Commentary: A Gamble Helped Black Students Thrive

By William Mattox On the similarities between Betsy DeVos and another education philanthropist. Something curious happened at a Black History Month program held at Florida A&M University last week. An actress portraying African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) praised someone with a…

Commentary: The Electoral College: A Relic Worth Keeping

By Robert Sanchez Imagine the drama that would have erupted at Palm Beach’s posh Mar-a-Lago estate if an aide had informed President-elect Trump, “Vice President-elect Hillary Clinton is here to see you now.” Tweets surely would have followed. It didn’t…

American History: The Life and Legacy of James Madison

By Scott K. Sholl “The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.” — James Madison Among…

The Case of the Missing Tycoon

By Robert Sanchez There’s one Florida railroad tycoon whose name does not appear on the list of 28 “robber barons” cited in the Florida Verve article titled “The Demon Moguls of Wall Street.” That tycoon, Ed Ball, had a problem:…

Commentary: The Demon Moguls of Wall Street

By Robert Sanchez Here’s a trivia question for you: What do the names mentioned in the following paragraph have in common, other than being in boldfaced type? Henry Flagler built a railroad and a string of hotels down Florida’s Atlantic…