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The United States Has Been Dithering on Climate Change Since LBJ. Enough.

| November 12, 2015

despite 50 years of growing scientific consensus, the warming of the earth continues unabated. Well-funded lobby groups have sowed doubt among the public and successfully downplayed the urgency of the threat.

Paying for Patriotism: The Pentagon’s Crass, Misguided Stunts

| November 11, 2015

The Pentagon has been buying and choreographing patriotism at NFL, baseball and NASCAR events that are made to look spontaneous and voluntary. They’re anything but.

Even Liberals Should Concede:
Obamacare Is Not Working

| November 9, 2015

Between the rapacity of insurers, GOP assaults and its own flaws, the Affordable Care Act is failing its promise to curb costs and make insurance coverage affordable. Republicans have no alternative. But a better one already exists.

Hunting Bear at Whole Foods Misfires

| November 4, 2015

The chairman of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s comparison of hunting bear to shopping at Whole Foods prompts Tom O’Hara to investigate. He strikes out on bear meat.

America’s Pious Embrace of the Police State

| November 1, 2015

The easy worship of the use of force abroad for the past 15 years is coming home to roost in an escalation of police-state tactics and violence a majority of the public dangerously accepts if not condone.

Inequality in the Age of Uber

| October 31, 2015

For fairness as well as for efficiency reasons, rights and benefits should be attached to individuals, not to companies or employment status, and should be fully portable across sectors and jobs.

Vaccine Skepticism and Militant Islamism

| October 25, 2015

Politics and irrational fears rooted in anti-government sentiment dictate the response to polio vaccination programs in several countries dominated by Islamic insurgencies.

Charlie Crist and His Convertible Wedding Dress: Perfect Fits for Washington

| October 24, 2015

Based on all he’s done in the past, having gone from Chain Gang Charlie to Populist Charlie the freshman congressman is going to be a go-to guy for all the blues on the Hill, writes Nancy Smith.

A Third Palestinian Intifada Is Inevitable. Intransigence and Extremism Make It So.

| October 22, 2015

Israel’s occupation policy has undermined the state’s political and ethical foundations, while turning Prime Minister Netanyahu into a hostage of forces even more extreme than he is.

NRA’ Misinformation, Mendacity and Victim-Blaming Take a Dive Into Rabbit Holes

| October 18, 2015

More guns do not lead to less crime. More guns lead to more crime, argues Julie Delegal, who sees NRA zealots misrepresented the facts on guns with junk science wrapped in blame-the-victim hysteria.

Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Advisory Club Committee: Why We Should Run the Facility

| October 17, 2015

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club Advisory Committee makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, ahead of next Tuesday’s decision by the Flagler County School Board on the fate of the facility.

Professional Pathways: Why We Should Run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| October 17, 2015

Professional Sports Pathways, a private sports academy that runs the Center for Excellence soccer school in Palm Coast, makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club.

Palm Coast Government’s Arrogance
Proves It: Charter Review Is Overdue

| October 16, 2015

The Palm Coast City Council has responded to calls for a charter review with smugness, contempt and disrespect toward a council member elected by more people than three other council members combined. Enough of the charade.

Gail Wadsworth: Florida’s Court Clerks Spotlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month

| October 13, 2015

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were more than 106,000 cases of domestic violence reported in Florida last year. While this statistic is alarming enough, the numbers only continue to increase when factoring in the countless incidents of domestic violence that go unreported by victims.

Florida’s Clergy Did Not Need More Protection from Gays. They Don’t Bite.

| October 11, 2015

Florida lawmakers in each chamber are plowing ahead with bills to protect the religious freedoms of lawsuit-fearing clergy in case the U.S. Constitution doesn’t. It’s entirely unnecessary, argues Nancy Smith.

A Hillary Clinton Playground at Old Kings Elementary: What’s the School Board Smoking?

| October 10, 2015

The school board approved a $15,000 Hillary Clinton Playground for Old Kings Elementary, dismissing Clinton’s political candidacy as a non-issue and ignoring her hatred for women.

A Ben Carson Reading Room at Old Kings Elementary: What’s the School Board Smoking?

| October 8, 2015

The school board this week approved a privately funded $15,000 Ben Carson Reading Room for Old Kings Elementary, dismissing Carson’s political candidacy as a non-issue and ignoring his Islamophobia. It’s a serious mistake.

Jeb Bush Blows It On Race

| October 6, 2015

With just two words — “free stuff” — Bush managed to insult millions of black Americans, completely misread what motivates black people to vote, and falsely imply that African Americans are the predominant consumers of vital social services.

The Big Pharma Mafia:
Your Money Or Your Life

| September 29, 2015

Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli’s decision to raise the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim from $18 to $750 per pill is emblematic of America’s pharmaceutical industry, where price-gouging is the norm.

Pope Francis’s Challenge to America

| September 24, 2015

Pope Francis is challenging conservative Americans–and presidential candidates–to rethink their belligerence to Cuba, Palestinians and action on global warming, writes Chris Patten.

How Does Lawbreaking Kim Davis Get to Keep Her Job?

| September 22, 2015

The law of the land isn’t an item on an a la carte menu from which elected officials can pick and choose, argues Nancy Smith, who says Kim Davis should have been removed from office by the governor.

Muslim, Dark-Skinned, Geeky:
Ahmed Mohamed Had No Chance

| September 19, 2015

If there’s remaining doubt that it is subhuman to be a Muslim or an Arab in the United States, the imbecilic arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed over a clock puts the doubts to rest.

Flagler’s Ronald Reagan Republicans: Don’t Associate Us With Palm Coast Charter Review

| September 18, 2015

Mike McElroy, president of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies, says Palm Coast Councilman Steven Nobile’s push for a charter review–while not a bad idea–is entirely his own rather than an agenda of the RRRs.

World Warms to Climate Change Treaty, But Europe, Not U.S. Is Setting the Standard

| September 17, 2015

December’s UN conference on climate change in Paris may lead to a treaty as a consensus has emerged that it’s also about economic challenges like poverty, sustainable development, and the wellbeing of future generations.

Federal Bureaucracy Is the Monster Killing the Florida Everglades

| September 15, 2015

Federal regulations keep water from flowing south into Everglades National Park, where it could save a freshwater-dependent ecosystem dying of thirst, argues Nancy Smith.

The Hell With Your Tired,
Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses

| September 13, 2015

Barack Obama’s order to open the U.S. to 10,000 refugees is dismal compared to Germany’s. Racism, not means, block greater numbers from an American welcome.

Boots on the Ground to Fight ISIS? Sure, But Arab and Turkish Boots, Not American

| September 10, 2015

Republican candidates for president are right about calling for military force against ISIS, wrong about the kind of force that should fight: only Sunni fighters from Arab lands and Turkey can effectively defeat ISIS, argues Joseph Nye.

“God’s Authority” Has No Place In Civil Government

| September 7, 2015

Kim Davis is not the problem. She’s a symptom of a dangerous movement that seeks to carve out religious objections all over the law books, making civil government a vassal of religious edicts.

Bill Gates: The Rich World’s Responsibility to Those Who’ll Suffer Most From Global Warming

| September 2, 2015

Climate change can’t be stopped tomorrow, but its devastating effects on millions of the poorest farmers can be reduced if richer countries invest in cleaner technologies now, and help farmers better adapt, Bill Gates writes.

Florida’s New Drone Law, Restricting “Surveillance,” Is a Gift to Personal Injury Lawyers

| September 1, 2015

Like medical marijuana, there’s an entrepreneurial rush to get in on the drone business, but states like Florida have been stumbling their way to legislation., argues Nancy Smith.

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