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It’s time to rethink the U.S. policy toward Cuba

It’s time to rethink the U.S. policy toward Cuba

Published: Aug 15th, 2006

For 47 years Fidel Castro has ruled Cuba. For 44 years through 10 U.S. administrations, Washington has pursued a diplomatic and economic embargo of Cuba designed to force Castro from office. For at least 40 years, critics have argued that U.S. policy is a failure. While the 80-year-old Cuban dictator may return to power, his end is in sight — and it is time to rethink our Cuba policy. What should U.S. policy be toward a post-Castro Cuba?

Create a telescope program focusing on education, research

Create a telescope program focusing on education, research

Published: Jul 1st, 2006

As NASA prepares for the scheduled blastoff of the shuttle Discovery today, there’s little doubt that Cape Canaveral is the best place to launch space vehicles in the United States and perhaps the world.

The fight for water

The fight for water

Published: Mar 26th, 2006

As threatening as bird flu and terrorism may seem, the biggest cause of human suffering today is something that rarely appears in national newscasts or front-page headlines: water problems.

Don’t tamper with citizen initiative

Don’t tamper with citizen initiative

Published: Mar 17th, 2006

Mark Twain wrote, ”There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.” But I’ll take statistics any day over the lies and damn lies being peddled by the special interests in Tallahassee.

Let Florida have its own CDC

Let Florida have its own CDC

Published: Feb 26th, 2006

From fire ants to Formosan termites to water-sopping Melaleuca trees, hundreds of invasive plants and animals threaten Florida’s economy, agriculture and environment.

Jeb Bush’s secret-squirrel hunt?

Jeb Bush’s secret-squirrel hunt?

Published: Feb 23rd, 2006

Sometimes the line separating idiom from idiocy is a thin one. Such is the case with Jeb Bush’s latest accusations that Common Cause has been squirreling away its donors in its laudable effort to reform Florida’s unfairly gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts.

The Etymology of “Schmooze”

Published: Jan 30th, 2006

“Casino Jack” Abramoff is sullying the good schmooze. Nobody denies that schmoozing is at the heart of lobbying. But the term has acquired a bad rap, and this latest ethics debacle is a nail in the coffin for what used to denote something positive.