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Article Headline: Humane Society Honors Buchanan

I am so excited to hear of you and your work to benefit all animals. I, too, am an animal rights' advocate, both domestic and wild. Would you please ask your staff to brief you on the situation with trying to keep America!s wild horses running free on our U.S. Public lands. The policies of the BLM are woefully inadequate and favor the interests of cattle, oil and gas. We so need your help. Please contact me; I would be honored to give you relevant data.
Posted by Sandra Sell-Lee on January 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation

Having lived in Broward County before and after casinos were legalized, I saw no increase in crime, vice or otherwise. As for Atlantic City being a "dump", it was no shining star before the casinos. The problem there is the number of people on welfare. The casinos in south Florida provided tens on thousands of jobs and great entertainment for people, especially the elderly and the disabled. No one is forced to go into a casino, if it is against one's values, they can stay out. Legalize it throughout the state.
Posted by Marilyn Wright on January 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal

That's the problem with Florida & rest of country as far as the media is concerned.They gave more attention to deflated footballs than to keeping our so called representatives accountable.Walter Cronkite where are you? The voters are no different than the so called media letting politicians get away with it.
Posted by William E.Moore on January 27, 2015 at 6:58 am

Article Headline: Commissioners Attempt to Corral Citizens' Comments

The public is mean and selfish at times. What a joke. Voters are just trying to state their concerns and most times just trying to protect their communities and quality of life. Citizens cannot rely on staff or the commissioners to visit project areas to see how these will impact neighborhoods, roads, etc.

Last week staff was supporting a project when the question was raised as to whether the county visited the site under discussion. The answer was NO.

Citizens can best describe how their communities will be affected especially when the county looks at a map to make a decision. Because the commissioners and staff are operating in a vacuum, citizens need time to state their concerns. Also Mr. Palmer needs to look at time limits for applicants.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on January 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Article Headline: Scott Calls for Cuts to Communication Taxes

Even more important than more reasonable communication taxes is open access to communication, which at this time is largely controlled by a few wealth, conservative individuals.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal

I agree with the NAACP. I understand that the voters had poor choices for Govenor; however, Scott was clearly the least desireable. He is in his second and presumably final term; and therefore, free to do whatever he wants, especially with a Republican cabinet. I pity the environment, safe water, and fair play.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation

Since our State has lost thousands of Business's & Millions of jobs!! I think we Floridians should be looking at ways to produce more Jobs & Additional Revenues!! Casino Gambling would do both!!

We already have Gambling in Florida!! and it just keeps getting bigger!! The only problem is it only helps a handful of people. I am for our Native Americans having casinos. I just think it is wrong for them to have a Monopoly!!

For years we Floridians have been arguing the Pros and Cons of allowing Casino Gambling in Florida! In the mean time it has managed to get here without US or Our Vote!!

As a Small Business owner I believe in Free Enterprise! Since we already have "Legalized Gambling!!" whether we "Like It or Not", we should look at all our options. There are Dozens of Companies from all over The World that would make Concessions to build Casino's here in Florida!!

It would give our Sagging Economy New Life, by Creating Thousands of New Jobs that will be here for years to come. Also generating Ten's of Millions of additional Casino Dollars for the State of Florida!!

For over 30 years I have been going to Vegas on business and always been impressed with the growth that has been there! In the last few years I also have been going to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on business and have seen the same type of growth there.

In 2008 the commercial casino industry had GGR of more than $32 billion & paid over $14 billion in wages and benefits and more than $5.6 billion in taxes, plus other expenses.

That couldn't be more true than it is now with the recent results of a micro-economic impact study of three gaming jurisdictions conducted by the prestigious international accounting firm Arthur Anderson.

The study, "Economic Impacts of Gaming in the United States, Volume 2: Micro Study," reveals the positive economic impact that gaming has had in three US. jurisdictions where gaming has been operational since 1992--Joliet, Ill.; Shreveport/Bossier City, LA.; and Gulfport/Biloxi, MISS. It is the second part of an Arthur Anderson study released in December 1996, "Economic Impacts of Gaming in the United States, Volume 1: Macro Study," which examines the economic impacts of casino gaming on the economy of the entire United States.

Casino gaming has had a significant positive economic impact in the three regions studied, a finding that is consistent with economic reports from other new casino jurisdictions. All three areas experienced the creation of thousands of new jobs that pay above the state averages and employ a larger proportion of minorities and women than do other employers in the regions. On average in the three jurisdictions studied, the tax-to-wage ratio was 60 cents paid in state and local taxes for every $1 paid in wages. These revenues have gone to pay for community services and played an extremely important part of each city's budget. The number of people on public assistance, such as welfare, Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and food stamps has dropped dramatically in all three jurisdictions, as well. And finally, in each jurisdiction, the introductions of casinos has led to growth in other areas, such as retail sales, commercial and new housing construction and restaurants.
Posted by Travis Cundiff on January 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Article Headline: School Board Three-Ring Circus Continues

Its a shame that you only provide parial facts. Yes some assistant principals were hired from lower levels however it may be of interest to your readers that thos same people went back to school for their master's degree so they could do just that. Move up in the district in an administrative position.
Posted by cathy simms on January 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation

Any gambling increase anywhere lessens taxes for the wealthy at the expense of those that can least afford additional taxes. As a former public health nurse, I saw first hand the damage done to small children left in the care of slightly older siblings, while the parents went from one dog track to another to gamble. The public cost of gambling is HUGE!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal

The rule of law should be followed no matter the political affiliation, There is a process that is in place to remove individuals from appointed positions and it should be followed. Elected officials are not above the law.
Posted by The Doctor on January 25, 2015 at 9:42 am

Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation

It's interesting how politicians work,before I moved down here in the 70's I voted against gambling in New Jersey as did the majority of people but the politicians found a loophole and gave it to Atlantic City(a dump of a city) and how did that work out and then I become a registered voter in Florida and voted twice against gambling as did the majority of Floridians and yet the politicians here find a loophole. Bottom line at least 75% of all politicians are unethical to the point of criminal.
Posted by Tom OBrien on January 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: Egmont Shipwreck Named Archaeological Preserve

The USS Narcissus departed Pensacola and exploded after striking the bar at the mouth of Tampa Bay when cold water rushed in through a gap in the hull and came in contact with the hot boiler. She did not depart from Tampa. The officers and crew were scalded to death by the steam explosion. During the Civil War the Narcissus was part of a squadron under the overall command of Rear Admiral Farragut, he did not captain the vessel. The picture you show is of a Coast Guard steel hulled vessel of the same name in the 20th Century. Please get your facts straight when you write history.
Posted by Richard Thomas on January 25, 2015 at 7:27 am

Article Headline: Universal Community College?

Community College for all who want to attend is not "FREE." It is just funded by citizens, rather than any single individual. All of us are investing in our young people. To call it "Free," is to use inflammatory language. Some Americans use the word free only relative to firearm possession, or the ability to make money by despoiling the common space. I prefer to use the word characterizing free thought, freedom to come and go, free to speak your mind....
Posted by Dr. Joseph J Amato on January 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Article Headline: Higher Impact Fees on Final Approach

Impact fees from developers? What a novel idea! I support the implementation and expansion of the idea. Make it more profitable to create infill rather than sprawl.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on January 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

Article Headline: Higher Impact Fees on Final Approach

If the county would add trash bills on the tax roll it would stop the write off of non-collected funds for service that the resident do not pay and they have trash TWICE a week ,the funds that would collected and not written off as a loss would add to the budget add with large surplus.
Posted by Larry Ewain on January 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

Article Headline: Universal Community College?

You have got to be kidding, how about we fix our High Schools first and steer kids in the right direction, maybe get rid of the unions that are destroying the education system in certain states. I worked 40 hour weeks and still graduated college and payed off my loans-- it can be done
Posted by Tom OBrien on January 22, 2015 at 7:03 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling

For all you taphophiles (cemetery and/or tombstone enthusiasts) out there:
John, Mable and his sister are today buried in the secret garden. This happened in 1991 after years of arguement about doing it. His 2nd wife is not buried on the property.
Posted by alan smithee on January 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling

John, Mable and his wife after Mable are all buried on the property just in front and to the right of the Ca d'Zan. It is called the secret garden and John is buried between the two women. There is a locked gate around the 3 graves and tombstones. There is a garden and statues in front of the gate. On the date of John Ringling's birthday, New College students will sneak there at night and place a cigar on John's grave. The lock on the gate and this secret garden is checked every day by 2nd and 3rd shift security.
Posted by Dennis Gergel on January 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Article Headline: Three Buck Chuck vs. Winking Owl

Took some winking owl to the continent of Africa, To be precise, The Gambia in West Africa.. a tiny country with a population of all most 2.million people.They love the winking owl "Merlot", "Cabernet Sauvignon" and the "Pinot Grigio". A d elite among wine drinkers.These were just the locals.. hoping the Tourist will love it too. I was surprise and the an-cor request was beyond my imagination.Hoping to introduce the full lin odf "Winking Owl Products".
Posted by James Mboob on January 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Article Headline: Community Spotlight: Realize Bradenton Selected as a Knight Cities Challenge National Finalist

Citizens struggle to improve our communities while elected officials in both the city and the county are busily destroying that which makes our area a good place to live. So sad!
Posted by NancyR Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Article Headline: Community Spotlight: Flu Virus Starting to Impact Local Blood Supply

I am sad but not surprised that local blood supplies are low. When FBS took over our Community Blood Bank, local donations were sent north. My husband and I began donating in Sarasota, where donations are use by both Sarasota and Manatee Hospitals. I do not think that large populations to the north of us should be poaching in other counties.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Article Headline: Planning Commission Ditches Palma Sola Concerns

What is happening in Manatee County is almost too tragic for words. Some of this seems worthy of criminal investigation.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Sugar Rush of 1842

Interesting tales. Sad that man's inhumanity to man all too often honors the overlords rather than the workers. In this instance persecuters are remembered and slaves are forgotten to history except in the congregate.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Article Headline: Broken Bridges, Mean Girls and Crowbar Politics

When Manatee voters re-elected Commissioner Whitmore despite abundant evidence that she and the Three B's are controlled by selfish and unthinking developers, they lost representative government in this county. Sadly, too many voters do not react until an oligarchy is firmly in place, making it difficult to remove. The future in our county appears dim indeed.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Article Headline: School Board Three-Ring Circus Continues

Thank you for spelling out the circumstances that caused thinking citizens to smell the strong stench of good ole boy mentality and a false sense of entitlement among some school board members. Shame on those voters, who returned Gause to office.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling

A man who worked at The John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art (now a part of the Florida State University system) named Joe McKennon self-published a book called
"Rape of an Estate" which recorded widespread abuse and misuse at the Musuem (before FSU control.) The Musuem was so threatened by it, that they tried to get all the published copies and still today stores them under lock and alarm in their circus musuem. There are stacks of the book in a circus archive room that the public is not allowed into. Only the security attendants on the 2nd and 3rd shift during patrols are allowed in that room and certain circus musuem employees. This is an example of The John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art's censorship tactics.
Posted by john smithee on January 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Article Headline: Broken Bridges, Mean Girls and Crowbar Politics

Isn't an elected Government charged with the responsibility to use direction, guidance, and (a lot) of FORESIGHT for the benefit of all? The BOCC needs to get Democracy--a wonderful concept--out of the closet, brushed off and working effectively for the benefit of Manatee County's future. When local damage is done, it is felt much deeper than on a national level. Keeping the faith....
Posted by suzanna young on January 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Article Headline: Community Spotlight: Goodwill Manasota Helps Donor Leave a Legacy in Memory of her Son

Stay true to those who need you. We are our brother's keeper.
Posted by Donna Meadowd on January 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

Article Headline: Broken Bridges, Mean Girls and Crowbar Politics

I commend John Rehill for writing this article. I was at this BOCC meeting and saw and heard what John is writing about - his
words are TRUE. One thing that bothers me is that, at the start of the meeting the public was advised that they could not speak
directly to situation, could not mention Company names, subdivision names, etc., and could only speak in generality.
It seemed that most of the audience was shocked at this some-
what shackling (restraining), of their "freedom of Speech" rights. Some that had been scheduled to speak did not and some seemed to have difficulty in altering their talks to fit the
restrictions announced before the public comments started. While most commissioners advised the audience that this was the 1st time they heard that comment restraint were to be placed (supposedly by law due to "Quasi-judicial" ruling).
I guess my real thorn is that, many people took off from work and other had to hire a baby sitter, etc. in order to speak on this matter. Yet no one seemed to care what hardships some had to bare in order to be present. Since this restriction was announced before anyone from the public spoke, WHY WAS THE PUBLIC NOT INFORMED last week, yesterday or apon entering that they would not be able to speak directly to the subject. That's what most of the audience was there for. Much aggravation, time and $$$ could have been spared.
The public must be considered in future situations such as this.
Posted by Paul P. Valenz on January 18, 2015 at 8:37 am

Article Headline: Residents' Over-development Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears at BOCC Meeting

Is there anything that can be done to stop this development from going forward now that BOCC has approved the motion on it?
Posted by Susan Chalfant on January 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

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