May 18, 2014
I headed south from Cleveland in 1976 for a job at a small daily newspaper called the Sun Sentinel. I planned to work there for a couple of years building my journalistic resume before seeking a position on a big-city publication.
May 4, 2014
The public trust is a sacred trust. When political figures succumb to bribery or in other ways betray that trust they should be subject to the strictest sanctions the law allows.
April 20, 2014
Jeb Bush is sounding more and more like he'll make a bid for the presidency.
April 6, 2014
The scope of sex slavery throughout the world is staggering. Some estimate the number of sex slaves at more than 20 million, mainly female children and young women. Sex slavery is most prevalent in developing countries, but it exists in wealthy nations as well, including the United States.
March 23, 2014
Reubin Askew, who died March 13 at 85, was the right man for the right time. Elected governor in 1970. he helped transform Florida from a backwater bastion of segregation to a dynamic and forward looking state. Askew didn't drink, smoke or swear. His honesty was legendary, and his qualities won him the unofficial title of "Reubin the Good."
March 9, 2014
The Legislature is in session, which should make for some good political theater. Here are some thoughts on a few of the issues.
July 9, 2009
Governing a state is a tough job in the best of times, and when the economy takes a plunge as it did during the past year, it can border on the impossible.
April 9, 2008
Racism is a fact of life in the United States. Anyone who denies it is living in a dream world. But, so is anyone who denies the enormous progress made in addressing racism.
January 6, 2008
Leading a state during the best of times is a difficult task, but look at what Gov. Charlie Crist inherited when he took office 12 months ago: Windstorm insurance rates that were going through the roof; a property tax revolt; a housing boom turned bust; a slowing economy and dwindling tax revenues.Despite all these problems, most Floridians are surprisingly upbeat. That's due in no small measure to the leadership of perpetually optimistic Crist, who deserves credit for his efforts to forge consensuses on vital issues.
December 23, 2007
In looking over the literature of those seeking the presidential nominations, I found this:"A sense of proportion should . . . guide those who police the boundaries between church and state. . . It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God'; I certainly didn't.
November 11, 2007
I've been thinking about buying a flat-screen TV for the bedroom. It's in the budget. But I've also been feeling pain in a couple of molars when I bite down hard. Unfortunately, it's probably time for root canal work, but that isn't in the budget.I have several options.
October 28, 2007
Want to compound the economic problems Florida faces because of the troubles in the housing market? Then establish a state personal income tax, and turn an economic downturn into a financial disaster from which Florida might never recover.