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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Tom Jackson Columns

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Big Education sues to defend monopoly

Making good on its threat to limit the options of kids from poor families desperate to escape miserable schools — which probably isn’t the way they’d put it, but there’s no sense hiding the truth — Florida affiliate...
Published: 08/31/14
Convenience voting sacrifices its urgency
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Convenience voting sacrifices its urgency

We knew this day would come eventually, and there might even be some among us who celebrate its arrival. But for your dyed-in-the-wool, mossback, you-just-couldn’t-leave-well-enough-alone traditionalists, what happened Tuesday is more worthy o...
Published: 08/29/14
Owner banks on Redskins’ bottom-line mystique
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Owner banks on Redskins’ bottom-line mystique

Half a lifetime ago, I was a sports columnist for an upstart newspaper in Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Tip O’Neill knew how to cut a deal on Capitol Hill, the Evil Empire was in retreat and all was right with the worl...
Published: 08/25/14
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Climate professors and Rick Scott’s sphinxian agenda

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Published: 08/24/14
In a world where Tonya takes command, anything is possible
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In a world where Tonya takes command, anything is possible

HUDSON — Although there is nothing especially novel about politicians who overcome meager beginnings and hardship to achieve positions of influence, the tale of the mayor of Family Fitness Center ripples with enough wrinkles, switchbacks, unex...
Published: 08/23/14
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If trust fails, police gear’s irrelevant

LAND O’ LAKES — Suddenly, wrapped in bullet-stopping armor and arriving with a rumble and a throaty diesel growl, America has a new paranoia: the militarization of local law enforcement. On the left and the libertarian right, hands are ...
Published: 08/22/14
If trust fails, cops’ gear irrelevant
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If trust fails, cops’ gear irrelevant

LAND O’ LAKES — Suddenly, wrapped in bullet- stopping armor and arriving with a rumble and a throaty diesel growl, America has a new paranoia: the militarization of local law enforcement. On the left and the libertarian right, hands are...
Published: 08/22/14
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Greenlight’s antique vision vs. driverless cars

Regarding transportation, the question for all of us — but especially for Pinellas County voters, who in November will decide about their near-term future — isn’t whether we’d like it to be easier to get from here to there...
Published: 08/16/14
Spina’s title restores order to universe
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Spina’s title restores order to universe

What the Zephyrhills City Council did the other day — removing “interim” from the title worn by Steve Spina since his return to City Hall in May — was not simply the smartest and most cost-effective avenue to take. It was ...
Published: 08/17/14
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Littlefield’s confounding fact-fudging

NEW PORT RICHEY — Fact-checking resumes of politicians as they chase public office tends to be tedious and unrewarding but is nonetheless necessary. This sifting is especially relevant when the candidate claims his work history not only gives ...
Published: 08/15/14