April 14, 2017 12:05 am | Op-Ed | (1
you are struggling with student loan debt and
thought you might get a break, think again. This
week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos quietly
issued a decree reversing actions by President
Obama to ease the burden of people struggling to
pay off those loans.
Posted April 13, 2017 06:20 am | Op-Ed
When Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney
General Pam Bondi finally got around to
talking about Florida’s opioid crisis, the
hot air was suffocating. In parts of
Florida, opioids have overtaken homicides
and DUIs as a cause of very premature and
utterly unnecessary death. That is not
breaking news to anyone who has been paying
even a little attention.
April 10, 2017 06:35 am | Op-Ed
studies have shown Florida’s gun-totin’ “stand
your ground” law doesn’t work. The Journal of
American Medical Association recently reported,
“The removal of restrictions on when and where
individuals can use lethal force was associated
with a significant increase in homicide and
homicide by firearm in Florida.”
Posted April 5, 2017, 07:55 pm | Op-Ed
bills are the state’s reluctant, belated,
grudging way of saying “we’re sorry” for the
malfeasance and malpractice that ruined
someone’s life. In a functioning system, simple
mistakes and honest errors are caught quickly.
We do not have a functioning system.
Posted April 2, 2017, 11:30 am | Op-Ed
DCF’s “leadership” is not talking, but thanks to
what little is left of Florida’s public records
law, we know that the state adopted Lauryn out
to some “forever family” that later returned her
in a fit of buyer’s remorse.
Posted March 29, 2017, 08:35 am | Op-Ed
there’s one thing a $113,000 a year Florida tourism
executive urgently needs, it’s a $26,000 raise.
Florida tourism’s marketing honchos have a target on
their backs, fronts and sides, along with incomes
that vastly exceed what average Floridians will earn
in their best years, or their wildest dreams.
Posted March 27, 2017 06:22 am | Op-Ed
on your point of view, red-light cameras in
Florida are either: A) Of great benefit to
public safety by making drivers think twice when
approaching a changing traffic light; or B) a
cash grab by communities that amounts to a
Posted March 24, 2017 05:40 am | Op-Ed
a few weeks or months, we will learn the name of
the Volusia County woman who, in 1997, had the
bad fortune to encounter one Robert Sheridan
Haar. Florida’s public officials love to talk
tough on crime, but they won’t cough up the
chump change it would take to clear the backlog
of rape kits gathering dust.
Posted March 23, 2017 08:25 am | Op-Ed
you’re old enough to get married, you’re old
enough to have a will, but that’s not something
the Wedding Planner will tell you. It’s a
statistically safe bet that your parents, your
grandparents, and your wedding planner don’t
have a will of their own.
Posted March 17, 2017 06:45 am | Op-Ed
– Work-Life Balance. Employees have used or
heard these terms. They are two different
things. However, they are closely related. They
both leave a person with less energy: their
common denominator is negative consequences.
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.