By KHURRUM WAHID
There have been several recent examples cited as evidence that Islam has a violent belief system and that Muslims, therefore, are a scourge that need eradication. Many saw the killing of three innocent Israeli teens through this filter of a violent Islam.
By JEFF JACOBY
Amid the sound and fury that greeted the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, many liberals had sharp words for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal law in which the court’s decision was grounded.
By TERRY MURPHY
The whole truth is often complicated. A partial truth is much easier to grasp. Partial truths about property taxes, told repeatedly, have made rational discussion about county taxes extremely difficult. Politicians repeatedly claim they have voted to keep the tax rate flat, or they lowered the tax rate, even when property taxes have increased. By focusing exclusively on the rate of taxation, we deny ourselves an opportunity to honestly discuss the truth about property taxes.
By DOYLE MCMANUS
The drone has become America’s counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?
BY TIM PADGETT
I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.
By SHELLEY KATZ
Every day, the most vulnerable children in our communities rely on the state’s child-protection system to make decisions and investments that will positively change the course of their lives. For some, these decisions can mean the difference between life and death — literally. During the past several months, the Legislature has focused significant attention on child welfare reform and, just recently, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 1666, a critical starting point as we work toward improving this vital system of care.
By KELI GOFF
Incensed by President Obama’s plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the United States illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the president. Many protests have included children. At one, a young boy can be seen carrying a sign that reads, “No deportation of children fleeing violence and poverty.”
By MARLON A. HILL
As we watch the thrills and tears of the closing rounds of the World Cup passion in Brazil, we are not only distracted from our daily challenges here, in Brazil or across the world, we are also inspired by some of the super achievements of our favorite underdog teams.
By MICHAEL PUTNEY
It was a moment of stark contrasts the other day at the Dade County Courthouse: gay vs. straight, well-to-do vs. working class, secular humanists vs. evangelicals, gay lovers vs. homophobes.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
In the last few weeks, Palestinians, most likely members of Hamas, kidnapped and then murdered three Israeli teenagers. In an apparent act of revenge, someone, probably a group of extremist Israeli Jews, grabbed an Arab boy in Jerusalem and brutally murdered him.
By MICHAEL GERSON
The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from).
By CURTIS AUSTIN
Education reform in South Florida deserves high marks, with struggling inner-city high schools, once so-called dropout factories, turning into innovation laboratories. According to a recent report in the Miami Herald, the number of graduating seniors has increased even as enrollment has gone down. High schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are taking progressive steps to turn more of their students into graduates. This should help the area sustain its impressive gains in payroll employment for years to come.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
Political idiocy is within reach of every country. No society is free from treading that path. Whoever doubts it should think of Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Castro's Cuba or Hugo Chávez's Venezuela. Examples abound.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
As Florida’s 2014 legislative session ended, the much-touted springs bill dried up as many predicted. The bipartisan bill pushed by several Senate co-sponsors couldn’t navigate through the man-made dam in the Florida House.
BY DANA MILBANK
The people's representatives can't agree on much of anything these days — even calling a recess.
By OMER AZIZ
Washington and Tehran don’t agree on much, but they’re unanimous about this: The Kurds can help save Iraq. In recent weeks, both Secretary of State John Kerry and senior Iranian diplomats have urged them to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the extreme Islamist group taking over cities and oil refineries in northern Iraq. With their disciplined, battle-hardened peshmerga militia, they’re a formidable force.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Florida loves being No. 1, but definitely not in this category: The state leads the nation in complaints for identity theft in the country.
By FRANK BASTEK
It’s no fun being 83 and blind. Before my eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, took away all of my sight, I loved to read. Even when I was a young kid, I would go to the library and get books on all kinds of subjects.
By LIDA RODRIGUEZ TASEFF
I arrived in the United States at the age of 7 from Bogota, Colombia, wearing a pink pant suit and holding the hands of my siblings as we deplaned at Miami International Airport. The year was 1974, and although it was December, the air was fragrant and the temperature felt strangely balmy to a little girl used to living on the edge of the cool, crisp Andes Mountains.