Hooper: Make a choice — ‘No We Can’t’ or ‘Watch This’

Published August 27, 2018
Updated August 26, 2018

Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano often speaks about how the airport, and really Tampa Bay, enjoys new success because it’s gone from, No We Can’t to Watch This.

It’s an attitude we need to continue to embrace. On Friday, the Hillsborough County School Board said it will move to place a half-cent, 10-year local sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot. A 1-cent sales tax for transportation improvements also will be on the November ballot.

The initial reaction from many: No you can’t.

But let’s take a deep breath, study both initiatives and make a clear decision. I’m not endorsing either, yet, but I am arguing we need to allow the possibility of passing both, and strive to not pit one against the other.

If we conclude both will put this county in a better place, let’s stand and say, "Watch this." ...

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Sen. John McCain’s legacy will live on as an independent voice and remarkable profile in courage. As our political discourse continues to fray, he will continue to serve as a respectful example for all Americans. And he taught us much in nearly 82 years on this planet.

That’s all I’m saying.

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