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Hooper: Time to move beyond lamenting over unmet state needs

Our state leaders have me repeatedly uttering a phrase used by the analysts on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.

Every time Gov. Rick Scott touts his $1 billion tax cut proposal without acknowledging state needs that go unmet and underfunded, I think, C'mon, man.

When state Rep. Erik Fresen claims no conflict of interest while continuing to channel funding to charter schools that clearly benefit his sister and his brother-in-law, who are charter school executives: C'mon, man.

Mental health inadequacies, prison shortfalls. C'mon, man.

But we need more than laments. We need leadership and engaged constituents.

Seen on a church marquee: The heaviest thing a person can carry is a grudge. …

Statesman Colin Powell delivers the keynote address at Hillsborough Community College's Black and Brown College Bound luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Powell's speech highlights a four-day program addressing the higher education challenges facing African-American and Latino males. …

Enjoyed the Uncorked Food and Wine Festival on Clearwater Beach last week, and one reason is that I found reasonably priced public parking. The Clearwater Beach Hyatt charged $40 during the event. Yes, $40. I almost fainted before driving away. …

Kudos to Leto High, which celebrates its 50th anniversary Friday with a decades fashion show, art and yearbook displays, school tours and a reception. Call (813) 872-5300 for details.

I recently gave a Black History Month speech at Benito Middle, and thanks to the students' questions, I learned as much as I taught.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Time to move beyond lamenting over unmet state needs 02/14/16 [Last modified: Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:48pm]
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