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.