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Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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Too much democracy in pier process

When I was growing up in Chicago, it was known as #x201c;the city that works.#x201d; It was a tacit tribute to Mayor Richard J. Daley, whose 20-year reign over the city was considered dictatorial but efficient. If he wanted something done, it happene...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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Scamsters got me — and the IRS

I've never received large tax refunds. Even when working full time, I set things up so that I would get little back from the Internal Revenue Service. I always figured it was better for me to owe the government a few hundred bucks at the end of the y...
Published: 03/26/15
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Airport’s growth seems to be nonstop

When a friend of mine told me she was planning on going to see her mom on Mother’s Day weekend, she regretted the prospect of another long, arduous trip.
Published: 03/22/15
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Traditional early contest states are no way to pick our next president

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal published an article quoting a supporter of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on how unimportant winning the Iowa caucus was to the potential presidential candidate.
Published: 03/19/15
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The past and future of St. Pete Beach

Last summer, my mother and one of my sisters decided that a good way to celebrate Mama's birthday would be for her to spend a week visiting her eldest son. I could have thought of better ways to commemorate another milestone, but who was I to argue?...
Published: 03/15/15
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Low turnouts tarnish Selma legacy

Last weekend in Selma, Alabama, President Obama gave one of the most moving speeches I've heard in years. He spoke about the courage of those who endured tear gas and billy clubs 50 years ago, trying to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge while marching f...
Published: 03/12/15
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Police must learn from tragic case

I wasn't really surprised last week when former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing for the fatal 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown that set off weeks of angry protests, not only in the St. Louis subur...
Published: 03/08/15
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Florida’s specialty license tag program has gotten out of hand

I’m always on the lookout for out-of-state license tags this time of year. Between the snowbirds and spring breakers, I’ve seen plates from dozens of states and, of course, Canada.
Published: 03/05/15
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Stadium’s value to area goes beyond economic impact

Before he became the ringmaster of hysteria on his syndicated talk show, Jerry Springer was a city councilman and mayor in Cincinnati. He stood out on the council in the early 1970s when he became the only member to vote against public funding for a ...
Published: 03/01/15
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Honor Selma marchers by voting

On Feb. 11, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to honor with a Congressional Gold Medal the thousands of people who marched for voting rights in Selma, Alabama, nearly 50 years ago. The move to bestow Congress' highest civilian honor passed unan...
Updated: 1 months ago