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Cerabino: Legal abortion in Florida? Ask the women.
 We should all agree right now — before we get too deep into the political morass — that Florida’s women ought to decide this one. No men, just women. It’s the right thing to do. I’m talking about abortion. The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been the swing vote keeping the...

7:43 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

We should all agree right now — before we get too deep into the political morass — that Florida’s women ought to decide this one. No men, just women. It’s the right thing to do. I’m talking about abortion. The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been the swing vote keeping the...
Cerabino: Florida must switch to other side of breast-feeding issue
 Florida’s going to have to crack down on breast-feeding. We’ve been way too progressive in lactation matters, and now find ourselves glaringly out of step with the country’s new efforts to elevate industry-produced baby formula over mothers milk. Over the weekend, U.S. officials reversed 40 years of scientific consensus...

7:57 PM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

Florida’s going to have to crack down on breast-feeding. We’ve been way too progressive in lactation matters, and now find ourselves glaringly out of step with the country’s new efforts to elevate industry-produced baby formula over mothers milk. Over the weekend, U.S. officials reversed 40 years of scientific consensus...
Cerabino: Shamed columnist finds readers’ cold commentary a dying art
 Notes from hell; Volume 102: *** — Faith Campbell Dear Faith: It’s a great honor to know that I rank higher than the death notices, and also the photos of the dead. I often wonder where I fit in among readers. Usually, they tell me I’m somewhere between the crossword puzzle and the comics. And almost always being read...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018

Notes from hell; Volume 102: *** — Faith Campbell Dear Faith: It’s a great honor to know that I rank higher than the death notices, and also the photos of the dead. I often wonder where I fit in among readers. Usually, they tell me I’m somewhere between the crossword puzzle and the comics. And almost always being read...
Rob Hiaasen: An exemplary life, a violent death in Annapolis
 No, not Rob. I spent a few hours Thursday afternoon telling myself not to imagine that the gunman who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom killed my old friend, Rob. Of all people. Not Rob. Not a man who’s way too gentle and kind to deserve a violent death at the hands of a deranged gunman. Rob Hiaasen was one of my first...

4:55 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

No, not Rob. I spent a few hours Thursday afternoon telling myself not to imagine that the gunman who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom killed my old friend, Rob. Of all people. Not Rob. Not a man who’s way too gentle and kind to deserve a violent death at the hands of a deranged gunman. Rob Hiaasen was one of my first...
Rob Hiaasen: An exemplary life, a violent death in Annapolis
 No, not Rob. I spent a few hours Thursday afternoon telling myself not to imagine that the gunman who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom killed my old friend, Rob. Of all people. Not Rob. Not a man who’s way too gentle and kind to deserve a violent death at the hands of a deranged gunman. Rob Hiaasen was one of my first...

2:01 AM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

No, not Rob. I spent a few hours Thursday afternoon telling myself not to imagine that the gunman who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom killed my old friend, Rob. Of all people. Not Rob. Not a man who’s way too gentle and kind to deserve a violent death at the hands of a deranged gunman. Rob Hiaasen was one of my first...
Cerabino: Finding an exit strategy for human hood ornaments on I-95
 It’s hard to rise to the top when the category is Doing Something Stupid on I-95. There is such a rich history in South Florida, and so many worthy contenders for the title, that to come up with a fresh form of stupidity is nearly impossible. Nearly. Not completely. As was proved last weekend when Patresha Isidore,24, of Lauderhill...

6:55 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

It’s hard to rise to the top when the category is Doing Something Stupid on I-95. There is such a rich history in South Florida, and so many worthy contenders for the title, that to come up with a fresh form of stupidity is nearly impossible. Nearly. Not completely. As was proved last weekend when Patresha Isidore,24, of Lauderhill...
Cerabino: Will you be my neighbor, Pam Bondi?
 Leave Pam Bondi alone. Florida’s attorney general should be able to roam public places without a small group of people clustering around her to shout at her. I know. I know. She’s no saint. And there’s so much to say. She’s been unreasonable on gay marriage, wasting nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to launch...

7:25 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

Leave Pam Bondi alone. Florida’s attorney general should be able to roam public places without a small group of people clustering around her to shout at her. I know. I know. She’s no saint. And there’s so much to say. She’s been unreasonable on gay marriage, wasting nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to launch...
Cerabino: Mar-a-Lago comes to mind as Trump blasts Virginia restaurant
 President Donald Trump’s words have invited a comparison between his Palm Beach private club and a small restaurant in rural Virginia. Trump probably wasn’t thinking of the big picture. As usual, he was in retaliatory Twitter mode on Monday morning when he took on the Red Hen, a 26-seat restaurant in the Shenandoah Valley, because...

9:36 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

President Donald Trump’s words have invited a comparison between his Palm Beach private club and a small restaurant in rural Virginia. Trump probably wasn’t thinking of the big picture. As usual, he was in retaliatory Twitter mode on Monday morning when he took on the Red Hen, a 26-seat restaurant in the Shenandoah Valley, because...
Cerabino: Legalizing pot not a high priority for fixing schools
 I wouldn’t be surprised if legalized marijuana becomes the next Florida Lottery. As state-taxed sales of recreational marijuana become legal in other states, the pressure on Florida to follow suit will be strong. It’s already a talking point among the Democratic candidates for governor. “A Democrat who doesn&rsquo...

9:30 PM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

I wouldn’t be surprised if legalized marijuana becomes the next Florida Lottery. As state-taxed sales of recreational marijuana become legal in other states, the pressure on Florida to follow suit will be strong. It’s already a talking point among the Democratic candidates for governor. “A Democrat who doesn&rsquo...
Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children
 Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented...

7:59 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good
 It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has...

8:13 PM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has...
Cerabino: The foundation of Trump’s charity is self-promotion
 This week’s undressing of the Donald J. Trump Foundation by the New York Attorney General’s Office  made me think of that time I found myself gazing at the giant model of Trump’s yacht inside Mar-a-Lago It was the first time I was inside Mar-a-Lago in the mid-1990s, and a few years after then-real-estate developer...

9:47 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

This week’s undressing of the Donald J. Trump Foundation by the New York Attorney General’s Office  made me think of that time I found myself gazing at the giant model of Trump’s yacht inside Mar-a-Lago It was the first time I was inside Mar-a-Lago in the mid-1990s, and a few years after then-real-estate developer...
Cerabino: The conventional wisdom on alligator tactics takes a turn
 It’s unsettling to discover that something you’ve “known” for a long time isn’t true. It happened to me this week when reading a newspaper story titled, “What to do when an alligator attacks.” I’ve been living in South Florida for more than 30 years now, more than enough time to master this...

9:21 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

It’s unsettling to discover that something you’ve “known” for a long time isn’t true. It happened to me this week when reading a newspaper story titled, “What to do when an alligator attacks.” I’ve been living in South Florida for more than 30 years now, more than enough time to master this...
Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks
 Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds...

7:41 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds...
Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?
 If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” &ldquo...

12:05 AM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” &ldquo...
Cerabino: D’oh, Canada! How The War of 1812 turned into The War of 2018
 31 — President Donald Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum. Canada’s Department of Finance responds immediately by threatening to impose $12.8 billion in tariffs against U.S. for products ranging from wood to maple syrup to mattresses. 1 — Canada complains to World...

7:49 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

31 — President Donald Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum. Canada’s Department of Finance responds immediately by threatening to impose $12.8 billion in tariffs against U.S. for products ranging from wood to maple syrup to mattresses. 1 — Canada complains to World...
Cerabino: County schools chief sounds his horn about arts education
 You probably don’t know what a euphonium is. Even some musicians don’t. Think of a euphonium as the tuba’s little brother, or maybe what would happen if a French horn and a sousaphone had a baby. It’s a low-brass instrument you typically find in marching and concert bands but practically nowhere else. I got to...

8:46 PM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

You probably don’t know what a euphonium is. Even some musicians don’t. Think of a euphonium as the tuba’s little brother, or maybe what would happen if a French horn and a sousaphone had a baby. It’s a low-brass instrument you typically find in marching and concert bands but practically nowhere else. I got to...
Cerabino: Can Florida handle Parkland kids rounding up young voters?
 I guess those idealistic young activists from Parkland haven’t gotten the memo. On Monday, the student movement that began with the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, turned into a nationwide drive to register young voters for the upcoming midterm elections. “By empowering millions...

7:23 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

I guess those idealistic young activists from Parkland haven’t gotten the memo. On Monday, the student movement that began with the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, turned into a nationwide drive to register young voters for the upcoming midterm elections. “By empowering millions...
Cerabino: Everybody’s saying this hurricane Q & A is a total wind hunt!
 The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has started, marking that time of year when tropical cyclones develop in the North Atlantic, Floridians test their generators, and Americans wonder if Melania Trump may be lost in a storm. As a full-service local news columnist and a long-time South Florida resident, I am here to answer your not-frequently-asked...

8:30 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has started, marking that time of year when tropical cyclones develop in the North Atlantic, Floridians test their generators, and Americans wonder if Melania Trump may be lost in a storm. As a full-service local news columnist and a long-time South Florida resident, I am here to answer your not-frequently-asked...
Cerabino: Getting the hang of Florida’s politics is rough business
 The regressive ignorance of political discourse in Florida can be breathtaking. That was the case over the weekend when a Ron DeSantis campaign speech in Citrus County turned toward a return to lynching. DeSantis, a North Florida congressman who is running for governor, was in the middle of painting “the four liberals” on...

8:30 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

The regressive ignorance of political discourse in Florida can be breathtaking. That was the case over the weekend when a Ron DeSantis campaign speech in Citrus County turned toward a return to lynching. DeSantis, a North Florida congressman who is running for governor, was in the middle of painting “the four liberals” on...
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