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Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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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...
Published: 07/02/15
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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...
Published: 06/28/15
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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.”
Published: 06/25/15
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Is Gandy Blvd. project destroying a road to save it?

As he walked into the our favorite watering hole, I asked David, a lawyer, how his day had gone.
Published: 06/20/15
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Vouchers still a work in progress

There’s an old adage that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. With a law that took effect in the state of Nevada last week, however, I’m hoping that what happens there in the next few years will be watched closely and evaluate...
Updated one month ago
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City councils looking out for taxpayers

Although it didn’t receive much national attention, a vote the other day by the Glendale, Arizona, city council is a big story when it comes to the relationship between governments and sports franchises.
Updated one month ago
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Poverty can’t defeat education

One of the more enjoyable reads I had last weekend was the front-page story in Sunday’s newspaper about four students who won The Tampa Tribune’s annual R.F. “Red” Pittman scholarship contest, named for a former Tribune pu...
Updated one month ago
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Working poor in Florida deserve better

About a year ago, my mother and one of my sisters decided a good way to celebrate Mama’s birthday would be to spend a week visiting her oldest son for a week or so. During their stay, I gave them a break from me and got them a room at a place ...
Updated one month ago
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Hockey in the South no longer an oxymoron

When I attended high school in the 1960s, I had a part-time job as an usher in the old Chicago Stadium. The Blackhawks were the arena’s major tenants and the hottest ticket in town, with stars like Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and a young Phil Espo...
Updated one month ago
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A federal grant that will pay off

U.S. Rep. David Jolly has brought home the bacon, so to speak, to Pinellas County. The other day the Republican announced the awarding of $5.75 million in Federal Aviation Administration grant funds to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) ...
Updated one month ago