The first gentleman of Tampa is a real inspiration

Charles “Charlie” Banks has lived in Tampa since 1959, when Nick Nuccio was mayor and Hillsborough County had just under 400,000 residents. Charlie turned 94 this year but looks younger than he is. His mind is still sharp, and he’s still interested in exploring new ideas in business, pondering politics and discussing ways to make the world better.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Sunday, May 27, 2012

Charles “Charlie” Banks has lived in Tampa since 1959, when Nick Nuccio was mayor and Hillsborough County had just under 400,000 residents. Charlie turned 94 this year but looks younger than he is. His mind is still sharp, and he’s still interested in exploring new ideas in business, pondering politics and discussing ways to make the world better.

Charles "Charlie" Banks

Charlie makes an impression the moment you meet him, with his Continue reading “The first gentleman of Tampa is a real inspiration”

Romney, the Obama Campaign or NBC: Who’s Really Manipulating’ Booker?

According to Booker, during his interview with NBC’s Rachel Maddow Monday night — while the “more cynical folks” in Obama’s camp “probably wanted the president to go on the attack” — Obama had only “kind words” to say to him.

Media pushes story of Obama’s attacks on Romney’s business experience

By Patricia Campion

When Newark Mayor Cory Booker called the president’s attack ads against Mitt Romney “nauseating” on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday night, it was a Democrat gaffe made in Republican heaven. But, you have to hand it to the folks at NBC. They sure know how to load a good story bullet and shoot themselves in the foot.

By Monday morning, having determined Booker’s comments to be unexpected and rather confusing,” Steve Benen had slapped his clumsy denial/obfuscation post on The Maddow Blog.

“I’ve seen no evidence of Democrats attacking private equity,” Benen wrote.

Perhaps if Benen stopped sucking his thumb long enough to speak to Continue reading “Romney, the Obama Campaign or NBC: Who’s Really Manipulating’ Booker?”

In the debate over Islam, let the facts be damned

I received a large volume of comments from my column last week, “The enemy isn’t Islam” (Other Views, May 15). The comments tended to be either very supportive of my position or strongly against it, with nothing in the middle.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 20, 2012

I received a large volume of comments from my column last week, “The enemy isn’t Islam (Other Views, May 15). The comments tended to be either very supportive of my position or strongly against it, with nothing in the middle.

Hugh in Tampa, a former captain in the U.S. Navy, said he spent six years working in the Middle East and has “experienced Islam firsthand.” He said, “Beheading and stoning is not only recommended in the Quran for certain behaviors, it is common practice in some Islamic countries. If you think the actions of the radical Islamic leaders is anything other than war on non-Islamic religions then you need to read the Quran.”

Without knowing it, Hugh makes my point for me: The actions of radical leaders don’t mean all Muslims are terrorists. These radical leaders don’t represent all Muslims anymore than the KKK — the goals of which include an intent to “re-establish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible” — represents all Christians.

Many readers took issue with the pejorative term Continue reading “In the debate over Islam, let the facts be damned”

The enemy isn’t Islam

Earlier this year the same bunch of knuckle-draggers were outraged when Hassan Shibly, a Muslim associated with a different group on the government’s unindicted co-conspirator list, spoke to Steinbrenner High School students about Islam.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 16, 2012

My ancestors descended from Salzburg (in present-day Austria) after facing religious persecution from the Catholic Church, which opposed the teachings of Martin Luther that the Lutheran Salzburgers followed. In 1731, 20,000 Protestants were ordered by Count Leopold von Firmian, the Catholic archbishop and prince of the Salzburg state, to dispose of their property and leave the country. Most of the Salzburger outcasts settled in other parts of Europe, but some 300 of them settled in the American colony of Georgia after pleading with King George II of England, who had a German duke and a fellow Lutheran, for help.

The plight of my ancestors is similar to those of countless immigrants who settled in what would become the United States of America.

Despite the fact that most Americans have stories of their ancestors coming here under less-than-desirable circumstances, a few among us seek to deny those Continue reading “The enemy isn’t Islam”

No room at Embassy Suites for Florida, Marco

The RNC retaliation means Florida delegates will have the longest commute of any delegates and will have to endure long days on their feet without a chance for a mid-afternoon nap, or a place to freshen up before the prime-time activities.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 3, 2012

The Republican National Committee recently released the hotel assignments for state delegations at the convention in Tampa this summer.

The Florida delegation was severely penalized with an assignment at the lovely Innisbrook Resort — 40 miles away and probably a two-hour commute from downtown Tampa the week of the convention. The RNC’s slight came as a result of the Legislature (dominated by Republicans) thumbing its nose at the RNC when the state chose a presidential preference primary date outside the committee’s preferences.

The RNC retaliation means Continue reading “No room at Embassy Suites for Florida, Marco”