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.

How the power companies killed solar energy in the Sunshine State | Daniel Ruth

Florida Power and Light has a large solar array in Sarasota, but homeowners in Florida aren’t so lucky, given the regulatory impediments to making them practical for regular people. [ROB MATTSON | Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The utilities contribute millions to legislative campaigns. The lawmakers do what they’re told.

Daniel Ruth: Slap some mustard on these inflated test scores

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Students at Spoto High School are dismissed on scheduled early release in May.
The answers were on the wall when Spoto High kids took district exams. A hot dog party celebrating the school’s graduation numbers seems premature.

Daniel Ruth: The Florida Legislature tells voters it knows best

The Florida Capitol, where it all happens. [Times photo by Scott Keeler]
Lawmakers embraced efforts to suppress the vote and squash voter referendums.

Ruth: Straz plays like rookie in Tampa mayoral race

Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz waves a report during a news conference that he claimed proves his  opponent, Jane Castor, manipulated crime statistics during her time serving as a top commander and then chief of the Tampa Police Department. [CHARLIE FRAGO   |   Times]
Straz’s attacks on Jane Castor are off-base and ring hollow. He’s either a lousy candidate are he has gotten lousy advice.

Ruth: What Gaetz tweet says about Gaetz

A tweet from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is seen in this image from Twitter.com. Gaetz later deleted the tweet and offered an apology.
Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to intimidate Trump’s former lawyer with a nasty tweet. It backfired.