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Editorial Opinions / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

See the latest editorials written by the Sun Sentinel editorial board.

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:14:40 -0400

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Connecticut, you're no Florida | Editorial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:20:00 PDT

To our friends at the Hartford Courant: We feel your pain. We often disagree with Gov. Rick Scott. But we can’t fault him for selling Florida to Nutmeggers, even though we have more than enough residents and wouldn’t mind sending a few your way.

(Hartford Courant Editorial: Florida? No, thanks...


Florida? No thanks, Gov. Scott | Editorial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Here's some advice for Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Go back to Florida and stay there.

Mr. Scott trolled Connecticut on Monday, suggesting residents "give up ... capitulate, and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves."

What, exactly, makes Florida a better place to live? Is it the alligators?...


What the attack on home rule means to you | Opinion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Over the years I have heard many shorthand phrases to remind me of life's lessons. A favorite is, "when you are a hammer everything looks like a nail." In other words, our background and experiences tend to create a lens through which we identify problems and develop solutions. This last legislative...


Alliances bloom at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens | Opinion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens this month highlights the strong connection between Florida and Japan that goes back more than a century and continues to thrive today.

In the early 1900s, Japanese farmers arrived here from Miyazu City in Kyoto prefecture...


Editorial cartoons from around the country

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Take a look at what cartoonists from around the country are saying about current issues and events.


How (if ever) can Democrats reoccupy the White House? | Opinion

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The first several months of Donald Trump's presidency have been riddled with poor decisions, false starts, and miscalculations. At first glance, these errors, combined with his current low standing in public opinion polls, suggest a high level of vulnerability for the president when he seeks re-election...


Last call for alcohol on South Beach | Editorial

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:15:00 PDT

In the aftermath of a Memorial Weekend shooting, Miami Beach officials want to make 2 a.m. the last call for alcohol on Ocean Drive, the city’s iconic hot spot for people who love the night life.

Never mind that the shooting happened at 10:35 p.m. Or the racial undertones in calling for a curfew...


Dems, reset your message, keep a positive mental attitude | Letters

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Positive Mental Attitude, PMA, is the way to go after a disappointing election outcome. Instead of trying to recreate the wheel, stop and evaluate all that Democrats have accomplished throughout the years.

All roads leading to human rights were mostly fought for by brave leaders and Democrats,...


GOP health care plans will worsen opioid scourge | Opinion

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio — It's true. This feels like the center of the opioid crisis in America. But so do West Virginia and Maryland and Massachusetts and hamlets with such names as Pleasantville, Welch and Delray Beach.

It is foolish to deny this is a catastrophe; ridiculous to think it is not...


Citizens to policyholders — 'Take it or leave it' | Opinion

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

“Your home is your castle.” Few of us would permit a stranger to come into our homes and choose what kind of roof, floor tile, or carpeting we’ll have in our homes. Most people don’t realize that if your home is damaged in a fire, flood, hurricane or water loss, your insurance company may turn...


Covering the White House, from twilight to dark | Opinion

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Freedom of the press, in my view, has two parts. First there is the freedom to publish, to criticize and to petition. Then there is the critical issue of the freedom to gather the news — not just to report it but also to gather it.

Without the freedom to gather the news, the freedom to print it,...


Monkey insult reminder that Hollywood Confederacy debate about race | Opinion

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:15:00 PDT

More than 150 years after the fall of the traitorous Confederate States of America, there are still fights in our streets over honoring leaders of the rebel army.

On Wednesday, protesters in Hollywood clashed outside City Hall over renaming streets named after Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee,...


Richard Corcoran’s nanny-state style | Editorial

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 PDT

In the mind of Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, 160 legislators in Tallahassee better represent you than your city council, county commission or school board.

Corcoran’s claim is not only arrogant, it shows the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature no longer believes the basic Republican...


Have felons truly paid their debt to society? | Letters

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Jason Kander, president of Let America Vote and author of the June 20 op-ed "If you've done your time, you should get to vote," wants state laws changed to allow ex-felons to vote again. "They have paid their debt to society," he maintains. The only way they may regain the voting privilege is through...


Peril of Putin escapes President Trump | Editorial

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:15:00 PDT

One of the most troubling aspects to the Kremlin's meddling with the American presidential campaign has been that, since Donald Trump took office, Washington has not lifted a finger to punish Russia for its actions.

That may change soon, now that the Senate has voted 98-2 to impose a new round...


Megyn Kelly's NBC struggles no surprise | Opinion

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with conspiracy theory peddler Alex Jones spent a week in the spotlight before it even aired.

In the end, Kelly won over some critics with a tougher-than-expected grilling of Jones. But she didn’t win over the public. Most of them didn’t even watch.

Kelly has...


Is victory in Georgia race of great consequence, or none at all? | Opinion

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

As promised, the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District was nip and tuck. Republican Karen Handel nevertheless eked out a win over newcomer Jon Ossoff, a Democrat. In a rational political atmosphere, neither side would take great comfort from nor be seized with panic because of...


Broward needs an elected county mayor | Editorial

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 PDT

If you believe Broward County needs a bigger voice on the public stage, now’s the time to say so.

If you believe Broward needs a recognizable leader who’s clearly in charge, now’s the time to be heard.

If you believe Broward needs an elected county mayor who can rise above parochial interests and...


To GOP, we're mushrooms — keep us in the dark | Opinion

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:35:00 PDT

For Republicans who control Tallahassee and Washington, the playbook on unpopular legislation is the same: Work in secret and spring it on the public.

In Florida, political dark arts created the House Bill 7069, the first step toward the right-wing goal of privatizing public education, now that...


To Speaker Richard Corcoran: 'We are in this battle together' | Opinion

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Dear Mr. Speaker,

Thank you for your service to our state. I know that for you, public service is a calling and a passion. I also know that you are a principled man who cares deeply about the future of our state. However, I must respectfully disagree with the remarks you made at a breakfast gathering...


Giving platform to conspiracy-spouting madman risky | Opinion

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Just throw an idea out there, no matter how crazy, and in today's world people — sometimes a surprising number of them — will buy it. As a friend used to say, "I can teach it round or I can teach it flat."

And that was before the internet made it much easier.

Elvis is alive living in Paraguay,...


Otto Warmbier's classmate: He was 'everyone's friend' | Opinion

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:55:00 PDT

I have two memories of Otto Warmbier.

The first was in third-grade gym class. He nailed me in the back of the head with a kickball. My face hit the hot black pavement. When I got back up, Otto was a bawling, snot-faced mess apologizing profusely. It was a genuine sadness. He wasn't upset about...


Allow Floridians full access to physical therapy services | Opinion

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

It seems like today there are more questions than answers with respect to the future of health care in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act of 2017 in May that still faces an uncertain future.

In 2016, Tampa Bay Times published...


Expose stealth Trumpcare law to sunshine | Editorial

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:01:00 PDT

Seldom if ever has Congress spawned anything as grossly unpopular as the American Health Care Act, the bill to repeal Obamacare. National polls show just 29 percent of people approve of it. Every state is against it. For Sen. Marco Rubio's information, 48 percent of Floridians oppose it, compared...


If you've done your time, you should get to vote | Opinion

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:30:00 PDT

On Nov. 8, 2016, we saw what will probably become one of the most consequential elections in American history, yet one in 10 voting age Floridians was unable to cast a ballot. That's because Florida is one of only three states in the country — along with Iowa and Kentucky — where any felony conviction...