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Article Headline: School Board Cannot Afford to Lose Public Trust by Backing Off on Oversight


Comment:
With the present school board composition, public trust is foolhardy. Until audits reveal the full truth and suspect individuals are prosecuted with financial penalties imposed, AND until Impact fees are once again collected, only a foolhardy public would vote for any new or renewed taxes. I hope that Mr. Scott remembers the valiant work of Julie Aranabar when he fills the vacant seat. It appears that Mr. Miner is "losing it," and should be replaced for mental inability to perform effectively.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm
 


Article Headline: Biden May Join Democratic Primary Race


Comment:
Where are the young Democrats?
Posted by Russell W. Owens on August 2, 2015 at 11:44 am
 


Article Headline: School Board Cannot Afford to Lose Public Trust by Backing Off on Oversight


Comment:
The sitting School Board definitely needs change, NEW FACES. As for the fiasco of the last five or six years. Where is the accountability of those who were responsible for doing the job they were paid to do? The only reprimand was given to the person hired to straighten out the mess, by firing him for doing his job.
Posted by Paul D. Smith on August 2, 2015 at 10:44 am
 


Article Headline: Guest Op/Ed: More Work Needed to Reform the VA


Comment:
As a 30-year military member and war veteran I truly appreciate Congressman Buchanan's efforts on all matters that deal with veterans. However, Congress really needs to take a look at itself in the mirror and and come up with an answer how they're going to provide the necessary funding to match all the new regulations so that the VA can fix its problems. It's easy for Congress to mandate new paradigms but obviously much more difficult for them to agree how to fund them. I guess we'll know if our elected officials can back up their promises....That is after they finish their 5-week summer break.
Posted by Steve on July 31, 2015 at 8:25 am
 


Article Headline: R.B. 'Chips' Shore Passes at 74


Comment:
Thanks to Chips, the history of Manatee County has been preserved. He loved Cortez, and invested in its treasure. Thanks Chips.
Posted by joe kane on July 30, 2015 at 8:05 am
 


Article Headline: Former Manatee Animal Services Shelter Manager Opens Up, Rips Workplace Culture


Comment:
The new ads on T.V. that have Carol Whitmore standing behind Ed Brosky stating that animal abuse will not be tolerated in Manatee Co.is a joke. She never once showed up at the trial.(Napiers) Ed Brosky did.I was there every day. One of the whistle blowers.
Posted by Deborah Elizabeth Bird on July 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm
 


Article Headline: Linger Lodge Restaurant


Comment:
My wife and I have enjoyed eating at this restaurant for many years. If you want original Florida/southern home-style cooking, this is THE place to go. A great place to try 'gator too if you've never had it. This place is an old world Florida classic that has a great history and has outlasted hundreds of other Florida restaurants. Can be a bit tricky to find, but you won't regret finding it.
Posted by T.J. TICHY on July 28, 2015 at 4:14 am
 


Article Headline: EarthTalk®: How is That Being Around Trees & Other Plants Can Help Us Feel Good?


Comment:
So why isn't there a campaign to plant as many trees as possible?
Our roadsides have millions of acres that could be planted and stop a lot of wasteful mowing. A push to encourage home owners to plant as many trees as possible and mow less should be encouraged. I reckon the government is not really that concerned about climate change.
Posted by Russell W. Owens on July 27, 2015 at 11:32 pm
 


Article Headline: Former Lt. Gov. Carroll Admits to Ethics Violations


Comment:
straight, to say that I received campaign contributions from Allied is not true. My company had a contract for payment of PR services.
Over a 2 year period my company was paid $96K (NOT $100k) of which $24K was returned to Allied. Allied Veterans, as the Ethics Commission recognized, was listed as supplemental income on the disclosure form. I was not involved with my business operations for the four months while campaigning and contract was terminated. However, payments were still made to my company by Allied on this contract. When the disclosure forms were detailed by campaign attorneys in 2010 it was determined that since the company?s income, after expenses and personal loans were paid, that made my company?s income less than $1,000; therefore, the report stated income less than $1,000. That is where the $1,000 figure comes from. The true discrepancy was discovered while reconciling deposits with the company?s ledger during FDLE?s inspection. It was discovered that accounting records had a discrepancy that created a shortage of $24K received by not properly logged into to the company?s account during those months of the campaign. With this additional amount it then created the company to have an income greater than $1,000 and hence that made the 2010 initial disclosure report inaccurate. This error was not intentional, malicious or known to me at the time of filing the 2010 disclosure. Once this error was found, the over payment was returned to Allied veterans for $24K, taxes were paid for the additional money and a corrected disclosure form was filed to reflect the actual. Since the disclosure report was inaccurate due to this error, and a referral from FDLE caused the commission to review my error the Ethics Commission had to fine based on that fact. Had the referral not been requested, like many other elected officials, the corrected disclosure forms would have been satisfactory.
Additionally, you mentioned the Allied Veterans illegal operations, yet failed to print that both Florida Department of Law Enforcement and The Ethics Commission found that I had NO criminal activity with Allied veterans, that I did not use my office to advance anything for Allied Veterans nor did my company?s business operate in an illegal manner with Allied.
Posted by Jennifer Carroll on July 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Commission to Discuss Dog Bite Attack Statute Tuesday


Comment:
EVERYTHING MANATEE COUNTY DOES IS A JOKE.. backward, backward people run that entire county. I would enjoy seeing an investigation of them all!

Free the victim ... PADI
Posted by Bonnie Bakkom on July 27, 2015 at 11:53 am
 


Article Headline: Jeb: Need to "Phase Out" Medicare, Move to New System


Comment:
Jane King does not have to see her physician every three months. In fact, her choice to go along with this is a big part of any problem that may exist. My husband (age 87) is only now seeing doctors more than once yearly because of specific problems. As these problems become stabilized (not cured) his visits will be reduced. Despite Medicare coverage, I see one doctor once on most years and a specialist every few years for specific issues. Health care should be available to all from nonprofit agencies, whose main obligation is to the patient rather than to the stock holder. As a former RN, I strongly advise everyone to use only non-profit hospitals and to only physicians with staff privileges at same. Also, take the time to check out physicians before need occurs. When traveling, we seek advice from a pharmacist or a nurse colleague. Also, we use HealthGrades.com. Be as diligent about health care choices as with financial decisions. Finally, it appears that Jeb really does not want to be our next President.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on July 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm
 


Article Headline: Former Lt. Gov. Carroll Admits to Ethics Violations


Comment:
A great detriment to society that the rich, well-connected and famous escape punishment for their crimes.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on July 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm
 


Article Headline: Jeb: Need to "Phase Out" Medicare, Move to New System


Comment:
Before I turned 65 I was seeing my primary care physician once a year. Now that I am 65 I'm having frivolous appointments every three months. Nothing has changed with me health wise and still the same medications. Maybe our doctors should jump off the money train. Start saving some of the moneys for our future generations health care.
Posted by Jane King on July 26, 2015 at 9:46 am
 


Article Headline: Sustainability: Check Your Expiration Date


Comment:
Maybe your article will enlighten commissioners that Manatee County needs their own sustainability officer. And I don't mean Ed Hunziger, who is only concerned about the sustainability of his next check. Act now commissioners or your expiration date is sooner than you expect.
Posted by joe kane on July 26, 2015 at 7:23 am
 


Article Headline: Sustainability: Check Your Expiration Date


Comment:
John, as usual, a great article with substance and SUSTAINABILITY.
Posted by Paul Peter Valenz on July 26, 2015 at 6:19 am
 


Article Headline: Former Manatee Animal Services Shelter Manager Opens Up, Rips Workplace Culture


Comment:
The older I get the more I learn nothing compares to the blessing animals can be to humans, from service dogs, law enforcement, military, and most of all agape love, loyal companions that live to please their human companions, even when not treated good.

some are willing to risk their lives to protect their humans, this is not holly Wood, animals are real, its humans that rank as despicable, and in more cases than can be imagined its humans that train and breed the animals that are a danger to children and adults also.

A dog that snaps a child for tormenting the dog, and does not actually do anymore than a single bite, does not need be in an environment where un attended children or children that pic at animals, but should be given the benefit of doubt, while growing up we witnessed family members who picked at our loving family dog for the meanness of it and had no reason to complain when our dog bit them on the nose, as a last resort.

the BOCC needs get to the bottom of this and do what's right the animals can't speak for them selves, they must listen to the public they are supposed to be public servants, not public bashers operating as barbarians' over citizens complaining about any county business, maybe as in most local governments now days the elected officials need removal from their Hitlerism thrown.

Where are the none concerned voters, who keep allowing these un honorable tyrants to get in and stay in office.
Posted by Frank Kirkland on July 26, 2015 at 1:39 am
 


Article Headline: Former Manatee Animal Services Shelter Manager Opens Up, Rips Workplace Culture


Comment:
Hutchinson went from Public Safety to Animal Services?his next step is out the door. Our animals have suffered greatly under his watch and that of the Mean Girls, costing taxpayers thousand of dollars spent on studies and a matrix that still has not seen the light of day. Because of the incompetence at Animal Services, Beth Lewis needs to be appointed the new Director and under her watch clean out whatever and whoever to protect the animals.

Citizens know what has been happening at Animal Services and have also been abused and ignored trying to convey the message. This has to stop and the county administrator needs to step up to the plate and remove Hutchinson and those employees in question. After he does, then he can also leave.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on July 25, 2015 at 10:31 am
 


Article Headline: Former Manatee Animal Services Shelter Manager Opens Up, Rips Workplace Culture


Comment:
Once again, county commissioners betray the voters by violating common sense and the sense of decency that treats employees as humans rather then pawns on their Grand Game of Municipal Chess. The commission's disdain for dissent indicates a insecurity that their rubber-stamping method is eroding. Sure the mean girls will continue their infantile Middle School bullying, but over time we shall find opponents to kick out these tyrants. You got to give them credit, though, for they are obedient to their masters - Beruff and Neal.
And did you see that funny article in The Sun reporting that 49-year resident Carol Whitmore is joining the mass exodus of long-time residents, moving off the island. When Whitmore answered critics of our horrendous traffic problems to the Island, what did she say? "Get creative." I guess that means let we small people deal with traffic jams, while she moves to a caged community, nearer her mean girls. Once again, Carol, your actions betray your words.
Posted by joe kane on July 25, 2015 at 9:53 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion


Comment:
In memory of Class of '87 Heather Frank. She was a beautiful, talented, sweet, funny, personable, interesting and all around great person. It is beyond sad to think her death may have been prevented. God forgives and I truly believe Heather would too. Let us all be better people and not let this kind of thing happen any more. We love you and haven't forgotten you Heather!
Posted by Cathy Gray Musgrave on July 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm
 


Article Headline: Jeb: Need to "Phase Out" Medicare, Move to New System


Comment:
What does BushIII propose as an alternative? As a senior citizen I am very thankful that Medicare exists. I would not have good health care without it. Republicans seem to want to tear down government programs whatever they are, including those that work. They are quick to criticize but they don't have solutions. If they do, let's hear them!
Posted by Mark Solomon on July 24, 2015 at 1:49 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Agrees to First of BP Settlements


Comment:
Agree with Tom. I'm not a shill for the oil companies, but 1.4 million is out of whack. I doubt that the county suffered any economic damage from the spill. BP is just going to pass that along to the rest of us in higher prices.
Posted by roberthull on July 23, 2015 at 8:06 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Agrees to First of BP Settlements


Comment:
We have become a country of lies and lawsuits. BP should file criminal charges against anyone who took money south of Tampa. What harm did Manatee county have??? I know many businesses that had record profits during the time of the spill,yes it was an enviremental disaster not a disaster wher everyone gets paid off. How about a list of everyone in Manatee County who received money from BP that would be very interesting and I will tell you if they deserved it but no one in Manatee County deserved it. GO AFTER THEM BP INCLUDING PALMETTO AND MANATEE COUNTY.
Posted by Tom OBrien on July 23, 2015 at 6:43 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
We are forced to conclude the lack of character in society and our politicians, has long since decayed and all that lingers is the smell that makes you sick, when we see the politicians in action, which is normally head in their rear end, unless it is personally profitable to them, they have no morality or continence, these statistics to them are numbers that are easier to ignore than to actually spend time efforts and money on, corruption and money is what puts them in office.

seems politicians can commit all most any crime and the media will forget their failures, to protect the public overnight, usually because it may rock someone's power hold on the media or lessen the medias profits.

Morality and honor are near history in this dog eat dog world controlled by money and the greed for it, it is true doing nothing in cases such as this, is no less than criminal.

When someone has knowledge of the dangers, and willingly ignore their responsibilities by turning their head, or for what ever reason overlook their responsibilities, they should be treated as murders on each case that occurs because they did nothing.

Thanks to this news Media, for their honorable efforts in allowing, the reporters to do their job, and the reporter and their sources for making these likely crimes known.
Posted by Frank Kirkland on July 23, 2015 at 12:53 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
Manatee county just received a 300,000 EPA grant re contaminated areas. I don't know any other details. How do we get this grant money used in this area?
Posted by debbie carlsen on July 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
I am the mother-in-law of Zaharius Johnson. He died at the young age of 26. I watched a husky Univ. of AZ football player dwindle down to a skeletal size. He was a football player at this school and practiced diligently on this infected turf. He held his head up high until the day he died. He endured pain and suffering trying to battle this killer disease. Zaharius obtained two Masters degrees in pain and was on his way to a Doctorate degree until he could no longer even sit in a chair. I can't describe how horrifying it was to watch them both so young become a crushing statistic of these "cover up" actions knowing how deadly this cancer raged through their lives and supporting family members. Thank you for shining the light on total neglect of students and faculty who also suffered with the strangling grip of cancer and other related diseases. Do not stop until justice has been rightfully served. Zaharius was a winner and would have been one of the top leaders of our country/world. I'll never forget overhearing one of the nurses say to another, "I have never heard of a person with this type of rare cancer at the young age of 26!" Those words haunt me to this very day.
Posted by Laura McBean on July 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
Protecting the citizens of Manatee County from harm and loss of quality of life, or of life as is in this article, is the responsibility of all those in authority. Starting with Galvano who obviously turned his back on further investigating this issue, then on to the County and School Board.

The Board of Commissioners must demand an outside scientific investigation into this matter. Those commissioners who waffle and try to simplify this matter are just as guilty as the rest of those who coverup and bury evidence at the expense of loss of life.

People in Manatee County should be outraged and demand to know the truth and the guilty parties who need to make amends for this disaster.

The Bradenton Times is the only newspaper that
tells the truth and does in-depth investigations. I had emailed Part One of this story to the Bradenton Herald and did not receive a response and have not seen a story about this in their newspaper. This tells you where their allegiance lies and it's not with citizens.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on July 22, 2015 at 11:11 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
I am in tears! Why did you all do this to us! My husband was my world! I loved him so much! I can't stop crying reading this. They could have warned people so they could get regular check ups at least. You have no idea how terrible it was to see him suffer in home hospice in pain....terrible, uncontrollable pain! It haunts my nightmares to this day always! I'll never be the same and neither will his family. R.I.P Zaharius Johnson--- I'll love you forever.
Posted by Lana Johnson-Cotton on July 22, 2015 at 10:23 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
Sandy Fox...respectfully...my cancer wasnt needed...my comment eas generous at best....
Posted by Danielle locke on July 22, 2015 at 9:34 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
Comment by Danielle wasn't needed! I hope someone out there can get to the bottom of this and hold someone accountable. I have a daughter that went there 1998-2001 and something is causing all of these cancers. I do believe well water contained chemicals that caused these cancers. I have several family members including myself who grew up in Pa. And we had well water and oil fields in the same area and we all had cancer!
Posted by Sandy fox on July 22, 2015 at 9:14 am
 


Article Headline: A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion: Part Two


Comment:
Remarkable research effort, John. I can only echo what victims of this needless tragedy: relentless efforts to find the public officials who are guilty of criminal dereliction of duty and those perpetrators of a coverup all need to be found out and justice dispensed upon them. No one is above prosecution, regardless of their self-perceived importance. You have done a huge public service to our community. Thank God, Joe McClash, you have the courage to investigate. Where is the Bradenton Herald? Once again the Herald betrayed their self-interest to protecting the chamber of commerce and not exposing this sad story. Keep it up TBT
Posted by joe kane on July 22, 2015 at 7:50 am
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Richard Shore, III July 29, 2015
Lisa Casper July 30, 2015
Nancy Rowe July 25, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Allene O'Brien June 23, 2015
Dorothy Hill July 28 2015
David Maberry July 24, 2015
Juanita Floyd June 26, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
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