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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Linda Downing

Travel we must

This week our children traveled back to school. Some call them “our future.” They are arguably the most impressionable and most apathetic among us. Next to establishing discipline in a classroom, fighting apathy either drives our teache...
Published: 08/21/15

Real women must toughen up

“I think women of all kinds are really sort of horrified by this,” said Carly Fiorina, the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination. She spoke of the furor following Donald Trump’s negative reaction to Fox News d...
Published: 08/14/15

Let boredom provoke questions

We are an increasingly secular people who like to call ourselves “religious,” as long as we give that term the broadest possible definition. We choose no set rules except a free-for-all of human ideas. We select no rule book, but, rathe...
Updated one month ago

What-if scenarios are problematic

“What Would the World Look Like if the United States Disappeared?” by Dr. Saqib Qureshi was a puzzling opinion piece in The Tribune’s July 13 issue. Qureshi speaks of what might happen if the U.S. follows an isolationist policy. ...
Updated one month ago

Shake, shake, shake it off

Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to American politics in a long while. Like or despise him, he is forcing national conversation — the veterans, the immigration problem, the economy — that is causing both parties to quake in thei...
Updated one month ago

Embrace positive stubbornness

The Confederate flag debate is stripping only the veneer off the idol known as the Civil War. The subjugation of a people pressed into slavery can no longer be masked by a states rights’ argument. Negative stubbornness prefers to wound rather ...
Updated one month ago

Don’t lose your head

It was Jeb Bush on June 17 who was backed into the corner at a public meeting with a question about what he would do to put God in public life. It could be any of us — politician, preacher, or just a plain person — who claim to place Go...
Updated: 2 months ago

What are we celebrating?

If the mood of the United States was summed up by the title above Joe Henderson’s Tribune column — “Same-sex ruling tops history-making week” — we are in trouble.
Updated: 2 months ago

Put away the Confederate Flag

The Confederate Flag is a symbol with more than one meaning; so is the swastika. Both are still flaunted, even worshiped, by some who refuse to acknowledge that their symbol’s negative connotations have outweighed the positive. It is long past...
Updated: 2 months ago

Is downsizing the secret to happiness?

This past Dec. 31, “People who believe in hell tend to be less happy” occupied number 40 on The Tampa Tribune’s list—“50 Things we know now that we didn’t last year.” Perhaps the only thing more epheme...
Updated: 2 months ago