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Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

Columnist treks overseas to honor dad’s WWII service
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Columnist treks overseas to honor dad’s WWII service

SALZBURG, Austria — By the time the 7th Army’s Third Infantry Division rolled into Salzburg in the postwar spring of 1945, Pfc. David Jackson’s mind was focused like a tracer bullet on just one thing....
Updated one month ago
Mom seeks fifth-grade mulligan
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Mom seeks fifth-grade mulligan

To hear his mom tell it, 10-year-old Dominick Ryan couldn’t catch a break if it were wrapped in Velcro and his hands were fuzzy gloves.
Updated one month ago
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Shined-up expansion still risky

Anybody who ever negotiated the purchase of a new car can appreciate the phase the Legislature’s wrangling over Medicaid expansion entered this week.
Updated one month ago
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A principled stand against entitlement expansion in Florida

We have been through this before. We are going through it still. Nonetheless, inspired by George Orwell on the duty of intelligent men, the time has come to restate the obvious....
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Squabbling GOP needs to find focus

With nothing left of this year’s Reagan Dinner but chasing down the late-payers, Bill Bunting — the eye of every Pasco GOP storm — declared victory Friday and celebrated by chauffeuring his wife on a tour of garage sales. There&#...
Updated one month ago
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Unsolicited advice for the Class of 2015

For longer than I care to admit, when invitations have gone out recruiting speakers for area commencement exercises, your humble correspondent — despite never being at a loss for advice, an opinion or philosophical insight — has been pa...
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Firefighters need policy against cancer
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Firefighters need policy against cancer

The tale of Maria Silva, the 15-year Pasco County firefighter sidelined by thyroid cancer, is at once sad, alarming and instructional. The first two speak for themselves.
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Clinton’s world, where achievement doesn’t matter
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Clinton’s world, where achievement doesn’t matter

Whatever else there is to say about Hillary Rodham Clinton, it must be conceded she has mesmerized her followers. While a large and, probably, expanding field of Republican contenders wrestles for the honor of being this week’s GOP presidentia...
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Fast-track trade deal already

Although I generally favor free trade between and among nations to the alternative of trade shackled by protectionism, I am less interested in advancing that argument just now than I am in writing something shocking.
Updated: 2 months ago
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No favorite no problem for deep GOP field

By now, if you haven’t had the irritation of the Republican clown car illustration pop up on your social media home page at least a couple of times, it means you have blocked all your lefty, time-warping high school pals (and your life is less...
Updated: 2 months ago