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Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Joe Brown Columns

COLUMN

Outsiders not best source of transit advice

Back in 2001, I was awarded a fellowship by the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and attended a week-long seminar on urban issues at the University of California at Berkeley. I, along with a few other journalists, joked that it was th...
Published: 09/17/14
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Get a grip on sagging pants

Although a lot of people couldn’t stand her, I liked Joan Rivers, who died on Sept. 4. Sure, she made a career of putting down other people, but her biggest target was always herself through her self-deprecating jokes.
Published: 09/14/14
COLUMN

Shouldn’t utility refund customers?

Of the toxic political ads that we have been bombarded with, and will be for about another two months in the gubernatorial election, voters probably are having a hard time figuring out whether former Gov. Charlie Crist or current Gov. Rick Scott is r...
Published: 09/10/14
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Memos not enough to defeat racism

At a St. Petersburg City Council meeting a few weeks ago, union leaders and some city workers complained that black employees have been subject to discriminatory treatment, and that those who complained about it were subject to retribution from their...
Published: 09/07/14
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Minorities suffer when districts drawn by race

A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately would have to decide on the redistricting lawsuit that threatened to put a wrench in Florida’s upcoming elections. The judge in the case pretty much let Florida ...
Published: 09/03/14
COLUMN

Quick fix for baseball? Pick up pace

Like many Americans, I was very into the Little League World Series that ended last Sunday. It featured a girl, Mo’ne Davis, who struck out a bunch of boys and made the cover of Sports Illustrated. There was also the team from the South Side o...
Published: 08/31/14
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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
COLUMN

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
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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.
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

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...
Updated: 1 months ago