Category: Opinion

OPINION: Turning the Toxic Tide: Florida is at historic crossroads; its leaders must act decisively

 As they have for decades, the real estate brochures and tourism campaigns continue to tout Florida as a sun-kissed Shangri-la, blessed with clear blue waters and pristine beaches that look like paradise. Those of us who live here know paradise is in trouble. (Read Editorial in TCPalm.com)

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EDITORIAL: Re-elect Bill Nelson to the Senate. He puts Florida’s interests first.

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott was a political unknown before he ran for governor eight years ago and rode into office on the tea party wave. Reelected in 2014, the term-limited state leader wants to move to the national stage. Floridians should say No. There is too much at stake for Florida — and the nation …

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EDITORIAL: Sean Shaw, as attorney general, can take Florida in a more enlightened direction

Floridians need an attorney general who is looking out for them, something they haven’t had for too long. Democrat Sean Shaw is by far the best candidate to return the office to the service of the people — and not to elected officials looking to further a mean and narrow political agenda. This has been …

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“Red Tide Rick” hides out in Punta Gorda after Disastrous Bus Tour

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s bumpy 10-day bus tour has run into a ditch in recent days. He was booed out of a restaurant in Venice. He canceled his event in Naples. And he only got a warm reception among Charlotte County Republicans because their event locked out anybody but local GOP leaders. (Read the story …

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EDITORIAL: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record. Voters shouldn’t let him. (Read more in …

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OPINION: The real extremist running for Florida Governor

Florida has not seen anything like the epic race pitting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum against Rep. Ron DeSantis, both aspiring to become Governor. Gillum made history by becoming the first black nominee for Governor in the history of the state after beating four other candidates, all millionaires, while running a bold and progressive campaign. DeSantis defeated Agriculture Commissioner Adam …

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EDITORIAL: Gov. Rick Scott’s Hurricane Irma response wasn’t so great

Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth is almost $250 million. Yet as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Bill Nelson, Scott describes himself in everyman terms. “I’ll return your phone calls,” he told supporters at a rally last month. If that pledge sounds familiar, it should. We heard it from Scott before Hurricane Irma. The governor gave out his …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Charlotte County Democrats offer their Views

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s note: The following letters to the editor from local Democrats appeared recently in the Sun newspapers. Give Gillum a fair, clean run Editor: Today as I put an Andrew Gillum for Governor sticker on the back of my car, it reminds me of when I drove around Charlotte County with an Obama for …

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Why are y’all so surprised Andrew Gillum won?

Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday may have seemed like a surprise. Of the five people in the race, he was the only non-millionaire or billionaire and the only African American. He was outspent and was at the bottom of the polls through most of the campaign. In short, few gave him a shot — …

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