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On higher education, lessons from the north

Published: June 30 2011

A timely reminder of the promise of public higher education has emerged in a most unlikely place: the plains of the far north.

The R.O.T.C. Myth

Published: October 29 2010

EVERYONE knows that Ivy League universities banned the Reserve Officer Training Corps from their campuses during the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the bans continue, though the reason has shifted from war protest to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay men and women in the military.

It’s all about the money chase

Published: September 23 2010

Daniel A. Smith is a University of Florida Research Foundation professor of political science and the director of the political campaigning program at UF.

Treat the Gulf right and it will return the favor

Published: September 23 2010

Somewhere beneath Gulf of Mexico waters lies the archive of Spanish West Florida. When Americans invaded Pensacola in 1818, Spanish officials fled for Cuba. Intercepted en route by pirates, they heaved the colony’s records overboard.

Spill's staggering true toll

Published: July 26 2010

Much has been written about BP’s staggering liabilities for cleanup, compensation and fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Voters need to push back against corporate cash

Published: July 14 2010

The employees and political action committees of securities and investment firms like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have given more than $577,000 to Florida members of Congress so far this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. While the boardrooms of these big banks might be thousands of miles away, their campaign checks are not.

Win Phillips: Why Gainesville is the Innovation City

Published: June 21 2010

The University of Florida’s new Innovation Hub will spur new startups, high-paying jobs and outside investment in our community.

Fly local during the vacation season

Published: June 7 2010

As the summer travel season begins in earnest, more and more travelers are choosing the Gainesville Regional Airport – a welcome trend not only for the airport but also for North Central Florida.

Hometown Democracy is not the answer for development planning

Published: June 2 2010

Thinking small in space could pay off big for Florida

Published: April 15 2010

Forty years ago late Tuesday night, the astronauts aboard a stricken Apollo 13 famously reported, “Houston, we have a problem.” • Though it is not a life-or-death situation, Florida’s space industry today faces a quandary that is every bit as much about survival.

Only nature can restore Everglades

Published: March 22 2010

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s proposed land deal with the U.S. Sugar Corp. has the familiar anatomy of history repeating itself, in perverse reversal. A hundred years ago, Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, donning an ego to match his ancestral name, bullied opponents to push ahead with his plan to drain the Everglades. To pay for it, he sold a half-million acres of state-owned Everglades land at fire-sale prices to a wealthy speculator, who subdivided the land and resold it at a 1,200 percent markup.

War of the Worldviews: Why Avatar Lost

Published: March 12 2010

As is typical in Hollywood war films, The Hurt Locker carried a subtle anti-war message compatible with patriotic sensibilities. Underscoring her own patriotism, when accepting the best picture and best director awards, Bigelow dedicated them to the “women and men in the military who risk their lives daily to keep us safe.” With these words and in the film, Bigelow reminds us that war is hell, while reassuring us of our good intentions.

On Web, families of victims entitled to privacy

Published: March 2 2010

Recently, several employees of a Florida hospital came under investigation for allegedly snapping and possibly e-mailing pictures of the ravaged body of Stephen Schafer, the Stuart kiteboard surfer who was fatally attacked by sharks on Feb. 3.

Toward a natural religion

Published: December 7 2009

One hundred-fifty years ago, on Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, shattering traditional explanations for the diversity of life on Earth. Scientific understanding will never be the same. Neither will religion.

Beach access, protection at stake in Supreme Court

Published: December 3 2009

Referees and umpires are sometimes accused of trying to correct bad calls during games with “make-up calls” in favor of the wronged team or player.

Keep industry out of old jetport site

Published: November 16 2009

By: Jack E. Davis Jack E. Davis is associate professor of history and Waldo W. Neikirk 2009-10 Term Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century.

Bernie Machen: Veterans helped build middle class, equalize society

Published: November 16 2009

Much is said on Veterans Day about the sacrifices of our men and women on the battlefield. This is exactly as it should be. We owe everything — our country, our freedoms, our security — to our brave men and women in uniform in past and present conflicts.

Juveniles’ life sentences are too cruel

Published: November 3 2009

By: Lauren Fasig Lauren Fasig, a professor of law and director of research at the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, co-edited the book, Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science.

Pledge controversy: Students should have right of silence

Published: October 26 2009

A running gag on the 1970s sit-com Welcome Back Kotter was a series of phony notes signed “Epstein’s Mother” that character Juan Epstein penned to get out of class, telling his teacher “Hey, Mr. Kotter, I got a note!”

Florida vs. the superbugs

Published: April 13 2009

MRSA killed Alonzo Smith, an 18-year-old football player from Liberty High School in Kissimmee last September. Smith follows a long line of football players who have been sickened after infection with MRSA, a highly resistant superbug.