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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.

A view of Hong Kong from Victoria's Peak. (Dan Ruth  |  Times)

Beautiful Hong Kong is pulsating with life and culture

HONG KONGe_SDLqAh money, money, money!" the cabdriver exclaimed with no small sense of sarcasm in his Cantonese-accented English as he waved in the direction of the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong, a city that revels in its reputation as an...
Published: 10/18/17
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. An attorney for associates of white nationalist leader Spencer says he'll sue Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don't agree by Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 to make campus space available for him to speak. A Georgia college student contacted both schools recently about renting space in the latest effort to have Spencer speak on college campuses.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) NYSP103

Ruth: Spencer just a smoother version of old hatred

It is a safe bet that Richard Spencer, the beefcake boy of bigotry, will show up on the University of Florida campus today accompanied by a Star Wars-esque bar scene of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Semites and antigovernment conspiracy theory...
Published: 10/17/17
Updated: 10/18/17
Hillsborough School Board members Tamara Shamburger, above, and April Griffin started off the brouhaha at a recent training session but it didn't end there. [Courtesy of Tamara Shamburger]

Daniel Ruth: Advice for sniping school board members — Grow up or go away

There are certain jobs in elective office that carry with them a slightly higher expectation when it comes to how one behaves in public.For example, it probably wouldn’t be a good thing if we were to learn Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew...
Published: 10/16/17
Updated: 10/19/17
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
 Florida Senator Dennis Baxley, 5/4/17. In the Florida Senate. FOR FILE.

Ruth: A glimmer of hope for a Florida slavery memorial

Better late than never, even if it has taken 152 years.You might recall that last year an effort in the Florida Legislature to create a slavery memorial on the grounds of the Capitol ran into a brick wall, otherwise known as Sen. Dennis Baxley,...
Published: 10/16/17
Tampa, St. Petersburg and a growing mix of suitors hope to capture the eye of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in his search for a city to host a second headquarters for the online retail giant. Its Seattle campus is pictured above.

Daniel Ruth: How would 50,000 workers get around if Tampa lands Amazon?

Apparently the nation is all agog with anxious anticipation over just where the massive Amazon will select to build a second headquarters.And the Tampa Bay area is preparing to join the growing mix of suitors trying to capture Amazon founder...
Published: 10/11/17
Updated: 10/16/17
“Alas, Mr. President …”

Ruth: As Trump World turns

'Uh, Mr. President, we have a bit of a problem.""What is it Spicey, and why are you wearing a dress?""Sir, Sean Spicer quit this miserable job months ago. I am your latest beleaguered press secretary, Sarah Huckabee...
Published: 10/11/17
St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice speaks at a rally in support of a city ordinance to limit PAC contributions.

Ruth: Well-intended, naive St. Petersburg council wades into campaign finance

And this, dearest reader, is why God created lawyers.No one has ever confused the St. Petersburg City Council with the Knights of the Roundtable meets the Brigadoon County Commission.But that didn't stop the visionaries on the council...
Published: 10/09/17
Updated: 10/10/17
Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]

Daniel Ruth: David Straz as mayor? Only if he can embrace retail politics

Perhaps the best way to think of David Straz is as sort of the Michael Bloomberg of the Big Guava, an immensely wealthy man who is noodling around a possible run to become mayor of Tampa.By all accounts the end of the Bob Buckhorn era in 2019...
Published: 10/04/17
Updated: 10/09/17
Ritch Workman has been nominated to serve on the Public Service Commission.

Ruth: Life, liberty and the PSC

If you have spent any time in this state, by now you have figured out the Florida Public Service Commission has about as much to do with providing "public service" as the Mayflower Madam did promoting celibacy.So it should come as little...
Updated one month ago
Survivors comfort each other Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center
in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire on people at a music festival.

Ruth: After Las Vegas massacre, what now?

We are supposed to be a beacon to the world, the "indispensable" nation preaching the gospel of democracy and freedom and all the rest of the chorus from the amber waves of grain hymnal.We are all caught up over the controversy of standing for...
Updated one month ago