Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Opinion

Crist custody battle may be scrutinized in a campaign

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Carole Crist's attorney labeled a custody case with her former husband as "private," but the fact that she lost custody of her two daughters may become very public if current husband Charlie Crist runs for governor.

Most voters will focus on more pertinent matters regarding the state's direction. But if Crist ends up in a close race with Gov. Rick Scott, maybe a handful of voters will be influenced by the dispute and the harsh allegations coming from Carole Crist's ex-husband, Todd Rome. It may be a mistake to let the accusations go unanswered. ...

Congresswoman Kathy Castor holds a job and community resource fair Thursday at St. Petersburg's Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 50 employers will be present. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker (by a laughing Michigan native): So Many Snowbirds, So Little Freezer Space. ...

I miss football terribly, but Saturday's Perry Mason marathon on Hallmark was awesome. Kids, ask your parents. ...

Local book editor Paula Stahel recently completed her latest collaboration with My Haley, wife of the late Roots author Alex Haley. Stahel says the new effort, a Civil War-era true account entitled The Treason of Mary Louvestre, reflects My Haley's phenomenal storytelling ability. Pick it up at Inkwood Books. ...

Kudos to Hillsborough County Veterans Council president Walt Raysick and the other service men and women who rallied to give an indigent veteran a military funeral. As the Times' Rich Shopes explained in his moving story, they didn't know him and had never met him, but felt compelled to help.

It's nice to know duty, honor and courage still matter.

That's all I'm saying.

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