Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

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

Jonah Goldberg recently wrote in the National Review he doesn’t believe, as some argue, that economic growth will negate President Donald Trump’s reckless racist remarks.

"Every time we have one of these moments — when parents have to turn off the news because they don’t want their kids to hear what the president said or did — it makes economic growth matter less," Goldberg wrote.

Like so many across the globe, I was repulsed by the president’s latest remarks, but I choose Goldberg’s take because rightful condemnation won’t grab the attention of people who continue to defend the comments.

Trump’s 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 Children’s 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 you’ve never seen a young man light up like a theater marquee, come out to the CDC of Tampa’s 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 Kondek’s wedding on Saturday. They teamed with Tarpon Springs police to rally behind the daughter of slain Officer Charles Kondek, proving he’s gone but not forgotten.

That’s all I’m saying.

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