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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

Otto, Steve

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Otto, Steve

Danke and auf wiedersehen

- In his last regularly scheduled column, Steve Otto takes time to thank the people most important to him -- including his readers.

Beware the jack of all trades, master of none

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The interesting thing about being a columnist is the assumption that you can become somewhat of an expert on just about any topic. You are supposed to know a little bit about a lot of things but not necessarily much abou...

Writing about volunteering big perk of job

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Clearing out the desk in my last full week is a slow process, largely because I keep finding things I’d forgotten.

A honey-do list awaits, but you aren't rid of me yet

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Steve Otto's column on Sunday, July 13, will be his final offering as a full-time columnist following a remarkable 45-year run at what he calls “Mother Trib.” But Steve won...

We should heed Ben’s sage advice

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When you look at paintings of the Founding Fathers — especially the ones in which they are gathered in Philadelphia with their white wigs — you get the feeling this was a group of elderly gentlemen crafting...

School district’s challenges will take real leadership

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Today being the last day of June, you might not be in the mood for a few more words about what happens inside the Hillsborough County School District.

Quantum Leap horses give veterans a lift

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You don't have to know much about horses to understand you are in a special place.

Tampa’s role in a century of conflicts

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Driving down the Bayshore the other day I glanced out over Hillsborough Bay. A huge tanker plane was making a gradual sweep that would bring it into MacDill Air Force Base a couple of miles south of me.

Fear shouldn’t be a subject for students

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Even an optimist looking at the headline in Mother Trib might have had reason to pause.

Drinking, dreaming and other jottings

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On steamy days like this it's always good to know there are places in Tampa where you can wet your whistle — or at least get something to take home.

A Kurdish view of the troubled Middle East

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From the rooftop of Mother Trib's parking garage you could see the glare of exploding rockets off in the distance at Channelside, followed a second or so later by the distant booming of the city's Fourth of July firework...

A civil conversation with an accused doomsday prepper

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You had to like Martin Winters. He was — and is — what we call a “good ol’ boy.” He also had that tough “my way or the highway” streak that suggested there might be times ...

We are a house divided

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There was no letup in the finger-pointing as venom splashed all over the network television talk shows and social media sites this weekend as the misery that is Iraq collapsed on the screens in front of us.

For fathers, there’s no rest for the weary

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This whole Father’s Day business came together late on a May afternoon about 30 years ago when the nurse handed me No. 1 son — all 11 pounds, 14 ounces of him — with a look in her eye that said, ...

Another day, another survey knocking Florida

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It’s too late to stay in bed now on this Friday the 13th, although a new study suggests Floridians are living in the most stressed-out state in America and bed might be your safest bet.

Spies can’t resist social media din

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“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.’’

We are lucky to have people like this on our side

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Walking across the parking lot, I squinted up at the machine gun tower looming over the “Rock,” as the Falkenburg Road Jail is known among criminal elements.

D-Day, when men jumped into the black sky to make history

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June 6, 1944 — We're running out of people who were there, witnesses who can draw upon what it was like — the noise and smells — the power and horror of it all.

Otto: Bayshore has no condo minimum

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“The good news,” said the former Tampa city councilperson 20-odd years ago, “is that there won't be any more condos going up on the Bayshore. We've seen to that.”

Otto: Technically, justice was served

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During the weekend I kept thinking about a couple of stories from late last week. You could say they weren't related, but they were.

Otto: Dale Mabry drivers need to pack lunch

- Columnist Steve Otto: Anyone who remembers the Great Snow of ‘77, and other Tampa traffic calamities, can relate to the headaches the I-275 exit closure will create.

'Python Tales' a good holiday read

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Fred Karl was so many things — state representative, state senator, Florida Supreme Court justice, CEO, Hillsborough County administrator — it might be easier to list the things he was not.