris Rock joked about the behaviors that are present on many of the streets named after Martin Luther King Jr.:
Published: 01/22/15

MLK’s children tarnishing his legacy

For about the last five years I’ve been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, which transports patients to and from treatments. Along the way I’ve met people from many backgrounds.
Published: 01/18/15

Don’t bet on big changes to gambling

Back in November, I attended a combined high school class reunion in Chicago. (When you get to be our age, you have to combine classes to ensure a decent turnout.) Many of my classmates who had stayed in the city remarked that the past winter had bee...
Published: 01/15/15

Airport remains a local gem

Last year, after I flew in and out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, I expressed some concerns about its future. The reason for my apprehension was that in spite of the airport’s record passenger numbers, it was heavily dependent o...
Published: 01/11/15

Same-sex marriage just latest change

Last year, Attorney General Pam Bondi maintained in court documents that recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt Florida’s existing marriage laws and “impose significant public harm.” She also said ...
Published: 01/07/15

Why criminals continue to carry guns

Since the tragic slaying of Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek on Dec. 21, I’ve been pondering two questions: What was a felon with multiple arrests doing out on the street, and how did he get the weapon authorities say he used to ki...
Published: 01/04/15

From voting rights to legal segregation

Last week the Florida NAACP made it official: The civil rights group that has fought against legal segregation for more than a century now endorses the practice when it comes to the drawing of congressional districts.
Updated: 1 months ago

Let council do job on stadium

The conversation at the sports bar a few days before Christmas was spirited, but not in the spirit of the holiday. One of the guys, a die-hard Tampa Bay Rays fan, wanted to put a lump of coal in the stockings of the five St. Petersburg City Council m...
Updated: 1 months ago
Generosity    is the heart of Christmas

Generosity is the heart of Christmas

For years we have heard about a so-called “war on Christmas” in which there is a concerted effort to make the holiday as secular as possible, to avoid at all costs using the words “Christmas” or “Christ.” In ...
Updated: 1 months ago