Saturday, October 20, 2018


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.

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesRepublican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis talks to the media after a campaign stop on October 4, 2018 at the Italian Club in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla.

Ruth: Brainstorming the DeSantis scare tactics

"Okay, let's get this meeting going. I have a very busy day ahead on the stump talking about absolutely nothing. Is the staff assembled?""Yessir, Mr. DeSantis. We have 'Fox & Friends' on the line, along with Sean Hannity,...
Published: 10/19/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Traffic moves westbound on Bloomingdale ave. near Goronto Lakes during afternoon rush hour. [Thursday October 11, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Daniel Ruth: For Hillsborough voters, transportation tax is leap of faith they can ponder while stuck in trafffic

Perhaps one way to approach the ongoing community-wide debate over imposing a one-cent sales tax to pay for a variety of transportation needs is to think of all this dickering as a sort of family Thanksgiving dinner that has suddenly turned into a...
Published: 10/17/18
Mayor Mel Jurado presides over the Sept. 4 meeting of the Temple Terrace City Council. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: Whatever degree she may or may not have, mayor qualifies in chutzpah

Perhaps the tip-off Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado's alleged doctoral degree was (ahem) about as worthless as a Venezuelan $1 bill was when she started pimping her dubious bona fides on her personalized license plate, "DRMEL." Really?...
Published: 10/10/18
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Ruth: Teens, plan ahead for a Supreme Court nomination

Perhaps you are an aspiring U.S. Supreme Court justice, an ambition muted only by the fact you are just 17 years old. It never hurts to have a plan for one's life's work.
Published: 10/05/18
Updated: 10/08/18
Hillsborough County Green Party candidate Kim O'Connor resigned from the county Soil and Water Conservation District after a hotel reported finding marijuana in her room. [Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District]

Daniel Ruth: For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke

Thanks to recently defrocked public servant Kim O'Connor, this may be the first (and last) time you will ever read anything about the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District. And see? You are probably wondering, "I didn't know we...
Updated one month ago
Tiger Woods hits from the fifth fairway during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Ruth: Tiger Woods belongs in Comeback Hall of Fame

For everyone who has ever failed, or fallen from grace, or faced public humiliation,Tiger Woods proved Sunday there really are second acts in life. It just takes time. Maybe it takes even nearly 10 years to be admired again.If you play golf,...
Updated one month ago
Spanish moss covers oak trees along a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The club's board has banned the Sons of Confederate Veterans from holding its annual banquet at the club again. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times (2017)]

Daniel Ruth: Why do Confederate sons keep meeting in Temple Terrace? Maybe it reminds them of Gettysburg

What's next? A Kristallnacht fish fry night at the Temple Terrace Country Club? Fun for the whole family, just as long as you're not black, or Jewish, or — take your pick.For a while now, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has had a thing...
Updated one month ago
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Gubernatorial Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum gives a campaign speech in front of his supporters in Orlando last month.

Ruth: DeSantis should study Florida Constitution, quit lying about Gillum

You could certainly be forgiven if you observed the early stages of the Ron DeSantis campaign for governor and concluded the candidate was practicing the politics of shameless fear-mongering.After all, DeSantis, R-Trump Minnie-Me, has all but...
Updated one month ago
A crew removes the bust of Native American Princess Ulele from the north end of the Tampa Riverwalk on Tuesday morning. The city of Tampa said it was installed without permission on city property. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

This has to be height of bureaucratic pettiness, especially for a city whose track record in promoting quality public art falls somewhere between stick figures and finger puppets.Richard Gonzmart is a community treasure. As the force behind a...
Updated one month ago
The ball-snagging ceiling rings at Tropicana Field are one reason the Tampa Bay Rays want to get out of the stadium and move to a new site in Ybor City. [AP photo]

Daniel Ruth: Like a ball stuck in Tropís rafters, much is up in the air on new Rays stadium

From the looks of it, all manner of potentates, captains of industry, major domos and perhaps an odd scion or two are tripping over themselves to pony up gazillions of dollars to assist the Tampa Bay Rays in making their dreams of relocating to Ybor...
Updated one month ago