OPINION

Orlando should concede Food Not Bombs battle

Keith McHenry, co-founder of the charity organization Food Not Bombs, was arrested last week with two other accomplices for what has been described as “food terrorism” by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Their crime? Feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park. Food Not Bombs has fed many homeless and poor people […]

Twitter town hall is positive

President Barack Obama took the unusual step of holding a Twitter “town hall” Wednesday afternoon in an effort to answer questions straight from the minds of ordinary citizens that use the popular media service. In the days before the event, Twitter users asked questions of the president using the tag […]

Verdicts in Casey Anthony case are correct

When Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder charges relating to the death of her infant daughter, Caylee Anthony, in an Orlando courthouse Tuesday, jaws dropped. When Casey Anthony was subsequently acquitted of charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child, they dropped even further. Justice was […]

Gov. Scotts rail policies are inconsistent, political

Gov. Rick Scott, in a purely political move, rejected federal funding in February for a high-speed rail project connecting Tampa to Orlando. The project would have created jobs in Florida at little cost to state taxpayers – most of the funding would have come from the federal government’s economic stimulus. […]

Debt ceiling should be abolished

A battle is raging in Washington, D.C. over raising the debt ceiling, which the U.S. hit May 16. One side says that reaching the ceiling is a failure in leadership and demands massive spending cuts with no tax increases to help balance the budget. The other side says that refusing […]

Tea party summer camp is ridiculous

Summer camp is in some ways a staple of the American psyche and pop culture. One need look no further than Nickelodeon’s television series “Salute Your Shorts” or “American Pie Presents: Band Camp” for wide-ranging examples. As a result of summer camps’ prevalence in culture, many students might have an […]

Gay marriage scores a telling victory

The fight for gay marriage reached a significant milestone Friday, when a bill legalizing gay marriage passed through the New York Senate. New York is now the sixth and largest state in the union to allow homosexuals to marry. The kicker is that New York’s same-sex marriage bill was approved […]

Obamas draw down is too little, too late

On Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. was brutally attacked by the terrorist organization al-Qaida, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans. In retaliation, then-President George W. Bush directed the American military to wage war on the terrorist group and the Taliban regime that harbored it in Afghanistan in retaliation. […]

Jackass stars death is tragic lesson for students

The man who jumped from balconies, cycled into a field of cactuses and traversed an Iceland waterfall in a barrel died Monday morning in a tragic car crash. “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, 34, was driving down a Pennsylvania highway in a Porsche 911 GT3 that veered off the road, went […]

Media obsession with Anthony trial goes too far

Three years ago, a 2-year-old girl disappeared near Orlando. Her body was found five months later. In the ensuing years, much has been made of the death of Caylee Anthony, generating a huge amount of media coverage. While the public certainly has a right to know about the case, the […]