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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Tom Jackson Columns

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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
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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
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...
Updated: 1 months ago
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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.
Updated: 1 months ago
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...
Updated: 1 months ago
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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 ...
Updated: 1 months ago
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...
Updated: 1 months ago
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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...
Updated: 1 months ago
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 ...
Updated: 1 months ago
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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 ...
Updated: 1 months ago