Wednesday, October 17, 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.

Mayor Mel Jurado presides over the Sept. 4 meeting of the Temple Terrace City Council. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: Whatever degree she may or may not have, mayor qualifies in chutzpah

Perhaps the tip-off Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado's alleged doctoral degree was (ahem) about as worthless as a Venezuelan $1 bill was when she started pimping her dubious bona fides on her personalized license plate, "DRMEL." Really?...
Published: 10/10/18
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Ruth: Teens, plan ahead for a Supreme Court nomination

Perhaps you are an aspiring U.S. Supreme Court justice, an ambition muted only by the fact you are just 17 years old. It never hurts to have a plan for one's life's work.
Published: 10/05/18
Updated: 10/08/18
Hillsborough County Green Party candidate Kim O'Connor resigned from the county Soil and Water Conservation District after a hotel reported finding marijuana in her room. [Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District]

Daniel Ruth: For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke

Thanks to recently defrocked public servant Kim O'Connor, this may be the first (and last) time you will ever read anything about the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District. And see? You are probably wondering, "I didn't know we...
Published: 10/03/18
Tiger Woods hits from the fifth fairway during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Ruth: Tiger Woods belongs in Comeback Hall of Fame

For everyone who has ever failed, or fallen from grace, or faced public humiliation,Tiger Woods proved Sunday there really are second acts in life. It just takes time. Maybe it takes even nearly 10 years to be admired again.If you play golf,...
Updated one month ago
Spanish moss covers oak trees along a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The club's board has banned the Sons of Confederate Veterans from holding its annual banquet at the club again. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times (2017)]

Daniel Ruth: Why do Confederate sons keep meeting in Temple Terrace? Maybe it reminds them of Gettysburg

What's next? A Kristallnacht fish fry night at the Temple Terrace Country Club? Fun for the whole family, just as long as you're not black, or Jewish, or — take your pick.For a while now, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has had a thing...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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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...
Updated one month ago
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