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Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Steve Otto Columns

Fear shouldn’t be a subject for students

Even an optimist looking at the headline in Mother Trib might have had reason to pause.
Updated: 2 months ago

Drinking, dreaming and other jottings

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.
Updated: 2 months ago

A Kurdish view of the troubled Middle East

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 fireworks show.
Updated: 2 months ago

A civil conversation with an accused doomsday prepper

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 when he wasn’t so likab...
Updated: 2 months ago

These people give the world hope

To be honest, sitting down to the 2014 Sustainable Business Awards wasn’t my idea of a way to spend Friday afternoon, especially because I knew the guys at the office were meeting for ribs over at Kojaks and this had to be a salad crowd.
Updated: 2 months ago

We are a house divided

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.
Updated: 2 months ago

For fathers, there’s no rest for the weary

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, “He’s all yours now,...
Updated: 2 months ago

Another day, another survey knocking Florida

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.
Updated: 2 months ago
If SoHo parking not fixed, customers will go elsewhere

If SoHo parking not fixed, customers will go elsewhere

One thing we don’t do down here at Mother Trib is mess around with dinky little displays on our front page. So I know you saw Monday’s paper with the story about a lack of parking in the SoHo section of town.
Updated: 2 months ago

We are lucky to have people like this on our side

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.
Updated: 2 months ago