Monday, December 11, 2017

Pinellas

Daniel Ruth: Spending money to fix sewers isn't sexy

Think of this as the public administration equivalent of ignoring the "Check Engine" light on your car even while the jalopy sputters and wheezes and spews black smoke from the tailpipe. At least it's still running. And you would rather spend your mo...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Florida Senate 19 results show every vote counts

It is one of the oldest, most shopworn axioms in political life: Every vote counts. You may now yawn.If you have any doubts about the power of a single vote, just ask President Al Gore. Or perhaps not.But as we learned from Florida's primary election...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Common sense could have spared Pinellas palms

You might want to think of this as the Pinellas County Public Works Department version of that WKRP in Cincinnati episode where for Thanksgiving, the hapless radio station general manager dropped live turkeys out of a helicopter over a packed shoppin...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Fighting poverty with flowers for Democrats

Jerry Lewis will be along to sing "You'll Never Grift Alone" in a few minutes. But in the meantime, won't you pick up the phone now and make a contribution to assist those poor, pathetic beleaguered souls who barely have two bus tokens to rub togethe...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: New Rays stadium needs good team

As a marketing campaign, the Tampa Bay Rays' creation of a website to seek input from residents about what they want to see in a new stadium (ballparkremimagined.com), is a promotional stroke of genius. Alas, it would seem Rays fans — up to thi...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Too much, too little at St. Petersburg Pier

Eventually, when the new St. Petersburg pier becomes whatever it is going to be, could we include just one more additional element? Could we please have a plain modest edifice erected? Not too big, not too small. It would be called the Whining Wall i...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg gains upper hand in bid for Cuban consulate

As diplomatic initiatives go, this isn't exactly a Nixon goes to China moment. Instead, you might think of St. Petersburg's recent foray into international relations as the Camp Kriseman Accords.Over the last weekend, representatives of the Cuban gov...
Updated a year ago
Daniel Ruth: Yeshitela should work with St. Petersburg mural committee

Daniel Ruth: Yeshitela should work with St. Petersburg mural committee

You have to have a grudging sympathy for St. Petersburg's self-proclaimed civil rights icon, Omali Yeshitela. For more than 50 years, the now 74-year-old Yeshitela has stomped his feet and marched and railed against all manner of racial injustices &#...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: A senate race filled with, well, politicians

Judging from all the in-fighting, snubbed egos and all-purpose conniving, you would be forgiven if you mistook the Florida Senate District 19 Democratic primary race as a sort of Borgias on Tampa Bay moment.It's a very strange Senate district, with a...
Updated a year ago

Ruth: Baby steps for struggling Pinellas schools

In the wake of a rash of police shootings of blacks nationwide — some justified, others not — the Black Lives Matter movement was born. And once again a great, often heated conversation has been joined over the issue of race relations acr...
Updated a year ago