Editorials

Editorials

Scott spends too much on private lawyers

Gov. Rick Scott and his fellow fiscal conservatives in Tallahassee are all too willing to make an exception to their spending discipline by paying private lawyers to defend their agendas at taxpayer expense. In the last six years, the state has spent more than $250 million on outside counsel to defend legislation, agency actions and lawsuits.

Editorials

Who gets deported? Sarasota sheriff wants clarity from ICE

As a law enforcement official who, like many others, takes guidance from the federal government, I am asking for clarity; it’s as simple as that. Define who will qualify for deportation, what laws will be used to detain these individuals within our jails, and who will be the federal agency responsible for ensuring that these laws are enforced consistently throughout the country.

National Opinions

Immigration rule changes tough on law enforcment

As a result of the recent changes in Washington, D.C., immigration reform has become a significant topic of concern for many Americans. The changes in direction and lack of clarity from the federal government seem to open a revolving door for local law enforcement agencies simply trying to keep their own communities safe and insulated from violent crime.

Editorials

No wonder they hid health bill

Republican House leaders have spent months dodging questions about how they would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better law and went so far as to hide the draft of their plan from other lawmakers. No wonder.

Editorials

Compounding a bad decision

Polarization. Infighting. Combativeness. These are all words most often associated with Congress and Washington, D.C. as a whole. Hole would be a good description, as in pit. A pit nobody has found a way to escape. They just keep digging the hole deeper. There is a measure of decorum missing in Manatee County, too.