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Death of Tampa teens should serve as wakeup call

Look at the promise stolen from slain Tampa teens Kiara and Jeremi Brito, and the death penalty instantly comes to mind.

It's a justifiable emotion, but not a solution. For a number of years, we've seen young people senselessly take the lives of their own. Examples cross racial and socioeconomic lines.

I hold no sympathy for the perpetrators, but if we don't ask why, it will continue. We owe it to the Brito children to go beyond punishment and attack this problem at the root cause. …

St. Petersburg advocate the Rev. Bruce Wright will challenge Mayor Bill Foster's plans to send more of downtown's homeless to Pinellas Safe Harbor.

Wright, arrested last month in Gulfport on a charge of driving with a suspended license, leads a City Hall news conference at 5 p.m. Tuesday. "We were down but not out," he said in a release.

How much of a challenge he mounts remains to be seen, but Foster's solution of enforcing various homeless ordinances may not be as simple as it seems. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport. …

The Wells Fargo stagecoach is on its way to Tampa, and just like the old days it's arriving with some cash. As part of its acquisition of Wachovia, the coach and a team of horses will pull up to 100 S Ashley Drive at 10 a.m. Tuesday, toting $80,000 in checks for local nonprofits. …

NFL labor strifes have many wondering if we'll have pro football in the fall, but with the league's first Sunday set for Sept. 11, I'm convinced owners and players will resolve the issue.

It would be un-American not to play on such a significant day. They won't do that to us. They better not.

That's all I'm saying.

Death of Tampa teens should serve as wakeup call 06/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 12, 2011 6:13pm]
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