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Monday, Jul 06, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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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
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Balancing harassment with right to panhandle

Last Sunday, as I was leaving a store, I was approached by a woman who needed a ride, and more.
Updated one month ago
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Take time to honor America’s ‘Greatest Generation’

Last Tuesday, an Honor Flight with 80 veterans — 57 World War II, 20 Korean War and three Vietnam War — took off from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport for Washington, D.C. on a charter flight, courtesy of Allegiant Airlines, to visit war mem...
Updated one month ago
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Big money huge factor in today’s political game

The other day, with no hockey, basketball or baseball to watch, I got active with my remote control and landed on Antenna TV, which was showing the classic sitcom “All in the Family.” This particular episode was not only funny but educa...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Ballparks are not development machines

While speaking to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce the other day, Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld made a case for a new ballpark that is used by every team when trying to justify the need for a new facility: economic development.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Wrong-way driving has no easy cure

As I got on the entrance ramp to the Howard Frankland Bridge the other day, I panicked for a few seconds. Even though I had entered onto Interstate 275 south many times from that spot on Kennedy Boulevard, the site of a red and white “WRONG WA...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Biggest step to ending poverty: self-determination

Last week in this space I wrote about the failure of government programs to revive economically depressed areas since the 1960s. Apparently former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush agrees. In an opinion piece that has appeared in many newspapers, Bush wrote abou...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Time to end districts based on race

It was bad enough that the Florida House of Representatives quit this year’s legislative session three days early and left hundreds of bills unpassed. It got worse when one of its members sent out a tweet that reminded me of the Southern polit...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Still chasing rainbows in poor areas

In the week or so since the civil unrest — oh, never mind, riots — started in Baltimore following the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, while he was in police custody, much of the national discussion has been about the persistence of ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Rail won’t relieve traffic headaches

Around the time I moved to this area more than 20 years ago, the Veterans Expressway opened. It was supposed to relieve traffic congestion and shorten commuting times for drivers living north of Tampa.
Updated: 2 months ago