Opinion

Opinion

In combating gun violence, a team effort is needed

There are nearly 12,000 gun-related murders every year in the U.S., with crimes like robbery, illegal possession, sexual assaults and others often involving illegally obtained handguns. Action is needed, as laws regulating gun sale and possession vary from state to state. States that feature the loosest gun control laws threaten […]

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Stop the pill shop

Illegal drugs each seem to have their time in the sun. For LSD and heroin, that time was the ’60s and ’70s. Cocaine was popular in the 1980s, and club drugs like ecstasy appeared en masse in the ’90s. Last decade, the aughts, saw the meteoric rise of prescription drug […]

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Even in politics, the numbers dont lie

When political comedian Jon Stewart announced plans to hold a “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, D.C., many wondered if it was little more than a joke. Now that planning and promotions are well under way for the event, conservatives are still left wondering. The Oct. 30 rally, which will […]

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High school mascots arent copyright infringements

In Florida, there are 3,629 public schools totaling more than 2.5 million students. All of these schools need a mascot, whether it’s as clich as the Lions, Tigers or Bears, or as original as the Grenadiers of Colonial High School in Orlando. High schools’ mascots are visible and well known, […]

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Pedestrians need better crosswalk alternatives

The installation of an overpass or pedestrian traffic lights would help alleviate the traffic nightmare thousands of USF drivers and pedestrians deal with on a daily basis, without the need to hire crossing guards. Some of the busiest crosswalks of concern are on Leroy Collins Boulevard – adjacent to the […]

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Adoption ruling was fair, needed

Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeals upheld an appeal ruling Wednesday that ended a prohibition on gays and lesbians adopting children in the state, joining many other states that have already done so. Scientific research has consistently shown that there is no significant difference between heterosexual and homosexual parents and […]

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Lets keep the DREAM alive

Important congressional legislation that would have favored hard working individuals, for whom the U.S. is the only home they can remember, did not gain the necessary votes for passage Tuesday. However, this should not discourage continued efforts to pass similar reform. The DREAM Act, short for Development, Relief and Education […]

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A half day of Spanish is full of benefits

For the past four years, some Pinellas County public schools have used an interesting technique to educate elementary school students: they teach the first half of the school day in English and the second in Spanish. This approach teaches students a new skill that is best learned at a young […]

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Its time to end embargo

Recent developments have revealed a change in direction in the Cuban government’s hard-line communist ideology, with former Cuban President Fidel Castro admitting the political system has failed, a half-million government employees getting laid off and the recent freeing of political prisoners by the regime. Now’s the time for an end […]

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Audit that pointsto Crists spendingis politcal, absurd

It’s about 40 days till the November elections, and the discourse is becoming increasingly dirty. Last Friday, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) released an “internal audit” of its finances, implicating Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who switched to an independent in the middle of his U.S. Senate race, and disgraced […]