Friday, May 25, 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.

Ruth: My failed effort to boycott Publix, where shopping is still a pleasure

So little time, so much material to raise indignant ire over.I know. As a card-carrying member of the chin-rubbing scribbling class, I was supposed to work myself up into a full-throated froth over recent disclosures Publix was a major sugar...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
What's next for Attorney General Pam Bondi? Some options might include private practice, Fox News and a spot in the Trump administration. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: For her next job, Pam Bondi seems likely to seek the limelight

Decisions, decisions.What will Pammy do? A breathless body politic sits on pins and needles.As she enters her final months in office as Floridaís attorney general, speculation has ebbed and flowed over what the future holds for Pam...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Evan Longoria, now a member of the San Francisco Giants, questioned whether a new stadium can boost Rays attendance when it hasn't much helped the Miami Marlins to the south. [Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images]

Daniel Ruth: Mad at Evan Longoria? He’s just speaking truth to Rays stadium delusion

This probably had to be akin to your tipsy Uncle Claude after one too many Manhattans piping up at the Thanksgiving dinner table to observe what the rest of the family always knew but never uttered — that Aunt Bertha is uglier than a night in...
Published: 05/17/18

Ruth: Donít run government like Rick Scott ran his business

Itís probably the curse of age, but whenever Iím exposed to one of Gov. Rick Scottís dubious campaign ads the mind tends to recall the routine by the late comedy team of Bob & Ray involving the proudly preening corrupt mayor of Skunkhaven,...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/16/18
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, left, announces he won't run for governor and will instead back Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, right, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington) FLBF101

Ruth: Corcoran learns being House speaker is no key to Governorís Mansion

Perhaps the lesson for Richard Corcoran is that reigning as the speaker of the Florida House isnít exactly the springboard to glory he thought. All that gavel pounding simply released a trap door and plopped him into a huge pile of hubris.As...
Updated one month ago
Retired banker and philanthropist David Straz Jr. is widely expected to join a crowded field in the race for Tampa mayor next year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times (2016)]

Daniel Ruth: David Straz now has the party affiliation and the money to run for mayor. Is that enough?

Epiphanies come in many forms. And apparently Tampaís own Daddy Warbucks, David Straz, had a spiritual awakening when he fell off his Gulfstream on the way to the Hamptons.At the age of 75, the retired financier and philanthropist finally...
Updated one month ago
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28:  Comedian Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Netflix) 775157369

Ruth: Michelle Wolf gave everyone what they deserved

From all the indignant harrumphing, you would have thought comedian (and we use that word loosely) Michelle Wolf had been performing Saturday night before a group of cloistered nuns instead of the White House Correspondentsí Association...
Updated one month ago
Residents of the K-Bar Ranch were upset five years ago about construction of this road. Plans for a new road are cause for concern once again with a proposal to expand the New Tampa subdivision. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times (2013)]

Daniel Ruth: Gridlock or not, way will be paved for new homes in New Tampa

Oh what a difference four decades makes.When I first arrived in Tampa in 1973, the city was a vastly different place. For example, there where actual stores in downtown where you could buy stuff that didnít involve a swizzle stick. Crazy,...
Updated one month ago

We have a fine history of long-serving politicians

Career politician Rick Scott is trying to sell you a huge, steaming pile of over-ripe phooey. By now you have probably been exposed to a piece of dubious propaganda being peddled by Floridaís politically ambitious governor suggesting the entire...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, once mentioned as a candidate for governor himself, seems to be angling now for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. He needs a job when his term expires next year. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)]

Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn is acting like a candidate for lieutenant governor

Do you ever get the feeling Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn goes to sleep every night fully attired in a business suit, tie perfectly knotted, pocket square perfectly folded, wing-tips perfectly shined?You just never know if at 3 a.m. he might be...
Updated one month ago