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Why I Love Joe Biden

by Brian Hassett, Brainland, December 31, 2023. First of all, he’s an Irish leprechaun, and I’m very pro Irish leprechaun. Second — he’s also an empath . . . as opposed to a sociopath. As he likes to say in his Irish way — “Don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”

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Opinion

Can Donald Trump control his inner caveman?

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe, January 26,2024. That question looms as the presidential primary campaign moves to Nikki Haley’s home state of South Carolina. With New Hampshire behind us, it’s on to South Carolina, which holds its Republican presidential primary on Feb. 24. What can you say about the pleasant-weather place? Perhaps James Louis

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Opinion

The responsibility of Republican voters

Editorial, New York Times, January 15, 2024. Republicans who will gather to cast the first votes of the 2024 presidential primary season have one essential responsibility: to nominate a candidate who is fit to serve as president, one who will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Donald Trump, who has proved

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Coronavirus

Florida Surgeon General Ladapo’s attack on vaccines is dangerous

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2024. OUR POSITION: He has his supporters, but we believe Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s statements about not using vaccines is dangerously irresponsible. A new COVID-19 strain is making its way through Florida and some medical professionals believe it could hit hard. The new

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Florida Legislation

Florida legislature has a full agenda in 2024

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 8, 2024.  Please note that the editorial supports “Medicaid for all” but in reality they endorse Expanded Medicaid which would allow over 800,000 uninsured Floridians to gain access to health insurance care. This includes both Floridians without access to any health insurance and those

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Elections

This election year is unlike any other

By The Editorial Board, New York Times, Jan. 6, 2024. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. At the outset of this election year, with Donald Trump leading the race to be the Republican presidential nominee,

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Elections

Three years later, beware dangerous revisionism of the Jan. 6th insurrection

By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post, January 5, 2024. The third anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob comes amid troubling indicators about public opinion on that event. A Post-University of Maryland poll published this week shows a sizable share of Americans accept lies about the 2020 election and the insurrection that followed on Jan.

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Biden's Vision

Biden supports unions and our middle class

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 6, 2023. As a union member for 47 years, 11 with the UAW and 36 with the APWU, I’m moved by seeing the resurgence in unionism. People always wonder what happen to the middle class. What happened was corporate greed as

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Opinion

Trust is on the ballot in 2024

By Kimberly Atkins Stohr, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2023. What can we learn from George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? Without leaders who encourage us to trust in each other, our nation — and our democracy — is in deep danger. As the most consequential election year in recent history looms, a scene

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Elections

Trump is not shy about his plans for a second term

Editor’s Note: Don’t despair! Don’t let it happen. FIGHT and VOTE Blue in 2024. By Carl P. Leubsdorf , the former Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News. Dec 21, 2023.  If Donald Trump regains the presidency next year, there won’t be any secret about his agenda. That’s because the former president has outlined

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Biden's Vision

Even Fox News can’t deny it’s a good economy

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. Even the personalities on Fox Business channel could barely contain their enthusiasm as the Dow hit a record 37,000. They had to admit, begrudgingly, that Biden and his administration must be doing something right. The facts are clear: As

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Opinion

This should not be politics as usual

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. I wonder which is more frightening if you are a Democrat, a reasonable Independent, or simply a sane American patriot. Is it that there are millions of Americans still under the delusion that Donald Trump is qualified to be

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Economy

Proposed child labor law needs tweaking

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. OUR POSITION: A Republican-sponsored tearing down of current restrictions on teenage workers is not a terrible idea, but it may go a little too far. A Republican-backed bill being proposed in the Florida Legislature is an obvious attempt to temper the tight labor market.

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Candidate Profile

Ron DeSantis is betting you won’t click on this campaign finance story

By Matt Bai, Contributing columnist, The Washington Post, Dec 18, 2023. Life, like the DeSantis campaign, will be over before you know it, so I won’t waste too much time talking about a candidate who probably isn’t going anywhere. Though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might fade into irrelevance, his shameless and shady campaign for the Republican nomination is

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Opinion

Five House Republicans need to switch parties

The following letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 16, 2023. The world is looking to us for leadership in the Middle East, in Europe, and everywhere freedom is threatened by fascism. And yet extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives would rather stroke their Trumpian egos and indulge their

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Opinion

Steube showing hypocrisy

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 14, 2023. Rep. Greg Steube endorsed Christian Ziegler for Republican Party of Florida State Chair earlier this year. Steube has been silent on both Christian and Bridget Ziegler’s sexual scandal. Steube is not providing leadership. Both Zieglers have led the hostile

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Elections

Listen to what former Trump loyalists say

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 9, 2023. I get it. It’s difficult to change your mind, admit you were wrong. But, in the face of evidence, it’s the sensible, mature thing to do. Here is a list of 24 former Trump loyalists, highly placed government and

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Housing

Some key steps to affordable housing

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 8, 2023. OUR POSITION: Local governments are doing what they can to boost the number of much-needed affordable housing units, but the challenge is immense. During a not-so-long-ago Sarasota County Commission gathering, commissioners went over the key pieces of action needed to fire up the

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Housing

Rising debt makes housing bigger priority

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 7, 2023. OUR POSITION: Inflation has pushed consumers’ credit to all-time highs and that budget crunch just makes affordable housing that much more urgent. Total household debt for Americans increased by $228 billion in the third quarter and totals $17.29 trillion, according to a report

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Biden's Vision

What the numbers now tell us about Biden’s economy

The folllowing editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 6, 2023. You may have noticed in recent weeks that alarming headlines about inflation — specifically, those ubiquitous stories about the cost of gasoline, or eggs, or other household goods — have vanished. Media outlets no longer feature those fearsome charts with arrows zooming

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