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Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

Linda Downing

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...
Published: 07/24/15

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 ...
Published: 07/17/15

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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month ago


Writing for the Orlando Sentinel recently, Susan Jacobson said that in the Internet age, “…common sense is in short supply….” She spoke particularly of “etiquette” as being part of a bygone age. The modern te...
Updated: 2 months ago

Ignore the good and the bad labels

I owe Joe Biden an apology. I’ve given him negative labels over the years. At best, I kept my opinions to myself. At worst, I held them in my own head, causing me to miss out on something bigger than Biden’s well-known gaffes and unfilt...
Updated: 2 months ago

Sometimes, ‘who’s wrong’ doesn’t matter

Most people will not apologize even when wrong. We must accept that.
Updated: 2 months ago

‘Going backwards while moving forward’

In another month we will be halfway through 2015. We have goals — or not. We moved forward — even if it doesn’t “feel” like it. The sensation of being thrust into this moment while being sucked into the vacuum of th...
Updated: 2 months ago