BY MARGARET CARLSON
Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You’ve won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same widget.
BY FRANK BRUNI
If you’re closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I’m doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don’t make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
This is a column about campaign finance reform.
By CAROLINE H. LITTLE
There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Two of them are newspapers and baseball.
BY JAIME DIAZ
This week in Washington, immigrant groups are protesting the Obama administration’s deportation of immigrants — 2 million, they say, in five years. They want it to stop until Congress finishes passing immigration reform. Here is what it’s like to be an undocumented farm worker, as told (using a pseudonym) by a migrant worker in Florida.
BY LAILA M. ABDELAZIZ
For the fourth year in a row, Florida legislators are facing the “Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases” bill sponsored by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, in the upper chamber and Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, in the House.
BY MAGGY HURCHALLA
A great debate has been raging between those who favor an Everglades flow-way from Lake Okeechobee south and those who say it can’t work and it’s just an hysterical, unwarranted attack on Big Sugar
UM SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
BY STEPHEN D. NIMER
After spending nearly 20 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I was swayed to move to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center by the incredible opportunity to help Miami and South Florida build a world-class cancer center in its midst, one that could serve the 6 million people who live here.
BY DOYLE MCMANUS
When Obamacare’s first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot of under-26 Americans got covered by their parents’ plans.
BY TIM PADGETT
If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be — and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship — look no further than Thursday’s excellent Associated Press article about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
There’s a dangerous human tendency to gradually pay less attention to crises that unfold over long periods of time. That, of course, is possible only for those whose daily lives are not directly affected. For everyone else, it creates an unconscious illusion that the situation can be ignored without consequences.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Millennials are not easily impressed. According to a recent study released by Pew Research Center, 50 percent of Millennials are political independents, and almost one third are not affiliated to any organized religion. They are linked by social media, debt and distrust of people and are relatively optimistic: 49 percent believe the best years are yet to come.
By JAMELLE BOUIE
Since 2011, Republican lawmakers in swing states have pushed hard for new restrictions on voting, from voter identification to new rules on early voting and ballot access. “Nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013,” notes The New York Times, and other states “are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or passport, after a federal judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas.”
By GINA BARRECA
How do you spell conscious uncoupling? Where I came from, we always spelled it the way Tammy Wynette sang it, which is D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
By RAYMOND FORT and MALONE MATSON
A few weeks ago I threw a dinner party at my apartment. As expected in Miami, everyone was late. As my friends trickled in, each person had a story to tell about their parking experience — and not just any story, an epic story. Stories were even retold to those who walked in later because they were that dramatic!
BY URI DROMI
In a last, desperate, attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from failure, a tripartite deal was hurriedly cooked: Israel would reportedly freeze settlements and release Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinians would stay at the negotiating table, and the Americans would release Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who was jailed for life in 1987 for passing secret documents to Israel.
By MEG DALY
A couple of years ago, I was on a leisurely bike ride with my daughter when I lost my balance, fell and broke both of my arms. That was bad. But my husband has an expression, No hay mal que por bien no venga — out of every bad comes good. So this story gets a whole lot better.
By ROCCO CEO
Last fall, I met with Denis Hector, Meg Daly, Maria Nardi, Ray Fort and Parker Thomson. They are, respectively, interim dean, visionary activist, Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation chief of planning and research, activist and designer at Arquitectonica and attorney.
By JACK KARDYS AND MARIA NARDI
We need to create parks, public spaces and civic art, where citizens thrive, enterprises grow and communities flourish. There is a genuine energy and desire for change. Our call to action is to serve as enablers, helping people and communities become engaged, making the most of what we have and partnering with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations to help close health and equity gaps. This can create a better outcome for the community.
RICK SCOTT CAMPAIGN
BY DARIO MORENO
Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign hit a speed bump recently that stops its positive momentum and could possibly derail the campaign’s effort to reach out to Florida’s Hispanic voters.