HOBBY LOBBY DECISION
BY JOHN C. JENNINGS AND BRITANI KESSLER
When patients visit their doctor, their experiences may be fairly consistent: a verbal consultation, a physical exam, perhaps some lab work or diagnostic imaging. Despite these similarities, each treatment decision we make as physicians is unique. It is based on important but variable considerations, including our patient’s individual medical needs, the treatment options available, and our training and clinical experiences.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
It’s official. This year’s gubernatorial matchup is between current Gov. Rick Scott, who wants to keep the office, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who wants to reoccupy it. There is also a Libertarian candidate, Adrian Wyllie, who is making some gains in the polls.
BY CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
Often, when I write something that is in the vaguest of terms controversial (as in, we shouldn’t change the names of our local train stations) I'll get at least a few emails telling me to consider another “career.” There is the presumption that I’m a journalist, and not a very good one at that.
By PAM ALLYN
Amid rapid technological advancements and an increasing number of students using laptops and tablets in the classroom, it is no surprise that some people are calling the relevance of handwriting into question. As our children begin the new school year, let’s arm them with all the resources they really need, including the power to write by hand.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
President Obama is muddling his own message. In a recent overseas press conference, President Obama announced, “Our objective is clear — that is to degrade and destroy ISIS until it is no longer a threat, not just to Iraq, but also to the region and to the United States.”
By YASMINE BAHRANI
This summer, many Muslims marched in the streets of London, Paris and other cities to condemn the deaths of Gazans at the hands of Israel. Of course, it makes sense to protest the bombing of schools and residential buildings. I marched in the streets against Israel’s invasion of Lebanon when I was a student, and I marched against the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
PROTECTIVE OR PARANOID?
By RANDYE HODER
“Don’t hug the campers.” That was among a handful of things that my 16-year-old son, Nathaniel, was told when he volunteered this summer at our local YMCA. Oh, and also, “Don’t let any kids sit on your lap.”
By JEFF GATES
After my family arrives on the Cape May ferry for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore, I take pictures of our two daughters on the ferry’s deck as we leave the harbor. I’ve been doing this since they were 3 and 4 years old. They are now 16 and 17. Each photo chronicles one year in the life of our family and our daughters’ growth into beautiful young women.
BY JOE CARDONA
Miami-Dade County officials are affording us a seventh-grade civics lesson. When the “electeds” don’t have the know-how, leadership skills or chutzpah to solve a thorny problem, they turn to the ancient Athenians’ playbook and propose referendum questions for the voters to decide. It’s a classic example of “direct democracy,” which James Madison, one of the framers of the U.S. Constitution, described as a system prone to “instability, injustice and confusion.”
BY URI DROMI
For years, Israelis felt that they had been fighting on various fronts against enemies and threats that, if not checked in the Middle East, might hit anywhere else in the world. When in 1986 El Al flight 426 from Rome to Tel Aviv was hijacked and diverted by Palestinian terrorists to Algiers, Israel learned the lessons and made El Al the safest airline in the world, regardless of costs.
BY GREG HOFFMAN
I am a former student of a top tier liberal arts college. I scored high on both the SAT and the ACT and passed the FCATs with ease. I am the product of the public school system that complied with all state and national requirements under No Child Left Behind. I am the definition of a successful student that proponents of education standards can point to.
HOW WE LIVE
BY DOYLE MCMANUS
Last year I ruined my summer vacation — a two-week idyll at my wife’s family cabin on a lake in northern Ontario — by bringing along a modern convenience that was too convenient for my own good: the demon iPad.
BY JOY-ANN REID
It is one of the eternal mysteries of political prognostication: Why does Rick Scott, the Gollum-like Florida governor, have any chance at re-election?
BY MICHAEL GERSON
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions of a continent and pose a global threat. And the response of the world, including the United States, is feeble, irresponsible and disrespectful of nature’s lethal perils.
MIAMI LAKES CASE
BY JOSEPH A. DEMARIA
Michael Pizzi, the former mayor of Miami Lakes, has filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to force Gov. Rick Scott to order him reinstated after his acquittal on public corruption charges. The petition should be rejected, and the court can look to one of the most famous constitutional decisions in our country’s history for guidance on how to resolve this potential political crisis.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
I have a question for my Republican friends.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
The death of American jihadist Douglas McArthur McCain in Syria raised few eyebrows. It is no secret that there are about 7,000 foreigners fighting alongside the terrorists known as the Islamic State of Islam (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, of which perhaps 150 to 300 are American.
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
On Monday I found myself thinking back to the Labor Day picnics thrown for years by the late Dante Fascell, the “short, pie-faced Miami congressman,” as a writer for this newspaper once described him. After which he often used that phrase to describe himself. Pretentious Dante was not. Honest he was, as well as an outstanding public servant.
BY ALBERTO CARVALHO
Florida, like many states, is facing an education-reform debate that some say is driven too much by think-tank ideology instead of common sense and research-based findings. The repercussions are putting the validity and reliability of the state’s accountability system in jeopardy.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
When a Gallup poll this summer showed that 80 percent of Americans have little faith in the news media, there was a good deal of consternation in U.S. newsrooms. Some of it came from me. We’re used to getting called liars by the hucksters and connivers and knaves we write about. But it’s pretty frustrating to hear that readers don’t trust us, either.