Perspectives
To reflect on the news of the day, Jacksonville Today seeks to include a diverse set of perspectives. These opinion columnists are independent contractors who are paid for their contributions and are not involved in news decisions.
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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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May 8, 2022

Opinion: ‘Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent’

Not too many years ago, it was possible to eke out a living on the fringes of society and maintain a residence in Riverside, San Marco, or even Jax Beach if you weren’t picky. A no-frills, no-gentrification, no-renovation sort of thing, to be sure. But you could sell a few articles or paintings or chapbooks or zines or whatever your

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May 4, 2022

Opinion: Roe leak changes politics as we know it

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives…This is what the Constitution and the rule of law demand.” With those words written by Justice Samuel Alito in a leaked draft of a majority opinion, the political world our country and state has known for 50 years changed forever. Roe v.

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May 3, 2022

The Jaxson: 5 Jacksonville bicycle history facts

In honor of National Bike Month, The Jaxson has five Jacksonville bicycle history facts and sites: The beach cruiser Built in 1925 for E.L. Green’s Sunshine Potato Chip Company, this rusticated concrete block building on the Eastside became home to the Ambrosia Cake Bakeries Corp. in 1928. Operated by Earle P. Colby, the bakery’s business model consisted solely of the

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May 2, 2022

Opinion: The miseducation of Florida’s future

The summer after my freshman year at Florida State University, I worked as an intern at Pearson. As in the textbook publication company; Pearson. I don’t remember much about the actual work I did that summer, but I do have a few distinct memories from that job. In one meeting there was discussion about a batch of books being sent

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May 1, 2022

Opinion: Al Ferraro is driving the narrative

Al Ferraro knows how to read a room. People should finally realize that much and give him the credit he’s due. Throughout his entire political career, he’s been underestimated. In 2015, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democrat Lisa King over him in the District 2 race. King was running as a Gwen Graham-style Democrat, and there was an era

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April 26, 2022

Jacksonville’s 6 most distinctive foods

Mayport shrimp All across Jacksonville and the First Coast, restaurants pride themselves in serving up fresh Mayport shrimp. This isn’t a particular species of shrimp; the designation “Mayport shrimp” refers to shrimp caught wild and unloaded in the Jacksonville area, especially the historic fishing village of Mayport. First Coast waters are a very fertile breeding region for shrimp, and the

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