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Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

COLUMN

Concealed-carry bill would take target off Florida’s campuses

Just after midnight on Nov. 20, a lone gunman entered Florida State University’s Strozier Library where, in mere moments, he shot and wounded three students while others scrambled for safety. Just as abruptly, with shock and chaos in his wake,...
Published: 02/23/15
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Others’ boots must stomp ISIS, says Bilirakis

WESLEY CHAPEL — At home this week for a recess Congress perhaps should not have taken, Gus Bilirakis has stayed busy catching up on the concerns of his constituents in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which are many and varied....
Published: 02/22/15
COLUMN

Defending against impatience

Regarding immigration reform, you don’t have to be “the last hardboiled egg at the picnic” — a Jeb Bush favorite — to regard as welcome news the latest in a series of judicial rebuffs of President Obama’s eff...
Published: 02/20/15
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Obamacare’s unbroken skein of shattered promises

Let’s begin with what ought to be obvious: Nobody has a “right” to medical care.
Published: 02/15/15
Jackson: Explorers will find fair’s true delights
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Jackson: Explorers will find fair’s true delights

DADE CITY — The particularly great thing about a fair — any fair — is that it separates us from a world that is often too much with us. On one side of the turnstile the concerns are endless and too well known to rehearse in this ...
Published: 02/15/15
COLUMN

Honesty’s encouraging resurgence

Honesty is enjoying a boomlet lately, which is both encouraging and, well, peculiar.
Published: 02/13/15
COLUMN

Reintroducing Jeb, exclamation-point worthy

The more we see of Florida’s 43rd governor — and we are seeing a lot of him lately — the more he gives every indication of getting his exclamation point back on. Jeb! Bush has in recent months done everything you’d expect ...
Published: 02/08/15
New president was Saint Leo’s go-to guy
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New president was Saint Leo’s go-to guy

ST. LEO — Like the intricate hierarchy of any complicated institution, Saint Leo University has long maintained an emergency succession plan against the day Arthur Kirk, as he describes it, “step[s] in front of a bus.” For quite ...
Published: 02/08/15
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Obama’s prayerful gibberish

I don’t know how it would fit, exactly, in this liturgical mushiness between Epiphany and the threshold of Lent, but in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s eyebrow-arching remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, is t...
Published: 02/06/15
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Be careful what you call a ‘right’

Whenever people start describing commodities folks need as “rights,” the proper response — always — is revulsion. Rights are those things that descend from the creator, or natural law, that enable individuals to create joy...
Published: 02/01/15