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July 8, 2016 - 6:00am
Everglade snail kite
Because 10 endangered snail kites are nesting in the Kissimmee River floodplain, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has ordered a halt to the vital storage of 1.4 feet of river water north of Lake Okeechobee. 
July 7, 2016 - 7:00am
The report was so "seismic" -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan's word -- that Lyndon Johnson's administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 years on, it is pertinent to today's political debates about class and social mobility. So, let us now praise an insufficiently famous man, sociologist James Coleman, author of the study "Equality of Educational Opportunity."
July 6, 2016 - 2:30pm
Rick Scott and algae in Stuart
Nobody is doing more for the Everglades or the problems in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries than Gov. Rick Scott -- and frankly, nobody gets less credit for it from the people who will benefit most. And the governor announced more Wednesday: his intention to propose additional funding in his 2017-2018 budget to help local communities deal with the fetid, algae-choked bodies of water in Martin, St. Lucie and Lee counties on a more personal basis.
July 6, 2016 - 7:00am
The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics.
July 6, 2016 - 6:00am
It's unfathomable to me that the Everglades Foundation can continue to claim “hypersalinity” is killing seagrass in Florida Bay -- proposing to “send water south” from Lake Okeechobee to save the bay.
July 5, 2016 - 12:00pm
For many parents, the realities of the Holocaust are so gruesome that we often wrestle with how early in our children's lives they should be exposed to the horrors that transpired across Europe's concentration camps and ghettos in the 1930s and 1940s.
July 5, 2016 - 7:00am
But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief.
July 5, 2016 - 6:00am
It seems odd to find heroes in the middle of a crisis that has no immediate solution.
July 3, 2016 - 2:45pm
As the late, great poet and author Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.”
July 2, 2016 - 7:00am
Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels.
June 30, 2016 - 6:15pm
Bill Nelson
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson does diddly in Washington, but when there's something going on back home, he's a master at hanging out with the drama.
June 30, 2016 - 1:45pm
Hopefully, those most interested in the preponderance of algae blooms on the Treasure Coast take the time to actually read the results of the algae monitoring put out by the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP provides a nice map and the sites that the samples were taken from are numbered on the map.
June 30, 2016 - 7:00am
"See that little stream? We could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it -- a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind."      -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender Is The Night"
June 29, 2016 - 7:00am
Watching Hillary Clinton beaming sidewise on stage as Elizabeth Warren taunted Donald Trump brought the Wrigley twin ditty to mind: Double your pleasure, double your fun, with double good, double good, Doublemint gum.  
June 29, 2016 - 6:00am
Algae blooms are everywhere in Martin County. They lie like a blanket on the C-44 Canal, on the St. Lucie River, throughout the estuary, even at the beach.
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