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Hillsborough County has a chance to show it is inclusive

The Hillsborough County Commission can send a message this week that it respects the rights of gays and is serious about economic development.

The commission will consider creating a domestic partner registry and the measure has as much to do with job creation as it does with diversity. Businesses don't want to bring employees to a community that isn't welcoming. Let's hope they see the light.

As Herm Edwards, ESPN analyst and former coach of the Jets and the Chiefs, lectured last week at the University of South Florida on setting priorities and making the most of opportunities, I began to realize the good fortune I enjoyed 15 years earlier.

Back then, Edwards served as an assistant coach for the Bucs and I covered the team for the Times as its NFL writer.

The beat reporters would start an interview with Edwards after practice and before you knew it, we turned off our tape recorders as the discussion turned to more worldly topics. He would hold court for four writers, just like he did for 400 students. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Beware. My Dog Has Issues.

Is it just me, or does someone else worry that the wrangling over the Pier will result in no old Pier, no new Lens, nothing?

Look for the Laundry Love Project started by Tampa's Jason Sowell to be on the NBC Nightly News this week. Sowell, founder of the faith-based organization called Current, routinely leads a group of volunteers to cover all costs at laundry mats frequented by deserving residents. ...

One day, someone actually is going to go on a foreign trip, have all his cash and credit cards stolen and need a friend to wire him money — and no one is going to believe him.

That's all I'm saying.

Hillsborough County has a chance to show it is inclusive 01/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:23pm]

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