Editorials

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn’t the easiest person in Washington to agree with. Her policies tend to be based on the very limited experience of an ultra-rich person whose protected existence insulates her from the realities of the educational systems she oversees. But DeVos, who visited...
Twenty years ago, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began its 4.9 billion-mile odyssey to Saturn with a picture-perfect liftoff. The $3.9 billion mission — a three-way collaboration among NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency — was ambitious by the standards of any age. Saturn...
Although inevitable, it was still welcome and reassuring that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, this week declared several Florida counties eligible for disaster relief funding. The designation allows residents to apply for grants that can pay for home repairs, temporary shelter...
There’s a dramatic trope pitting two fighters against each other, both holding long knives, lashed together by their wrists. Many divorcing couples know how it feels to stand in that dusty arena. That’s what makes the concept of “collaborative divorce” so appealing. Couples who agree to go...
Most of Florida has begun to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma and determine priorities of the pending cleanup. We owe immense gratitude to our first responders, electrical utility workers, health care providers, shelter operators and others who braved the wicked elements to ensure the rest...
The most disturbing thing about the data breach acknowledged last week by the credit reporting agency Equifax is not that 143 million people’s personal data may have been exposed, nor that there’s not much those people can do about it. It’s that Equifax probably isn’t going to suffer for it, at...
Everyone who supports President Donald Trump is racist. So said a local Facebook troll going all in with the fashionable new tool for casting political opponents as monsters. We have all seen the propensity of friends, neighbors and colleagues to thoughtlessly charge “racism” when someone...
America is ramping up its troop strength in Afghanistan again. Not to the dramatic, six-figure force we once had there, but something close to a 50 percent increase, depending on which numbers we use. The numbers can be deceptive — and it turns out that was intentional. There was something of a...
The United States’ lengthy economic recovery and low unemployment rate seem to be promising signs, but cracks in the foundation reveal some concerns for the future. While the official unemployment rate has hit a 16-year low, at 4.3 percent, the “U-6” underemployment rate, which includes those...
Anyone who was in this area for Opal, Erin, Dennis or Ivan — or any of their predecessors — knows the drill. You watch and you wait and sometimes you get the brunt of a major storm and sometimes it slides by. With the future track of Hurricane Irma uncertain, folks in Northwest Florida have...

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