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Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Joe Henderson Columns

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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: 2 hours ago
Happy birthday to Dr. Pat, and a salute to his amazing life
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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...
Published: 07/03/15
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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.
Published: 07/01/15
Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood
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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.
Published: 06/28/15
Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights
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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.
Published: 06/27/15
Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)
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Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)

Opponents have hated the Affordable Care Act in the five years since it became the law of the land. They shriek, they scream for repeal, invent lies about bureaucratic death panels that want to send grandma to an early grave. They’ve got every...
Published: 06/26/15
Stop denying what the Confederate flag really represents
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Stop denying what the Confederate flag really represents

Defenders of the Confederate flag and Southern heritage have played a shell game for decades. The Civil War wasn’t about slavery, they insist with a condescending tone reserved for talking to the ignorant. No sir, The War of Northern Aggressio...
Published: 06/24/15
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At crunch time, it’s status quo for Florida Legislature

The next time lawmakers troll for votes with that almost sincere promise about how careful they will be with your money, remember the $2 million gift they just gave the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Published: 06/20/15
Anti-religion group blasts Grady Judd; he says he’ll pray for them
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Anti-religion group blasts Grady Judd; he says he’ll pray for them

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a problem with the way Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd dresses for church. He gets a lot of invitations to preach, and he often wears his official uniform. The group thinks that is wrong and demanded he stop.
Updated one month ago
Lightning prove again the value of sports to Tampa
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Lightning prove again the value of sports to Tampa

You can argue that many things are more important to a city than the presence of high-profile sports teams. Good schools, job opportunities, public safety, a decent transportation system, they’re all vital to a community’s well-being.
Updated one month ago