Nobody asked me, but --
. . .For the sake of preciseness and accuracy, it should be called beach "replenishment," not "renourishment," which obviously is a PR maven's terminology.
. . .And on that subject, why are not more citizens of Pinellas County using the fine Gulf shore at Belleair Beach? They are entitled -- park at the marina at the city line with Sand Key and across the street is a narrow pathway to the beach. When general tax funds are used to upgrade Morgan Street, that will be available to all citizens from anywhere, too.
. . .On the street -- the word is that Largo commission member Pat Gerard will receive a strong challenge come March from a former commission member.
. . .Also on the Largo front -- many of those who supported Andy Guyette for the commission this year are in bitter disappointment over his performance. Promises unkept can be ruinous, they say.
. . .Our merry friend says, "The trial of Saddam Hussein is beginning. They say the evidence against Hussein is so strong that even a California jury might convict him."
. . .Lookalikes -- Shirley Craig (BW of Mac Craig, Largo assistant city manager) is a dead-on younger version of songbird Connie Haines.
. . .One local burg is likely to be jolted one of these days when it gets a big bill. Those elected officials who know are ostriches (you get it, right?), and the citizenry likely is going to be mightily shocked.
. . .Whoever came up with that saying, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people," was on to something. Witness Dan Brown, the best seller writer of "The DaVinci Code," "Angels and Demons" and others -- pure dreck. Not in the theme thereof, but in the writing -- totally wretched. Alas, the majestic Largo Public Library is loaded with this kind of junk; sort of like having a wino sleeping on your best couch.
. . .It's amusing when people put the "liberal" tag on Harvard. ‘Tain't necessarily so. Two of the five Supreme Court justices (I'm counting John Roberts here, folks) are Harvard and very conservative (Nino Scalia is the other one). Wall Street is full of Harvard types, as well as big business around the nation -- all Harvard and all conservative. ("Ten thousand men of Harvard....la la la.")
. . .Beware of guys who point and shake a finger while looking directly into the camera and deny what later proves to true. Good sense dictates that I recommend you not lie, but if you do, do so when it cannot be proven otherwise.
. . .What price personal control? One local city bigwig was willing to sacrifice an enormous economic situation -- let it go right by the boards -- in the interest of having the upper hand. And three ninnies went along with it. Unbelievable.
. . .Charlie Harper, former Largo City Commission member, has some great ideas for the review and alteration of the city charter now going on. Among them -- majority vote rules on all issues, put city attorney under jurisdiction of commission, etc. But the joke is that the charter committee -- total tools of the powers that be in Largo -- is incapable of putting balance in the situation.
. . .On that subject, the charter committee was chosen in an obvious set up. The committee's work will be reviewed by the commission (which can throw out or change anything it wants). Where do the people (remember them?) come in? A solid committee made up knowledgeable people should have been chosen and its work gone directly to the public.
. . .One sensible guy on that charter committee is George Feaster, but he is either too polite or cannot articulate some of the good ideas he has.
. . .The best kind of people are those who dig in, work and do lots and lots for their community with no fuss and feathers and publicity. One such is Bob McIntyre who gives and gives to Pinellas County.
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