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Toward a natural religion

Toward a natural religion

Published: Dec 7th, 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

Beach access, protection at stake in Supreme Court

Published: Dec 3rd, 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.

Bernie Machen: Veterans helped build middle class, equalize society

Bernie Machen: Veterans helped build middle class, equalize society

Published: Nov 16th, 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.

Keep industry out of old jetport site

Published: Nov 16th, 2009

It’s like an old wound that some hack doctor keeps digging at. Just as it’s healing, he goes back in. As always, with dirty hands. He is told to keep them out, but he doesn’t listen and the wound never heals.

Juveniles’ life sentences are too cruel

Published: Nov 3rd, 2009

As parents, teachers and coaches have long known, teens think differently than adults. So, it comes as no surprise that a substantial and growing body of science confirms that although adolescents may demonstrate cognitive abilities similar to those of adults, they are less capable of mature judgment.

Pledge controversy: Students should have right of silence

Published: Oct 26th, 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: Apr 13th, 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.

A more market-based tuition will help universities survive

Published: Mar 23rd, 2009

Open letter from Florida’s 11 university presidents

Win Phillips: Not all gloom and doom at UF

Win Phillips: Not all gloom and doom at UF

Published: Mar 6th, 2009

These are challenging times for all, and higher education is no exception. Economic stimulus dollars may offer some hope, but the University of Florida and the state’s 10 other public universities face the real possibility of severe cutbacks.

A fond farewell to redbay trees and their buddies

A fond farewell to redbay trees and their buddies

Published: Feb 5th, 2009

This op-ed appeared Feb. 1 in the Orlando Sentinel. By: Francis E. “Jack” Putz Francis E. “Jack” Putz is a professor of botany at the University of Florida. It seems […]