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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Tom Jackson Columns

COLUMN

Plot twists find home in Pasco

Never more than a “last call” announcement removed from reaffirming its reputation as Jerry Springer’s green room, Pasco County has in recent weeks presented a cavalcade of sinister human curiosities worthy of a greatest hits rev...
Updated: 29 mins ago
COLUMN

Rescue Election Day from Cash-for-Clunkers status

You may read elsewhere that anyone nostalgic for the great coming-together that once was Election Day is a convenience-fearing Luddite trapped in the 19th century. Easy to charge. Harder to prove....
Published: 09/15/14
COLUMN

‘No selection’ equals bad medicine for ailing elections

Once again, we are beset upon by whiny perfectionists who cannot leave well enough alone. Then again, perhaps the besetting was ongoing and, distracted by summer activities, I hadn’t noticed. Probably the latter, because the thing about whiny ...
Published: 09/14/14
COLUMN

Remembering what changed that awful day

PORT RICHEY — We all recall where we were when we heard news of the first airliner crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and our first innocent thoughts of how such a thing could happen. And how our brains switched from spec...
Published: 09/12/14
COLUMN

Meddling in kids’ affairs is parents’ job

Remember how the summer began, with the mom so disgusted by her rising-eighth-grader daughter’s required reading assignment it erupted into one of those only-in-Pasco national news sensations? Remember all the fun everyone had mocking the mom ...
Published: 09/07/14
COLUMN

Strikers can’t repeal laws of economics

Organizers of noontime strikes against fast-food operators promised targeted demonstrations, and they didn’t disappoint.
Published: 09/04/14
COLUMN

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
COLUMN

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
COLUMN

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
COLUMN

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