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The Legislature passed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, during its 2014 session giving Pasco-Hernando State College and the Pasco Sheriff's Office until Oct. 1 to settle a dispute over PHSC's law enforcement academ...
Published: 07/11/14

Government overseers must be independent

On July 1, HB 1385 became the law of our state. Basically, it protects the independence of Florida's inspectors general as they monitor state agencies for waste and corruption. The job is not without hazards. It was not uncommon for inspectors to fac...
Published: 07/11/14

Chicago suffering social meltdown

For most of the country, July Fourth weekend means hot dogs, fireworks and relaxing time with family. In certain neighborhoods in Chicago, it means something very different. For the second year running, Chicago saw a spate of violence over the long h...
Published: 07/11/14

Letters to the editor, July 12

More patrol cars
Published: 07/11/14

Getting jobbed

Last week, the Obama administration — in the run-up to the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, when perhaps not a lot of people were paying attention — released a study. It calculated that because the Florida Legislature has not gone alo...
Published: 07/10/14

Before you anoint Hillary have a real look

I'm insulted. Really insulted. Readers call me all sorts of things, but one has accused me of “undying support for Hillary Clinton.” This was in response to a column in which I accused Republicans of exploiting their latest Benghazi heari...
Published: 07/10/14

Letters to the editor, July 9

Makes sense
Published: 07/10/14

Less ‘beyond the pale’ than Crist claims

Charlie Crist, Florida's political Plastic Man, finally has an issue on which he can stand firm. Well, until he doesn't, anyway. Like the president he fatefully hugged in the spring of 2009, all of Charlie Crist's statements come with an expiration d...
Published: 07/10/14

Wrong side of history again

The recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to step into the contentious debate over the nickname of the Washington NFL team by rescinding federal trademark protection was most likely an overreach and should be overturned by the court...
Published: 07/08/14

Freedom matters

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. Before the 238th anniversary of the nation's founding recedes too far in the rear-view mirror, we want to ask a question. Does freedom still matter? ...
Published: 07/08/14

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