Donald Trump recently apologized to the American people for making “vulgar” comments about a married woman, in a “locker-room” context, in 2005.
It seems that if you are running for office these days, whether it be for the presidency or for the local village or town board, you must make serious amends for talking with a derogatory potty mouth about women - even if it was years ago.
“What is time? What is the meaning of life? Do you know the way to San Jose?” Along with those cosmic questions, many of us today are asking ourselves and the uncaring universe, “Why would any woman in her right mind vote for Donald Trump?”
I think we have one of our first major campaign issues for the 2018 race to succeed Rick Scott as Florida’s governor. Any serious candidate who doesn’t come out strongly in favor of seriously beefing up the state Department of Environmental Protection will miss a great opportunity.
In just the last couple of months alone, an understaffed and likely overwhelmed DEP has had to deal with the algae bloom that threatened to trash summer tourism in Stuart and surrounding areas.
As Barack Obama’s eight years in office wind down, we’ll be hearing an increasing amount of chatter about his legacy. Was it a good legacy? A bad one, or just disappointing? Could it have been better? What determines a legacy?
To start with, just what is a legacy? Most dictionaries say it’s something handed down from one person to another, whether in a material form - such as money or a home - or an idea, a reputation, a cause to be fought for or perhaps honored.
So you’re sitting in a stadium or at a high school field, waiting for the game to start. A voice says, “Would you please stand for our national anthem.” Everyone - almost everyone - rises to their feet. Except for the person in front of you.
So what do you do? How do you feel? Do you speak up or stand silent?
- EXACTLY WHEN IS “THE END OF THE DAY”? Everyone says, “ at the end of the day, what really counts is yadda yadda . ” But no one ever names a precise time. Is it 5 p.m., at the close of the work day? Or maybe 7 p.m., as the family sits down to feast on gluten and kale? Or midnight, when the colonel says, “This is it, soldiers! Set your watches. We’re going in to a brand spanking new day!!!”
- WHEN AN ELECTED OFFICIAL OR A BILLIONAIRE PUBLISHER IS ACCUSED of trifling with a woman/man/bank account to which he/she is not entitled, and he responds “I categorically deny these charges!!,” which categories is he talking about?
We love the water around here. We boat on it, haul fish from it, swim in it, and build houses that provide spectacular views of it. Water is such a big deal around here that many people identify us not by the actual places where we live, but by the catchall name of Tampa Bay.
So while having local waterways polluted with millions of gallons of untreated sewage would be a major story anywhere, it is a catastrophe here. And that is what we have, stretching from St. Petersburg into Pasco County.
Because my maternal grandfather James Wynd Sr. was born in Dundee, Scotland, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the sound of bagpipes. I spent most of my life believing that the Scots had invented bagpipe music and therefore had a corner on the market.
Now I know better. Experts tell us that the sound of air blowing past specially chosen reeds was heard thousands of years ago in many lands distant from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands that poet Robert Burns and singer Harry Lauder made famous. Today bagpipe music is played all over the world, often by people who wouldn’t understand “it’s a braw bricht moonlight nicht” any more than a Chippewa would.
There’s a reason marijuana laws don’t work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. Used in moderation, cannabis has few ill effects; used in excess, the intoxicant has fewer and less severe side effects than alcohol. It’s not in a class with opioids that can kill users. There has been no known lethal human overdose of marijuana. The California Medical Association supports state Proposition 64, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for recreational adult use. There is no compelling public-safety interest in government’s ban on adult recreational use - not in a free country.
Crab Feast INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will celebrate its ninth annual Crab Feast, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, at 1519 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.
The event will feature crabs and live music. The entertainment will include performances by BillyD on Oct. 21 and 23; and JC Unger on Oct. 22. There will be special pricing. Stone crabs will be served while supplies last.
Disability Employment Awareness Celebration ST. PETERSBURG – The Disability Employment Awareness Celebration will take place Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
There is no cost to attend. Call 850-245-3415.
In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation will honor five employers for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities. Employers to be honored include AMC Theaters, Crown Collision Center, Dunbar Armored, John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Sacino’s Formalwear & Cleaners.
Friends of the Clearwater Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Library will host a book sale on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A pre-sale event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. A $10 donation is required.
Right Plant, Right Place TARPON SPRINGS – Right Plant, Right Place, a program on plant selection, will be presented Friday, Oct. 21, 2 to 4 p.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
This program will cover the standards that must be considered to select proper plants for a certain location. Locations to be discussed include Pinellas County’s sandhill, coastal strand and flatwoods. Proper installation and establishment of shrubs and trees also will be covered.
This program is free for Pinellas County government employees, Pinellas County school board employees and Extension volunteers. Cost is $20 for general participants. Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search “right plant.”
Senior investment club ST. PETERSBURG – A senior investment club conducts discussions every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
The free club is open to the public and will feature discussions on anything related to investing. Share your best picks or your worst picks. Ask questions, give your opinion. It’s all about education and fun.
SPC Madrigal in Autumn ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg College will present Madrigal in Autumn Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, at 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The SPC Madrigalians will present their annual evening of madrigals, a cappella songs, and spirituals, both classic and modern.
Joined by guest vocal ensemble Sine Nomine, the concert will be varied and entertaining. Dr. Vernon Taranto will direct and Barry Stevens will serve as accompanist.
Admission is free. For information, call 727-341-4360.
Sukkot, the Feast of Booths observance ST. PETERSBURG – Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, will be observed Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 1701 29th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The public is welcome to come and observe this special time. The event will include food, music and the message of Sukkot. Admission is free. For information and to preregister, call 727-345-7777, email Rabbi@Jewishheritage.net or visit www.Jewishheritage.net.
5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Family Mile Walk PINELLAS PARK – The 5K Pumpkin Fun Run & Family Mile Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, 4 to 9 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave., Pinellas Park.
Registration costs $15 a person or $35 for a family of four. For information, call 727-369-5678.
The event will feature a day of fitness, fun, music and food trucks sponsored by the city of Pinellas Park Recreation Department. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with the Family Mile Walk followed by the 5K starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration will run 4 to 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. To preregister, visit one of the city’s recreation centers. Proceeds will go to the Public Service Education Foundation of Pinellas Park.
About Boating Safely DUNEDIN – About Boating Safely, a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor.
About Boating Safely is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements.
Register by Monday, Oct. 17, to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35 with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. For more information, call Buddy Casale at 727-736-1191, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.dunedin-coastguardaux.com.