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October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
This pa st year has been a real learning curve on the whole topic of medical marijuana.Thanks to a good friend of mine, who is a respected physician, I learned there really are some valid and legitimate medical uses for marijuana.
October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking -- or lack of thinking -- the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.
October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
There has been much said recently about an overabundance of testing in schools, and I understand that it can be difficult to decide how this impacts your child's education.
October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
When the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative first made it to the 2014 ballot, I would've bet my last dollar that by nowit would be about as popular as earthquake insurance.But, boy, would I have lost that bet.
October 19, 2014 - 6:00pm
Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and '40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease -- measles, mumps, chickenpox, scarlet fever.None of us believed we were victims of some sort of invidious discrimination against large Catholic families. It was a given that public health authorities were trying to contain the spread of a disease threatening the health of children.
October 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. "NCIS" keeps spinning off shows -- this year in New Orleans -- and "Blue Bloods" is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won't see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time.
October 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
It's looking like a tough offyear election for Democrats, with their Senate majority at serious risk and their chances of gaining House seats down toward zero.
October 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
Charlie Crist didn't have to answer a single question to win the gubernatorial debate Wednesday night. All he had to do is break the rules and take advantage.
October 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
With only a couple of weeks left in this campaign season, Amendment 2 continues a precipitous slide to what looks like a resounding defeat.
October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.
October 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial. And, so desperate are political pundits for any fresh news crumb that a molehill quickly becomes a mountain. One ill-chosen word -- or, worse, failure to answer a reporter's question -- and the candidate is suddenly redrawn into a caricature he doesn't recognize.
October 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
(This column has been updated to include the comments of Florida Press Association and Intersect Media Solutions President and CEO Dean Ridings.)
October 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Without much fanfare, the United States has now met its own domestic natural gas needs, while also becoming the worlds No. 1 exporter of natural gas.
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