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While the government is handing out free money …

If my country needs me to pay $3,000 to bail out troubled companies, I'm all for it. What's good for Wall Street is good for the nation. But I'm a little short right now. Can someone give me a loan? …

White Democrats who choose to vote against Barack Obama solely because of his skin color remind me of old-time college football fans who rooted against their own school just because it chose to start a black quarterback.

Of course, that attitude changed when the quarterback started winning games. …

Clearly I'm not in a business lending position, but I wish I could take a chance on infusing the dreams of Kyle DeStefano, Nathalia Estrada and Ellen Auger. The three 20-something Local Coffee + Tea employees are trying to save the downtown St. Petersburg spot after their boss announced he was pulling out. I love young people willing to do more than just give up. …

The Pinellas Technical Education Center celebrated a $15,000 Verizon grant Wednesday for its Broadband Institute. The institute started in 2005 with three students in a makeshift lab. Now it's graduating tons of students who are making an average of $35,000 annually. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: This Car Protected by Fife (with a picture of Don Knotts). …

Kudos to philanthropist Bella Canasi and Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda, who will be honored as the 2008 Hispanic Woman and Man of the Year at the Tampa Hispanic Heritage Annual Gala Saturday at the Hyatt downtown.

Have you noticed the Bucs function better in the two-minute offense? There's something to be said for simplifying your approach.

That's all I'm saying.

While the government is handing out free money … 09/24/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 3:30pm]
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