Features & Opinions

A-Pathetic

I knew when I moved to Ward Four we were the red-headed stepchild, and don’t misunderstand: I love a lot of things about living over here. I love that I don’t need flood insurance, that I don’t have to deal with street parties every week, and that because I moved across the street I bought more house for less.... I don’t love that we have this ward-wide indifference.

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Not a Racial Issue

The Ferguson, MO shooting of a black teenager is not a racial issue. The issue is excessive use of force by police. In this case, thoroughly vetted by a grand jury with all the evidence publicly available (although without the racial overtones, it would not have even made it to the grand jury in the first place), it was determined that officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown in self defense.

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Immigration for America

If you like open borders, you must have loved President Barack Obama's close-to-extra-constitutional executive action to grant an estimated five million illegal immigrants work papers and freedom from potential deportation – as if that was really going to happen since few are being deported anyway. In reality, the borders have been open.

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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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