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Friday, Aug 01, 2014

Tom Jackson

Jackson: Granting rite of passage its right of way

The heir apparent turned 15 in April meaning, among other things, he has attained the age at which the State of Florida assumes he is capable of learning to drive. Not for the first time, I am inclined to think the State of Florida is out of its suns...
Updated: 22 hours ago

Obamacare suffers flesh wound, little else

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Published: 07/27/14

Border crisis arrives; will commissioners flinch?

As irritating as the mess on America’s southern border has been, it was easy enough here in Florida to be regarded in the abstract. The surge of illegal immigrants from Central America, most of them unaccompanied minors, was Texas’ prob...
Published: 07/27/14

Amendment 2 is backdoor to legalize pot

HUDSON — If Amendment 2 did only what its proponents claim for it, Jessica Spencer would not have taken leave from her job in Manatee County, would not be crisscrossing the state in a one-woman education campaign, and absolutely would not rece...
Published: 07/25/14

A cynical, horrifying assault on the First Amendment

Tom Jackson's The Right Stuff blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Published: 07/13/14
Updated: 07/14/14
Noodling with a more buoyant plan

Noodling with a more buoyant plan

SAN ANTONIO — Everything Bill Schroder learned from three years as commissioner of a charity golf tournament with an unwieldy name fits, appropriately, in a mollusk shell. Which is appropriate, because, all in all, he’d rather go scallo...
Published: 07/11/14

Governments grow; Pasco delivers proof

The first draft of the latest Pasco County budget, including appendices, stretches 327 eye-glazing pages, and it probes such topics as interfund transfers, contingencies and object codes. It is, in other words, not what anyone would mistake for a bea...
Published: 07/11/14

The left's calculated Hobby Lobby hokum

Among the best things about the modern world of social media is we no longer have to guess what our political opposites are thinking — using the term expansively, because in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's aggressively misinterpreted ...
Published: 07/06/14

Rebuking naysayers in D'Souza's 'America'

WESLEY CHAPEL — The problem with the movie “America” is not its rather long and somewhat misleading subtitle. No. The problem with “America: Imagine The World Without Her” is it's unlikely to be seen by those to whom the...
Published: 07/06/14

Don Porter, an American visionary

Don Porter had a voice like barbed wire being dragged through a barrel of river gravel, and a John Wayne squint that always seemed to be taking in the horizon....
Published: 07/03/14
Updated: 07/04/14