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Gary Stein

Competition for Low-Wage Jobs Hurts Kids Looking for Summer Work

Gary Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

High school kids have a far greater chance of having no summer job or even an after-school job than at any time in the recent past. They are being squeezed out of those jobs by college-age and older workers.

Behind the Disney Magic, Reality Bits Back for Those Who Work There

Gary Stein | Posted 08.24.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Disney employees may be in "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but it looks as if it is dark magic that surrounds them.

Income Disparity and the Minimum Wage: Six Degrees of Separation to the Solution

Gary Stein | Posted 08.12.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Income inequality is a topic that hovers over our economy like the mother ship from Independence Day. It has a national impact as well as individual impacts to millions of Americans.

'Vote No on 2' Group Is Actually Helping the Amendment Work

Gary Stein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

On behalf of all those who truly need MMJ to ease their suffering, I would like to thank VNO2 for "pulling a Microsoft" and giving our Legislature the tools that will make Amendment 2 a reality.

Medical Marijuana in Florida -- Don't Expect a New California

Gary Stein | Posted 07.22.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

I wholeheartedly agree with the legislators that are trying to create a Florida industry based on compassion. If this is to be Florida's industry, Floridians need to profit from it, not businesses from California, Colorado or Arizona.

The New War Between the States and the Federal Government on Health Issues

Gary Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

There is a new war between the states -- in the South. This is not, as some of my Southern friends call it, a "war of Northern aggression." This war is between the states and the federal government.

Committee Chair May Stonewall Medicaid Expansion Bills Early in FL

Gary Stein | Posted 05.14.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Considering the importance of the Medicaid expansion question, it's critical to allow discussion of any expansion bills. Otherwise, the Affordable Care Act will be, for the most part, yet another unfunded mandate that Florida cannot afford.

Heroes, Zeroes and Shills Battle in the Medical Marijuana Debate

Gary Stein | Posted 05.07.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Reason and emotion are the two drivers of decision-making, so it is not surprising that advocates for and against medical marijuana try to appeal to both the head and the heart.

God Becomes a Passive Lobbyist for Medical Marijuana

Gary Stein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

In many of the recent comments from officials and candidates, the word 'compassion' has been thrown around a lot. In years past, compassion rarely came up in the discussion over medical cannabis. To be honest, very little conversation about it occurred 'in the sunshine.'

Paula Witthaus, St. Pete Advocate and Activist for the Needyand Marginalized, Slain and Truly Missed

Gary Stein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

When I introduced myself, every part of her face smiled at me from her eyes to her chin. My column is meant to raise Paula to the high level that she deserved.

Part 2: Legislation, a Constitutional Amendment Opens Doors to Medical Marijuana in Florida

Gary Stein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Stein

Any closed door can be opened. Such is the case of medical marijuana and the State of Florida.

Conservatives Don't Know the Enemy in War on Poverty

Gary Stein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

They claim that the war has been lost, but do they truly understand what battles have been and are being fought or the nature of the victims?

Is Gun Violence in Our Schools a Solvable Problem?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Dorn recommended more armed guards, and here is where we disagree. Two factors need to be addressed when considering these options: the financial aspect and the psychological one.

Cutting Food Stamps Hampers the War Against Obesity

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

For the health of those vulnerable Americans, there needs to be more funding, not less. A stout body type used to be a sign of wealth, but not anymore.

Florida's Lawmakers Test the Null Hypothesis on Medicaid Expansion

Gary Stein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

If the legislature decides to do nothing this session, we will lose $5 Billion in federal funding this year that could have gone to the state, create jobs and help hospitals pay for the care of the uninsured.

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Drama Continued: It's Obamacare vs. Grouponcare, Part I

Gary Stein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

It's too easy to just tell legislators that they are wrong. The harder path is to give them the facts and hope they don't ignore them. With only thre...

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Decision: A Clash of Politics, People and Perceptions

Gary Stein | Posted 06.03.2013 | Miami
Gary Stein

Some offers are easy to reject using just common sense. I had assumed that the decision regarding taking billions of federal funds for Medicaid Expansion was in that same category, but for many legislators, the choice is not so straight-forward.

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Senate's 'Florida Plan' Hits the Sunshine, Texas Hits Bottom

Gary Stein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Out of the 50 states, Florida ranks 48th in the number of people that have health insurance. That means only two states have fewer people insured, with Texas being the worst. More than one in every five Floridians have no way but self-pay or no pay when they need medical attention.

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Does No Mean No?

Gary Stein | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

To say that the future of Florida's health care assistance plan is in flux is a gross understatement.

In the Shadow of Imminent Open Heart Surgery: My Public Health Mea Culpa

Gary Stein | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Gary Stein

I have been involved in public health since my undergraduate days in the late 1970s, and it was no news to me that diet, exercise and familial patterns can all affect your health. The original study that verified that fact started in 1948 in Framingham, Mass.

Blind Insight: Falling Down Never Felt So Good

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

We came home after five hours of canvassing our neighborhood tired and wet, but elated. Happy with the knowledge that I was able to break my own mental barrier from my still-new blindness and content with the assurance that I know I will be doing it again.

Marine Discharged for Anti-Obama Remarks Plans City Council Run

Murrieta, CA Patch | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

A former Camp Pendleton Marine who was ousted from the service in April based on remarks he made on the Facebook page, "Armed Forces Tea Party," has a...

Ad Starring Anti-Obama Marine Pulled

Camp Pendleton Patch | Daniel Woolfolk | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

A military public affairs team pulled a public service announcement that featured former Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein. The former sergeant was ...

Discharged Tea Party Marine Takes Birther Turn

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Gary Stein, the former Marine discharged for critical comments he made about President Barack Obama on his Tea Party-affiliated Facebook page, is now ...

Discharged Tea Party Marine Not Retreating

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Gary Stein, the former Marine sergeant who received an other-than-honorable discharge after posting derogatory material about President Barack Obama o...