Ernest Hooper: Rising economic tide can’t lift us above Trump’s comments

Published January 15

Jonah Goldberg recently wrote in the National Review he doesnít believe, as some argue, that economic growth will negate President Donald Trumpís reckless racist remarks.

"Every time we have one of these moments ó when parents have to turn off the news because they donít want their kids to hear what the president said or did ó it makes economic growth matter less," Goldberg wrote.

Like so many across the globe, I was repulsed by the presidentís latest remarks, but I choose Goldbergís take because rightful condemnation wonít grab the attention of people who continue to defend the comments.

Trumpís supporters will only sit up and take notice when the policies and power they crave may be threatened by his recklessness. Well, some will.

I wonder what will it profit the nation if the stock market rises, taxes fall and GDP increases, but the country forfeits its soul? .?.?.

The League of Women Voters will bring together a panel to discuss "Ballots Not Bullets" at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Childrenís Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Ave. Gun safety remains a troubling aspect. .?.?.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Proud to be a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. (813) 272-5110. .?.?.

If youíve never seen a young man light up like a theater marquee, come out to the CDC of Tampaís Suit Up And Show Up event at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the HCC Ybor Campus Student Services Building, 1320 E Palm Ave. Some of the teens receive their first suit, and their smiles brighten the whole room. .?.?.

Kudos to the local wedding vendors who helped defray the costs of Holly Kondekís wedding on Saturday. They teamed with Tarpon Springs police to rally behind the daughter of slain Officer Charles Kondek, proving heís gone but not forgotten.

Thatís all Iím saying.