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Mark O'Brien's picture
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Mark O'Brien

Now we have yet another group whose feelings have been hurt by the political warfare of 2012.

Along with various minority and ethnic groups, it seems the super-rich are stung, really stung, by complaints about their limited participation in the income tax system.

We're talking about not...

Cary McMullen's picture
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Cary McMullen

It’s hard to explain to high school kids today, but there was a time when teenagers were conscripted -- against their wills -- into military service and sent halfway around the world into live-fire combat zones that make Afghanistan look like a training exercise.

I faced that prospect. Reports of full-on battles in jungle terrain against trained, regimental-strength troops have a way of focusing...

Tom O'Hara's picture
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 — Tom O'Hara


FROM: A newspaper dinosaur

TO: Florida citizens

The traditional newspaper is dying. Large cities – New Orleans, Syracuse, Harrisburg – no longer have papers delivered to...

Bill Cotterell's picture
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 — Bill Cotterell

There is really no good reason for denying convicted felons the right to vote once they finish their prison sentences and resolve other obstacles to full citizenship, like completion of probation and restitution to victims.

But the state of Florida is settling for a couple of bad reasons.


Pierre Tristam's picture
Monday, October 08, 2012 — Pierre Tristam

Private investors aren’t big on nuclear power. It’s not cost-effective. That’s why not a single new nuclear reactor has been built in the United States in three decades, despite generous federal loan guarantees and tax credits to utilities that shift much of the cost to taxpayers.

But in 2006, the Florida Legislature decided the rules of free enterprise don’t apply to big utility companies....

Henry Kelley's picture
Monday, October 08, 2012 — Henry Kelley

In 2008, “Hope and Change” ran against the “George Bush Record.”

And this year, President Obama’s campaign says “we don’t want to go back to the policies that got us in trouble in the first place.” 

I couldn’t agree more.


Angel Castillo Jr's picture
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — Angel Castillo Jr

Who wins Florida’s crucial 29 electoral votes in next month’s presidential election may well come down to who can best woo Hispanic voters.

Multiple national polls show an overwhelming majority of African-American voters, and a majority of unmarried women and young voters, will vote to re-elect President Obama. By contrast, more white men and older voters will vote for former Massachusetts Gov....

Steven Kurlander's picture
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — Steven Kurlander

A political earthquake shook the presidential race Wednesday night when Mitt Romney out-debated President Obama and changed the narrative for the campaign’s remaining four weeks.
The Mitt Romney who appeared on stage in Denver was a brand new, electrifying candidate -- presidential in his knowledge and oratory, capturing and controlling the pulse of the debate.
For the entire 90 minutes, Romney was gregarious, animated and tough, shedding the stiff corporate aura that has...

Paula Dockery's picture
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — Paula Dockery

The Nov. 6 general election ballot is very lengthy. The culprit -- 11 proposed constitutional amendments added by the Florida Legislature.

So before heading to the polls, familiarize yourself with the proposed changes and know how you’re going to vote. You might even want to consider voting by absentee ballot...

Susan Clary's picture
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — Susan Clary

Voter turnout in the Florida primary was dismal this year – less than 20 percent statewide - despite the efforts of dozens of campaigns and hundreds of volunteers to get people to the polls. Other states saw a similarly small turnout.

Yet nationwide, the introduction of more restrictive voter laws is on the rise. This year, 41 states introduced more than 180 bills to limit early voting, require specific ID at the...

by Dr. Radut.