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Friday, Jul 25, 2014

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New police chief is off to a good start

Back in September, candidate Rick Kriseman asked St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster to hold off on naming a successor to police chief Chuck Harmon, who had announced his retirement, until after the upcoming election. Kriseman believed the next mayor sh...
Published: 07/22/14

Light rail plan needs to be regional

It started as a casual conversation in a bar but morphed into a public-policy discussion. The guy I was talking to lives in Tampa but works in Pinellas. He complained about how the booming tourism this spring made his daily commute miserable, adding ...
Published: 07/20/14

District made for race, party cheats voters

Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled last week in Tallahassee that two Central Florida congressional districts were unconstitutional, “made a mockery” of the voter-approved “Fair Districts” amendment and must be redrawn. Thi...
Published: 07/15/14

New stadium not all a team needs

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis. It follows the recent pattern of the MLB rewarding club owners who build new ballparks or renovate old ones. A national TV audience will get a chance to see ...
Published: 07/13/14

Proof of economic impact needed before getting tourism cash

It seems that every time there’s an event in the Tampa Bay area that draws a significant number of out-of-town visitors, the promoters stress the “economic impact” it will have on the local economy. The numbers, for the most part...
Published: 07/08/14

Let’s give everyone Medicare

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which allows “closely held” businesses to deny paying for contraceptives through company-sponsored health coverage, is, depending on your political leanings, a victory for religio...
Published: 07/06/14

The name of the game is tourism

When I first saw the headline, I thought it was a joke: The Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg will be known as the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl beginning in the 2014 season. The game will be played Dec. 26 at Tropicana Field. It will...
Published: 07/02/14

Showing an indifference to the poor

My mother and one of my sisters decided a few months ago that a good way to celebrate Mama’s birthday would be to spend a week visiting her oldest son for a week or so. I could certainly think of better ways for them to spend their time, but i...
Published: 06/29/14

You can take pride in being open minded

The annual St. Pete Pride parade will take place this weekend, and it’s no longer a big deal. I don’t mean in attendance, which runs in the tens of thousands. I mean the outcry expressed by some before and after the first event in 2003 ...
Updated: 1 months ago

Good move to enhance Al Lang Stadium for soccer

We are once again into that quadrennial ritual in which Americans pretend to like the sport of soccer as much as the rest of the planet. I’m talking of course about the World Cup.
Updated: 1 months ago