Previous Columns by Dennis Maley
| click here for Dennis' bio
Can a No be Quid Pro Quo?
Should Student Safety be a Law Enforcement or Education Issue?
A Show of Growing Force for Change
You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory
Governor's Race is Looking Like a Real Stinker
Write-in Loophole Continues to Disenfranchise Voters
Voters Won't Have Much of a Say on State Representation in November
BOCC Needs to Look North to Solve Indigent Care Funding
Few Things Seem Less Patriotic Than Corporate Inversion Schemes
School District's Armed Security Debate Smells Like Political Hay
DiSabatino Stands Tall Among Local Republicans
Chair's Call for Port Director Raise Has a Familiar Smell
Ferguson Shines Spotlight on Militarized Police Forces
Worse than Watergate?
You Can't Exclude the Public from Public Meetings
Cantrell Conversations Raise Questions for Administration
Elbow Deep in the Florida Muck ... and Better for It
One-Sided Utility Hearings Offer Preview of Big Picture Strategy
Photo Album: On the Road in Florida
School Sex Scandals Far from Vindicated
Use Tax Code to Solve Employer Health Insurance Battle
School District Politics Make Their Own Case for More Civics Classes
Do At-Large Seats Hurt Voter Representation?
What Democrats Can Learn from the Tea Party
Give the Libraries Their Funding Back
Pops Who Get Props on the Silver Screen
Fund and Fix is the Right Cure for VA
Redistricting Trial Provides Inside Glimpse of Our Crooked Legislature
Red Light Camera Presentation Confirms Public Skepticism
Does the Truth Even Matter Anymore?
Syrian Struggles Continue Against Backdrop of International Stubbornness
The Good Part About Growing Pains
Benghazi Cacciatore with a Side of Yellow Cake
Piney Point Has Earned Public's Apprehension On Injection Well
Sisters Make the Best Mothers
BOCC Finally Has it Right on Health Care: “We Have No Credibility on This Issue”
Middle-Class Americans Second to the Canucks?
Wall Street Landlords Could Pose Threat to Local Economies
Beer Welfare Queens?
Taxpayers Might be Better Served by Public Safety Reorganization
It's Time for More Private Money at Rowing Facility
AMI's Green Village is a Model Worth Emulating
Clemency Plea Raises Valid Moral Question
Supreme Court Ruling is a Huge Blow to Democracy … or What was Left of It
Hobby Lobby Case Could Open Big Can of Worms
Trauma Center Fee Gouging is the Latest Health Care for Profit Scandal
Not Bad for Starters
A Difficult State for Any State to Endure
School Board Apprehension Rooted in Complicated Past
The Death of Common Courtesy?
Circus of Fools
Easier to Build?
Florida Should Dump School Grade System
Ultimate Accountability Seems Unlikely in School District Financial Woes
Voter Cynicism on Precinct Reduction is Well-Earned
USF's Cybersecurity Initiative is the Right Sort of Thinking in New Economy
Florida Needs Safer Measures to Deal with Aging Drivers
Betting on a Super Sunday
And Now There's This to Worry About …
It Takes a Village, But They Can Move a Mountain
Fake Plastic Campaign Commercials
Iran Sanctions Could Thwart Crucial Opportunity in American Foreign Policy
The Dichotomy of Free Trade and Immigration
What to Make of a Movie?
A Commissioner Who's Earned her Stripes … and a Retraction
A Community FELT Her Presence
The Spectacle Under the Tree
Is Beyoncé's Creative Destruction Shumpeter's Big Moment?
I Wonder How Many of Us Could Get A Waechter Deal
It Costs Taxpayers More When Retailers Don't Pay a Living Wage
Ideas Should Win Elections – Not Shenanigans
On This Particular Thanksgiving ...
Underfunded Schools Should Look to Cupcake Culture to Improve Performance
Internet Gambling Could be the Big Issue in 2014
Fair Fix on Health Insurance Plans
A Typhoon and the Elephant in the Room
Reading the Tea Leaves in Tuesday’s Results
School District Continues to be Plagued by Past Misdeeds
Social Security and the Boomer Problem
Hypocrisy in Pleas for Flood Insurance Relief?
Mainstream Media Helps Pad the Greenspan Myth
Shutting Down the Government Piles Up Debt and Erodes Faith in Leadership
Amazing: Congress Finds Time to Stuff Last Second Debt Deal with Pork
A Good Week for Women
As One School Sex Scandal Moves Forward, Another is Revealed
Shutdowns, Debt Ceilings and Defaults: Understanding the Mess We're In
Parties Within Parties: Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End of Two-Party Rule?
Lincoln's Legacy of Political Lemons
Tuesday's Exchange Launch Marks Biggest Moment for New Health Care Law
Solving the Housing Market Riddle
What’s Happening at the Fed … and Why You Should Care
Twitter's Miss American Exceptionalism
Putin’s Pragmatic Populism
Island Squabbles are More Complicated than Commentary Suggests
How Kerry's Big Mouth May Have Saved the President's Rear End
Truth on 9/11 is Long Overdue
The Incredibly Thin Case for Armed U.S. Intervention in Syria
Lack of Privacy Leads to Self-Imposed Silence
The Gift of a Loving Grandmother
Where’s the Missing Long Bar Fee? Probably with the Missing Work
Manatee High Scandal Should be a Wake-up Call for School Districts and Their Employees
Manatee School District is Building a Foundation for Greatness
SBEP's Absence on Long Bar Pointe Raises Questions
Liberal Silence on Wiretapping is Deafening
Long Bar Pointe: So Now What?
County Commission Needs to be Very Careful on Longbar Pointe
Commissioner's Scandal Could be Leverage in Florida Education Battle
The Doctor and the Bureaucrat
PACs, Facts & Covering Tracks: Lessons from a Special Election
A Bad Time to be Black
Early Release: New Tool or Return of a Bad Idea?
Let Us Alone: Why Florida is the Perfect Place to Celebrate Independence Day
Paula Deen, President Obama and Edward Snowden Walk into a Bar ...
Father's Day and the Divorced Dad
Industry is the Big Loser in Florida’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion
About That Economic Recovery ...
Stacked Deck in Upcoming Special Referendums
Do Tax Abatement Incentives Live Up to the Promises?
Anger Over School District's Spending Cuts is Justified but Misplaced
A Pope for All People?
Muddling Manatee's Healthcare Sales Tax Issue
Public Charter Conversions Could Become Popular Option
President Obama's Big Brother Problem
If We All Loved Our Mothers
Gatsby's Great Irony
Lipstick on a Pig
Reality and Real Estate
Arkansas Spill Highlights Challenges of Tar Sand Oil
Coverage of Marathon Tragedy Highlights Modern Media Woes
Six Movies That Will Change the Way You Think
Outcome Seems Rigged in the Brawl Over Sprawl
Internet Café Ban Good; 14,000 Lost Jobs Bad
May Can't Get Here Fast Enough
Health Care Sales Tax Would Be Boon for Big Business
The Obama Phone: Fact and Fiction
A Warm Welcome With Frosty Edges
So What’s up with Cyprus?
Let Them Eat Eggs
Liberal Silence on Kill List Policies Stinks of Hypocrisy
Citizens Show Healthy Skepticism on Healthcare Tax
Success in Legislative Session Important to Governor Scott's Reelection Campaign
Is Manatee Schools' Office of Professional Standards Finished?
The Herman Cain Effect
Manatee School Board Made the Tough Choice for Superintendent
Low Wages are the Enemy of a Strong Domestic Economy
Mosaic's Rubber Stamp Still has Plenty of Ink
Attack on FRS Pensions Unfounded and Ideological
Manatee School Board Awaits Date with Destiny
Sports Scandals Reflect Our Culture at Large
Opponents Vexed About Wrong Candidates in President's Nominations
Good Old Boy System Alive and Well in Manatee
"DROP" Retired Employees from the Labor Pool
Florida Fails Its Counties … Again
When it Comes to Gun Laws, Serious Debate is More Complicated
100 Years of Tears and Triumph
Manatee Makes Good Case for Elected County Administrator
Florida is Winning the Race to the Bottom
Family Budget Analogy is Way Off the Mark
Why the Gun Lobby Always Wins
Texting and Driving Law is a No-Brainer
Republicans Diverge on Path Forward
Public Incentives to Businesses Need to be Carefully Considered and Evaluated
Governor's Job Czar Disproves Benefit Moocher Stereotypes
Nuclear Power Deal is a Big Step in the Wrong Direction
School Board Faced With Epic Opportunity
What You Need to Know About the So-Called Fiscal Cliff
What if Florida's Presidential Election Results Had Mattered?
Shoes Too Big to be Filled
Will the Grown-up Republicans Please Take Back Your Party?
A Patriarch's Passing
A Real Look at the Economy
Debates Dumb Down Important Foreign Policy Issues
Both Candidates Avoid Reality on Oil
Florida's Race-based Education Goals Address Problem from Wrong Angle
VP Debate Outshines Presidential
Why Tonight's Vice Presidential Debate Matters
Give the Voters a Chance to Say 'None of the Above'
Newsflash: Our Political System has Failed
The Presidential Debates: Manufacturing Consent
Manatee School Board Taking Small Steps in the Right Direction
Email: The Best Thing to Happen to Propaganda Since Goebbels
Who's Banging on the War Drums and Why?
Wasteful Spending Central to Tax Apathy
Manatee School Board has Rough Road in Earning Citizen Confidence
And Now... the Democrats
Ryan's Lyin'... and No One Seems to Care
Boots on the Ground at the RNC
GOP Hones November Message at RNC
My RNC Wishlist
Reforming Medicare Could Set Up Generational Clash
Why Paul Ryan is the Perfect Pick for Mitt Romney
Money Talks... Integrity Walks
Despite Rhetoric on Jobs Candidates Send Their Own Business Elsewhere
Understanding Citizens United
Another Local Election Filled With Meaningless Campaigning
Bradenton Residents Should be Wary of Return on Big Investments
Budget Hawks Can't Be Two-faced on Defense Spending
So It's Constitutional, Now What?
We're "Throwing the Bums Out" But What are We Getting?
Homeowner Insurance Problems Don't Start With Citizens
When an Iron Horse is Put to Pasture
Voter Purge Brings More Dark Days to the Sunshine State
School District Needs to Prioritize End of "Early Release"
We Already Share Healthcare Costs: Now What?
Electoral Math Could Create Odd Scenarios in Romney vs. Obama
Are School Cafeterias Hindering Classroom Success?
Is Lush Green Grass a Thing of the Past?
Are We Facing a Student Loan Bubble?
When College Becomes a Risky Investment
Florida's Judicial Retention System Flawed by Realities of Modern Politics
Tough Love With Tender Trimmings
Afghanistan: Coming to Terms with the Quagmire
The Art of Rhetoric
A Sinister Hidden Agenda for Standardized Tests?
Up the Ticket Races Feature Big-money Favorites
Let's Stop Redistributing Wealth and Enact Sound Fiscal Policy
Local Elections Will Again be Driven by Development Dollars
Engineered Postal Crisis at Root of Local Closing
Work Farm Scandal Hints at Two Sets of Rules
Ron Paul Can't Be President – And It's Your Fault
GSA Embarrassment Emblematic of our Current Culture
Romney Continues to Trip Over Blades of Grass as he Limps to the Finish Line
There's a Difference Between Castle Doctrine and What Happened in Sanford
Sanford Tragedy Highlights New Problems with Stand Your Ground Law
Editorial: Voter Suppression Laws are a Disgrace to Democracy
Moral Decline or Uncomfortable Progress?
Pleas for School Board Unity Miss the Point
We're Drilling More Oil So Why Are Gas Prices Rising?
Siesta Key Tragedy Reignites Alcohol on the Beach Debate
Rick Santorum's War on Sex
Crashing the Party
And They Still Need to Choose a VP Candidate
Superdelegates, Super PACs and a Super Mess: Understanding the Primary Process
Prison Privatization is Crony Capitalism 101
Iran: What if...
Listen Closely Children and You'll Hear the Drums of War
Dear Feds: Leave the Web Alone
Expanding Phosphate Mining... Seriously?
In Defense of Topless Bars... and Women
2012: We've Got Some Problems
2012: Wake up or Else
The Fine Line Between Privacy and Pornography
Hardee County Debacle Highlights Massive Potential for Fleecing the Taxpayer
My Christmas Wish: Spare the "Holiday Tree" Chain Emails
Citizens Review Panel is too Valuable to Lose
Gingrich's Brilliant Final Sprint
Battered GOP Field Only Helps a Surging Ron Paul
To Pray or Not to Pray
Tallahassee: Big Fixes or More of the Same?
Welcome to the Police State
Term Limits are Not a Silver Bullet Solution
Members of Congress are Getting Richer – Why Aren't You?
Port Director Contract Makes Poor Case for Small Government
Who is Grover Norquist and Why is the GOP So Afraid of Him?
Boots on the Ground at Zuccotti Park
Remembering the Forgotten Veterans All Around Us
Candidate Debate on Tax Policy Ignores Reality
Competitive With Whom?
The European Banking Crisis in Lehman Terms
Disbanding School District's Budget Committee Sends the Wrong Message
Rubio's Bio: Much Ado About Stuff We Already Knew?
Anwar al-Awlaki's Case Should Raise Red Flags with Americans
Race and Redistricting: Getting Past our Past
White House Blunders in Green Energy Carry Deep Implications
Who's Invited to the Tea Party?
There's Something Happening Here...
Do Members of Congress Really Get a Full Pay Pension After Just One Term?
When it Comes to Investments, Why Can't We Be as Shrewd as Our Congressman?
Will the U.S. Banking System Ever Work Again?
Get Skin in the Game, Broaden the Base and Let Them Eat Cake
Why Too Much Inequality is Bad for Everyone
President Obama Hanging His Hat on the Economy
Jobs Bill Takes a Pragmatic Approach that is Deeply Flawed
Will the Real Rick Perry Please Stand Up
Searching for Superheroes
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised... or Printed... or Mentioned on the Radio
Reducing Suicide Among Veterans Requires Shared Vigilance
Rubio's Comments Are Anything But Patriotic and Stink of Hypocrisy
A Deeper Look Into S&P Reveals Troubling Conflicts
Romney, Bachman, Paul and Perry Begin to Shape Republican Field
Why You Shouldn't Fear China
By Whose Standard, and Why Poor?
We Averted the Debt Ceiling Disaster, Why is the Economy Still Falling?
AG Firings Draw Broader Criticism, Calls Ring Out for Federal Inquiry
Lakewood Ranch Incorporation Argument Seems Just as Thin in 2011
Robinson Farms Density Issue Back Under a Cloud Despite Ruling
AG Firings Need to be Investigated
This Place is Going to the Dogs – Literally!
The Budget Talks: Atlas Would Have Shrugged
If Huntsman is too Moderate, the GOP may be in Trouble
A Letter to the President... Seriously
Is Selling Off America's Infrastructure Something to Worry About?
Despite Rhetoric, America Still “Makes Things” – Lots of Them
As Budget Cuts Loom, Focus Shifts to School District's Administrative Salaries
A Father's Day Message: Lessons From My Son
Oil: How Much is Left and What it Means to the American Way of Life
Is It Time to Give Summer Break a Permanent Vacation?
Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott in 2014?
City Council Must be Cautious in Developing Final Portion of the Sandpile
Ironically, Fair Districts Act Could Aid Bennett's Congressional Run
House Defense Bill Finally Addresses the Rape Epidemic in U.S. Military
A Conversation with Jim Brown
What was the Gold Standard and What Does Being off of it Mean to the U.S. Economy?
A Great Season for Grapes... of Wrath
Impact of Campaign Cash on Florida Prison Privatization Questioned
Osama Bin Laden: With Distance Comes Perspective
Where is the Focus on Jobs We Were Promised?
Sheriff's Budget Request: Can We afford to, Can We afford not to?
New and Improved Manatee County Commission with DiSabatino and Gallen
Missed Opportunities In Newtown Shootings Should Come With Pink Slips and Resignations
How to Make Florida's Legislature More Representative: Step One – Pay Them More!
Congressman Buchanan Steps up to Fight Pill Mills
Pink Palace Deal Looks Like Another Government Handout
E-Verify Seems Like a Logical Compromise Point for Florida Immigration Reform
Drug Testing State Employees is a Big-Government Boondoggle
For Governor Scott, Selling Solantic may be the Most Brilliant Move of All
With Tax Deadline Looming, I'll take the G.E. Deal
Want Cheaper Gas Prices? Forget Domestic Drilling, Regulate Speculation on Oil
Editorial: No Benefit to Further Politicizing Florida's Judicial Branch
Florida Merit Pay Battle Might Spark Needed Debate on Educational System
Florida Legislature Gearing up for Giveaways to Home Insurers
Editorial: Identifying with Being an American
A Candidate-less Primary: Where are the 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Hiding?
Editorial: Defense Spending Must be on the Table if We Truly Seek to Tackle Deficit
Tampa/Orlando Bullet Train: Bad Idea – Turning Away Billions in Federal Funds and 20,000 Jobs: Worse Idea
Ron Paul and the Moment of Truth for the Tea Party
Are You Smarter Than a First Grader? Not if You're Buying Bottled Water
The Great Big, Fat Lie About Social Security
Lexapro Land: The Questionable Science and Obscene Profitability of Antidepressants
Impact Fee Debate Shows Backward Thinking on Growth Objectives
Health Care: Stop Arguing About Repeal and Focus on Enacting the Right Reforms
Is "Engaging" China Really a Choice?
Rhetoric is not Responsible, but it is Certainly Irresponsible
Florida Parties are Justified in Desire for Early Presidential Primary
Editorial: School District Must Adjust to Economic Realities
Scott's Appointment for DEP Chief Sends Pro-Industry Message
Editorial: Palmetto CRA Demonstrates Perils of Big Money in Small Government
Net Neutrality Regulations Govern Service Providers Not the Web
Editorial: Are Tax Credits on Mortgage Interest and Children Good Policy?
Rick Scott’s School Voucher Plan Threatens the Viability of Public Education
The Ghost of Presidents Past – Clinton’s Unexpected Sub for Obama is Telling
A Wiki Wacky World With No Secrets
Editorial: Support our Troops Means More than a Ribbon on the Car
If You Think the Fight for Fair Districts in Florida is Over, Think Again
EDITORIAL: If this was a Message Election, What Exactly is the Message?
What Rick Scott's Victory Means for Florida
U.S. Senate Race: Meek, Rubio and Crist Give Voters Three Viable Choices (of Three Questionable Candidates)
Editorial: Amendment 1 Would be a Big Step Backward in Campaign Finance Reform
Gwen Brown Continues to Validate Voters' Choice to Send her Packing
VIDEO: What do Amendment 4 and the Other Proposed Florida Ballot Amendments Mean for Voters
Editorial: Amendment 4 Gives Taxpayers the Final Say
Manatee Sunshine Law Investigation Shines Light on "Open" Government
Florida Amendments 5 & 6 are a Powerful Dose of What's Needed
How Bad is the Economy? Numbers Don’t Lie
Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Don't Have Intelligent Debate
Would I Want My Family to See it on Youtube is a Good Guiding Principle
Editorial: Socialism is More than Big Government
Editorial: When Wall Street Made Both Dollars and Sense
Katrina – Five Years After: What Have We Fixed?
Katrina – Five Years After: Making it Right
Katrina – Five Years After: Will the Levees Hold?
Editorial: Will the Newly Approved Tampa to Orlando High-Speed Rail be a Boon or a Bust?
Editorial: Gulf Oil Spill Should Inspire Real Leadership on Alternative Energy
Editorial: Electronic Newspapers are a Greener Way to Communicate an Independent Message
Editorial: "Old Florida" is Worth Fighting for
Special Feature: Inside the Manatee County Jail
Editorial: Flood of Amendment Referendums Suggests a Failure in Government
Editorial: Florida’s Prescription Drug Loopholes Are an Unacceptable Failure
Mosaic Closing Exposes Flaw in the System
Editorial: Local Elections Have Daily Impact
Editorial: Don't Discount the Weight of Primaries
The Nostalgic Argument for Café on the Beach is a Loser, but it’s Not the Only Argument to Make
A Final Farewell to Tommy Vayias and Cafe on the Beach
Editorial: Let the People Decide the Future of Offshore Drilling
Editorial: Sunday Alcohol Bans are Ineffective and Outdated
Editorial: White House Discouragement of Primaries Enforces Voter Frustration
Editorial: A Tax Cut is a Tax Cut, a Tax Hike is a Tax Hike