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Dennis Maley

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Poisonous Fruit

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

Convict Nation


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

 

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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

 

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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


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Obituaries

Name Date
Dimitrios Sokos October 19, 2004
Gary Richelieu October 16, 2004
Aline Funk October 17, 2014
Alice Szakacs October 16, 2014
Deborah Snyder October 20, 2014
Donald Moen October 4, 2014
Edward Dey October 1, 2014
Harold Cooper October 4, 2014
Roberto Ramos October 7, 2014
All Obituaries






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