5 things I think I think about today's St. Pete Times (5/9)

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Kudos to Eric Deggans for balling up his fist and punching Donald Trump in his racist nose:

Talk about awful timing: In a media moment where even straight-arrow political reporterBob Schieffer is calling his statements about the president racist, reality TV star and possible presidential candidateDonald Trump presided over an episode ofCelebrity Apprentice Sunday in which all three black women still on the show were fired in three hours.

And the last ejection shown Sunday, of manipulative attorney/TV hostStar Jones, left little doubt how Trump’s dismissive attitude towards women affects his decisions on the NBC show.

Deggan’s column is just the latest, best example of why he should take over Howard Troxler’s real estate once Trox heads for the mountains of North Carolina. A truly compelling modern featured columnist no longer needs to talk about City Hall or the local dog catcher to be an effective opinionator. He simply needs to be relevant and, after reading Deggans’ column, with its commentary on race, politics and the media, its obvious he can be extremely relevant.

The exact opposite of Deggans’ is Ernest Hooper’s completelytangentialcolumn about…well, I’m not really sure. It’s just stream-of-consciousnessgobbledygook about bumper stickers and Hooters and disco music. What a waste of space.

Actually there is more intelligence and passion in this can’t-miss letter-to-the-editor than there is in Hooper’s column:

Here he goes again. Someone should step up and remind Bill Foster that he was elected as mayor of St. Petersburg, not as President for Life. The arrogance he has displayed by ordering a house demolished and then sticking the taxpayers with the bill for his actions, and now giving away a $147,000 tax break to the utility giant, Progress Energy, is without question the actions of a misguided individual.

We all make charitable contributions through the year, so according to Foster we should all be entitled to “tax forgiveness.” It’s enough that Progress Energy gets a giant tax break for every dollar of charity it doles out to what it considers ”worthy causes” like the $50,000 it gave to a Foster pet project ?a sports alliance.

With the city cutting back on needed services and personnel, where does Foster get the gall to cut a “back-room deal” with Progress Energy?

I want to close today with big give-it-a-break to Lennie Bennett for her slurp of Dale Chihuly deigning to visit the Museum, err, Collection which bears his name. Health complications or whatnot, dude should have been here months ago and Bennett’s too much of a cheerleader to call him out.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.