Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Outrage over budget cuts works better if groups unite

Hillsborough County's proposed budget cuts have various affected groups up in arms, but the earliest chorus comes from those upset about the Hispanic liaison office losing staffers. If the African-American, Asian-American and disabled liaison offices will suffer similar cuts, shouldn't there be similar outrage?

The county has a burgeoning Hispanic population, but it's difficult to see the commission sparing a single group. A united front may be the best approach. …

You can oppose tax increases, especially now, but I'm baffled by the suggestion that only the Pinellas residents who have school-age children should be billed for the district's proposed increase.

The success of a community hinges on a successful school district. If it fails, every resident and every business loses, not just parents. Government is essentially a pooling of resources for the greater good, not a Wal-Mart. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Paddle Faster, I Hear Banjo Music. …

Moving the ACC Football Championship to 8 p.m. will be a boost for local promoters of the Dec. 5 game at Raymond James. But they really need FSU playing for the title, dadgummit. …

On Father's Day, MOSI offers a unique opportunity to help dads who smoke. The museum's Body Worlds exhibit, which includes a smoker's blackened lung beside a healthy lung, moves people to quit. Come Sunday, dads can see this compelling image for free with the purchase of a child or family ticket. …

Who cares for the caregivers? WEDU answers the question tonight with a special town hall broadcast on respite care at 9 p.m. For 50 million Americans, it's an issue crying for solutions.

That's all I'm saying.

Outrage over budget cuts works better if groups unite 06/17/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Woman dead in St. Petersburg shooting



    Woman fatally shot Saturday night

    A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday night, police said.

  2. Jones: Rather than criticizing anthem protests, we should be asking about the reasons for them


    MINNEAPOLIS — They are football players. They are teammates. They are Tampa Bay Bucs.

    Bucs wide receivers Mike Evans (13) and DeSean Jackson (11) kneel during the national anthem. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Here kitty, kitty ...


    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  4. Pasco residents affected by Irma invited to town hall meeting

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Representatives from Pasco County Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play host to a town hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom of the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey

    Sandra Cunningham assesses the damage a water oak did to her Church Avenue home when it crashed into her bedroom roof during Hurricane Irma.
  5. Lightning's Nikita Kucherov has a lot to say — about moving on to a much better season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov sits back in his stall and smiles.

    Laughs a little, too.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) prepares for a faceoff during the first period of Friday's  (9/22/17) preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.