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Climate Change and the Florida Fall

Sep 30, 2016 1 Comment by

by Dell deChant As the fall of 2016 begins with the autumnal equinox (September 22), here in this part of Florida most folks are probably aware that we’ve had an usually hot summer – which is saying something for the Tampa Bay Region.  This should not be too much of a surprise however, since August […]

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Opinion: Guns & Education Do Not Mix

Apr 08, 2015 No Comments by

by Don Saunders If the Guns-on-Campus Bill passes it would inspire a modification of Victor Hugo’s famous aphorism: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”   Instead, we might now observe: Those who open schools to guns imprison education. Background: The Florida Board of Governors, University Police Chiefs, University Presidents, the League of Women Voters, […]

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Throwin’ So Much Away: ‘Garbage Night’ in America

Mar 06, 2015 No Comments by

by Frank Ferreri The adage about a road paved with good intentions probably fits a good many of us in contemporary U.S.A. culture.  We recycle, we prioritize the reusable, and we teach our children to take care of the planet. But for most of us, without twice-weekly trash service, we’d have more garbage in our […]

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OPINION: Teachers Say VAM Evaluations Are Flawed

May 06, 2014 No Comments

Teachers Say VAM Evaluations are Flawed Marc Yacht, MD, MPH Many of Florida’s public school teachers see little value in the value-added-model (VAM) teacher evaluation process that’s being used this year. Also labeled “value added analysis” or “value added assessment,” the evaluation tool is tied to student testing results. VAM assesses how one student’s scores […]

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EDITORIAL: Do the Math (but not the Science)!

Apr 06, 2014 1 Comment

Editorial Do the Math (but not the Science) There are at least 164 voucher-eligible schools in our state teaching Creationism, according to Brandon Haught’s recent op ed in the Tampa Bay Times.  Haught is communications director for Florida Citizens for Science. He explains that FCS takes “a strong, determined stand for sound science education in […]

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OPINION: A European’s Perspective on Consumerism in Florida: Too Cold, Too Wasteful

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Written by Kathrin Kohle I have visited America a couple of times, and I always enjoy my stay. But whenever I’m here, the same things bother me — the waste of resources, especially energy and recyclables. My experience of American wastefulness of energy and recyclables is illustrated in a recent shopping experience. When I head […]

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OP/ED: Reasoned Reflections On Mr. Rubio’s “Reasonable Debate”

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

Here is another example of what seems to be the big fight. Conservatives who believe climate change is a hoax and liberals who accept the claims of climate scientists and want to make changes. There’s no doubt big money is on both sides pushing agendas, but what about those people who may have no political […]

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OP/ED: The American Future: High Speed Rail and Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

May 17, 2012 1 Comment

This article originally published on NewPortRichey.Patch.com is Copyright 2012 Robert C Marlowe, and republished with permission. Geeknote: Fair warning disclaimer– This is the most “political” GEEKNOTE I’ve ever written. I may make you mad, but I hope that I make you think. The past two weeks have been a bit of a blur. Two weeks […]

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