Saturday, November 18, 2017


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.

Brett Talley in 2014. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain

Ruth: Donít wrap this unqualified nominee in a black robe

First as a candidate and then during his transition to the presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly boasted that his administration would be filled to the gills with nothing but the "best people." Now thereís some genuine fake news for you.Or...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Pittsburgh gets idyllic treatment in this photo of its skyline at night. Users and advocates of public transit would find the city idyllic, too, at least compared to Tampa. [Associated Press, 2012]

Daniel Ruth: If youíre the transit boss, fleeing Tampa for Pittsburgh is a no-brainer

Hillsborough County, Florida and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have almost identical populations of about 1.3 million people. But when it comes to issues such as public transportation the two communities couldnít be more diametrically opposite from...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/16/17
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 4/23/14-SENATEPREZ-Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, left, Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, speak at the close of the morning Senate session April 23, 2014 at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Negron and Latvala are in the process of seeing who can collect the most votes from their colleagues to become Senate President in 2016.  COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Ruth: Women accusing Latvala of harassment should come forward

Itís been a rough few days for Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who is also (for the moment, at least) a candidate for governor.A week or so ago, Latvala was a gruff-talking curmudgeon of the Florida Legislature, attempting to...
Published: 11/13/17
Jan Platt, doing some last-minute campaigning here in a 1996 run for Hillsborough County Commission, was defined in part by failure: She ran against Dick Greco and some tall odds in 1995 because she didn't think it was right for anyone to get elected mayor without some sort of opposition. [Times file]

Daniel Ruth: A stickler for propriety and transparency, Jan Platt was more than ‘Commissioner No’

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, who died a few days ago at 81, will be remembered for many things, most notably as a principled steadfast guardian of the public trust.
Published: 11/08/17
FILE - This July 26, 2016 file photo shows former head of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile speaking during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Brazile says she considered replacing Hillary Clinton as the partyâ\u0080\u009A\u0080\u0099s presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden. She makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. This is according to The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file) NYPS202

Ruth: Shocked, shocked by Brazile book revelations

Hereís a fast-breaking political bombshell for you.According to a new book by former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, the fix was in last year to scuttle any hope Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had of winning the...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/08/17
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 06:  Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelly, killed 26 people at the church and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) 775070965

Ruth: Prayers are not enough to stop gun violence

Whatís important to keep in mind here is everybody is really, really sorry about the murders of 26 church parishioners in Sutherland Springs, Texas.Everybody is shocked and grief-stricken.We know this because so many public officials...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/07/17
Warehouses occupy the site proposed for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium in Ybor City. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: No parking at Rays stadium in Ybor? So what? No, fans either

From all the hub-bub you might well have thought Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan had alighted on a new home for the Tampa Bay Rays that rivaled the Roman Coliseum meets Carnegie Hall meets Augusta National.
Updated one month ago
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Florida Capitol looking east, Tallahassee.  FOR FILE.

Ruth: Sex, spies and intrigue in Tallahassee

Thereís an old joke that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger used to tell on himself.Before the election of President Richard Nixon in 1968, Kissinger was regarded as merely a frumpy, rumpled Harvard University professor with an almost...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: FCC move could close local TV newsrooms

Trying to keep up with current events out of Washington ó or down the street ó is about to become a whole lot harder.But then again, those noble public servants at the Federal Communications Commission probably donít want to bother you with...
Updated one month ago
Hillsborough school board member Susan Valdes is accused in a lawsuit that alleges intrigue, cronyism and possible violations of Florida's open government Sunshine Laws. [Times file (2009)]

Daniel Ruth: The pottymouth bullies in Hillsborough schools are on the board

If you didnít know any better you would think what is passing for a lawsuit against the School Board of Hillsborough County more accurately reads like the minutes of a Borgia family reunion.Or put another way, if fired school human resources...
Updated one month ago