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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Joe Henderson Columns

COLUMN

Yes, Rays’ stadium in Tampa really would make a big difference

You can argue that using public money to build a baseball stadium in downtown Tampa is financial folly. Even if, to quote the late Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, the Rays were willing to pay “about half” the cost of a new yard, we'd still be ...
Updated: 13 hours ago
COLUMN

Wyllie can’t win, but he can influence the governor’s race

Adrian Wyllie said he doesn’t really want to be Florida’s next governor, but he is running for the office anyway as a budget-chopping, regulation-ending, free-market Libertarian. He said someone needs to save the state from the varlets ...
Published: 09/28/14
Updated: 09/29/14
People should put foot on the gas for Greenlight Pinellas
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People should put foot on the gas for Greenlight Pinellas

Pushing a boulder up the side of a mountain would have seemed like a good cardio workout for Sisyphus compared to the effort it takes to get voters to approve a tax increase these days. When that includes funding for something spelled r-a-i-l, well, ...
Published: 09/28/14
COLUMN

If FSU just wants influence, Thrasher is the man. Academics? We’ll see

If you’re puzzled why state Sen. John Thrasher was chosen to be the next president at Florida State University, why?
Published: 09/26/14
COLUMN

School testing craze is good only for the politicians

Politicians love to treat public schools like chew toys, and it’s so easy. Start with a buzzword like “accountability” and take a jab or two at teachers unions, and then sprinkle liberally with vague references to Common Core.
Published: 09/24/14
COLUMN

Blaming Crist for economy is a stretch

You have seen those ads on TV, and Rick Scott is absolutely correct when he says Florida’s economy disintegrated while Charlie Crist was governor. No one is saying it didn’t.
Published: 09/20/14
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Commissioners change of heart on registry step in right direction

I won’t presume to say for sure what motivated four Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday to switch from “no” to “yes” on the issue of creating a domestic partner registry.
Published: 09/18/14
Updated: 09/19/14
COLUMN

Spankings teach fear, not discipline

I learned at an early age that when my father had a certain look and started fumbling for his belt, it would not end well for me.
Published: 09/17/14
What’s wrong with voting early? Nothing that I can see
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What’s wrong with voting early? Nothing that I can see

Excuse me just a second, please. I have to finish something before I start this column.
Published: 09/15/14
COLUMN

Buckhorn focused on Tampa, not Tallahassee (not yet, anyway)

Bob Buckhorn has had a fine run in his first term as Tampa’s mayor, and his outlook for a second term may be even brighter.
Published: 09/14/14