March 12, 2017 10:30 am | Op-Ed
Supporters will argue that Florida’s “Stand Your
Ground” law is vital to individual safety, but
the measure never took judgment and common sense
into the equation. It legalizes impulses that
can be deadly.
Posted March 9, 2017, 08:35 am | Op-Ed
Pons is still the kind of public official who
gave Florida’s Deferred Retirement Option
Program (DROP) a very bad name. Pons lost his
bid for re-election November as Leon County’s
Superintendent of Schools. As a DROP-enrollee he
was entitled a $6778 monthly pension check and a
one-time payment of just under $200,000.
Posted March 7, 2017, 07:15 am | Op-Ed
After she stopped laughing, First Amendment
Foundation President Barbara Petersen pointed
out the holes in the rationalizations,
prevarications and passive aggressive
sandbagging served up by Coleman to justify
AHCA’s “new redaction process.”
March 3, 2017, 08:55 am | Op-Ed
The clubs have
names like I Am One and Brave Women of Palm
Beach County, and to look at their elegant
members, you’d think they were ladies of leisure
on their way to a fashion show or an art
gallery. Instead, they are the heartbroken
survivors of beloved children and siblings whose
extreme mental illnesses ultimately killed them
March 2, 2017 04:30 am | Op-Ed
As we saw during the last campaign, Marco
Rubio can be awfully good at not showing up. His
latest no-show has nothing to do with his
attendance in the U.S. Senate, though. Now, he
doesn’t want to show up at town hall meetings
because people might be rude.
February 22, 201 05:00 am | Op-Ed
Late in the campaign, the New Yorker
satirist Andy Borowitz wrote that Queen
Elizabeth II was offering to take the colonies
back, suggesting that Americans dissatisfied
with their options should just write in her name
for president. It doesn’t seem quite as funny
now as it did then.
February 13, 2017, 05:45 am | Op-Ed
Very Best Idea in Florida Right This Minute
comes from Palm Beach County
Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who is asking
Gov. Rick Scott to call Florida’s heroin
epidemic by its right name: a public health
February 9, 2017 07:25 am | Op-Ed
I would add that any company needing an
“incentive” beyond Florida’s obvious strengths
to do business here is probably not a company we
need. But that’s just me.
February 7, 2017, 08:55 am | Op-Ed
By age six, our daughters have internalized the
belief that they are not as smart as boys. Boys
think so, too. That works well for the
bipartisan coalition of Men Who Like Things The
Way They Are, but makes for “a pathological
system that rewards men for their incompetence
while punishing women for their competence to
the detriment of everybody.”
January 31, 2017, 05:15 am | Op-Ed
"You undress on a large paper sheet, the better to
capture any hair or fiber evidence that falls from your
body or clothing. You’re photographed naked from head to
toe. You’re poked, probed and swabbed in your mouth,
your anus and your genitals."
January 30, 2016 07:05 am | Op-Ed
President Trump, don’t waste your time and
political resources in trying to prove the
unprovable. You won. Move on.
January 27, 2017 04:00 am | Op-Ed
Gov. Scott threatened
Florida ports with sanctions if they do business
with Cuba. He underscored it with a pair of tweets.
Let's think this through. If Cuba is off limits, I
guess China should be too.
Posted January 25, 2017, 12:01 am | Op-Ed
The “leadership” that pressured low-level
caseworkers to sign off on homes where the
Humane Society would not place a rescue cat
is gone, too. They have risen to higher and
better-paying levels of incompetence, where
they continue to take things very seriously.
January 24, 2017 01:45 am | Op-Ed
announcing he will vote to approve Rex
Tillerson for secretary of state, the fittingly
titled junior U.S. senator from Florida proved
he is compromised and cut down to size.
January 22, 2016 09:45 am |
Part II | Op-Ed
With the inauguration of Donald Trump, it is a good time to review the electoral impact of eight years of
the Obama White House. One of the impacts is the election of Trump which surprised the entire political universe.
January 21, 2016 08:45 am |
The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack
Obama focused on the theme of change. Obama
promised to “restore our moral standing” and
“focus on nation-building here at home.”
January 19, 2017 08:30 am | Op-Ed
DeVos, whose children never attended public
schools, may soon lead the nation’s Dept. of
Education. Assuming she is confirmed, care to
take a guess what Florida public education will
look like four years from now?
Posted January 18, 2017, 04:15 am | Op-Ed
Palm Beach County, millions of pounds of
vegetables are unpicked, plowed under, and
rotting in the fields not far away from large
populations of undernourished children.
January 13, 2017 10:35 am | Op-Ed
Rubio promised during his campaign for
re-election to the U.S. Senate that he would
stand up to Donald Trump when necessary.
“Necessary” didn’t take long to arrive.
January 12, 2017 04:30 am | Op-Ed
The past eight years have brought onto us
sluggish economic growth, a wave of
overregulation that drastically hurts the
viability of our small businesses and, overall,
an out-of-touch administration. It’s no surprise
that Americans are fed up, and this year’s
election proved that.
January 10, 2017 07:00 am | Op-Ed
were outraged that, during her acceptance speech
for a lifetime of excellence in Hollywood, she
referenced Trump’s mocking of a disabled
reporter during the campaign.
January 8, 2017 07:15 am | Op-Ed
have the votes, for now, to move ahead with
something. What that is, though, is anyone’s
guess. After barking their hatred for Obamacare
for six years, they have, in the words of Senate
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, become “the dog
that caught the car.”
January 4, 2017 07:05 am | Op-Ed
elected members of Congress do their work
farther away from home, an independent Office of
Congressional Ethics is more important than
January 2, 2017 01:05 pm | Op-Ed
While most of the most popular New Year’s
resolutions - eat right, work out more, learn a
new language – might be personal, there are
always attainable resolutions in the workplace.
December 30, 2016 01:30 am | Op-Ed
of rape to rapeseed has changed in today’s
digital card catalogue, thanks to women like
Brownmiller who did the hard and largely
thankless work of bringing light to dark
corners where women’s spirits are broken.
December 28, 2016 05:10 am | Op-Ed
If it’s OK with you, though, I think 2016 has
been filled with so many things we would like to
forget (and I’m not even talking about Donald
Trump … yet) that we should cut this year short.
It has been an unwelcome guest for 51 weeks, and
it needs to go away.
Special to the Observer
A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for
Wonder in the Natural World
October 9, 2016
El Capulin Monarch Sanctuary, Mexico, 2007. Deep
in the Sierra Madre Mountains, millions of
monarch butterflies are arriving from North
America after their grueling annual migration.
They cover the mountaintop, the trees. Leigh Ann
Henion, there on a magazine assignment, is smack
dab in the middle of them. “They brushed against
my face and fell into my hair,” she said,
enchanted by the glorious sight.
The inspiring story of the
woman who saved the Appalachian Trail
May 15, 2016 08:45 am
Lib, before today’s slick designer hiking gear,
and way before GPS, there was Grandma Gatewood.
This strong-minded mother of 11 with 23
grandkids knew who she was and what she wanted.
She wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail from
beginning to end. All by herself. And nothing
was going to stop her.