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On high-speed rail, Pier plan details, exam travails

In rejecting federal funds for high-speed rail, Gov. Rick Scott said, "Government can only give to us what it has previously taken from us."

Well, Republican Paula Dockery notes that Florida gets back only 62 cents on every transit dollar and 87 cents on every highway dollar it sends to D.C. With or without high-speed rail, we remain a state with transportation needs. Florida should get back the tax dollars already taken from us.

Sure hope Scott focuses on that and doesn't get distracted by pursuits outside the state. …

A lot of Democrats upset with Scott's decision blamed Republican voters, but they need to look in the mirror. Alex Sink would be governor if Democrats, especially black voters, had turned out in bigger numbers. No excuses. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong? …

You can make anything look good on paper, but plans for a new Pier in St. Petersburg are exciting. Both the design from developer Darryl LeClair and the city-paid plans from Luis Ajamil contained some intriguing concepts. I love the idea of connecting the Pier area to Vinoy Park, and LeClair's widening of the approach seems right. But I'm not a St. Petersburg resident, and it's up to those citizens to offer input and, hopefully, enthusiasm. Start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coliseum. …

If it means having semester exams before the holiday break, I'm all for getting an early start to the school year. …

My prayer? That Tampa Bay can go a week without a child senselessly dying because of abuse. If we succeed, it'll be my prayer next week, too.

That's all I'm saying.

On high-speed rail, Pier plan details, exam travails 02/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 20, 2011 5:17pm]
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