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Immigration

Legislation to protect ‘dreamers’ is badly needed

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 23, 2022. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is in grave peril. Congress should act before the end of the year to create permanent protections for the hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to this country as

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Opinion

Republicans are still afraid of Trump

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, Nov 22, 2022. A chorus of Republicans have announced that the party must move on from former president Donald Trump if it wants to win in 2024. But without taking on Trump’s unfitness directly and offering a positive alternative, they are giving GOP primary voters no reason to dump Trump.

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Opinion

Beware, DeSantis is as much a threat to America as Trump

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, November 21, 2022. If you believe Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would be a less dangerous presidential candidate than former president Donald Trump, take a moment to consider the recent ruling striking down DeSantis’s “Stop WOKE Act.” That opinion — as well as other rulings against his attempts to inhibit dissent —

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Opinion

As Republicans take the House, the crazies take the wheel

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post Columnist, November 18, 2022. Wednesday evening, Republicans formally won control of the House. Thursday morning, in the first public act of the new majority, senior House Republicans revealed their most urgent priority: They would investigate Hunter Biden. The incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the incoming chairman of the

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis and his WOKE bill disrespects voters

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Daily Sun on Nov 18, 2022. Thank you for the Nov. 10th article explaining the state’s attempt to tie tenure reviews of Florida university professors to the governor’s WOKE bill. This bill is undoubtedly something most DeSantis voters support as they pat themselves on the

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Opinion

The big liar and his losing little liars

By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist, New York Times, Nov. 15, 2022. I got a little emotional voting this year. First, I went to the wrong neighborhood school, where a poll worker carefully searched for my name and then explained that I was registered at the Bethesda elementary school down the road. When I got

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Housing

Homeless count expected to explode

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on November 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: We’re yet to get a grip on how bad our homeless situation is now that Hurricane Ian has made a bad situation worse. Even before Hurricane Ian, we had a homeless problem. No one would deny that. And, even before Hurricane Ian,

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Opinion

7 reasons to be optimistic about the future of democracy

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, November 13, 2022. The midterm elections could have gone badly. Really badly. There were serious concerns that right-wing groups would resort to voter intimidation, violence or other antics at polling places. But none of that came to fruition. In fact, while threats to democracy remain, 2022 might be seen as the point

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Opinion

Opinion: Even the DeSantis bubble may burst

Opinion by Nicole Hemmer CNN– “Can’t we just lie to ourselves for a while?” Glenn Beck, the right-wing talk radio host, was half-joking when he made this suggestion the day after Tuesday’s elections, but he voiced a longing that a number of Republicans had after the midterms: a hope to linger with the visions of

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News

Did Ron DeSantis just become the 2024 Republican front-runner?

By Ross Douthat, NY Times Opinion Columnist, Nov. 9, 2022. A red wave swept Florida, but elsewhere, it barely lapped the shore. Endangered House Democrats are surviving all over, the battle for the Senate may be tilting toward the Democrats, and at best Republicans have won themselves a return to stalemate, not the victory that the

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Elections

Why aren’t the Democrats trouncing these guys?

By David Brooks, New York Times Opinion Columnist, Nov. 3, 2022. My big takeaway from this election season would be this: We’re about where we were. We entered this election season with a nearly evenly divided House and Senate in which the Democrats had a slight advantage. We’ll probably leave it with a nearly evenly divided

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Elections

Democracy was on the ballot. And voters knew it.

Editor:  Maybe this wasn’t so true in Florida, but it sure was nationally! By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, November 9, 2022. Voters cast their ballots at the William R. Talley Recreation Center in Frederick, Md., on Tuesday. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) Judging by historical trends and high inflation rates, Democrats should have been clobbered in

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Opinion

Graydon Young saw error of his actions

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 4, 2022. OUR POSITION: Englewood’s Graydon Young is likely a good example of how people caught up in rhetoric and social media posts can be led to ill-advised actions. Graydon Young pictured himself as an insurrectionist, storming the Bastille during the French Revolution. In

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Opinion

The G.O.P. plot against Medicare and Social Security

By Paul Krugman, New York Times Opinion Columnist, Nov 3, 2022. The Times recently reported that Republicans, anticipating possible victory in the midterms, are embracing plans to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits — even though such cuts would be incredibly unpopular and would make nonsense of the G.O.P.’s attempts to portray itself as the party of the

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Elections

Punta Gorda looks at charter amendments

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: Voters will be asked to approve amendments to the Punta Gorda City Charter. Punta Gorda voters have an opportunity through early voting and at the poll Tuesday to pass amendments to the city charter the city’s Charter Review Committee believes

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Opinion

Rubio voted “no”

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 27, 2022. The U.S. Congress recently passed a bill, despite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s “no” vote, which provides incentives to make sustainable energy sources more affordable. Some of these incentives include a 30% tax credit on solar energy systems, on energy

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Ballot Box
Elections

Get information on candidates and vote!

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 27, 2022. As you prepare to vote in the upcoming election, please use multiple trusted sources to get facts. With so much disinformation around, it’s important to use trustworthy sources. Inflation is rampant around the world due to Covid’s impact on

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Candidate Profile

Vote for Demings, Crist and Kale

The following Letter to the  Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 27, 2022. The Democratic party hasn’t shifted left, it’s the Republican party that has been hijacked by MAGA extremists and are now so far right that everyone else appears “liberal” to them. Listen up: those “libs” get things done. Unfix your

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Opinion

The Pelosis and a haunted America

By Maureen Dowd, NY Times Opinion Columnist, Oct 28, 2022. WASHINGTON — Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I loved putting up twinkling bats and watching midnight monster-chiller-horror movies. Not this year. The world is too scary. Politics is too creepy. Horror is too real. When I was a child, on Oct. 31, my older

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