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Guest AuthorJanuary 4, 2015

4min241
You see them haunting television commercials, old-time stars now hawking all sorts of stuff to make themselves some money and seem relevant. Here’s Shaquille O’Neal peddling medical products, as if we’d ever ask Shaq for advice about anything except how to dunk a basketball. There’s country crooner Kenny Rogers with yet another tired rendition of […]

Guest AuthorDecember 16, 2014

6min201
In the 1800s Americans could legally smoke opium. Then Chinese people came to California and started taking jobs from native-born Americans. California couldn’t kick out the Chinese, but they could take away their their opium, and that’s when the state banned opium. Until the 1900s, Americans could legally smoke marijuana. But when Mexicans started moving […]

Guest AuthorDecember 1, 2014

4min182
I see these groups everywhere I go in Florida. They take over tables in restaurants for breakfast or lunch, muttering here, laughing there, flirting with waitresses a third their age. I’m talking about those gangs known as ROMEOs — Retired Old Men Eating Out. Their membership varies widely — ex-business tycoons sit with former ditch-diggers, […]

Guest AuthorSeptember 7, 2014

4min222
Eventually Floridians will look back at today’s politicians and say, “What were they thinking? What were they smoking?” I’m talking about Florida’s refusal to accept millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money that would have improved life for thousands of people. Forget about the way the Rabid Republicans spurned the money because Uncle Sam would […]

Guest AuthorJuly 16, 2014
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In sports, the numbers tell us each day how an athlete is doing. The hitter’s batting average, the quarterback’s passing percentage, these numbers tell us in black and white whether a player is up or down. It’s similar in show business and its cousin, politics; there are Nielsen rating services and political polls. But we […]


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