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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

Joe Henderson Columns

COLUMN

How can we be surprised when the system breaks?

You might not think a state agency charged with protecting children has anything in common with the one running the prison system. You would be incorrect.
Published: 02/15/15
COLUMN

Henderson: Jim Norman’s rise from political undead scary

Jim Norman is thinking of running again for the Hills­borough County Commission. Of course he is. We don’t have ex-politicians in this town, we just have politicians taking time in between legislative gigs.
Published: 02/13/15
Credibility of TV news in doubt long before Williams’ gaffe
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Credibility of TV news in doubt long before Williams’ gaffe

It’s not a big deal if Brian Williams eventually is fired, quits, or otherwise stops reading the news to viewers once his six-month suspension is over. I’m not even sure it’s a medium-sized deal.
Published: 02/11/15
COLUMN

Jeb would tote lots of baggage into a national campaign

Pundits probably assume that because we know him well, Floridians will vote for Jeb Bush in a 2016 presidential race. Consider that from the other side, though.
Published: 02/08/15
COLUMN

Henderson: Buckhorn’s school board tweet illustrates the big divide

The impact of 60 characters can be substantial. That’s all Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn used from the 140 keystrokes Twitter allows to get across his view that Hillsborough County School Board members who voted to fire Superintendent MaryEllen Eli...
Published: 02/08/15
COLUMN

Scott says he could have handled mess better — we know, we know

Gov. Rick Scott opened Thursday’s much-anticipated Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fairgrounds with a startling admission. Of his ham-handed decision to dismiss Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey, Scott said, ȁ...
Published: 02/06/15
COLUMN

Scott finding, again, that governing in the shadows doesn’t work

The annual Governor’s Luncheon to kick off the Florida State Fair is scheduled for Thursday, and it could get weird. It is supposed to be a celebration of the good things in our state, but controversies are erupting like geysers around Gov. Ri...
Published: 02/04/15
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Placing kids in need with adoptive parents is mission at New Life Village

Like anyone with a soul, Sister Claire LeBoeuf was horrified when she read how the biological father of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck threw her off a bridge in Pinellas County to her death. To LeBoeuf, the case underscored the need to protect our most v...
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Once again, Florida’s poor left wanting in health care debate

Florida is not among the 28 states that expanded Medicaid programs to cover their neediest citizens. Six more states are strongly considering expansion. Florida is not one of those, either.
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Putnam: “Time not on our side” in fight to save citrus

Drive through eastern Hills­borough County, parts of Polk, or head south through Hardee, and you will pass farms and orange groves that make up the backbone of this state.
Updated: 1 months ago