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Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Residency and Ability


Comment:
Aranibar and Carpenter are the only candidates who can continue to exorcise the ole boy demons of cronyism, nepotism and fiscal incompetence from Manatee's school system.

Hugh Williams/Bayshore Gardens
Posted by Hugh Williams on August 20, 2014 at 9:27 am
 


Article Headline: How Will the County Address the Mullet Carcass Cleanup?


Comment:
Get the sportys out of mullet fishing it woyld a hole lit cleaner fishery just watch you will see whos throughing white roe over board dead give them a big ticket.
Posted by slimjim on August 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Scott


Comment:
I am very pleased that Adrian Wyllie will be a part of the debate. Floridians deserve to hear from all the candidates to be well informed. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these 'paid for' career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it's just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children's) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.
Posted by orlando chris on August 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Op-Ed: Incumbents are Pivotal in School Board Elections


Comment:
Why isn't anyone stating how the school board has a surplus now. Check the record and facts, the state gave Manatee an additional $24 million this year. I could even have a balanced budget with that kind of a gift. Lets give credit where credit is do.....Thank you Bill Gavano.....
Posted by gene gallo on August 18, 2014 at 7:56 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Out-Of-Door School


Comment:
Great stuff. And why I love Gulf Coast Florida. Thanks.
Posted by Mark von on August 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm
 


Article Headline: Planning Commission Recommends Mega Development in Northeast Manatee


Comment:
Why grant a variance on sidewalks ? Has not the lowering of impact fees been an adequate variance ? $3.00 per foot seems very under estimated. Growth is inevitable, but we must maintain the existence of the infrastructure to support that growth. Manatee County currently can not support the anticipated growth in the North County Area. Our School Board does not have the money to build the schools which will/are needed. What are the plans for added rods, bridges, water, sewer, garbage, law enforcement, EMS, Fire and recreational.
Posted by Paul D. Smith on August 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Op-Ed: Incumbents are Pivotal in School Board Elections


Comment:
Very well stated Dr. Conard!

Let progress move forward with the integrity of Superintendent Rick Mills and his staff!

Too, re-elect incumbents Julie Aranibar and Karen Carpenter, to continue with their leadership voice and efforts for a better education and a sound financial future for the kids and school system of Manatee County!
Posted by Ken McKee on August 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Op-Ed: Incumbents are Pivotal in School Board Elections


Comment:
I have been coming to Manatee County since 1978 and have been living here year 'round since 2003. Doc -- I couldn't agree more with your op-ed piece.
Hugh Williams
Bayshore Gardens
Posted by Hugh Williams on August 17, 2014 at 9:08 am
 


Article Headline: Planning Commission Recommends a Go for University Village on Tallevast


Comment:
We would like to build a Santa Maria home in that location. Would it be possible?
Posted by Laverne Hooks on August 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm
 


Article Headline: Florida Medical Association Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana


Comment:
I personally know at least four pre-teens and teens for whom Marijuana served as an entry drug. At least two of these died at age 44 after spending their short adult life in addiction. I would like to see relief of intractable pain, but so far Marijuana legalization seems to add more to the addiction problem than it has in lessening the suffering of those in deep pain. One person's "relief" is another soul's demise. I will vote no.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm
 


Article Headline: MCRG Endorses Gallen and DiSabatino in County Commission Primaries


Comment:
I agree completely with Michael Pepper. Terri Wonder has stated a commitment to independent thought and has avoided the taint of developer dollars associated with her opponent, Carol Whitmore. In fact, the Whitmore's voting record shows her dependence on those who have so greatly financed her campaign. Although I do not agree with all of their votes, DiSabatino and Gallen have generally acted in the best interest of local citizens.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm
 


Article Headline: Red Tide Bloom Lurks Off Coast


Comment:
Clearly, the need to protect our waters, as well as, our land has not hit home with elected officials in any Gulf Coast state or those that drain pollutants into the Mississippi River. Also, I agree that residents and visitors are inadequately advised about those things that they and do, as well as, what to avoid in order to ensure a sustainable supply of drinking and recreational wates.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm
 


Article Headline: School District to Turn Bond Investigation Over to Law Enforcement


Comment:
It is way past time for a criminal investigation into the goings on associated with the PRIOR school board and its administration. Why are these things always postponed until a time when voters cannot learn the results until after the election is held. SHAME!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm
 


Article Headline: Race Analysis: Manatee County School Board District 5


Comment:
Julie Aranibar has earned the respect of all thinking citizens as she endured personal attack and persisted in exposing what looks like criminal misconduct and mismanagement within both the PRIOR school board and its administration.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Makes Half Million Dollar Investment Promoting Rowing Park


Comment:
I agree that infrastructure improvements should precede projects that will increase numbers of people and/or cars.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm
 


Article Headline: Race Analysis: Manatee County School Board District 2


Comment:
Dennis, I would have appreciated an opportunity to speak with you personally before your endorsement. However, a comment in response will have to suffice.

I do agree that voters should watch our METV debate, to which you linked above. I also hope that voters will inform themselves further by vetting our positions and ideas on our websites. Mine is charliekennedy.org - Mr Jones is at www.democracy.com/voterodney jones

In that debate and on our websites, I believe voters will notice exactly the opposite of the premise you put forward. Mr. Jones offers very few, if any, specific policy positions or ideas for the future. In the interest of transparency, I have posted every questionnaire I have received during this campaign and put forward specific ideas and opinions. I have done this so voters will know where I stand, even if they disagree. Mr. Jones has not.

Another important, and telling, distinction between the two of us is our supporters. I have run an independent, grassroots campaign financed by family, friends and colleagues. Mr. Jones has raised nearly half of his campaign funds from developers. What will they expect in return? Mr. Jones has deftly played both sides of the warring factions of our community and school board through common donors. He has received the endorsement of Tea Party Manatee - although he refuses to publish the questionnaire he submitted to them. He is also endorsed by the Manatee County Democrats and the teacher?s union. Both of those endorsements, like yours, was announced without even interviewing me.

You are quick to dismiss me as "myopic" when it comes to school issues. Without speaking to me, or apparently vetting my positions, how is it justified to make that criticism? Again, if you were to read my website you'll see specific ideas and opinions related to the budget and operations. Further, while I respect Mr. Jones history of community service, I believe being a public school teacher is also community service. Unfortunately Mr. Jones dismisses this by saying, "Teaching is not community service." Shocking to hear from a candidate for school board.

Finally, diversity is important on the School Board. So are competence and empathy. Rev. James Golden also a minority candidate. Will you endorse him because of his race? Rev. Golden also has a long history of community and public service to the citizens of Manatee County. Will he also receive your endorsement based on race? I certainly hope so. Our school board must rebuild trust between all stakeholders of the district. Racial politics does nothing to build that trust.

As I said, I hope voters will do just a little bit of homework and research all candidates before they cast their ballot. Dennis, I have great respect for your work and your writings. However, I must respectfully disagree with your arguments and your premise of this endorsement.

It's up to the voters to decide now. Early voting opens tomorrow at four locations through Manatee County. Election Day is August 26. Manatee County, please inform yourself and exercise your right to vote.

Thank you,
Charlie Kennedy
charliekennedy.org
Posted by Charlie Kennedy on August 15, 2014 at 9:15 am
 


Article Headline: Red Tide Bloom Lurks Off Coast


Comment:
I have one half acre of native plants on my ppty. No need for chemicals of any kind when you use native plants and no need for watering either. Wake up Florida. You are loosing too much for what you think is a good thing - and supporting the chemical industry and big box retailers. Native plants don't need anything and that is what we should all be planting to save our water, wildlife and our tourist industry.
Posted by susan mcphail on August 14, 2014 at 8:28 am
 


Article Headline: Red Tide Bloom Lurks Off Coast


Comment:
I have one half acre of native plants on my ppty. No need for chemicals of any kind when you use native plants and no need for watering either. Wake up Florida. You are loosing too much for what you think is a good thing - and supporting the chemical industry and big box retailers. Native plants don't need anything and that is what we should all be planting to save our water, wildlife and our tourist industry.
Posted by susan mcphail on August 14, 2014 at 8:28 am
 


Article Headline: Red Tide Bloom Lurks Off Coast


Comment:
I have one half acre of native plants on my ppty. No need for chemicals of any kind when you use native plants and no need for watering either. Wake up Florida. You are loosing too much for what you think is a good thing - and supporting the chemical industry and big box retailers. Native plants don't need anything and that is what we should all be planting to save our water, wildlife and our tourist industry.
Posted by susan mcphail on August 14, 2014 at 8:28 am
 


Article Headline: Worse than Watergate?


Comment:
I agree that USA citizens, as a group, are all too careless and carefree about the privacy abuses perpetrated by governments and large corporations.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm
 


Article Headline: Expanded Eagle Pointe Project Gets Thumbs Up


Comment:
Clearly, it is vital that infrastructure be in place before new housing is built. Reduction of impact fees by the BoCC, is costing present residents a fortune and tremendous inconvenience. Those elected to serve us continue to show their disdain for the trust placed in them by voters.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm
 


Article Headline: How Do We Measure the Impact?


Comment:
Clearly those, who should serve the public good, instead aid the few at the expense of the many.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm
 


Article Headline: Legislature Called to Special Session Over Redistricting


Comment:
I am grateful to those citizens who voted in the constitutional amendment requirng fair drawing of congressional districts. That a minority of voters can control elections is unfair must be stopped. Make those legislators, who chose to play with loaded dice pay the price at the polls.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm
 


Article Headline: Race Analysis: Manatee County Commission District 4


Comment:
Robin DiSabatino is a sophisticated, independent minded commissioner. District 4 as well as the whole county benefits from her service,
Posted by Bill Burggraf on August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm
 


Article Headline: Race Analysis: Manatee County Commission District 2


Comment:
Michael Galen has proven to be an effective commissioner, representing his district well with good insight to matters that affect the entire county. His legal background enables him to personally analyze the many complex issues, especially regarding development problems.
Posted by Bill Burggraf on August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm
 


Article Headline: Beruff Suing County Over Comp Plan Text Amendment Denial


Comment:
What ever happened to the will of the people? Looks like most people said no. I think in a Republic (like the United States for example) No means No.
Posted by Paul Thomas on August 6, 2014 at 9:35 am
 


Article Headline: Beruff Suing County Over Comp Plan Text Amendment Denial


Comment:
declare eminent domaine and take over the entire property and leave it as wetlands. Pay the developer partnership the value of the property as unbuildable wetlands.
if something then has to be done with the property, turn it into a preserve or park
Posted by george talbot on August 6, 2014 at 8:28 am
 


Article Headline: Beruff Suing County Over Comp Plan Text Amendment Denial


Comment:
Carlos has done us a favor. Now how will the developers' darlings react? Will Whitmore continue to claim Cortez loves her for her efforts denying the marina? Will Whitmore come from behind the expensive lawyers and answer voters' concerns? Here's an opportunity, Carol to show you are not a slave to Neal or Beruff. Beruff has demonstrated his total lack of concern for our community. His bullying will not work anymore. Commissioners should not hide behind county's expensive lawyers, but talk to the voters, - lawyers be damned. And, Carlos, you are giving capitalism a bad name by your infantile Ayn Rand behavior.
Posted by joe kane on August 6, 2014 at 8:26 am
 


Article Headline: Beruff Suing County Over Comp Plan Text Amendment Denial


Comment:
Voters should remember that Michael Galen and Robin DiSabitino were steadfast in their opposition to the overreaching Long Bar Pointe project. Terri Wonder stands in opposition to the evermore apparent ambitions and tactics of the developers. Please remember the lawsuit when you go to the polls!
Posted by Bill Burggraf on August 6, 2014 at 7:55 am
 


Article Headline: Beruff Suing County Over Comp Plan Text Amendment Denial


Comment:
None of us, who have been following this developer or the actions of our elected officials are surprised. Yoo bad BoCC actions made these men feel that they are entitled to destroy natural areas so that they and their cronies can enrich themselves at the expense of the common good.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Mildred Haas August 15, 2014
Virginia Townsend August 14, 2014
Richard Berger August 16, 2014
Daniel Ibasfalean August 17, 2014
James Jaso August 5, 2014
Herman Searcy August 12, 2014
Raymond Tigue August 12, 2014
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