Sunday, October 07, 2018

Pinellas

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: 2 years 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: 2 years 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: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Charlie Crist huge favorite to win U.S. House seat

Elsewhere across the land there is great hand-wringing over who will win the presidency. And from Panama City to Key West considerable rumination ensues over who will succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. Conjecture abounds about the successor to G...
Updated: 2 years ago
Daniel Ruth: The great gondola gallop in Pinellas

Daniel Ruth: The great gondola gallop in Pinellas

There's an old story. Many years ago, then-Tampa Mayor Nick Nuccio, upon returning from a trip to Italy, appeared before the City Council to extol the beauty of the gondolas he had experienced in Venice. Wouldn't it be great, he mused, if the council...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Newpoint's lesson in bad charter schools

There are those who believe our public school system is little more than a den of illiteracy, populated by hapless teachers, inept administrators and a curricula teaming with radical Marxist liberal ideas like evolution, climate change and unfounded ...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Broaden effort to keep Rays in Pinellas

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Mr. Dithers, has been in an especially grumpy-pants mood lately. This is no small accomplishment since the Big Daddy of Pinellas County politics seems to be the sort of chap who wakes up every morning with a harrumph and go...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg divides cash from BP oil spill

When you think of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from the images of destroyed wetlands and dead animals to the spill circulating through the Gulf of Mexico, the memories remain all too vivid.Here's another byproduct of the BP disaster: Cha-...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: When preservationists become obstructionists

Just because you're well-intentioned, deeply committed and more altruistic than Florence Nightingale doesn't mean you're right.St. Petersburg Preservation is a fine, admirable group of citizens who have dedicated themselves to protecting the city's r...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: A $33 million pier lacks iconic status

What can you get for $33 million?Not as much as one might think.At $46 million, St. Petersburg thought it was getting a very nice penthouse suite. But at $33 million, it looks as if the city might have to settle for a comfy time share in Two Egg.Ther...
Updated: 3 years ago