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Seat belt law a good move

Opponents of the state's new law requiring seat belts fear the measure will be a crutch for racial profiling.

But with my teenage sons on the verge of driving, I would rather they come home with a $30 ticket than never come home again. We need vigilance on how the new law is enforced, but we need to save lives even more. …

St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons announced this week that he has the endorsement of 51 local chief executive officers and business leaders. Meanwhile, fellow candidate Scott Wagman is boasting on Facebook about an endorsement from state Rep. Bill Heller. It'll be interesting to see which carries more weight. …

Seen on a bumper sticker (by my son Ethan): Don't Steal. The Government Hates Competition. …

Kudos to former Buc and WDAE sports talk host Ian Beckles, who will work as a celebrity bartender Friday at 717 South in Tampa. I'm glad Beckles is donating 100 percent of his tips to the Children's Cancer Center, but I want to know if he can make a mean mojito. …

I'm not saying Matt Garza should serve up three homers against the Red Sox tonight, but the Rays really need one of those "erase a seven-run deficit" victories to get their mojo back. …

Ikea, Ikea, Ikea. I'm just getting you prepared for the next six months. …

Tampa Crossroads will hold a rummage sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1315 E Seventh Ave. Proceeds will benefit the Athena program for homeless female veterans. Is it just me, or does someone else think "homeless" and "veterans" should never be in the same sentence?

That's all I'm saying.

Seat belt law a good move 04/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:51pm]
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