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The indignity of traffic on St. Armands Circle and Ringling Bridge

The indignity of traffic on St. Armands Circle and Ringling Bridge

It is clear the FDOT and the City of Sarasota have no grasp on what traffic does to otherwise rational human beings.

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

The City Manager made some critical errors this past year, but he did do one thing right. He would do well in baseball — hitting the ball successfully one out of three times ain’t all bad!

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Conflict on the menu at Selby Gardens

Conflict on the menu at Selby Gardens

To allow a restaurant to be leased and open late into the evening is simply cramming a commercial operation that has little to do with Selby other than serving as financial fuel.

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Another take on immigration?

Another take on immigration?

America has been granted an extraordinary stroke of luck: a big dose of youth and energy just as its global competitors are greying.

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Pelosi’s permanent impeachment

Pelosi’s permanent impeachment

It helps to compare what’s being done to Donald Trump to how it’s been done before.

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The frozen cat I betrayed and then buried

The frozen cat I betrayed and then buried

Thoughts raced through my head: Is there a rabid raccoon nearby? What’s wrong with Popsicle? Should we take him to the ER? I fell into the usual male mode of instinct mixed
with arrogance mixed with decisive action.

September 22, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

The BMW that changed my life — Part III

The BMW that changed my life — Part III

I worried that we would drive off with the money and I would end up slit throat in some shed and only a link via an eBay account and a grainy photo by airport security as my legacy. I thought of my wife and six children. I walked out with that fake faith in humanity we conjure when there is really no other alternative but to go forward with a plan.

September 22, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

My Highway to Hell through the Midwest in a BMW — Part II

My Highway to Hell through the Midwest in a BMW — Part II

It seems celebrities and criminals go by single names — Sting, Oprah, Eminem, Jeter, and then of course presidents and Hitler and the like all end up branded by a single moniker which culture adopts. And so the seller of the BMW insisted in three phone calls that he goes solely by Hussein and when I pushed the issue he capitulated to, “OK, Mr. Hussein.”

September 22, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

How a SCAT bus destroyed my Mercedes and fueled an eBay and BMW addiction — Part I

How a SCAT bus destroyed my Mercedes and fueled an eBay and BMW addiction — Part I

SCAT drivers are the most aggressive New York cab school of driving jockeys I have ever witnessed. You would think St. Armands was a closed racetrack the way the SCAT bus races to its next empty spot with a sole lonely bicyclist aboard.

September 21, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

East primary season gives Trump an edge

East primary season gives Trump an edge

The president may enjoy another tactical advantage. There’s a good chance that a significant independent or third-party presidential candidate will emerge.

September 20, 2019 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »