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

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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

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Surprise, the Times‘ editorial board likes Barack Obama’s nomination Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  No doubt this editorial was written by Robyn Blumner who, in Kagan, must see an ideological soul mate, in that is-she-straight-or-not sort of way. Sure to draw the ire of the freeloading public is a proposal, reported by David DeCamp, to charge $8 per car load to enter Fort DeSoto park, nationally popular for its beach.  It’s now free after paying a separate…

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

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Surprise, the Times‘ editorial board likes Barack Obama’s nomination Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  No doubt this editorial was written by Robyn Blumner who, in Kagan, must see an ideological soul mate, in that is-she-straight-or-not sort of way. Sure to draw the ire of the freeloading public is a proposal, reported by David DeCamp, to charge $8 per car load to enter Fort DeSoto park, nationally popular for its beach.  It’s now free after paying a separate…

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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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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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