| Aug 25, 2009
| 4:17 PM
Broward School Board members cut the district's capital budget by more than half Tuesday night, meaning some schools are stuck with outdated libraries and some communities that need new schools will not have them for a few more years.
But, they also...
| Aug 19, 2009
Kenneth Sahs, 71, faced a once-in-a-lifetime decision last year. His $500,000 convertible term life insurance policy would soon expire. Sahs could drop it and get nothing or convert it to universal life, a form of cash-value insurance, and take on $12,000...
| Aug 23, 2009
"Sin taxes" on cigarettes have turned out to be the most effective weapon in the campaign to reduce smoking.
Why not try it on Flamin' Hot Cheetos, vanilla Coke and Twinkies?
With increasing vigor, public health experts and think tanks are calling for...
| Nov 6, 2010
| 10:46 PM
Kevin Brown knew he was hooked on crack cocaine. That was obvious each time he set off on another smoking binge. But Brown says he never imagined that he also suffered from a mental illness until he walked into Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.
A day or...
| Oct 11, 2010
| 2:58 AM
NEWPORT NEWS — The city is so far spending $14 million of taxpayer dollars to redevelop a 12-block section of the Southeast Community, a neighborhood that struggles with crime and blight.
City officials said even more city tax money will be spent...
| Dec 13, 2010
| 12:50 PM
Peninsula-area home sales plunged 41 percent in November, compared to November 2009.
That's because home buyers this time last year were rushing to buy to qualify for federal first-time homebuyer tax credits of up to $8,000 before the offer expired. That...
| Sep 15, 2008
The attacks of 9/11
Re "Adjusting to 9/11," editorial, Sept. 11
The Times writes: "As just one example, is the degree of danger posed by the theoretical possibility that terrorists might put a 'dirty bomb' in a shipping container really great enough...
| Jul 18, 2010
For, and against, for-profit colleges
Re "The for-profit college bubble," Opinion, July 13
So-called for-profit colleges should not be allowed to play their shell game with taxpayer money. As things stand, such institutions are just one more mechanism...
| May 8, 2009
| 2:04 PM
Today's topic: While Sacramento does have a revenue problem, it also has trouble controlling spending. Given the Legislature's utter inability to restrain spending in good years, shouldn't any budget-reform measure contain a spending cap?
The myth of...
| Apr 2, 2009
Today's topic: Is there a good reason for keeping the Obama administration intimately involved in the firms it aids in Detroit but not the firms on Wall Street?
Complete Dust-Up: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Why good governments don't run industries Point:...
| Feb 1, 2010
| 3:32 PM
D.A.R.E. America Chairman Skip Miller writes in his Jan. 28 Times Op-Ed article, "Don’t legalize marijuana," that his organization has been successful in its efforts to reduce illegal drug use in the U.S. by educating schoolchildren. Indeed,...