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Christian Ulvert: A presidency remembered for tearing down walls of injustice

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As I traveled back from Thailand to the United States earlier this month, I watched “Southside With You” and was once again in awe on the deep-rooted bond between our now former President, Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle Obama. The movie also depicts the devoted love President Obama has for his community and his sense of urgency to move strategically on solving problems. The movie was as a reminder of why so many of us feel a deep connection…

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Steve McFarlin: St. Pete Beach pays, but ‘rampant litigation’ far from over

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The City of St. Pete Beach recently paid nearly $500,000 to settle one of many lawsuits brought by Ken Weiss and Tim Weber in their quest to halt development on the barrier island. City officials believed the payout would finally help put an end to the rampant litigation that has plagued St. Pete Beach for nearly a decade. There’s one problem – even after the payment, the lawsuit is far from settled. The city’s attorney did not obtain a judge’s…

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J.P. Sasser: Environmental activists rewriting history, fraudulently manipulating data to sell land plan

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It’s incredible how foggy some people’s memories are when it comes to past efforts to restore the Everglades, buy farmland and build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Time and again, environmental extremists are quick to blame the sugar industry for every ill in the region, past, present and future, without any regard to science or the truth. And speaking of the truth and science, recently, they were caught by the South Florida Water Management District manipulating data to show…

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Steve Bahmer: Nursing home care in Florida has come a long way in the last 30 years

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Since the early 1980s, when the state Agency for Health Care Administration conducted its last major overhaul of the Medicaid payment system for nursing homes, the quality of care in Florida nursing homes has vastly improved. Although there are still exceptions, Florida is no longer home to the flood of nursing home horror stories that Sunshine State residents heard so frequently, and from so many homes, in the early ‘80s. Improved regulatory oversight at AHCA and a payment system that…

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Claudia Rodriguez: Motorola Solutions salutes Florida first responders

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This week, Floridians are taking pause to recognize and thank the men and women who protect us as we celebrate First Responder Appreciation Week. First responders make countless sacrifices and put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. Motorola Solutions Florida employees salute them for their endless support to those in need each day and during times of crisis. At the same time, our hearts go out to the families and friends of Master Sgt.…

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Kevin Hernandez: Donald Trump’s dream team for economic success

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The American public has long been yearning for a drastic change to the status quo. Sadly, the past eight years have brought onto us sluggish economic growth, a wave of overregulation that drastically hurts the viability of our small businesses and, overall, an out-of-touch administration. It’s no surprise that Americans are fed up, and this year’s election proved that. What has been needed, now more than ever, is for someone to shake up D.C. and repair an inefficient and inflated…

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Dennis Ross: Responsible solutions to repaying student loans

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report stating that federally issued Direct Student Loans placed in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will cost the government $74 billion, which is higher than previously estimated. According to the GAO, as of June of this year, 5.3 million student loan borrowers are repaying their loans in IDR plans. This means 5.3 million borrowers are repaying their loans with smaller monthly payments, thereby extending the time in which they will actually repay the…

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