Hero trucker knew signs of human trafficking and acted

Kevin Kimmel [pictured], a trucker from Florida, stepped in when he thought he saw signs of human trafficking and by doing so, he saved a young victim from unspeakable horrors. For that, he received an award from Truckers Against Trafficking. When asked why he acted, Kimmel said simply, “I’ve got daughters.” Over the last few …

More shootings yesterday, so it’s time for a reminder:

Ten people died at the hand of a  shooter at an Oregon community college, and three more people were dead in Florida after a mass shooting there. That was just yesterday. White Americans are the biggest terrorist threat in this country, according to the New America Foundation. And that has chart has not been updated. But …

No, race car fans. It’s not “political correctness” to lower the battle flag.

Instead, it’s noble, and both right and righteous to do so. When you try to defend your Confederate battle flag at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway this weekend, you came off looking dumb, and more than a little racist around the edges. I, too, was taught — until I was in high school, that is — …

Read this. And weep.

The New York Times carries this story about Ryan Hoffman, a former University of North Carolina lineman who is now living on the streets in Florida. The story makes much of the fact that football may have injured Hoffman, and set him on the road to homelessness, and that’s a damn shame. But I took …

I went to Florida, and you didn’t.

I got on a plane Saturday and left the man pictured to the left on the beaches of Florida. (I know, right? He’s cute!) It’s cool. We planned it this way. I work and he’s retired, and his dream is to spend as much time as possible near the surf and sun during the nasty …

Meanwhile, in Florida, which is now celebrating marriage equality:

The Archdiocese of Miami issued a letter warning its employees to remember that Catholic Jesus is watching and…well, let’s quote the letter, which quotes the employee handbook that: “certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if occurs outside the the normal working day.” It …

I want to tell you something about Larry Cohen, longtime Courant columnist

Larry Cohen, who died suddenly at his Sanibel Island, Fla., home on Monday, was an irascible contrarian, a shoot from the lip conservative, and a big ol’ softie. I knew Larry because we both worked at the Hartford Courant. Sometimes, he was the Courant’s lone local conservative voice. You could disagree with him — so …

Which is more important: The First Amendment? Or the Second?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to appeal a court ruling that struck down his state’s 2011 ban on doctors asking patients about guns in their homes. It’s called the Docs vs. Glocks rule, and was a piece of legislation heavily favored by the National Rife Association. The announcement comes less than a month before the …