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Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Commentary

China’s human rights abuses

They kept him in a cell so small he could walk barely two steps in any direction. There was no sunlight, no ventilation — just one five-watt bulb burning dimly 24 hours a day. He was allowed nothing to read and no one to speak with, not even t...
Published: 09/16/14

Former justices: Five reasons to reject Amendment 2

As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect the constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting “no” on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionat...
Published: 09/16/14

Congress needs to man up and not avoid Islamic State vote

WASHINGTON — Congress has a duty — to itself and the country — to debate and authorize President Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse pr...
Published: 09/16/14

Attacking infectious diseases globally

We can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious diseases.
Published: 09/14/14

Why political campaign donations should be secret

Labor Day has come and gone, and we are now into the heart of the 2014 election campaign. This year’s races are the first to be run under the combined effects of the Supreme Court’s decisions in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission...
Published: 09/13/14

Parents, not bureaucrats, should decide what kids eat

WASHINGTON — The primary focus of the federal school meal programs should be meeting students’ needs. But for that to happen, there must be recognition that parents — not the first lady or Congress — know what’s bes...
Published: 09/13/14

Helping Florida seniors with hearing loss and speech disabilities stay connected

Five million seniors live in Florida. As a state famous for gray-haired retirees, that number likely comes as no surprise. What may surprise you, however, is that one of every three seniors you meet has some degree of hearing loss — among the...
Published: 09/13/14
Luis Viera: A son of Tampa who gave his life out of love

Luis Viera: A son of Tampa who gave his life out of love

Of all the gifts Tampa has given to this country, perhaps none is greater than Lt. Baldomero Lopez.
Published: 09/14/14

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

WASHINGTON — In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have droppe...
Published: 09/14/14

Permanent alimony: Family isn’t always fair, but it still matters

WASHINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that ends the practice of permanent alimony in the state of New Jersey. Unsurprisingly, the people who have been agitating for this change are men paying permanent alimony....
Published: 09/14/14