Editorials About Politics

  • Governing Lakeland: Considering A Strong Mayor

    When it comes to local politics it is probably safe to assume most people don't think about how their government operates, so long as the lights come on, the water flows, the trash gets picked up and the streets get paved.

  • ‘Merciless Devastation': Military Aid for Ukraine

    For six weeks, an uneasy, sometimes permeable cease-fire has brought relative peace to Ukraine, where, according to the United Nations, more than 6,000 people have died in the year since pro-Russian rebels launched an uprising against the government...

  • More Funding Needed: Help Honor Vietnam, Polk Vets

    We strongly encourage those in the community with the means to do so to help the Polk County Veterans Council provide aging veterans the opportunity to soar with the Flight to Honor Veterans.

  • Gigs And Garlands

    It's held by some folks that the earliest written reference to April Fool's Day, which we celebrate this week, originated with Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales."

  • Study On New Courthouse: An Appeal To Open Up The Wallet

    Sandwiched between the circuit courts that serve as the entryway into Florida's court system and the state's final arbiters of legal disputes, the Florida Supreme Court, are appellate judges, who are dispersed among five district courts.

  • Death-Penalty Process Needs Review

    Florida's death-penalty process needs improvement.

  • Funding Under Threat: Saving Affordable Housing

    Florida lawmakers are not making many new friends these days with their handling of Amendment 1, the constitutional measure designed to promote the conservation of the state's increasingly fragile natural resources.

  • IFAS At Bok Tower Gardens: Agricultural Education Important

    Between 2007 and 2012, farming, a touchstone industry in Polk County, literally shrunk in size.

  • Just Part of the War: Cutting Terrorism Funding

    U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross has been named as part of a congressional task force that will investigate where terrorists obtain money to fund their operations.

  • Florida Bike Month: Make Cycling Safer

    Compared to driving a car, riding a bicycle can be a relatively cheap way to get around, saving money on gas and vehicle maintenance and offering some health benefits as well.

  • Legal Gray Area: Insurance For Ride Sharing

    In December, when the ride-sharing company Uber ­announced that its services had spread to Lakeland, the City Commission opted against adopting new regulations, citing too many unknowns.

  • Gigs And Garlands

    Today, had he lived, would be the 103rd birthday of Wernher von Braun, the
    Polish-born scientist who led the Nazi rocket program.

  • Funding Needs to Be Fair

    Although it seems state lawmakers will deny Gov. Rick Scott in his quest to fund
    K-12 education at a record level, the governor's aspiration was admirable nonetheless.

  • FOIA Upgrade Would Be a Good Start

    The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

  • Some Make Their Own Email Rules

    Hillary Clinton, the ­presumptive Democratic front-­runner for president in 2016, ­despite not even being a formal candidate yet, deserved the criticism leveled at her over her use of a private email account to conduct government business while...

  • My Roads/My Ride: A Road Forward for Polk Transit

    Almost five months have passed since Polk County voters overwhelmingly rejected the My Ride/My Roads tax proposal to pump up funding for local transportation needs.

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