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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Joe Henderson Columns


Reducing truancy rates would be big step in curbing community violence

The 77 community leaders — and that’s what they deserve to be called — who have spent about a year studying ways to curb violence in Tampa and Hillsborough County have concluded something that may surprise you. They insist violen...
Published: 08/31/14

Voters the losers in this season of negativity

I feel relatively confident saying that many people have never heard of Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, but 11 percent of the voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary chose her anyway over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. That’s worth at least a rais...
Published: 08/29/14

Thanks for giving me the power to help shape Hillsborough’s future

There were lots of good parking spaces available when I pulled up to my polling place Tuesday morning in Brandon. Lots and lots and lots of available spaces.
Published: 08/27/14
What’s in a name? For Washington’s NFL team, plenty

What’s in a name? For Washington’s NFL team, plenty

There is predictable outrage from many about the strong-armed attempt to force the owner of Washington’s National Football League franchise to change the team’s nickname to something less, well, racist. Daniel Snyder vows he will never ...
Published: 08/25/14

The state unemployment computer system that was fixed? It’s not fixed

At 9:17 a.m. on June 28, Robert Geller learned that he had gone from being gainfully employed to jobless. Obviously that's never good news, but Geller didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself. He immediately began the process to receive up to ...
Published: 08/24/14

Florida ruling next big step in marriage equality

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled Thursday afternoon that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
Published: 08/22/14

Elia’s leadership style again called into question

When the Hillsborough County School Board voted 4-2 last week to extend Superintendent MaryEllen Elia’s contract by one year, let’s just say there were bigger stories that day in our city....
Published: 08/20/14

Schools now the frontline in the war on cheeseburgers

Four years ago, President Barack Obama escalated the war on bacon double cheeseburgers and French fries by signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Published: 08/17/14

Give tea party credit for learning how to make a difference

I seriously admire one thing in particular about most tea party members.
Published: 08/15/14

A gem of the city is repolished

When you walk into Water Works Park on North Highland Avenue in downtown Tampa, prepare for a battle with yourself over which part you like the best.
Published: 08/13/14