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Will RTI jobs stay if crimes dominate St. Petersburg news?

As St. Petersburg looks to lure another high-tech research firm, RTI International, to the city, I found it intriguing that RTI officials said the jobs it may bring could be temporary.

Naturally, I want those jobs to become permanent. As an area, we have so much to offer that perhaps we can win RTI over, but it may be difficult when senseless crimes dominate the headlines.

We can't ignore our problems or isolate them to a certain part of town. A community is only as strong as its weakest link. …

Mayor Pam Iorio may find resistance to her proposed pay freeze for city of Tampa employees. But if it's truly the best way to save jobs, the proposal deserves serious consideration. Ask anyone who has been laid off if they would have passed on a raise to stay employed. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Of course I live in the past, it's cheaper. …

If I was a principal, I would show one of those old School House Rock videos every morning — even at high schools. Heck, especially at the high schools. …

Eleanor Saunders, the center director at Brandon's Emergency Care Help Organization, said someone went to Publix and bought every "buy one, get one free item" they could find. Then they donated the "free" items to her nonprofit.

Wouldn't it be great if those who could afford it did that at least once a month for a worthy charity? …

They spoke of leadership, of goals, of service. And smiling broadly, they spoke of their love of camping. However, they didn't speak of feuds or retaliation, street cred or automatic weapons. Kudos to Boy Scout Troop 100 at Academy Prep — Tampa. Please don't ever change.

That's all I'm saying.

Will RTI jobs stay if crimes dominate St. Petersburg news? 04/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 6:48am]
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