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Mary Jo Melone

Mary Jo Melone has 5 articles published.

Veteran columnist Mary Jo Melone is a freelance writer and an alumna of the St. Petersburg Times.

Mary Jo Melone: What a guy — Antonin Scalia on hate, guns and gridlock

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Social etiquette requires that I not speak ill of the dead, but when the dead man was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice — namely, Antonin Scalia — speaking ill (civilly, although that is not in fashion) is an absolute necessity. Especially now. After Orlando. Scalia defended criminalizing gay sex because many people don’t like gays. “They view this as protecting themselves from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.” He said banning gay sex was no different…

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Mary Jo Melone: Not a column; a plea for Orlando

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Driving I-4 through Orlando, you see them. The billboard proclaim what is now ho-hum in this country. #OrlandoStrong #LoveOrlando #PrayforOrlando Add this to the list, please. #AmericaSickandTired Have you noticed that the phrase “take him out” is now part of our everyday language?  We are accustomed to terms like “SWAT team,” “active shooter,” “on lockdown,” “armored vehicle.” It is the language of an armed camp. The news coverage is predictable. TV stations repeat and repeat cellphone videos punctuated by gunfire…

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Mary Jo Melone: The end of the Fairness Doctrine led us to Donald Trump

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In a time long, long ago — in the late 70s and early 80s — and in a land far, far away — Philadelphia — I was a radio journalist. This was so strange a time that AM radio counted. Stranger still, if you spun the dial (this was still possible), you didn’t hear much sex or shouting. You could, however, hear plenty of stupid. In a cheerfully rough city, that was politics. Strangest of all, it was remarkably civilized,…

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Mary Jo Melone: A day for forgetting

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The coals in the backyard grill are cold, and the beer cans have been recycled. The patriotic songs are over, and the hyper-inflated political speeches are done. Memorial Day has passed. There is no more contradictory day on the calendar, no day when so much oratorical fiction replaces those disturbances called facts. Here’s what we say:  Memorial Day is for remembrance, for the living and dead, who served and did what they were called upon to do, no matter the…

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Mary Jo Melone: Hillary Clinton, without apology

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Like Donald Trump’s narcissism, the misogyny driving the vitriol aimed at Hillary Clinton is bottomless. The best that can be said of the legions of her critics is that some, women among them, don’t know history. Worse yet, few who are puzzled by the vitriol directed at Clinton bother to see her through the lens of her experience as a woman. Clinton is part of the last generation of women who could only gain access to political power through their…

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