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Hooper: Don't trade progress for pennies. Reject Amendment 1

A lot of Tampa Bay city and county elected officials should be sounding the alarm about Amendment 1.

The amendment, one of 12 voters will find on the November ballot, increases the maximum homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, but the devil is in the details. In some cases, it's asking residents to trade progress for pennies.

Most experts rightfully note that if approved, the amendment will make it vastly more difficult for municipalities to provide critical services. And, if Amendment 1 passes, it likely will have a disproportionate impact on low-income residents and communities of color.

The Florida League of Cities designed a toolkit for elected officials to challenge passage of the amendment. I hope officials use it to convince residents they're not against lower taxes, they're for better governance. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Avoid Cliches Like The Plague. …

Kudos to former Tampa Bay Times staff writer Brianna Kwasnik, who courageously shared her story about battling an eating disorder on the pages of the Times' Floridian section. It reflected incredible perseverance and journalistic promise. She can write. …

We're on pace to experience the warmest September in area history. Think about that.

This is a little premature, but if the USF and UCF football teams both enter their season-ending battle undefeated, Raymond James Stadium should sell out. I know I'll be there. …

The shrimp and grits at Trip's Diner? Get some today. …

Some day I'm going to understand people's obsession with fear. Call me chicken, but you couldn't pay me to go to Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream.

That's all I'm saying.