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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]
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