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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the US Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the U.S. Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of the New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of The New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I’m sure I am in the minority, but I’m just not a fan of the otherwise affable Ernest Hooper (I wince every time I read his closing sentence — “That’s all I am saying”).  His contention that “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” as a criticism of the City of St. Petersburg’s recent decision to change “last call” to 3 a.m. is just silly.  Most of the great American cities have a “later last call” and a vibrant night life…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

I’m sure I am in the minority, but I’m just not a fan of the otherwise affable Ernest Hooper (I wince every time I read his closing sentence — “That’s all I am saying”).  His contention that “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” as a criticism of the City of St. Petersburg’s recent decision to change “last call” to 3 a.m. is just silly.  Most of the great American cities have a “later last call” and a vibrant night life…

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Another week, another ridiculous comment by Times’ Ernest Hooper

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Last week, St. Petersburg Times columnist Ernest Hooper let out a whopper, claiming “…the general populace (of St. Petersburg) seems more interested in fixing the Pier and completing construction of the new Salvador Dali museum (than keeping the Tampa Bay Rays).” It’s just ridiculous to stipulate that there are more residents in the ‘burg who care about the new Dali Museum than they do about keeping the Rays. I think Hooper, who favors Tampa more than St. Pete, may have…

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