More than ever, public education needs the united voice of the FEA
The Labor Day holiday is brought to you by the American labor movement — of which the Florida Education Association is a very proud part. Our labor union got its start in 1886, two years after Congress enacted the national holiday honoring workers. Now more than 140,000 members strong, the Florida Education Association (FEA) is […]
How old is too old when you’re a political candidate?
This summer, campaign ads in the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat have depicted Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson as “terribly confused,” as well as a politician in Washington for a “half-century.” To set the record straight: Nelson hasn’t been in Washington D.C. for a half century – he served in various elected positions in Florida […]
Stop the lying: Verify academic credentials for all candidates
Many political junkies and non-junkies know by now that Florida state House candidate Melissa Howard went to great lengths – including displaying a fake diploma — to conceal that she didn’t have a college degree from Miami University (Oh.) At first, she refused to drop out of the race, but then she did. The whole […]
Florida’s dog racing tracks are cruel and voters should ban them
The dogs “love to run.” That’s just one of dubious arguments peddled by the tone-deaf Florida gambling relics who are still trying to sell a disinterested public on the idea of greyhound racing. We can’t interview the dogs, obviously, to check the veracity of that claim. But in general, it appears most dogs love to […]
Florida’s Summer of Slime: Stuart and Lake Okeechobee
For several statewide publications, I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Myers and Cape Coral along the way to the Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida. Next up on our Summer of Slime photo tour is a visit to […]
A 77-year-old South Florida environmentalist speaks out and gets sued, harrassed. She won’t back down.
In Martin County, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. You may express your opinion–about a dodgy water deal, say, or damage to certain wetlands–but if you challenge the wrong billionaire, if you urge your elected representatives to take action thwarting the plans of said billionaire, you may find yourself […]
Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault
As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern. But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders – Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi […]
The Endangered Species Act has a target on its back
On a remote beach south of Tallahassee last week, a sizeable crowd gathered to watch legendary marine biologist Jack Rudloe release two rescued juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into the wild. Kemp’s ridleys are the world’s most endangered sea turtles; these two were fixed up and ready to go after getting caught in fishing line. […]
Grumpy rich people to public: Get off my lawn – er, public beach!
Maybe we’ve all been taking our right to stroll unfettered along Florida’s beaches for granted. Because it looks like a flap that exploded last week over public beach access way up in the Panhandle’s Walton County may be a test case for a land grab by wealthy waterfront residents to shut out the rest of […]
GOP environmentalists today: As rare as a Florida panther
In Florida, Republican environmentalists used to be a thing. And they didn’t get more prominent than Nathaniel Pryor Reed. The legendary conservationist from South Florida’s Jupiter Island died last week at the age of 84. Nat loved the woods and waters since boyhood. He spent his life trying to save wild Florida so that future […]
The boy lawmaker from the family farm grows up — into a sellout
It’s shocking how Adam Putnam doesn’t get the respect he so richly deserves. The man has something like $37 million in his campaign account. As Commissioner of Agriculture, he’s got name recognition less accomplished politicos can only dream of, what with “Adam H. Putnam” emblazoned on every gas pump from Chumuckla to Miami Beach. He […]