Sunday, July 22, 2018


Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth has been scribbling away for four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award.

In 2005, Hulk Hogan, who was then 51, fires up the crowd between matches during WrestleMania 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (CHRIS CARLSON  |  AP)

Dan Ruth: Hulk Hogan and the Boys & Girls Clubs are curious bedfellows

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. There are indeed second acts in life, even if it involves going from being a walking geek show to being welcomed back into the steroid-inflated bosom of the fake wrestling world.
Published: 07/18/18

Ruth: Is Rick Scott’s blind trust that blind?

This is about to get very complicated and financially eye-rolling. But we’re dealing with Florida politics, Florida money and Florida’s bizarre approach to holding its public officials accountable.Or put another way, Tony Soprano’s New Jersey...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]

Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium dream masks the sticker shock

Close your eyes and dream. It is October 2023 or so and the Tampa Bay Rays are up 3-0 in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. The game is being played in the Rays new stadium, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, George Soros, Vinny’s...
Published: 07/13/18

Ruth: The good old days in Tallahassee weren’t that good, either

By Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham’s reckoning, there was a time long ago and far away when Tallahassee was a utopia of good governance. And yes, you are free to begin the forehead slapping.The former U.S. House member has been...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18
There's land to build on in southern Hillsborough County. So why did a group of New York-based developers feel the need to fill in part of Tampa Bay for their townhouse plan? [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]

Daniel Ruth: Fill the bay to make more land to build more townhouses? Never again

First a full confession. I am not a real estate expert. I know precious very little about the finer points of development. But I do recall that old Florida axiom about selling swampland to unsuspecting folks eager to own a piece of the Sunshine State...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: Rubio’s outrage over four-letter word is misplaced

It doesn’t take much to get indignant these days. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s dainty sensibilities were riled recently because Selene San Felice dropped a four-letter word not once but twice on national television.Rubio denounced San Felice’s...
Updated one month ago
David Koch, speaking here in Orlando, backed a successful campaign to sink a local transportation measure in Nashville, Tenn. Will his organization set its sights on Hillsborough County? [AP, 2013]

Daniel Ruth: Will Hillsborough transportation measure pit Jeff Vinik against Koch brothers?

It’s entirely possible over the course of the next few weeks you might find yourself sitting at home preparing to dive into that first martini of the evening when the doorbell rings. Be afraid. Be very afraid.It could very well be the attack of...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: Downsizing world history exam is foolish

Incas? We don’t need no stinking Incas.Aztecs? Who cares? Why bother with them?As for the Roman Empire, about the only good that came from that was spaghetti.Plato? Who’s he?Now that you might be properly offended, or...
Updated one month ago
The Florida Department of Children and Families is warning Eckerd Connects that it could be fired from its contract to run child welfare in Hillsborough County if it doesn't adress problems including children who are bounced from home to home.

Daniel Ruth: Florida should consider taking back its outsourced foster care services

We hear a great deal about how government is the source of all evil, a wasteful, incompetent coven of lazy paper-pushing bureaucrats.That is why the heavens open and the angels sing and all is right with the world whenever we can wrest away...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: What would Jesus do about immigration?

e_SDLqJesus? Do you have a moment?""I have all the time in the world, Gabriel. What can I do for you?""Well, it seems we have a bit of a problem down on Earth again.""Oh boy, what is it this time? Another Access...
Updated one month ago