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Members of Congress love to go on junkets. Junkets are generally taxpayer-funded vacations hidden under the guise important work, such as attending a meeting in some exotic locale. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, recently went on a junket to Taiwan, which was perhaps not the smartest…

When Floridians are facing double-digit rent increases, they are likely to wonder: are there any limits on what my landlord can charge? The answer, in short, is “no.”

    The TradeWinds is the biggest employer in St. Pete Beach. It’s a sprawling resort that wants to grow bigger. Last month it unveiled its blueprint to add 33,000 square feet of conference space, 18,000 square feet of additional retail space, three new parking garages, three new swimming pools …

      The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has many hardline conservatives itching to scrap other decisions they have long reviled. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke for many in his party when he argued that the court was "clearly wrong" in 2015 when it struck down laws against same-sex …

      The first time, I didn’t think much of it. I’d walked into an enormous bookstore last summer, and it was bright and spacious and hushed. Customers milled around the upfront tables, fingering novels and memoirs. They snaked through the aisles, curling around shelves bulging with biographies, …

        Anyone who goes grocery shopping knows to look for the "sell by" date on certain perishables. Some products are fine several days after, but you don't want to push your luck. Visible decay is a signal that immediate disposal may be the best option.

        By all accounts, the Democrats are going to get clobbered in this fall’s elections. This is mostly because Americans are angry about inflation and the high price of gasoline (these two things are related, of course). But the hard truth is, the current administration bears little blame for either.

           On Monday, July 4, 2022, the United States of America will be celebrating a grand birthday of 246 years, so it is time to take a red-white-and-blue look at patriotism. 

          It was our 30th wedding anniversary. We felt it deserved a special celebration. But my wife didn’t want to take a lot of time off work, so a long trip was out of the question. We debated the merits of Celebration, Dunedin and Boca Grande. But in the end, we chose to go to Anna Maria Island.

            As Tampa Bay’s distended housing market evolves like a deranged Pokémon, you may have been tempted to peruse a local open house. Or, you may have developed a habit of neurotically browsing real estate listings, wondering how long you will be captive in your current situation. Haha, who would…

            Roger Angell died in May at age 101. He was born just a few days after my father. This fact will be relevant a bit later.

            The school shooting in Texas had me thinking back to a conversation I had not too long ago with my kids, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old.

            I was recently informed I have a low IQ and it’s all the fault of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This may take some explaining.

            Now may be a good time to max out your investments in airlines, car rental agencies and intercity bus companies. Travel has picked up as the pandemic has ebbed, but the Supreme Court could give it an extra boost by revoking the constitutional right to abortion.

            Anybody else having trouble getting in to see a doctor? Show of hands, please. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Do we have a shortage of medical professionals in our area or an abundance of people in need of the aforementioned?

            I own a German car. Recently a part went bad and I had to take it to the dealer to be fixed. I was told that part would take at least three weeks to get here from Germany so that my car can be whole again. Welcome to the new world order.

              ST. PETERSBURG — The footlong tater tot glistened under the field lights, $13 of life questions covered in bacon, sour cream and a cascade of slumping cheese. In a tank below, sting rays circled interminably, around, around, around, saying, what have you done? What have you done? What have y…

              Inflation was in witness protection for many years, but it has finally come out of hiding, accompanied by a brass band. Prices have risen by 8.5% in the past 12 months, the biggest jump since 1981. The price increases that many (including me) thought would be a passing headache show no sign …

                Oh, how I long for the days of the Viagra ads on TV. Yes, they were incredibly embarrassing to watch when I was sitting with my 11-year-old daughter. But at least they were the vast majority of the drug ads.

                Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has thrown world energy markets into turmoil. Prices are high; Europe is still dependent on natural gas from Russia; and Joe Biden is urging other countries to boost petroleum output. For his efforts, the president is under attack from both Republicans an…

                The freedom to make one’s own choices is central to our nation’s values and the great state of Florida. With cannabis legalization growing in popularity across the country, it’s now time to legalize adult-use cannabis in Florida and give back a choice that has been denied us for almost a century.

                Of all the weapons and tactics available in geopolitical conflicts, my favorite is taking in refugees. It spills no blood, wrecks no cities, causes no misery and invites no escalation. It exacts a toll on the enemy while making us better off. It allows no doubt as to who are the good guys an…

                By the time you read this the Academy Awards will have been over. I write this a couple of weeks in advance. But I have no fear this prediction will be wrong: A pretty bad movie will win Best Picture.

                All the well-intended and good-works organizations that have sprung up and are fighting their local battles are to be commended and should be supported. However, real change has one place to start to make inroads into the current deterioration and corruption of our republic and its democrati…

                I was visiting Moscow in the early 1980s. Right off Red Square was what was described as the biggest department store in the world: GUM. Well, it definitely was a very large building, but inside there was very little for sale. Russia did not have a supply CHAIN issue, it had a supply issue. …

                Now that the ridiculous plan for the Rays to split their season with Montreal has been laid to rest, let’s turn to the next obstacle for the team: a new stadium. There is a widespread belief that because the owners of sports teams are rich, they should pay for their own arenas, not the taxpa…

                “But won’t you miss the seasons?” my friends asked me when we decided to move to Florida full-time. I answered with a resounding, “No!”

                In columns past I have referred to my hometown of St. Pete Beach as the land of perpetual road construction. We endured nearly four years of work on Pass-a-Grille Way followed by a couple more years of construction on Gulf Boulevard. That work should be ending soon, so what does the city wan…

                What is the best invention of all time? I might argue the smartphone. And, in general, I don’t like my appliances to be smarter than I am. But in the case of my iPhone, I make an exception.

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