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Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

Joe Brown Columns

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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: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Don’t bet on big changes to gambling

Back in November, I attended a combined high school class reunion in Chicago. (When you get to be our age, you have to combine classes to ensure a decent turnout.) Many of my classmates who had stayed in the city remarked that the past winter had bee...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Airport remains a local gem

Last year, after I flew in and out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, I expressed some concerns about its future. The reason for my apprehension was that in spite of the airport’s record passenger numbers, it was heavily dependent o...
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Same-sex marriage just latest change

Last year, Attorney General Pam Bondi maintained in court documents that recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt Florida’s existing marriage laws and “impose significant public harm.” She also said ...
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Why criminals continue to carry guns

Since the tragic slaying of Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek on Dec. 21, I’ve been pondering two questions: What was a felon with multiple arrests doing out on the street, and how did he get the weapon authorities say he used to ki...
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

From voting rights to legal segregation

Last week the Florida NAACP made it official: The civil rights group that has fought against legal segregation for more than a century now endorses the practice when it comes to the drawing of congressional districts.
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Let council do job on stadium

The conversation at the sports bar a few days before Christmas was spirited, but not in the spirit of the holiday. One of the guys, a die-hard Tampa Bay Rays fan, wanted to put a lump of coal in the stockings of the five St. Petersburg City Council m...
Updated: 2 months ago
Generosity    is the heart of Christmas
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Generosity is the heart of Christmas

For years we have heard about a so-called “war on Christmas” in which there is a concerted effort to make the holiday as secular as possible, to avoid at all costs using the words “Christmas” or “Christ.” In ...
Updated: 2 months ago
COLUMN

Brushback or beanball on stadium?

Last Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council voted 5-3 to reject a deal brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to explore locations in Pinellas or Hillsborough for a new ballpark.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Ride-sharing services fill a critical need

Since ride-sharing businesses such as Uber and Lyft came to the Tampa Bay area in April, the issue of a free unregulated market vs. the need for regulation in the name of public safety has been raised.
Updated: 2 months ago