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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Joe Henderson Columns

COLUMN

‘Go Hillsborough’ supporters promised to listen, and they have

Coaxing people to willingly pay higher taxes is always a tough sell, but it can be done if the need is legitimate and the public feels like proponents are shooting straight.
Published: 07/29/15
COLUMN

We sent you there to govern, so govern!

I’m not picking on Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White here.
Published: 07/26/15
Updated: 07/27/15
It’s time to let Pete Rose back in baseball
COLUMN

It’s time to let Pete Rose back in baseball

The Baseball Hall of Fame inductions came and went Sunday, and once again Pete Rose was not among those enshrined. It doesn’t matter that he has more hits than anyone who ever played, or appeared in more games than anyone else, or still electr...
Published: 07/26/15
Updated: 07/27/15
Trump has sprouted from seeds that have been growing for years
COLUMN

Trump has sprouted from seeds that have been growing for years

Donald Trump is the only thing mainline Republicans like less these days than Obamacare. They are shocked — SHOCKED, I say — that anyone would take his campaign for the presidency seriously.
Published: 07/23/15
Crist may be the front-runner now, but he has miles to go
COLUMN

Crist may be the front-runner now, but he has miles to go

So, I’m watching the balls bounce in the newly upheaved 13th Congressional District as people scramble for what essentially is a brand-new seat in a brand-new district. For political theater, I wasn’t sure it could get much better....
Published: 07/21/15
Updated: 07/22/15
COLUMN

A microcosm of our times right there on front page

The front page of Thursday’s Metro section in your Tampa Tribune was a microcosm of how critical issues facing our community are intertwined.
Updated one month ago
Happy birthday to Dr. Pat, and a salute to his amazing life
COLUMN

Happy birthday to Dr. Pat, and a salute to his amazing life

I know one thing for sure. This column will be incomplete. The life of Gerald “Pat” Patterson can’t be fully captured in the space I have. Saturday is his 90th birthday — born on the Fourth of July, of course. Without tryi...
Updated one month ago
COLUMN

Sometimes juries get it wrong in death penalty cases, and then what?

There is no sanitized way for the state to kill a human being.
Updated one month ago
Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood
COLUMN

Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood

Last week was an extraordinary one in state politics. Usually, the political fights are between competing parties, but this time the actions of Gov. Rick Scott took direct aim on some fellow Republicans.
Updated one month ago
Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights
COLUMN

Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights

The Confederate flag is coming down. Obamacare passes a second court test. And now same-sex marriage is legal across the land. They will teach classes in the future about the things that have happened over the last few days, writes columnist Joe Henderson.
Updated one month ago