Views on race relations worsen
Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially worse in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore, eclipsing even the sentiment recorded after turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama's presidency. A New York …
A few days ago we saw an unfortunate failure of leadership in the Legislature. As a businessman still somewhat new to the process, I was disappointed that the will of the majority was bypassed. By putting politics before the work of the people, too many important issues were left stuck in the balance.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court quietly rebuffed a First Amendment challenge to a Florida law that prohibits judicial candidates — whether incumbent judges seeking re-election or lawyer candidates seeking to be elected to the bench — from personally soliciting campaign contributions. The case, …
Florida is home to some of the most treasured natural resources in the world, many of which are protected by the best state parks system in the country. I am truly honored to serve Floridians by leading the agency in charge of protecting these special places.
This may surprise many in the United States, but Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Grito de Delores — the Cry of Delores — is the true Mexican Independence Day and is celebrated on Sept. 16. Like most gringos, I was once confused by the two events, but that was before I spent a year living in …
The Municipal Pier. The Million Dollar Pier. The inverted pyramid. And now, Pier Park? For the fourth time in a century, St. Petersburg is about to decide on a new public pier. This Thursday the City Council will vote whether to authorize contract negotiations with the winning design team. If approved, the $46 million …
Give Rick Scott credit.
The governor's audacity is impressive, his shamelessness is without limits and his disregard for public perception remains strong.
When the going gets tough, the Florida House gets slimier than an Everglades python as it slithers out of Tallahassee.
Enough is enough.
In its familiar dissembling way, the Republican-led Florida Legislature is contravening the official will of the people.
Florida Polytechnic University's first academic year is winding down. Students just finished final exams on Friday, and our faculty is busy grading and completing curriculums. But even as the Florida heat intensifies and summer vacations call, we at Florida Poly are continuing the incredible forward momentum of our …
A month ago, before reporters from Las Vegas to Washington knew him by his real name, Larry Pfeifer told a lie.
He doesn't dispute it.
He promotes it.
Mohammed Rahman doesn't know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land.
The New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert compares it to an apocalyptic meteor; the environmentalist George Marshall to the Holocaust; the activist Naomi Klein to slavery; and the economics journalist Mc-Kenzie Funk, tacitly in his excellent book Windfall, to industrial colonialism. The American military …
Henry Rayhons, a farmer and former Iowa state representative, was acquitted last month of charges that he had sexually abused his wife, who had Alzheimer's disease. He had been accused of having sex with her in a nursing home on May 23, 2014, eight days after staff members told him at a care conference that they …
Something unprecedented happened in Tallahassee this week. The Florida House of Representatives quit three days early. They just threw up their hands and stopped working. I'm incredulous, but maybe I shouldn't be.
This has been an awful legislative session for Florida's environment. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. The future looked so bright just a few months ago.
It's not about having all the answers. It's about asking the right questions.
There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.
If you're over the age of 60, you get it. You understand that as you grow older, money is tighter, sometimes your health deteriorates and you are not as able to do the things you once did without difficulty.
Poor Spiro Agnew. The disgraced former vice president who was forced from office in 1973 after pleading no contest to bribery, extortion, conspiracy and tax evasion must be spinning in his grave.