Author: Marcelene Pilcher, CORRESPONDENT

OPINION: Florida legislators should consider COVID-19 when reopening to international tourists

Florida reported the highest COVID-19 summer death rate in the nation, passing 18,000 deaths since June due to the delta variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ongoing community profile reports.  Florida legislators who politicized mitigation measures and vaccinations instead of encouraging them are partially responsible […]

OPINION: HUD should hold developers accountable amid housing crisis

Gov. Ron DeSantis cut off all state funding to subsidized housing developers Cambridge Management and Southport Financial Services on Sept. 24 after witnessing firsthand the deplorable conditions of the Hilltop Village affordable housing community in Jacksonville. Following a News 4 Jacksonville exposé on the apartment’s conditions in April, Sen. Marco […]

OPINION: Florida legislators can’t be trusted with honest redistricting

Florida legislators are currently in the process of redrawing state legislative and congressional districts. These GOP legislators are under particular scrutiny this year after the Florida Supreme Court concluded the last process was illegally hijacked by Republican political operatives 10 years ago. Despite this, GOP leaders have held no public […]

OPINION: USF’s Diversity and Equal Opportunity policy needs revision

USF Athletics announced June 15 it won’t renew associate head men’s basketball coach Tom Herrion’s contract after an independent review by the Lightfoot, Franklin and White Law Firm looking into insensitive comments made by Herrion to student-athletes found he violated USF’s misconduct policies.  The review found Herrion didn’t violate USF […]