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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

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...
Updated: 1 months ago
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After the year NFL has had, it needs some comic relief

Today marks the gateway to the week that is at once the most celebrated and yet the most insipid in all of sports.
Updated: 1 months ago
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Elia’s firing reaffirms Pasco voters’ wisdom

The next time you’re approached by someone pushing a petition to change the position of Pasco County schools superintendent from elected to appointed — history hints we’re just about due — you should resist the impulse to ...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Eggs of turtles, eagles still outrank life in womb

To begin with, a reiteration: Just this moment there are more protections in the federal code for the eggs of sea turtles and bald eagles than there are for unborn humans. How that made sense, ever, is beyond reason — and that’s not bec...
Updated: 1 months ago
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The stomach-knotting state of our union

Greetings, all you good people gathered in this historic hall and tuning in around the globe. Today, I will attempt to avoid saying anything that prompts anyone within the sound of my voice — but especially here in this room, where cameras or ...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Sanders’ Keystone amendment heats up progressive wackiness

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Updated: 1 months ago
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Let’s give charter chatter a chance

In a pivotal moment during the early goings of the musical “1776,” Stephen Hopkins, the delegate from Rhode Island, returns from the privy to find the Continental Congress deadlocked over whether to debate declaring independence from En...
Updated: 1 months ago
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Gas tax hike: Let’s abolish it instead

That didn’t take long. It’s not even two full weeks since Congress came under Republican control, and already the faucets are flowing with fresh cynicism. Here midterm voters thought they were electing a conservative majority dedicated ...
Updated: 1 months ago