MARY JO TIERNEY'S BLOG

Proof vs. Promises

By | January 23rd, 2018|

If anyone had any doubts about Governor Rick Scott running for U.S. Senate this year, his column in last Sunday's News Tribune should pretty much confirm Scott will be challenging Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Scott, who was elected governor eight years ago on the Tea Party wave, was the hard-nosed businessman who wanted to slash social [...]

Tax, plan?

By | December 13th, 2017|

I have often thought that St. Lucie County is one of the best places in the state to be a Ford dealer. Although the per capita income is less than adjoining Indian River and Martin counties, the Ford brand reflects our typical buyers—hard working, middle class men and women looking for great value in a [...]

Remembering Bud Adams: A Legendary Floridian

By | September 25th, 2017|

St. Lucie County lost one of its most beloved native sons last weekend. Bud Adams died early Saturday in the home he had built for his wife in 1949 on his family's expansive ranch. Although he owned one of the largest ranches in the country, Adams led a low key, unpretentious life. He was not [...]

Fuel Economy vs. Fool’s Economy

By | April 8th, 2017|

As a Ford dealer, I should be thrilled that President Trump wants to roll back fuel economy requirements for auto manufacturers. He said he is making good on campaign promises to get rid of those pesky regulations that stymie economic growth. It may be heresy on my part, but I believe easing up on those [...]

Politics and the Press

By | March 1st, 2017|

When I recently purchased a gift in downtown Ft. Pierce, the salesperson asked how Sunrise Ford was doing. I replied that everything was fine and she said that she expected business to get even better if “they would just get out of the way and leave Donald Trump alone.” I knew the “they” to which [...]

Obamacare in Action

By | January 13th, 2017|

As the talks ratchet up about repealing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially referred to as Obamacare, I can’t help but think of Dave Feibelman, who was born and raised in Fort Pierce, worked in the car business for decades and nearly died two years ago when his heart, which was fragile from [...]

Election Reflections

By | November 11th, 2016|

As we stood in line to vote this week, the woman in front of us said there was one silver lining with the election being over. “I never thought I would be glad to see car commercials again,” she told Mike Wetzel, Sunrise Ford’s own TV star.   Yes, the nasty, divisive, repetitive ads are [...]

Ford Foundation

By | September 26th, 2016|

Until this presidential campaign, charitable foundations were synonymous with good works. But that was before the Donald J. Trump foundation was caught illegally funneling money to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who days later decided against investigating fraud complaints against Trump University. His foundation was slammed again when it was reported that the Trump Foundation [...]

After Being Gone Much of the Summer

By | August 29th, 2016|

After being away much of the summer, I was pleasantly surprised when I returned and saw all of the makeovers and new projects underway. On South Beach, the Square Grouper restaurant, with a beautiful view of the Fort Pierce Inlet, is almost complete. Across the street, the new Oculina Bank will open in mid-September.   And [...]

Bring Home The Bacon

By | July 11th, 2016|

There was a time when it was a badge of honor for our state and federal representatives to “ bring home the bacon ” and get money for worthwhile projects in our district.  Indeed, members of Congress as well as those in the Florida Legislature boasted about what they could do for their constituents back [...]