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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

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COLUMN

Confederate flag debate hides our real problems

About the time I read they wanted to start moving Confederate bodies, along with monuments and statues, I figured it might be time for everyone to pause for a little while and consider what we are doing, which is hiding our past from ourselves.
Published: 06/30/15
Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood
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Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood

Last week was an extraordinary one in state politics. Usually, the political fights are between competing parties, but this time the actions of Gov. Rick Scott took direct aim on some fellow Republicans.
Published: 06/28/15
COLUMN

Supreme Court ruling on marriage was inevitable

The annual St. Pete Pride parade and festival is taking place this weekend, and it’s no longer a big deal. I don’t mean in attendance, which runs in the tens of thousands. I mean the outcry expressed by some before and after the first e...
Published: 06/28/15
Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights
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Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights

The Confederate flag is coming down. Obamacare passes a second court test. And now same-sex marriage is legal across the land. They will teach classes in the future about the things that have happened over the last few days, writes columnist Joe Henderson.
Published: 06/27/15
After 40 years, Tampa man hears sound of love
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After 40 years, Tampa man hears sound of love

Coming down the corridor of the medical tower and leading his own entourage headed by daughter Olivia and wife Katie, Davelis (D.C.) Goutoufas looked like a prize fighter headed for the ring. The difference: D.C., grinning from ear to ear and wearing...
Published: 06/27/15
Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)
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Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)

Opponents have hated the Affordable Care Act in the five years since it became the law of the land. They shriek, they scream for repeal, invent lies about bureaucratic death panels that want to send grandma to an early grave. They’ve got every...
Published: 06/26/15
Did governor use veto pen for political payback?
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Did governor use veto pen for political payback?

Just four days after the Florida Legislature passed the $78.7 billion state budget, Gov. Rick Scott, with no advanced notice, fanfare or public appearance quietly signed the budget behind closed doors.
Published: 06/25/15
COLUMN

Rebel flag shouldn’t be a weapon of intimidation

In 1913, speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, President Woodrow Wilson told the aged veterans of both the Blue and the Gray that the Civil War had become “a quarrel forgotten.”
Published: 06/25/15
Stop denying what the Confederate flag really represents
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Stop denying what the Confederate flag really represents

Defenders of the Confederate flag and Southern heritage have played a shell game for decades. The Civil War wasn’t about slavery, they insist with a condescending tone reserved for talking to the ignorant. No sir, The War of Northern Aggressio...
Published: 06/24/15
COLUMN

Otto: Residents feeling paved over in the Heights

One of the stranger quotes of the war in Vietnam came from Associated Press reporter Peter Arnett, who had an Army major tell him that “it became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”
Published: 06/23/15