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May 25, 2022

Opinion: To stabilize property insurance, focus on resilience

There is a reason why very few people lived in Florida until the middle of the 20th Century. It’s often intolerably hot, thunderstorms come out of nowhere and cause flooding, and periodically a hurricane will wipe out large swaths of whatever is in the mighty storm’s path. It’s risky to live in Florida. Therefore, it is no surprise that insurance

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May 24, 2022

Uncovering Jewish heritage sites in Jacksonville

May is recognized as Jewish American Heritage Month. Jacksonville has a long Jewish history, with a Jewish community dating as far back as the mid-19th Century. Paying tribute to the generations of individuals and families who helped shape the city’s history, culture and society, here are a few historic sites and businesses related to the contributions of the city’s Jewish

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May 23, 2022

Opinion: Symptoms of a broken system

Imagine for a moment it’s a Sunday afternoon. You’ve just left church or brunch or finished a morning run or swim at the beach, and you need to stop at the grocery store to get some essential items. Perhaps those include baby formula, which both you and the store are running low on, and other household needs. Running through your

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May 22, 2022

Opinion: Corrine Brown’s pyrrhic victory

Months back, I pleaded to the federal government in this column space to stop prosecuting Corrine Brown. Last week, they heeded that and similar advice. Brown’s guilty plea ended the overheated drama of last decade’s One Door for Education saga, characterized by fat checks from the donor class for opaque purposes, promised donations from Brown to charitable entities that didn’t

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May 18, 2022

Opinion: Jags’ turnaround hinges on defense

Of all the statistics showing how bad the Jaguars franchise has been in the 21st Century, perhaps one data point illustrates it the best. The Jaguars have won their division one time since 1999. Once.  And in the NFL, it pays to win your division if you want to win it all. Since 2011, only one team, Tom Brady’s 2020

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May 17, 2022

Opinion: 4 local solutions to help fight Jacksonville’s housing crisis

With a shortage of available homes and prices spiking dramatically, Jacksonville is the midst of a full-blown housing crisis. Fortunately, there’s much the city government can do to help in the fight. These four comparatively simple and affordable solutions could make an impact — if local leaders act now. Jacksonville’s housing crisis Across Florida, housing prices are up to crisis

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May 16, 2022

Opinion: First us, then you

Restricting access to abortion is about control. Restricting access to the ballot is about control. Gerrymandering districts at any level is about control. Rising rent and mortgage prices is as much the byproduct of inflation as it is about control. Prohibiting how people read and learn, think and feel about gender and sexuality, race and culture is about control. Throughout

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May 15, 2022

Opinion: Byrd’s the word

The great unanswered question of the 2022 election cycle for Northeast Florida Republicans was what Cord Byrd would end up doing. Would he run for state Senate, opposing Clay Yarborough? Would he run for Congress, joining a field that includes political outsider Erick Aguilar and veteran politician Jason Fischer in the Congressional District 4 race (assuming the governor’s map ultimately

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May 10, 2022

Uncovering Jacksonville’s Asian American story

Since 1990, May has been recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements, history, culture and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. While Jacksonville can be a community where our unique and diverse cultural history is overlooked, Asian Americans have played a role in the city’s history for more than 100 years.

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May 9, 2022

Opinion: Pro-birth is not the same as pro-life

This body carried two children. My son to 41 weeks and one day. My daughter to 40 weeks and a day. They were wanted. They were prayed for. Perhaps manifested into existence. Yet my body has not recovered. My mind has not recovered.  As a teen, I struggled with body dysmorphia and bulimia. As an adult, I gained 30 pounds

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