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The R.O.T.C. Myth

Published: Oct 29th, 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: Sep 23rd, 2010

Members of Congress are taking a hiatus from the summer heat in Washington, D.C., on recess until mid-September. But instead of addressing the concerns of voters, congressional members are busy attending pricey fundraisers and dialing-for-dollars in order to raise enough money for the November election.

Treat the Gulf right and it will return the favor

Published: Sep 23rd, 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: Jul 26th, 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

Voters need to push back against corporate cash

Published: Jul 14th, 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

Win Phillips: Why Gainesville is the Innovation City

Published: Jun 21st, 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

‘Fly local’ during the vacation season

Published: Jun 7th, 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

Hometown Democracy is not the answer for development planning

Published: Jun 2nd, 2010

This op-ed appeared June 1 in the St. Petersburg Times. By: Dawn Jourdan Dawn Jourdan is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Florida. A […]

Thinking small in space could pay off big for Florida

Published: Apr 15th, 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: Mar 22nd, 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.