Friday, June 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.

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...
Published: 06/21/18

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...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/21/18
A Rays sign of support hangs from a building at 15th Street N and 7th Ave in Ybor City. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times  ]

Daniel Ruth: So why is it taking so long to reach a Rays stadium deal? Or not?

Forgive just a pinch of cynical hyperbole.For better or worse, the recent summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore was announced and thrown together in a matter of weeks.And this was...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Ruth: A 50th high school reunion brings perspective

Time is a funny thing. It has a way of creeping on you like little crowís feet. And it can melt away at the same time.Fifty years. It was in June 1968 that I graduated from St. Vincent High School in Akron, just a bit removed from the...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18
Eleanor Rigby gave birth to puppies at Airside F in the Tampa airport while her owners were preparing to board a plane to Philadelphia. [Emily Nipps, Tampa International Airport]

Daniel Ruth: When is a service dog not a service dog? Itís getting hard to say

Maybe what all the hub-bub goes to prove is that one personís service animal is merely anotherís little sweetums, cuddly boo-boo dog. And stop drinking out of the toilet! Now!It was certainly a lovely, pulling-at-the-heartstrings moment when...
Updated one month ago
Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]

Ruth: Itís no joke that we have lost our minds

You get up in the morning, and the sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The garden is in full bloom. It all seems so nice. And then you unfold the paper and realize it is never too early to start eyeing the liquor cabinet.This is the sorry...
Updated one month ago
At the Tampa Theatre in March, Topher Morrison kicked off his camapaign for mayor with his dog Macie at his side. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: For dark horse bid to succeed, hypnotist Topher Morrison may need hypnotism

This could get ... interesting.In the middle of a community forum of allllllll the many and sundry candidates vying to become the next mayor of Tampa, in a moment of weakness Ed Turanchik inadvertently looks into the cunning eyes of Topher...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: My failed effort to boycott Publix, where shopping is still a pleasure

So little time, so much material to raise indignant ire over.I know. As a card-carrying member of the chin-rubbing scribbling class, I was supposed to work myself up into a full-throated froth over recent disclosures Publix was a major sugar...
Updated one month ago
What's next for Attorney General Pam Bondi? Some options might include private practice, Fox News and a spot in the Trump administration. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: For her next job, Pam Bondi seems likely to seek the limelight

Decisions, decisions.What will Pammy do? A breathless body politic sits on pins and needles.As she enters her final months in office as Floridaís attorney general, speculation has ebbed and flowed over what the future holds for Pam...
Updated one month ago
Evan Longoria, now a member of the San Francisco Giants, questioned whether a new stadium can boost Rays attendance when it hasn't much helped the Miami Marlins to the south. [Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images]

Daniel Ruth: Mad at Evan Longoria? He’s just speaking truth to Rays stadium delusion

This probably had to be akin to your tipsy Uncle Claude after one too many Manhattans piping up at the Thanksgiving dinner table to observe what the rest of the family always knew but never uttered — that Aunt Bertha is uglier than a night in...
Updated one month ago