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D'Ann White July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am
My sympathies to the Mott family. Olin was such a great guy who did so much charitable work in theRead More community including the TOPS soccer league at BAYSL. He will be greatly missed.
Shawn jayroe July 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm
I am so sorry for the Mott family. my thoughts and prayers are with you!
Dottie Berger MacKinnon, at the grand opening celebration for A Kid's Pace in Brandon, on April 3, 2009. Photo credit: Linda Chion Kenney / MyPaperNow.com
Bea_Markey October 16, 2013 at 04:19 pm
We learned recently of the death of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Dottie Berger MacKinnon.Read More Ms. Berger has been lionized in the press for her work on behalf of abused and neglected children, surely a laudable thing. However, before the hagiography of Dottie Berger MacKinnon goes too far, we ought not forget that Ms. Berger was, in addition to any good works she accomplished in her lifetime, also a committed homophobe, with the power to carry her homophobia into acts of public harm. Berger, as a member of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, voted in 1995 to strip existing protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation from the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance, declaring, according to the minutes of the hearing held May 17 of that year, that she “represented a largely conservative district and stated that 88 percent of approximately 2,800 contacts with her office urged repeal of the ordinance.” Berger added that “she had not heard anything in the hearing to convince her that the ordinance should remain on the books,” and, deploying an oft-repeated slogan from those opposed to equality, Berger claimed that “she did not feel people should have special rights because of their sexual orientation and she would vote to repeal the ordinance.” Thus, acting as a craven politician, apparently believing that minority rights should be taken away on the strength of nothing more than tallies of contacts to her office, then-Commissioner Berger, as late as 1995, voted to deprive Hillsborough County citizens of a right they already had and thus to impose second-class citizen status on sexual minorities in the County. By 1995, it was already too late to have held the view that that was an appropriate thing to do. Just a year later, the US Supreme Court was to decide the case of Romer v. Evans, holding in a somewhat similar context that votes such as that made by Ms. Berger, inexplicable by anything but dislike of a particular group of people, surely were no basis on which to govern, and that such actions have no rational connection to any legitimate aim of government. Ms. Berger simply did not know that equal protection of the laws is not achieved through the indiscriminate imposition of inequalities. Singling out a certain class of citizens for disfavored legal status, then and now, is simply unacceptable. Hers was an act of cowardice, and the County deserved better. Hopefully, Ms. Berger’s style of turning personal bigotries into governmental policy is a thing of the past here in Hillsborough County. If her record can serve as an example of how not to govern, her life will have done some good, but only if those to whom are entrusted legislative powers today learn from her poor example.
Shelley Ann Grimes, with her daughter, Ashley. Photo submitted by Kim Hall Perez.
J October 8, 2013 at 10:33 am
So terribly sad. I REALLY hope they find who did this. Kim left a beautiful tribute. She herself isRead More a beautiful soul. I hope this family gets some sort of closure.
Lynda Gayle Roberts October 9, 2013 at 08:21 pm
Heaven has received a new dancing angel. It is so hard to accept how our lives will end and theRead More anguish left behind. We were blessed to have Denny & Shelley in our lives too.
Lisa Rodriguez May 23, 2013 at 09:57 pm
All of us who had the opportunity to know him, loved him! Mr. Flagg will truly be missed in ourRead More community!
Cheryl` May 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm
This is very sad indeed...my deepest sympathies go out to his wife and family. I was so lucky toRead More have met them both last year for the BHS 2012 homecoming celebration. He was a lovely man and he stated he was so honored to be remembered and to be a part of the opening ceremony that evening. So many students came from years past and he was so gracious to everyone, He said he would not have missed it even though I know it was uncomfortable for him, not getting around as good as he would have liked. He was a wonderful icon in this area and I hope he will long be remembered. The Stanbro Family
Pamela Stallings May 22, 2013 at 09:44 pm
He was a great principal and will be missed
Rodney Allen May 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Mr. Flagg was truly a great principal. He always made time for his students. He would speak with usRead More in the hallways. I admired him. He had a way with peopleof all ages. My condolences to his family. East Bay High School Class of 83
Randy Simmons May 25, 2013 at 02:15 am
I had the privilege of growing up on the same street as the Flagg family in Brandon. Mr. Flagg was aRead More great role model for his family and all that knew him. Growing up with his 5 sons from elementary school I have some great memories. Mr. Flagg was always respected and admired for his integrity. It was a pleasure that I will always remember. My prayers go out to his family during this time of sadness, Rest in Peace Mr. Flagg I am a better man for having known you and experiencing the true leadership you exhibited as a father to my good friends. You are an awesome representation of great ethics and integrity. You will be missed God Bless your family Randy Simmons
Annie April 17, 2013 at 01:48 am
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ms. Minnifields. I met her while she was a patientRead More where I work. I remember how she would sit in front of me and just chit chat about anything. She showed strength and compassion toward others. Even though she was going through this awful disease she always had a smile. Now she is with our lord and with no pain. May you find peace in your hearts and know what she stood for.
Stephanie Sands June 3, 2013 at 04:06 pm
It's been almost two(2) months and it feels like yesterday. Not a day go by and I don't think aboutRead More my Sister and Best Friend. Lisa I can't never say good-bye but i will say I will see you again one day. Love You Big Sis Stephanie
D'Ann White March 7, 2013 at 06:45 pm
I was a county commission reporter at the time Fred Karl, who had already retired as a Supreme CourtRead More justice, agreed to come out of retirement and help out Hillsborough County at a time when growth and, unfortunately, graft were rampant. I was, frankly, in awe of this guy who'd been an Army tank commander at the Battle of the Bulge, a state legislator and Supreme Court justice. But during his first week on the job, he lumbered into the press room at County Center, introduced himself in that gosh-darn manner his and then asked what he could do to help us. My Trib co-worker, the late Jim Sloan, and I were stunned. No one at the county had ever made that kind of gesture. Through the years I knew him, Fred was always friendly, accessible and a true gentleman. We need more more public servants like him.
Art Egan January 18, 2013 at 03:18 pm
Graduated from St. Paul's with Pat: was as well natured then as he is described now. Know that if aRead More kid from port Allen la. Can intercept Archie Mannings son for the saints to win the Super Bowl: this life after death thing is not that big of a stretch ! Please tell me he did not become a dirty bird fan. God bless the Fam. He's smiling down on us. Art Egan
Capy January 5, 2013 at 03:03 am
If your going to rant your liberal BS at least get your facts straight! The general was a trueRead More American....something you obviously know nothing about! Even if he was the general that led the invasion of Iraq he would have been following orders.
Paul Allen January 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm
I think you have your wars mixed up. You are displaying your ignorance to the public.
David garcia February 28, 2013 at 03:49 pm
Liberalist views are undoubtedly from individuals whom have never served either in the armed forcesRead More or in a public service manner (police, fire etc).