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STAFF COLUMN / OPINION: In praise of my fellow man

STAFF COLUMN / OPINION:  In praise of my fellow man

By KEVIN BRADY Working as a reporter for 25 years has made me cynical. The “if it bleeds, it leads” philosophy still pervades the media, leading to quick judgments on…

What should we be rooting for?

What should we be rooting for?

By JASON MARTIN The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certainly a team in need of inspiration. It has been more than a decade since their last Super Bowl appearance in 2002…

You, me and business: Merle Reagle

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce When I was in the third grade, my mother introduced me to the world of crossword puzzles.  Hey,…

Observations: Ringing church bells

Observations: Ringing church bells

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Ginny’s father proposed to her mother while rowing a boat across a lake. A farm was on that lake, a farm that would be a wedding present…

You, me and business: Attitude of gratitude

You, me and business: Attitude of gratitude

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce I have a friend who is the quintessential definition of a chronic complainer. Her life isn’t really all that horrific,…

You, me and business: Saying no

You, me and business: Saying no

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce Last week I realized I had relapsed. I’d been so good for so long.  But gradually — without even noticing…

On The Horizon: Are time-share talks worth your time?

On The Horizon: Are time-share talks worth your time?

Ten useful steps to determine an answer By PENNY FLETCHER During my 38-plus years as a journalist, I’ve written dozens of stories about scams and swindles, and interviewed con artists…

You, me and business: Momisms

You, me and business: Momisms

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce When we were transitioning from teenagers into young adults, most of us went through a phase when we were adamant…

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

Observations: Have you ever seen the rain?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN So, yeah. It’s been a little rainy lately. And weirdly so — summer rains in Florida are typically over in 15 or 20 minutes after an apocalyptic…

Captain Joel’s Fishin’ Holes

Captain Joel’s Fishin’ Holes

August is Shark Month in Tampa Bay By JOEL BRANDENBURG The Shark Week shows and documentaries started on television right after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. It was so…

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