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Ernest Hooper: Tampa Bay leaders need to be more Bullish

The USF football team constantly challenges top-notch opponents away from home.

The Bulls don't always win, but because they dare to be great, its resume features road victories against Auburn, Florida State, Miami and now Notre Dame.

We need our civic leaders to follow the same blueprint. Whether it's crafting a meaningful transportation plan, solving the Rays' stadium issue or finding a new leader for the county's convention and tourism bureau, we lose by shying away from opportunities to make this community better.

Officials at the tourism bureau, known as Tampa Bay & Company, reportedly fear hiring a top-notch executive director because the person might leave for a bigger city in a year or two. Really?

Those who dare to be great embrace big moments. You play to win the game. …

Bill Edwards dares to be great. Some might say he's unwise to purchase BayWalk, but if he finalizes the purchase on Sept. 15, it could be a key step to enhancing downtown St. Petersburg and saving a moribund retail complex. …

Seen on a church marquee: Get Right Or Get Left. …

Thanks to Arlene Jackson and the Sunny Seniors of Largo's Crossroads Christian Church, I got a chance to hear the Simple Faith Trio stage a performance that harkened back to my childhood days of watching the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Sunday mornings. Only now, I'm old enough to have greater appreciation for the message.

The trio, Jeff Shadowens, Jerry White and Michael Johnson, will perform its traditional anniversary show Oct. 8 at Friendship Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. …

Don't know if USF will ever get an on-campus football field, but you have to admit, Selmon Stadium has a nice ring to it.

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper: Tampa Bay leaders need to be more Bullish 09/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:47pm]
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