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February 18, 2017 - 6:00am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
February 18, 2017 - 6:00am
Shaping up to be one of the biggest battles in the Legislature in many years, the fight on economic development incentives and tourism funding has been swirling throughout the halls of the Capitol the last few weeks. On one side are those who believe that taxpayer dollars should not be used to entice businesses and tourists to Florida; the other side sees these programs as crucial for creating jobs and boosting our economy. 
February 17, 2017 - 6:00am
The 2016 election has left our country feeling more divided than ever. Not only did candidates increase political incivility in our country through disrespectful remarks and name calling, but the tone of the campaigns even led to physical violence.
February 17, 2017 - 6:00am
Speaker Richard Corcoran and the Florida House are going to do what they've got to do, I know that. And, Lord knows, I like a lot of what they do. But kill Visit Florida? Please reconsider, ladies and gentlemen.
February 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
Farming has been my family’s business for many generations.  My family began tilling the land in what is now Glades County back in 1918.  For nearly 100 years we survived every type of disaster God and Mother Nature could throw at us -- hurricanes, the Great Depression, and family deaths. But now, in 2017, our family’s heritage and our way of life faces extinction.
February 16, 2017 - 11:15am
CORRECTED TO FIX COST OF SOLAR: Unfair pricing and the absence of a free market for all of Florida's renewable electricity generation have biomass technologies in a steep decline. 
February 15, 2017 - 2:15pm
As in most states across America, small businesses form the backbone of the Sunshine State’s economy, and account for the majority of our job creators. Hard work, dedication, and long-term planning are the foundational keys to success. So is having a responsive, attentive ally in the U.S. Congress like Florida’s own Bill Nelson, a senior member of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Finance, which exercises oversight of our nation’s tax code. At a time when Congress appears poised to achieve first-in-a-generation, bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that lowers the rate, simplifies regulations and treats all industries fairly, we are hopeful for Senator Nelson’s leadership on this issue.
February 15, 2017 - 9:45am
Gov. Rick Scott is attacking state House members who voted last week for a bill to eliminate failing corporate welfare programs like Enterprise Florida. It is hard to believe but Scott is going to the representatives’ districts and publicly attacking them for standing on free market principles. Of course, the governor claims he is on a “jobs” tour to promote his failed economic incentive programs but, coincidentally, his schedule puts him in the districts of the representatives whom he has targeted for revenge.
February 15, 2017 - 6:00am
In 2000, I was proud to be part of the historic development of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, which brought together Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, scientists, and agricultural advocates to develop one of the most extensive plans to save any watershed on the planet.
February 14, 2017 - 4:30pm
While the Florida Legislature talks about blowing billions of dollars on land in the Everglades, the reptilian elephant in the room continues to prosper, undeterred in those same Everglades.
February 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Jeff Atwater
Plenty of elected officials have served longer and noisier than Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, but few have done so at every level of government with as much integrity and character. 
February 13, 2017 - 7:00am
Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration's travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of aliens is extremely wide and statutorily clear. The judge who issued the temporary restraining order never even made a case for its illegality.
February 13, 2017 - 6:00am
A Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) -- a City Council proposal that would expand anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community for housing, employment, and public accommodations -- is not, by nature, based on an accurate understanding of human rights violations.
February 11, 2017 - 6:00am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
February 10, 2017 - 6:00am
Sen. Jack Latvala said he was still waiting to hear alternatives to the 60,000-acre Everglades land buy -- after he'd just listened to a pretty darn good one from Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood.
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