Editorials

Editorials

Speed, secrecy raise legitimate doubts about GOP health reform

President Donald Trump promised to make health care “much less expensive and much better” shortly before his inauguration. So here’s a reasonable question for Republicans pushing an Affordable Care Act replacement through the U.S. Senate at lightning speed: Why not give the nation’s doctors, hospitals, nurses and patients enough time to see if the plan meets presidential expectations?

Editorials

GOP Legislature has assaulted public education

Now that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a massive education bill, Republican leaders in Tallahassee all claim to be winners, and the losers are the school superintendents, principals and teachers who begged the governor to veto House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s scheme to eviscerate public education.

Editorials

Playing congressional baseball game shows needed unity

The shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Capitol Police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist on Wednesday as the congressional Republican baseball team practiced in Alexandria, Va., for its annual game with congressional Democrats was savage, senseless and despicable. Scalise, a veteran Louisiana politician, was reported to be improving, but still in critical condition Friday.

Editorials

Shots fired, once again, in hate, intolerance

This we know: An angry Democrat wielding a rifle and a handgun opened fire Wednesday on House Republicans gathered at a baseball field in Virginia for a practice for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, a popular bipartisan fundraising event for charity that will go on, regardless.

Editorials

Trump should not step back on Cuba relations

President Donald Trump is expected to roll out his policy toward Cuba soon, possibly this week. It’s expected that he will reverse critical elements of the historic resumption in relations with Havana that his predecessor, Barack Obama, put in place.

Editorials

Route 66: a celebration of kitsch that’s worth saving

Museums don’t always have to come in the shape of white-columned buildings, with underground parking garages and yellowing parchment behind thick glass. They can be a ribbon of pavement that meanders through cornfields and scrub, a celebration of Americana in the form of gaudy neon motel signs and shiny diners with butterscotch malts on their menus.

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Floridians need to know what Russia did to influence our elections

The extent of the Russian attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election becomes more disturbing with each revelation, and the ongoing federal investigations should ferret out exactly what happened where. There is nothing more important to democracy than ensuring the integrity of elections and maintaining public confidence that the system is fair and the outcomes are not tainted.

Videos

South Carolina women's basketball prepares of overseas trip

Lakewood Ranch High School graduate LaDazhia Williams is among the newcomers getting a summer crash course in college and college basketball with her new South Carolina women's basketball teammates.
Dwayne Mclemore Columbia The State
South Carolina women's basketball prepares of overseas trip 1:49

South Carolina women's basketball prepares of overseas trip

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U.S. charges Guantánamo detainee with 2002 Bali bombing

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Mixon Fruit Farms arts and crafts fair

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Distracted driver slams into semi