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WE NEED CANDIDATE WITH VISION FOR FLORIDA GREATNESS

A candidate for the state House of Representatives told me last week he would run on the promise of no tax increases and tough budget cuts.

Blah-blah-blah.

I want somebody to run on the promise of helping my beloved Florida rise from its morass and return to being a great state. I don't know if people have been keeping up with current events, but it's no longer sunny in the Sunshine State.

We need a vision for prosperity that doesn't involve fading industries like oil. ...

In his bid for the U.S. Senate seat, Marco Rubio will try to make hay out of Gov. Charlie Crist's connection to the much-maligned group ACORN. But with Congress voting to stop funding ACORN, I'm pretty sure the issue will have long faded by next August's primary. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Sometimes When I'm Alone, I Google Myself.

The United Negro College Fund holds its kickoff reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Moffitt Cancer Center's Vincent A. Stabile Atrium. Call (407) 896-6940 for information. ...

Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday and continues through Saturday (www.fashionweektampabay.com). I probably don't have the wardrobe to fit in, but I mention it only in an attempt to create the notion that I'm hip and cool. ...

In the wake of Patrick Swayze's death, much was made of his standout performances in Ghost and Dirty Dancing, but any true Swayze fan knows his greatest work came in Road House. Okay, maybe Swayze's portrayal of a butt-kicking bouncer didn't receive critical praise, but it's a guilty pleasure gem I can never turn off.

That's all I'm saying.

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