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Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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Bragging about Florida weather good way to anger relatives

You may have seen the TV commercial sponsored by the state agency Visit Florida. There’s no voice, just written words.
Updated: 1 months ago
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It’s time for Florida lawmakers to let retailers sell tequila with tomatoes

Last week, like millions of Americans, I decided to buy a Powerball ticket. While I was shopping at my local Publix, there was one customer ahead of me at the lottery terminal when the machine went dead — probably a result of overheated demand...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Looking for income inequality? Go to the ballpark

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed of late by both Democrats and Republicans. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush brought it up in a recent speech in Detroit. Since there always are some people making more than others, I decided to get a...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Aid working poor; expand Medicaid

Not too much shocks me newswise these days, whether it’s senseless shootings locally or the barbarism going on in the Middle East. I’m not jaded, just realistic.
Updated: 1 months ago
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Spring training used to be simple

Late next week, Major League Baseball players will begin reporting for spring training. Florida and Arizona will be alive with fans who get a chance to see their favorite teams and, if you’re from the snow-laden North, soak up some warmth and ...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Write-ins create mess, cost taxpayers

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is running for re-election — kind of. A better way to describe his “campaign” would be strolling to his next term.
Updated: 1 months ago
Ernie Banks part of a dying breed
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Ernie Banks part of a dying breed

When baseball great Mickey Mantle died in 1995, comedian Billy Crystal, a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, commented that his childhood officially had ended, even though he was in his 40s at the time.
Updated: 2 months ago
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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...
Updated: 2 months ago
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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.:
Updated: 2 months ago
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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.
Updated: 2 months ago