Opinion

Thankful

Christmas, in my world, starts about a week before Thanksgiving at the latest. If I can get away with it, it starts November 2. I can never, I should note, get away with that. And part of celebrating Christmas, to me, is celebrating Thanksgiving. I suspect that’s because I tend towards the misanthropic, so the idea of gratitude makes for a nice respite.

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This One

We get all manner of phone calls at the Gabber office. Not just the “I have a news idea for you” or “I’d like to place an ad” calls, but the ones that most people might not expect. For example, a few years ago a duck with an injured wing found its way into the pond at Wood Ibis Park. We received daily phone calls asking us what we were going to do about it.

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Can We Talk?

It seems clear that the majority favors, or at least has fewer reservations than before, for approving marijuana for recreational use. At the very least, this is the opportunity to debate the issue.

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Amendment 2

Marijuana doesn't need to be enshrined in the Florida Constitution as a precious citizen's right any more than we should declare it a personal right to sniff glue to get a euphoric high.

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Why You Should Attend the Mayors’ Cleanup Saturday

I’ve heard for years that Childs Park and other south St. Pete residents don’t care about the litter in or look of their communities, that they accept more crime and don’t mind lack of decent groceries and other niceties we take for granted. Note that although I said “south St. Pete residents” I don’t really believe that’s what people mean when they say it. I mean, the streets of Broadwater and the pink streets aren’t really rife with old Mello Yello bottles and Swisher cigar wrappers, are they?

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Math and Trash

I have grown disturbingly fond of our town’s vice mayor, Christine Brown. We both volunteer with the Gulfport Historical Society, and even though she’s apparently a Republican and I’m a bleeding-heart liberal, we’ve managed to look past labels and somehow work together. As it turns out, our political allegiances have shockingly little to do with our love for Gulfport.

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The Cost of Being Gulfport

However, it’s pretty clear we can’t get any more blood from this stone. To move forward, we need more money. Start thinking about Gulfport in terms of dollars rather than demands, and you’ll see we get far more than that for which we bargained.

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