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Article Headline: EarthTalk®


Comment:
Where does 90% of the fresh water come from around the Earth? Most would say rain or a lovely summer shower, but the truth is that most of our consumable, potable, treatable water comes from the Mountains. Almost all civilization around the World depend on Mountains to supply their daily thirst for life giving water, this is after all a Water World. That consumable water is laid down during the winter months and lies there until the warmth of the sun begins its trip to the Oceans of the World. That is what is referred to as "Snow Pack" and year by year it is becoming less and less. Within the life span of our next generation we will have a National Park that will be a National Park in name only. That park is "Glacier National Park". Another example is an inactive volcano in Africa called Mount Kenya will soon no longer have that white cap we have all come to recognize. One day a person will be able to jump across the Wide Missouri River because it will have become a creek. The Mighty Colorado River disappears now 100 miles from what use to be the mouth of the Colorado River in the Sea of Cortez. The Rio Grande River is now more of a creek than a river. Where will we get our Fresh Water as the Globe continues to rise in temperature and Snow capped Mountains continue to disappear?
Posted by skip speer on April 18, 2015 at 8:23 am
 


Article Headline: EarthTalk®


Comment:
It is my belief that reversing the rise in temperature of the Earth has already been taken out of our hands. Remember the "Cold War", our government spent 10's of millions of dollars in the far North building underground bunkers to protect our military and military weapons from possible attack from the threat of a USSR surprise attack under the Permafrost of the Arctic Tundra region. Those underground bunkers are being abandoned today and declared condemned do to the fact they are melting. It is no longer a region of Permafrost. The Permafrost is disappearing at alarming rates and along with that disappearance a release of carbon and methane gases. Below is a link to a Huffingtonpost article with supporting links. Also shipping magnates from around the World are positioning themselves to begin shipments from Europe to the Asia rim via the long sought after NorthWest Passage as the Arctic Ocean begins to clear of impassable ice packs and icebergs, in fact you may now take a voyage from Europe to the exact "North Pole" by ship. Ships use to be stuck in the Ice if they stayed to long as winter approached but that is becoming a thing of the past.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/arctic-permafrost-methane-climate-change_n_3434404.html
Posted by skip speer on April 18, 2015 at 7:52 am
 


Article Headline: Island Communities Need to Strike Balance Between Tourism and Quality of Life


Comment:
Well you had a chance to increase that balance during the last election by choosing a Candidate worthy of your environmental concerns but she was outspent by nearly 7:1 in her election campaign. I am referring to "Terri Wonder" you last great hope. Developers want their way and will do and spend almost anything to keep Development on its destructive path. Long Bar Pointe is a prime example
Posted by skip speer on April 17, 2015 at 6:12 am
 


Article Headline: Long-Range Master Plan Discussed at School Board Workshop


Comment:
Seems as if Mr. Cohen does not want the developers to pay their way in impact fees. Therefore, he is OK with citizens paying for the cost of development. Well, Mr. Cohen, you pay the impact fees.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on April 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm
 


Article Headline: Marco Rubio and the False Call of Higher Office


Comment:
Wish more politicians would go the Rubio route.That's a sure way to get them out of office. I favor Jeb more than the rest who are running if I was voting for a republican. I have voted for both parties in different elections,for me it's about their record not their affiliation
Posted by William E.Moore on April 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee County's Liberty Hobbs Takes Aim at the Big Stage


Comment:
Fabulous article - may your dreams come true Libby - you are certainly working hard for this. Well done. Love Sue xxx
Posted by Sue Rason on April 15, 2015 at 3:02 am
 


Article Headline: Long-Range Master Plan Discussed at School Board Workshop


Comment:
It's unfortunate that the district insists on outsourcing the best single learning opportunity, planning, for getting its arms around our problems.
Posted by Richard J. Jackson on April 15, 2015 at 2:39 am
 


Article Headline: Rowdies Sign Experienced European Goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky


Comment:
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 5:16 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Will School Board Ignore a Judge's Recommendation on Matthew Kane as Well?


Comment:
With the exception of Carpenter, this board has proven itself to be a corrupt body. So sad for our children!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm
 


Article Headline: Johns Hopkins Study Links Radon Level Rise to Uptick in Fracking


Comment:
Our descendants may hate us for choosing cheap fuel over present and future health concerns. I, for one, would not blame them for their disgust of our greed.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Lost Lullaby


Comment:
Sweet story!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm
 


Article Headline: From Rubonia's Easter Egg Hunt To New Directions


Comment:
It appears that residents of Rubonia and others in Commissioner Bustle's district voted against their own self-interest. Please research deeper before voting in the next election.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 12, 2015 at 9:39 pm
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Will School Board Ignore a Judge's Recommendation on Matthew Kane as Well?


Comment:
And the School Board has the brass to think that Manatee County citizens should and would pay more taxes. I believe in supporting good education, but not in throwing goood money after bad.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Must Earn Public Trust Before Asking Taxpayers for Blank Check


Comment:
This is the best example of The Rape of the Land and Greed that we have seen in this community.
Posted by Paul D. Smith on April 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm
 


Article Headline: Johns Hopkins Study Links Radon Level Rise to Uptick in Fracking


Comment:
If all of the Libtards who hate America and oil like Joe and Dennis would just drive their battery powered cars like they want to force on all of us, there would be at least 40% more oil left for those who Love America!

Take your tyranny and go to a more welcome place like Cuba or North Korea - there's no fracking or radon there!
Posted by john dunne on April 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Must Earn Public Trust Before Asking Taxpayers for Blank Check


Comment:
Good article, Mr. Mills and HIS staff have done a great job of bring the District back from the cliff of disaster. I have no trust in the current Board, the only caveat to that is Mrs. Carpenter. The taxpayers have no representation on the school board and Mr. Mills knows that, that is why he has chosen not to consider staying.
One can only wonder who some of the current board members have in mind to replace Mr. Mills.

The school district may very well need some sort of a tax increase to continue however I will not even consider voting yes unless the current board is voted out.
Posted by doctor on April 12, 2015 at 11:07 am
 


Article Headline: School Board Must Earn Public Trust Before Asking Taxpayers for Blank Check


Comment:
Dennis, excellent article. Under Mills' leadership, this district saw huge gains. They are about to be erased due to the hubris of two board members who operate outside the bounds of the office of which they were charged. 2016 offers us change. We need stability in the interim. Without this current administration, we will once again enter the dark ages.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on April 12, 2015 at 10:46 am
 


Article Headline: Everglade Land Purchase Deal Dies at Water Management District Meeting


Comment:
This is so sad, but not surprisingl
The people of Florida voted.YES, voted YES overwhelmingly. . More than 200 scientists proclaimed it was crucial to restore and protect our delicate Florida environment. Governor Scott doesn't believe in science, so it is no surprise. Is the world flat?
IS ANYONE OUT THERE LISTENING?
This hits closer to home than you think. In fact, we in Manatee County may be the model!
The City of Bradenton kicked the permit for Pat Neal's Harbor Sound down the field to the southWEST Florida Management District. They approved it
No surprise there!
Neal was has been denied a permit by the EPA, National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Last week the Army Corp of Engineers joined the three other agencies in denying the permit. Pat Neal says he's not done yet! He has the team with experience and they know how to get around this. He won't stop till he gets what he wants.

Let's back up a minute. What's with the SouthWEST Florida Management District?
In 2013 Governor Scott, rebuiilt the SouthWEST Florida Management District governing board and among those appointed by Scott was none other than Carlos Beruff. Is that name familiar?
On the SWFWMD website it states, "Beruff feels his extensive experience in developing land and building successful residential communities has provided him unique insight imto the District's permitting processes." (I am sure he does!)

Carlos Beruff is the developer of Long Bar Pointe which would have destroyed huge areas of seagrasses and the oldest and larget pristine mangrove forest in Manatee County. He is now suing Manatee County to move ahead with with development.
Manatee County's comprehensive plan does not permit destruction of mangroves, wetlands or seagrasses. We have a very delicate environment in Manatee County. Mangroves and seagrasses keep our bay clean by filtering the seawater and providing and environment for marine life to thrive.
Want a real economic disaster? Attend the funeral for Sarasota Bay Estuary, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay.
Like Big Sugar, like Carlos Beruff, Pat Neal said,that his team is used to this. they'll find a way.
If anyone is out there listening. Outraged like me? Write your representive.
Posted by Christine van Zandt on April 12, 2015 at 9:38 am
 


Article Headline: School Board Must Earn Public Trust Before Asking Taxpayers for Blank Check


Comment:
Outstanding article! Should be required reading for every voter in Manatee County!
Posted by Susan France on April 12, 2015 at 8:24 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
Rape of an Estate by the late Joe McKennon is a book critical of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and I think that is important. I don't think Mr. Ringling's will has been followed as closely as he intended it to be. I know FSU and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art do not want to hear of this criticism, but it is wise to remember that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution codifies the freedom of speech as a constitutional right. The Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791 and it states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Posted by Roger Wilco on April 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm
 


Article Headline: From Rubonia's Easter Egg Hunt To New Directions


Comment:
commissoners give our communities what we need our center back in our commitie and side walk and drain like you said you would do
Posted by charles miller sr on April 11, 2015 at 9:16 pm
 


Article Headline: EarthTalk®


Comment:
During the Presidency of Richard M. Nixon, 1973, this Country was promised to be weaned off Big Oil and Coal or Fossil Fuels within two decades. It has now been 4 decades and we are no closer to that goal then we were in 1973. Yes we have some electrical cars and some wind farms, and some solar arrays but not nearly what we were promised by our Government. Iceland is the first Country in the World to become completely "Fossil Fuel" Free. Iceland has been weaning itself off fossil fuels for more than 50 years. Below is a link to a CNN new item published in 2007 about the progress Iceland has made. Great strides have been made since this article was published. Iceland is poised to become the First Country in The World to become Fossil Free.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/09/18/driving.iceland/index.html
Posted by skip speer on April 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm
 


Article Headline: Everglade Land Purchase Deal Dies at Water Management District Meeting


Comment:
So what you are saying is the Governor and the Southwest Water Management Board of Commissioners does not care or give a damn about the increase of the ?Brackish Water? beginning to fill our reservoirs and coming out of our taps as drinking water. We all taste the salt.
So what you are saying is the Southwest Water Management District Board of Commissioners does not give a damn about the water available for the residents of Florida. So what your are saying is that the majority of Southwest Water Management District Board Members do not give a damn about the quantity of water available to supply the people of Florida or what the quality of that water might be with the Everglades being protected.
The Everglades are the source for the cleansing of water by nature that filters out the heavy metals and toxin and supplies water suitable for processing at a minimal cost to the tax payers.
So what you are saying is that the Southwest Water Management District Board of Commissioners does not give a dame about the amount of water that can be stored and made available through the protection of the Everglades for the People of Florida.
So what you are saying is that the Southwest Water Management has kowtowed to the Power of developers and Corporations, but alas you say these decisions might not have taken place if qualified people such as hydrologist, ecologist, biologist, botanist, or any of several specialists of the scientific community were considered by the Governor as a responsible way to staff and man the Southwest Water Management Board of Commissioners.
Bankers, Loan Officers, Refrigerator Salesman, and Developers are not qualified to sit on the Board but there they are and obviously there they stay per the edict commanded by the Governor.
These are obviously positions filled by partisanship without regard or consideration to being responsible to Florida Voters.
These position are obviously filled not by the most qualified individuals or even remotely qualified individuals, but are filled by and in consideration for prior support either overt support or covert support for the Party that happens to be in Power at the time. These seats on these boards are nothing less that party favoritism. This can be seen as nothing more than favoritism or providing plumb jobs for big contributors or party favorites, toadies and lackeys of Big Business and Developers.
The water quality in Florida is becoming brackish, with the salt content continually on the increase as fresh water becomes less and less available.
Water is more important to Florida than it is to California and we all see what steps the Governor of California has taken to protect what little water they have remaining.
Posted by skip speer on April 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm
 


Article Headline: From Rubonia's Easter Egg Hunt To New Directions


Comment:
Jack Richardson is a voice of reason - so missing on the county commission. Richardson understands the disenfranchised citizens that just happens to have less money but more brains then the fools on the commission.
Posted by joe kane on April 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm
 


Article Headline: From Rubonia's Easter Egg Hunt To New Directions


Comment:
Where's Karl Marx when we need him? If you got money, county assistance is ready to kick in some corporate welfare. But these kind folks get ignored. Hey, Ed when are you going to have Cheri Coryea do her job and help neighborhoods that need help not just those living in Mac mansion communities. Good job, John
Posted by joe kane on April 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm
 


Article Headline: From Rubonia's Easter Egg Hunt To New Directions


Comment:
Bustle and Hunzeker along with the other 5 commissioners personify the egregious lack of concern for citizens of this County especially in the inner core of Bradenton. Dollars are being spent OUT EAST to help line the developers' pockets causing problems for residents out there. The ONLY solution is to remove 6 of the sitting commissioners and the County Administrator whose music they dance to!
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on April 10, 2015 at 8:36 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee County School District Recommends Extending Free Breakfast for All Students


Comment:
How many pounds of this free breakfast is thrown out everyday?
Posted by Willie Braswell on April 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm
 


Article Headline: Medicare Advantage Reimbursements to Rise Next Year


Comment:
Too often, Medicare Advantage plans reward plan administrators, while sacrificing plan participants to less than adequate care. I hate to see additional rewards to these administrators, as I think the message to many will be to reduce care further for their plan participants.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 9, 2015 at 10:22 am
 


Article Headline: Scott Reverses Course on Medicaid Expansion


Comment:
Wealthy folk can and do buy their way into public office. Once there law-making focuses on the wishes of wealthy friends rather than the public good. It will never make sense to provide the most costly form of health care, i.e., repeated emergency room treatment; rather than clinic care, where most Medicaid expansion funds will go. State leaders(??) continue to promote public harm rather than good.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 9, 2015 at 10:16 am
 


Article Headline: School District to Ask for Across the Board Local Taxing Increases for 2018


Comment:
As currently constituted, I do not see how this school board can ask responsible voters to provide more public money. For me, I would have to know that Mr. Mills will be retained as superintendant AND that responsible Impact Fees were restored. Only then, would I, who have consistently voted for school taxes be persuaded to again vote in favor of same.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 9, 2015 at 10:09 am
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Duward Bunch April 15, 2015
Tom Mobley April 8, 2015
Kay Anderson April 11, 2015
Kristine McGuire April 12, 2015
Donald Gifford April 6, 2015
William Schlacks April 3, 2015
Martha Morris April 3, 2015
Kermit Decker April 3, 2015
Charles Spath, Sr. April 2, 2015
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