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Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN Ruskin and surrounding areas, lend me your eyes. As I look at the upcoming presidential election, I have no preference as to a victor. Again I find…

You, me and business: Anniversary

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, SCC Area Chamber of Commerce Can it really be that it’s been 14 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Somehow…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

You, me and business: Hurricane at home

You, me and business: Hurricane at home

By DANA DITTMAR, CEO, SCC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE It’s coming up on August, which is supposedly the height of hurricane season in Florida.  As I write this, there isn’t one…