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Otto, Steve

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Otto, Steve

Otto: As rail goes, Florida seems to be on a train to nowhere

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There was a story this week that Amtrak was considering cutting a 600-mile stretch from its Southwest Chief that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. The move would eliminate service to a dozen or more towns in Kansas, Colo...

Otto: Hello to Bollywood

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Are you feeling the excitement? Got the buzz? Ready to party?

Otto: When it comes to Florida schools, maybe it's time to start over

- These days there seems little point in going to a public school and just sitting there taking tests when your child can be out there in the world working part-time jobs and contributing while learning a trade. Think of the ...

Otto: Jail can be best cure for stupidity

- From the ex-Ku Klux Klan member charged in the Jewish center slayings to the man who shot a 4-year-old in Tampa with a stray bullet, Steve Otto says knuckleheads come in all sizes.

Otto: Skeeters show fishermen who rules Cockroach Bay

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The natural beauty of Cockroach Bay in Hillsborough County is a serene setting to enjoy nature, until swarms of mosquitoes attack and pursue anyone who dares to venture into their territory.

Otto: Pinellas Park suspects making a bad career choice

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“Marquez Dunbar — career criminal.”

Otto: All you need is a little love, Jeb

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It’s not likely Jeb Bush made too many points this week with his “a little love” defense of illegal immigration. Not that it is going to make much difference if he officially decides he wants to beco...

Otto: Judeo Christian Health Clinic addresses rising need

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Like other miracles I’ve witnessed, the Judeo Christian Health Clinic was not a flash-of-light thing. It didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t...

Otto: Some day we all may need an ark

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“Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.”

Otto: Columnist recalls his ‘Field of Dreams’

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“Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light. And somewhere men are laughing and somewhere the game gives pleasure; But nowhere is the...

Otto: No breaking news in the 'news'

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“BREAKING NEWS”

Otto: Fired-up Buckhorn praises city’s future

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Bob Buckhorn could have passed himself off as an evangelist for Tampa, giving a charged-up message that any of those TV preachers would envy, columnist Steve Otto says.

Otto: Espinosa offers a few crumbs of Tampa’s history

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Jack Espinosa was already there, standing in the book section of the Oxford Exchange, looking like a rumpled Ybor City version of Co...

Otto: Do you know the people in this photo?

- Do you know this happy couple? Columnist Steve Otto says there's really no reason you should; he's just curious as to how this picture showed up in Alabama inside a dresser.

Otto: Don't sweat the money if you're fired from USF

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At first I felt kind of bad for now former University of South Florida basketball coach Stan Heath when he got canned last week. He seems like a good guy and a decent coach. I even discovered he knows something about chi...

Otto: Take your cheese, we’ll eat Freedom Fries

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Oh yeah! We can’t call our cheese Parmesan? Well, if anyone in Europe wants an incredible sandwich with pork, ham, salami, pickle they can just call it a Tampa sandwich, writes columnist Steve Otto.

Otto: District 13 race was one bad TV commercial

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It's always fascinating watching the spin following something as overblown as this week's District 13 special election in Pinellas County.

Otto: Surviving the death camps: a story of resilience

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Simple choices. Life is literally like that. Get into the line going left and you go to the gas chamber. Get in the one going right and you have a chance — not much — but a chance.

Otto: We’re all in need of a reboot

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From a distance, they look like the walking dead. You see them everywhere, in cars and restaurants; at ball games and in the workplace. Their heads are tilted slightly and they move with zombie-like steps. They are the b...

Otto: Eventually, U.S. will have to match words with action in Ukraine

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So, according to reports that have reached this desk, Vladimir Putin just put in a call to President Obama last night and the details were released to selected press people. Here is the message transcribed in English:

Otto: VAM scam unfair to teachers

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What began as a series of giggles in the other room gradually turned to snorts and a loud “Oh sure” and “Give me a break!”and then more giggles. I went back to the family room, where I found t...

Otto: Betty Castor pioneered women’s opportunities

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Betty Castor of Tampa, a speaker for Women’s History Month, was a leader winning opportunities for women and has been USF president and state education secretary, Steve Otto writes.

Otto: Negative campaigns out of control

- Alex Sink and David Jolly say they don't like negative campaigning, but neither had control nor could do anything to stop it. That, columnist Steve Otto says, is just a little disconcerting.

Otto: Familiar story unfolds in Ukraine

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There was something familiar — something very stirring — in the videos of people making a stand in the Kiev square.