Friday, April 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Times Feathers Ruffled After Reporter Barred from DeSantis News Conference


Tampa Bay, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author:   In Search of Robin  
So You Want to Blog.
This dust-up started when a Times/Herald reporter was denied access to a Governor DeSantis news briefing on the Corona Virus.
The Times was so infuriated that it dispatched John Romano to write an opinion piece to convey their displeasure.
Not satisfied the Times felt the necessity of sending their own message in the form of an editorial:
These days I am not sure who has the corner on the hysteria market. The public buying toilet paper faster than it can be manufactured or the media clamoring, yelling, screaming and demanding at every pandemic news briefing by a public official.
Maybe the management at the Times would be well advised to do a little journalistic etiquette training with its field reporters with an emphasis on civility.
I have grown a bit weary of the amount of reporting on the pandemic and the tendency of the media to one-up each other on the disaster, while tearing away at the people who are trying to solve a problem they did not create.
Perhaps the Times and their pool media people should head the advice of their peer Mr. Romano.
We must accept that disagreements are inevitable and acknowledge perfect answers may be impossible to find. And in this absence of certainty, it would help if we could rely on integrity to be a dependable guide. – John Romano Tampa Bay Times.
That’s a saw that cuts both ways, especially if you include the petty and petulant pieces.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

County Commission Chair Pursues Picking Your Pockets During Crisis.


Tampa, Fl
From: Eye On Tampa Bay
Posted by: Sharon Calvert

While everyone is on lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis, Hillsborough County Commission Chair Les Miller astonishingly displays where his priorities lie.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Miller had cancelled the April 1 public hearing about putting another All for Transportation (AFT) $16 BILLION rail tax hike on the November ballot. Miller had scheduled the April 1 public hearing weeks ago that now seem like an eternity ago.

With little notice at 7:51 AM this morning, the county sends an email announcing a "SPECIAL MEETING" scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30pm. The meeting notice to discuss rescheduling the public hearing for putting the AFT 2.0 $16 Billion tax hike on the ballot was sent out to the public about 30 hours before tomorrow's meeting.

It is disgusting that the AFT 2.0 transit tax hike is Miller's priority while the residents and business of Hillsborough County are suffering. 


Hillsborough County Commission Special Meeting
on $16 Billion sales tax hike
Miller had scheduled the 30 year rail tax hike public hearing originally for April Fools Day. He now wants to reschedule it for April 15 - what is known as TAX DAY. 

Miller's AFT 2.0 massive rail tax forces county taxpayers to hand the HART transit agency 40% (approximately $6.5 BILLION) to fund costly trains and transit in the city of Tampa. Less than 2% use transit in Hillsborough, but Miller wants to force us out of the safety and security of our cars and vehicles and onto transit.  At the same time Miller's AFT 2.0 rail tax dedicates ZERO funding for much needed new road capacity in Hillsborough County - for 30 long years. 

Transit is a petri-dish for spreading germs. Hillsborough County's emergency order advised residents to avoid public transit. The use of public transit in New York is believed to help cause the intense spread of the Coronavirus in New York City.

The Special Meeting tomorrow will be held virtually. Follow the instructions in the Special Meeting Agenda to make a public comment. Or contact all the county commissioners here.

Tell the commissioners to stop pursuing putting another $16 Billion transit tax hike on the November ballot at this time of crisis. The commissioners must stop trying to pick the pockets of suffering taxpayers and businesses. 

The commissioners must first focus on the Coronavirus and economic crisis at hand. They must reassess the county budget which has been impacted. Priorities will change. It is outrageous the commissioners would pursue a massive tax hike when the public has been told nothing and there is still so much uncertainty. 

While the public worries about keeping their jobs, paying their mortgage, worrying about their family members and staying healthy, Miller's priority is another $16 Billion rail tax hike on the November ballot. That is simply wrong!

With little public notice, exploiting an opportunity to put another $16 Billion rail tax on the ballot while the public is suffering and not able to be fully engaged is shameful.

Posted by Sharon Calvert at 6:42 PM 

This post is contributed by EYE ON TAMPA BAY. The views expressed in this post are the blog publisher's and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher of Bay Post Internet.

Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Waffel House Index


Tampa Bay, Fl 
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin
So You Want to Blog.


Here is an article you should check out.

From the Mother Nature Network by Robin Shreeves; Have you heard about the Waffle House Index?

It seems the Waffel House index is a good tool for evaluating the status of a disaster.
FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, uses the data from the Waffle House chain of restaurants  as an informal indicator of which areas have been the hardest hit by a disaster.

From the article, “FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate famously said after the EF5-rated tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011: "If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That's really bad. That's where you go to work."

They even have a "storm center" where they can assess the status of Waffle Houses during a disaster.

Who knew?


Ordering?

Try  their hash browns scattered and smothered (with sautéed onions), covered (with melted cheese), chunked (with grilled hickory smoked ham), diced (with grilled tomatoes), peppered (with spicy jalapeño peppers), capped (with grilled button mushrooms), topped (with Bert’s Chili), or country (with sausage gravy). If you're really hungry, or really brave, you can also go “all the way,” which means you'll get all eight toppings served on scattered hash browns.

Add some scrambled eggs.

Want to know more? Check out 6 Tasty Bits of Waffle House Kitchen Slang from MF SHOPPING by Rudie Obias.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Millennial Mindset – Why They Just Can’t Get out of Their Own Way











Tampa Bay, Fl 
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author:  In Search of Robin  
So You Want to Blog.

I have been watching American Idol recently. This year’s round of contestants is mostly populated by those you would consider millennials.

I like the millennials. I find them interesting, differently focused and a bit weird. Actually, I have four grandchildren to fall into the general category of the millennial generation, and I must say they’re typical in their reactions and responses to life.

This year as I watched American Idol gradually unfold, and especially through this most-recent round where the large group is reduced to 40 contestants, what I found interesting is how the millennials respond to advice.

Over and over again the three hosts of the show, Lionel Richie, Katie Perry and Luke Bryon, all seasoned veterans of the entertainment business, prompt them, coach them and encourage them not to focus on music that they have written themselves.

And over and over and over again contestants choose to want to express their feelings, make their statement, do it their way, and be in command of their fate.

And it turns out, they are actually in charge of their fate. They just follow their heart and get kicked off the show.

This is the same thing that you see in the millennial generation when it comes to working and jobs.

I don’t want to be told what to do. They don’t want to follow the rules. They always think they have a better idea, and if you don’t agree with them, they either pout or leave.  Try to push them into conformance, and they literally rebel.

They would rather sit in their parent’s basement playing video games online than put forth the necessary effort to work in a cooperative work environment.

The overriding tendency seems to be summed up in the simple phrase don’t tell me what to do.

All of this creates the enormous problems for the millennials in the workplace.

They often move from job to job longing for that job where there’s no supervisor, no specific time to be at work, no amount of work to produce, no responsibility for anything they do and generally the result is the same as that for those on American Idol. They get booted off the show.

I’m not sure where we went wrong. I don’t really know why this generation turned out this way.

Some blame social media: I think that’s a cop out. I have a tendency to believe it’s more the result of absentee parenting and smart phone babysitting.

I also think our educational system bears a great deal of responsibility for the quality of the millennium workforce.

Letting no one fail, making sure everyone gets a gold star. Moving kids to private schools where more emphasis is put on behaviors than on true education and always asking, requesting and pleading that they do what you want them to do, the educational system has totally failed the millennials.

Now, let me be quick to add that not the entire millennial generation falls into this category. 

There are a lot of millennials that are hard-working, focused, dedicated and committed to doing the very best job they can do in the circumstance, they find themselves. They are, in this generation, the minority.

So if you are one of those hard-working millennials that gets up every day to go to work and put up with your contemporaries who show up late, leave early put the blame for everything that goes wrong on someone else and rarely produce anything useful, you have my deepest regrets.

The real problem here is there’s no solution to the millennial madness. The reality is the majority of the millennials will drift through life bouncing around from job to job and end up with nothing or very little to show for their lives.

It’s a sad commentary on this generation, but there’s no fix, no magic bullet, no pill they are what they are.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

There is an Election Coming

Tampa Bay, Fl 
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin
So You Want to Blog.


In the midst of everything going on you may have forgotten there is a very important Election Coming up.

Here are links to the five county Supervisor of Election offices served by Bay Post Internet.


All of these sites contain valuable information regarding the up coming Elections, Voter Registration, Vote by Mail, candidates and committees, Voter Precincts and much more.

Below is the most recent information from each Supervisor of Elections Office regarding their election Calendars. Scroll down to check your local voter information.
Election Dates & Deadlines
2020 Primary Election*
Deadline to register or change party: July 20

Early Voting: August 3 - 16, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Election Day: August 18, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

We begin mailing out Vote By Mail ballots on July 9, and voted ballots must be in our office by 7 p.m. on August 18.

2020 General Election*
Deadline to register: October 5

Early Voting: October 19 - November 1, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Election Day: November 3, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

We begin mailing out Vote By Mail ballots on September 24, and voted ballots must be in our office by 7 p.m. on November 3.

*All dates are subject to change. Please note, after the 2020 qualifying period there were no contested races for Plant City, City Commission; therefore there will not be a 2020 Plant City Municipal Election.




 Candidates

 Election Dates

The 2020 Election Dates:
Election
Book Closing Date
Date of Election

Presidential Preference
February 18, 2020
March 17, 2020

Municipal
March 16, 2020
April 14, 2020

Primary
July 20, 2020
August 18, 2020

General
October 5, 2020
November 3, 2020

 The Book Closing Date is the statewide deadline to register to vote, or change your political party for any election if you are already registered. For first time voters in Florida, a completed voter registration form must be in the Supervisor of Elections' office, or postmarked, by the book closing date. If you have relocated to a new address within Florida, register that address with the Supervisor of Elections' office as soon as possible.
An online sample ballot will usually be available 30-35 days prior to an election. Immediately following the election, the sample ballot will be replaced by the election results.



2020 Election Schedule
 Election Title
Election Date
March 17*, 2020
August 18, 2020
November 3, 2020


2021 Election Schedule
 Election Title
 Election Date
March 9, 2021
St. Petersburg Primary Election                                       
August 24, 2021
Municipal General Elections                                                  
November 2, 2021   




Election Dates



Polling Locations Open at 7:00 am on Election Day and close at 7:00 pm.
  2020 ELECTION DATES
ELECTION
ELECTION DATE
BOOK CLOSING
Presidential Preference Primary
March 17, 2020
February 18, 2020
Primary Election
August 18, 2020
July 20, 2020
General Election
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020



Town of Longboat Key General
March 17, 2020
February 18, 2020
City of Anna Maria
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Bradenton
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Bradenton Beach
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Holmes Beach
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Palmetto
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
Trailer Estates Park & Rec. Dist.
December 8, 2020
“Owner of Record”
30 days prior to election
 
2020 QUALIFYING DATES
Town of Longboat Key
October 1, 2019 - Noon, November 18, 2019
Representative in Congress, State Attorney, Public Defender, Justice of Supreme Court, District Court of Appeal, Circuit Court Judge
Noon, April 20, 2020 – Noon, April 24, 2020
State Senator, State Representative, and Multi-County, Special District
Noon, June 8, 2020 – Noon, June 12, 2020
City of Anna Maria
Noon, June 1, 2020 – Noon, June 12, 2020
City of Bradenton
City of Bradenton Beach
City of Holmes Beach
City of Palmetto
Noon, June 8, 2020 – Noon, June 12, 2020
Trailer Estate Park & Rec. Dist.
Ends at 5:00 pm on October 9, 2020

 

Election Title
Election Date
Last Day to Register
Presidential Preference Primary
March 17, 2020
Holiday Park Park & Recreation Dist
March 17, 2020
Town of Longboat Key Bond Referendum
March 17, 2020
Primary Election
August 18, 2020
July 20, 2020
General Election
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of North Port General Election
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Sarasota General Election
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
City of Venice General Election
November 3, 2020
October 5, 2020
- Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day -
IMPORTANT: You must vote in your precinct on election day.
Call or visit us at any of the three elections offices listed here:
(open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily Monday-Friday)

Note that the information on these sites changes frequently so click on the link to see the latest updates.

Find your Precinct or signup for your mail in Ballot and be sure to vote.

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