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It seems some people want racial dividing lines to stay in place

Forgiveness should be a virtue, but the critics who said Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley should have declined his White House invitation appear more interested in hanging on to the anger yielded from Crowley's arrest of professor Henry Louis Gates than helping us move forward.

President Obama's beer overture sets an example of how we can deal with conflicts and a president willing to address race should be applauded.

Maybe those who seek to divide us do so only for personal gain. ...

The federal government requires an analysis to determine where the first leg of light rail should go in Tampa, so we're spending $1.5 million.

But it seems like a costly expenditure given that a lot of the folks who have worked on this project over the years believe its initial route should run from USF to downtown Tampa, not from downtown to West Shore. ...

Seen on a T-shirt: Marriage Is Not A Word, It's A Sentence. ...

I'm betting the Rays won't make any trades before Friday's deadline, but I would make every effort to get Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez. ...

Syd Entel Galleries will host a unique exhibit Aug. 6. It'll display the works of Harbourside Studios artists, who are clients of the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens. The event starts at 5:30 at 247 Main St. in Safety Harbor. ...

The stunning extortion story involving the relatives of RV mogul Don Wallace reached its rightful conclusion Monday when his sister, brother-in-law and niece got 15 years of probation. But I can't help think about how so many things that happen in South Tampa are reminiscent of a bad soap opera.

That's all I'm saying.

It seems some people want racial dividing lines to stay in place 07/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:31pm]
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