Monday, September 24, 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.

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Gubernatorial Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum gives a campaign speech in front of his supporters in Orlando last month.

Ruth: DeSantis should study Florida Constitution, quit lying about Gillum

You could certainly be forgiven if you observed the early stages of the Ron DeSantis campaign for governor and concluded the candidate was practicing the politics of shameless fear-mongering.After all, DeSantis, R-Trump Minnie-Me, has all but...
Published: 09/20/18
A crew removes the bust of Native American Princess Ulele from the north end of the Tampa Riverwalk on Tuesday morning. The city of Tampa said it was installed without permission on city property. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

This has to be height of bureaucratic pettiness, especially for a city whose track record in promoting quality public art falls somewhere between stick figures and finger puppets.Richard Gonzmart is a community treasure. As the force behind a...
Published: 09/19/18
The ball-snagging ceiling rings at Tropicana Field are one reason the Tampa Bay Rays want to get out of the stadium and move to a new site in Ybor City. [AP photo]

Daniel Ruth: Like a ball stuck in Tropís rafters, much is up in the air on new Rays stadium

From the looks of it, all manner of potentates, captains of industry, major domos and perhaps an odd scion or two are tripping over themselves to pony up gazillions of dollars to assist the Tampa Bay Rays in making their dreams of relocating to Ybor...
Published: 09/12/18
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Erika Donalds, shown here advocating Amendment 8 at a Constitution Revision Commission meeting, critcized the court\u2019s \u201Cactivist judges\u201D for striking down the amendment.

Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, there they go again ó activist judges getting all huffy and interfering in a perfectly lovely conspiracy to scam the public.We recently observed the hard work of the Constitution Revision...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/13/18
The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children and adults. The virus is highly contagious. [Associated Press]

Daniel Ruth: With measles in Pinellas, Hillsborough may be next. Stupid knows no bounds

If it can happen over there, it can happen here. After all, stupid knows no boundaries.In recent days, Pinellas County health officials have been alarmed over the discovery of four new cases of measles, raising the total number of infections to...
Updated one month ago
Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]

Ruth: Reject racist attacks on Gillum

Well, this didnít take long did it? By the time the last election night victory party balloon hit the floor at Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillumís celebration as the stateís first black nominee for governor from a major political party, the clouds began...
Updated one month ago
George Sheldon, answering questions here before the Illinois legislature, died at a Miami hospital Aug. 23 2018, following a workout injury. [Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP]

Daniel Ruth: George Sheldon was a reliable friend to Floridaís most vulnerable citizens

An unkind description of George Sheldon, who died a few days ago at 71, was that he ran the risk of becoming a Florida version of Minnesotan Harold Stassen, who unsuccessfully ran for president nine times.After serving in the Florida House,...
Updated one month ago
Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]

Ruth: Easing coal plant rules at a cost of only 1,400 lives a year

These are odd times in Washington. Convictions, plea deals and immunity agreements have become as common as the capitalís humidity. In between bites of his cheeseburger, a petulant tweeting president canít bear to even mention the name John McCain.
Updated one month ago
Traffic backs up during afternoon rush hour on Interstate 275 in Tampa, just east of the Howard Frankland Bridge. [Times files (2017)]

Daniel Ruth: Getting transportation tax on the ballot is one thing, passing it is another

Thereís a great moment at the end of The Candidate, when Robert Redford, playing an improbable upset winner in a California U.S. Senate race, turns to his campaign manager and asks: "What do we do now?"You have to suspect the activists...
Updated one month ago
Gov. Rick Scott, new fan of train service.

Ruth: The governorís conversion from rail opponent to supporter

Might we assume Gov. Rick Scott had a transit epiphany as he flew home to his Naples mansion and looked down at the traffic jams from his private plane?More than seven years ago, the newbie governor was aghast at President Barack Obamaís...
Updated one month ago