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Stacey Singer

Stacey Singer has been writing about health, science, biotech, consumer issues and government for nearly two decades. She's the founder of a non-profit group called Journalists in Transition which supports mid-career media professionals. In the 1990s she was a founding staffer ofThe Moscow Times, an English language newspaper that chronicled Russian life after the breakup of the former Soviet Union. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her education has focused on both science writing and American industrial history. Follow Stacey on Twitter

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Palm Beach Post Syrian refugee editorial provokes Facebook arguments
 Gov. Rick Scott’s insistence that Florida not become home to any Syrian refugees is apparently in line with the views of many people in Florida, if Facebook comments are any measure. A Palm Beach Post editorial supporting the president’s call to welcome those fleeing ISIL’s terror provoked a huge, mostly negative reaction...

6:36 PM Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott’s insistence that Florida not become home to any Syrian refugees is apparently in line with the views of many people in Florida, if Facebook comments are any measure. A Palm Beach Post editorial supporting the president’s call to welcome those fleeing ISIL’s terror provoked a huge, mostly negative reaction...
Have you been victimized by an unscrupulous debt collector?
 The Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it was cracking down on dirty debt collectors was welcome news, but one has to wonder, where has it been? In his new book, “Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld,”  author Jake Halpern notes that in 2009, the height of the...

12:05 AM Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it was cracking down on dirty debt collectors was welcome news, but one has to wonder, where has it been? In his new book, “Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld,”  author Jake Halpern notes that in 2009, the height of the...
Meningitis kills; but does that mean that Florida should require vaccination?
 Florida treats meningitis vaccination as optional. Recommended, but optional. Should it be? Colleges and universities with dorms are required to “provide detailed information concerning the risks associated with meningococcal meningitis.” A student must either show that they’ve been vaccinated, or sign a waiver. Meningitis...

2:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015

Florida treats meningitis vaccination as optional. Recommended, but optional. Should it be? Colleges and universities with dorms are required to “provide detailed information concerning the risks associated with meningococcal meningitis.” A student must either show that they’ve been vaccinated, or sign a waiver. Meningitis...
Happy Halloween, is it Black Friday yet?
 Black Friday shoppers walk through The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Fla., on Friday, November 28, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) It’s Saturday morning. Halloween. I’m fixing breakfast, and getting ready to put the finishing touches on my son’s jet pack costume, wondering if there’s enough candy...

5:45 PM Monday, Nov. 02, 2015

Black Friday shoppers walk through The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Fla., on Friday, November 28, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) It’s Saturday morning. Halloween. I’m fixing breakfast, and getting ready to put the finishing touches on my son’s jet pack costume, wondering if there’s enough candy...
Commentary: Florida GOP Senate hopefuls stake their positions
 The primary for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat won’t be until next August, and the general election is more than a year away, set for Nov. 8. But the candidates seeking his seat are actively fundraising and campaigning now. At a forum sponsored by The Associated Press in Tallahassee on Oct. 14, five of the already-declared Senate hopefuls...

2:26 PM Monday, Nov. 02, 2015

The primary for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat won’t be until next August, and the general election is more than a year away, set for Nov. 8. But the candidates seeking his seat are actively fundraising and campaigning now. At a forum sponsored by The Associated Press in Tallahassee on Oct. 14, five of the already-declared Senate hopefuls...
Are Medicare and Social Security in ‘crisis?’ A few numbers.
 During the Oct. 28 CNBC GOP presidential debate, Gov. Jeb Bush insisted Social Security and Medicare “cannot continue on their current path.” “You can’t just allow it to continue on its current path, because there will be major reductions in benefits in the next decade if we do nothing,” Bush said....

1:28 PM Sunday, Nov. 01, 2015

During the Oct. 28 CNBC GOP presidential debate, Gov. Jeb Bush insisted Social Security and Medicare “cannot continue on their current path.” “You can’t just allow it to continue on its current path, because there will be major reductions in benefits in the next decade if we do nothing,” Bush said....
Poll: Did bear encounters justify culling 10 % of Florida’s bear population?
 So successful were bear hunters at taking down their lumbering, large targets that Florida’s planned week-long bear hunt had to be shut down after just one day in one part of the state, two days in the rest. There were more permitted hunters – 3,778 — than there were estimated bears, which the state reckons number perhaps...

11:20 AM Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

So successful were bear hunters at taking down their lumbering, large targets that Florida’s planned week-long bear hunt had to be shut down after just one day in one part of the state, two days in the rest. There were more permitted hunters – 3,778 — than there were estimated bears, which the state reckons number perhaps...
Did bear encounters justify culling 10 % of Florida’s bear population?
 So successful were bear hunters at taking down their lumbering, large targets that Florida’s planned week-long bear hunt had to be shut down after just one day in one part of the state, two days in the rest. There were more permitted hunters – 3,778 — than there were estimated bears, which the state reckons number perhaps...

11:20 AM Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

So successful were bear hunters at taking down their lumbering, large targets that Florida’s planned week-long bear hunt had to be shut down after just one day in one part of the state, two days in the rest. There were more permitted hunters – 3,778 — than there were estimated bears, which the state reckons number perhaps...
Florida Sheriffs oppose open-carry legislation
 The Florida Sheriffs Association is hardly a liberal group. Yet 82 percent of the association’s voting members have just asked their leadership to actively oppose Senate Bill 300, the legislation that would turn Florida into an open-carry state. The bill as currently drafted is extremely broad, lacking limits on when, how or where firearms...

3:30 AM Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

The Florida Sheriffs Association is hardly a liberal group. Yet 82 percent of the association’s voting members have just asked their leadership to actively oppose Senate Bill 300, the legislation that would turn Florida into an open-carry state. The bill as currently drafted is extremely broad, lacking limits on when, how or where firearms...