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Article Headline: TBT Reporter Cleared After Internal Investigation

Glad to see John back. He is a dedicated reporter that is doing an
excellent job reporting the news. We appreciate his writings. The people of Manatee County need a few more reporters like him. he reports the news honestly and well - THE WAY IT SHOULD SHOULD BE.
Posted by Paul Valenz on May 22, 2015 at 1:08 am

Article Headline: Socialism, Hypocrisy, Idiocy and Bad Math Drive Medicaid Expansion Debate

Politicians and honesty in the same sentence. I love you wrote that. It is vintage Rick Scott. How Rick Scott coveted a second term is beyond my belief. His history should have not even allowed him to run for governor. The health care issue is very late to be resolved. I personally know a girl who is dying as her Medicaid was cut off and she is out of options. America, the richest county with the poorest health system. Florida wants to be unique and the uniqueness is suffering individuals. I call it barbaric.
Posted by John Fitzpatrick on May 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Article Headline: Spotlight on Education: Sugg Middle School Holds 'Support Nepal' Day to Engage Students and Offer Relief

Support Sugg students in their efforts to purchase a ShelterBox for the people of Nepal by purchasing a #NepalRelief t-shirt at Proceeds will go directly into the fundraising efforts at Sugg Middle School!
Posted by Rachel Kutz on May 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Article Headline: TBT Reporter Cleared After Internal Investigation

we have known John for many years before his job reporting with TBT and the accusation of him telling someone to yell and curse the commissioners is totally backwards what he would have told the citizen.
I am the guy that loses control personally with corrupt politicians, and John always tells me to just do what they dictated because it makes us look good and when the officials are out of line or abusive there actions show their true intent.

As they did in this case it is totally out in the open that these lowlife commissioners only want the truth left out of the media circulation, and of coarse their control mongering legislation meetings in this case to protect certain individual local businesses who have behind the scenes clout and don't want competition.
In addition to interfering with citizens rights to enjoy and use their own property which they are over taxed in order to retain owner ship of. These commissioners are true politicians working for the 1% and the hell with the 99%.

They need a personal suit filed against them for such actions as stooping this low.
Posted by Frank Kirkland on May 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Article Headline: TBT Reporter Cleared After Internal Investigation

I have attended many Commission meetings and have spoken with many reporters whose reporting cannot compare to the in-depth, investigative reporting of John Rehill. He is honest, straight forward and has integrity, which is so lacking on the dais.

John is well rounded and can converse intelligently on most any topic. His zeal to get to the bottom of things and do the right thing is amazing. If you are speaking with him you have to be sure you know your subject inside out or you'll stand corrected, and rightly so.

Baugh, Whitmore and Mr. Palmer need to publicly apologize to Rehill. All those who voted to re-elect Whitmore should apologize also as they are complicit in all her actions. Let's not make that mistake with Baugh.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on May 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

Article Headline: TBT Reporter Cleared After Internal Investigation

Verily?"The Bradenton Times has often been the only publication to stray from the county's narrative on these issues and question whether taxpayer interests are being served." Without TBT, citizens would have to attend all of these meetings to have any idea of what transpires. Passing along propaganda or simply failing to report on what transpires has become the style of our local 'newspapers' and media -- a pathetic state of affairs.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on May 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

Article Headline: TBT Reporter Cleared After Internal Investigation

A classic article, Dennis, illustrating what plagues Manatee County- A monolithic Group Speak right out of George Orwell's "1984" novel. You know the Bradenton Times is hitting raw nerves, when "Betsy "Get Used to it" Benack and Carol "Get Creative" Whitmore keep telling fibs. They're justing hoping and praying for a miracle that would silence their critics forever. And John Rehill is a fine writer, and not "Number One fiction writer", that Benack wrote to me months ago. Like we have taught our children- lies come back and haunt you. BOO.
Posted by joe kane on May 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

Article Headline: Manatee County EMS Workers Continue to Get the Shaft

Mr. Maley, I had no awareness of this issue. You provided a fact based and well reasoned discussion. Manatee County leadership should be extremely embarrassed to have such an undeveloped emergency response capability and service.
Posted by Harbig Garabedian on May 17, 2015 at 6:49 am

Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Dr. Greene for Superintendent

The school District needs an experienced Superintendent to assume the reigns, not another ambitious climber looking to advance their career.

Dr. Greene may have the credentials, but the fact of the matter is, that the curriculum situation in the District IS a mess (that?s what happens when you fire so many people and lose so much critical institutional knowledge.)

The improvements of the last two years are a result of decisions made prior to Dr. Greene's arrival--there is an obvious a lag period between curricular implementation and seeing results.

It?s also hard to forget that not only was Dr. Greene hired from one of the few districts in Florida that ranked below Manatee County, but that she?along with Mills?brought a bunch of cronies with her in and installed them in highly-paid, top administrative positions. There is a reason she was turned down for those other Superintendent?s jobs.

As for Mr. Mills, I suspect that he got just about everything he wanted (and planned to get) all along?an all-expense paid move to Florida for his retirement, a handsome salary, generous allowances for cars and entertainment, access to the FRS system and a few 100 G?s in the bank. Not bad for a 24-month gig.

I think the District has been played by Mills?many within the District had no confidence that he ever intended to stay. It?s hard to believe that both Mr. Hall and Dr. Greene weren?t players in the same game.
Posted by John Jonnson on May 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Dr. Greene for Superintendent

To call Dr. Greene a "strict top-down dictator" is a complete joke to anyone who knows her, or has worked with her. She wasn't ready to "jump ship" either. When she arrived here, she promised Mr. Mills two years, but after that would be seeking a Supt. position. She kept her word and sought two other jobs after helping get the district back on it's feet.

In short, you give two reasons to attack her, both are false. You claim to work for the district, also false. Three strikes, you're out.
Posted by John Q. Public on May 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Dr. Greene for Superintendent

What our community needs to remember is that Dr Greene was ready to jump ship two times in her tenure with Manatee County. She is not from this area, also has a strict top-down dictatorship approach and has promoted cronyism herself by staffing the District with her girlfriends from Marion County in high ranking positions. Regarding the academic gains the District has made - let's attribute that to the ever hardworking administrative and teaching staff! She didn't do it - it happened while she was here. Get smart people! Let's hire the best for Manatee, not someone who wanted to leave and who shares a similar non-transparent management style. I should know - I work for the District.
Posted by Kevin Smith on May 15, 2015 at 6:18 am

Article Headline: School District Moves to Dismiss Recess Lawsuit

Hasn't anyone figured out that Smithis a close friend of Miner. She does his bidding and acts as his lackey. We live in shame for electing that buffoon.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on May 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Has Its Best Superintendent Candidate In-House

What my fellow commenters do not understand is that Dr Greene is an outsider to Manatee County. If she was committed to this District, she wouldn't have tried to leave for other jobs several times. She should also answer to cronyism - she brought with her many Marion County "friends" who were not respected in Marion County and were being forced out. These women are renters- temporary to our District. Also remember she was part of Mills' team and supported and executed collective decisions which were detrimental to teachers and students. There is still NO transparency with the left-over administrative team. I say new leadership across the District. Remember the last time the Board made a quick and hasty decision (Gagnon)? That cost the District financially. It is time for a complete change.
Posted by Kevin Smith on May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Has Its Best Superintendent Candidate In-House

What an insightful article. Thank you as always Dennis.
Dr. Green should be our next Superintendent - no two ways about it. I look forward to seeing that little room filled to capacity with Citizens and Taxpayers who reject the waste of money and the marginalization of an excellent administrator that Gause, Miner and Cantrell are suggesting. I'm so disappointed in Miner and Cantrell especially, as I supported them in the past. They're most certainly not living up to their campaign promises to do what's best for Manatee County.
Posted by Cornelle J. Maxfield on May 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Has Its Best Superintendent Candidate In-House

Excellent article, as always, Dennis. The general public, as is the case with myself, may not know what we, as citizens, can do to help get Dr. Greene appointed. I realize that the pat answer is to not elect the current board back in, but by then it will be too late. I know with the BOCC, showing up at meetings and extreme letter writing campaigns sometimes helps sway their decisions. Might this be the case with the school board? Do you recommend as many citizens that care to have Dr. Greene appointed, attend all board meetings and send many letters to each board member? Thank you for your continued reporting of the facts of what is happening around Manatee County.
Posted by Tami Vaughan on May 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Has Its Best Superintendent Candidate In-House

While the Board is facing financial short falls in the future to handle needed new school construction and associated expenses. They have thrown out an other eighty thousand dollars in go away pay to Mr. Mills instead of working with him through the start of his retirement. Now more dollars for a national search when we have a candidate, well qualified, knows the quirks of this community, who was second to Mr. Mills in last search. Go ahead Board, ask me to dig in my pocket to finance your inability to lead and cooperate as a School Board.
Posted by Paul D. Smith on May 14, 2015 at 7:54 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling

I just saw this posted online: Back in the mid-2000?s I donated a few original K-Line Electric Train pieces of artwork of its officially licensed Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus model trains to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU. I thought they would appreciate this because of their circus museum and for the fact that in their gift shop they actually sold K-Line by Lionel Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey officially licensed model circus trains. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU never contacted me back and acknowledged my gift, they never thanked me and I have no idea what they did with the original artwork that I donated to them. I was very disappointed in the total lack of respect they showed me and my gift to them. I wish I had the artwork back and I am very sorry I ever donated it to them.
Posted by Roger Wilco on May 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Article Headline: School Board Discusses Leadership, "Harmony" at Training Session

I am glad board received training and hope they will implement strategies developed. Otherwise. It was a waste of money.
Posted by Susie Copeland d on May 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Article Headline: Same Old Song and Dance

To set the record straight, it was not Betsy Benac's daughter who worked for a developer, it was Betsy herself who was the Senior Project Planner for Benderson Development. I 2009 school impact fees were suspended and other impact fees were cut by 50%. The school board had recommended a one-year suspension but the Board of Commissioners approved a two-year suspension which was later extended to four years. Although the suspension ended in July 2013 the County has failed to resume collection of school impact fees for no valid reason. Other impact fees have increased slightly but have not returned to pre-2009 levels.
Posted by Ed Goff on May 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Article Headline: Guest Op/Ed: The Time is Now for Men to Stand Up Against Domestic Violence

All of us, especially women should applaud coach Dungy for voicing this opinion publically. I can remember asking the Sarasota Sheriff's office to help me while I was being repeatedly threatened with murder in the early 1970's only to be told that I had to be injured before any help could be provided. Thankfully, the current state is better than that, but too many continue to be victimized by domestic violence. The effect on children in the home is particulaly disturbing.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on May 11, 2015 at 11:41 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: Five Years of Favorites

M: Congrats on your treble anniversary! I relish your historical pieces, and find your personal journalism poignant and moving. Here's looking at more in the coming year. s/Stan Zimmerman
Posted by Stan Zimmerman on May 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Article Headline: Same Old Song and Dance

Sorry Joe, my daughter never worked for Beruff ( not sure where you get your "facts"). And I'll take your $5 as we never discontinued impact fees , so except for school fees ( at the request of the school board) , impact fees have been in continuous existence since their adoption.
Posted by Betsy Benac on May 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling

Robert (Bob) Reyes is a former employee of the John and Mable Ringling Musuem of Art/Florida State University.

While on duty at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts at the Ringling Musuem, Mr. Reyes often proudly told the story of a dead female body he once found while working for the Sarasota Florida Police. He was able to determine her name and she was a known prostitute. He transported her remains in his police car and found that some of it had stained his rear carpet. Instead of cleaning it, he left it alone so it would smell very bad. This way no other officer would want to ride in his vehicle. He enjoyed riding alone. He said he got used to the smell and each morning he would get in his police car and say out loud hello to her by name. When his shift was over, he would tell her out loud goodnight by name when he left his car. He said that his commander finally had to order him to clean out his car after hearing so many reports of this strange behavior and complaints of the disgusting smell of Mr. Reye's vehicle.

I had to work with Mr. Reyes in 2009 at the Ringling Museum and he would go behind me and highlight, change and otherwise alter my official FSU security log paperwork. He had to be told by security supervision (Derek Ross)to stop this, as he was not a supervisor of anybody. On Thursday 1/22/09 at 5pm he complained to me that my handwriting was "too big" and that I sometimes used more then 1 line per sentence which he didn't like. During this conversation with me he used profanity: "m... f...", "pis...", "pis...his pants" directly in front of persons entering and exiting the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Reyes acted like he knew more then everyone else and thought he was above everyone else because he was a former NYPD police officer. He loved to use profanity alot and would constantly talk of hating and the President. Needless to say, I did not think very highly of him nor could I respect his morals.
Posted by Roger Wilco on May 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Article Headline: Same Old Song and Dance

It's the voters fault for the self serving politicians we have in office,the voters keep getting duped by all the smoke & mirrors these politicians throw at us. start voting on their records not their line of bull & you will get a better class of representatives
Posted by William E.Moore on May 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Article Headline: Same Old Song and Dance

Excellent article, Dennis. The deaf commissioners just sit and smile, praising citizens' words, then pass more developments that developers do not have to pay for roads, schools, sewers, water, police and other services other cities impose on builders. And these same critters say to poor Rubonia. No money for your sidewalks, roads, community center and police protection. Tough rocks. While millions of dollars each month are crammed into Neal's and Beruff's deep pockets in lost impact fees. I got a fresh five dollar bill I'm willing to bet that there will be NO IMPACT FEES FOR YEARS. Why? Just look at those smiling commissioners who haven't confronted a conflict of interest they have't embraced. . Just ask Commissioners Benac about her daughter's employment with Beruff. "get used to it". What about Whitmore's son-in-law employed by Beruff? Sure seems like a blatant pAy back to me. And on this Mothers Day, I wonder what their mommas would say to these developers and shady commissioners about Doing the Right Thing. Meanwhile the poor get poorer and the rich, richer. Aint Capitalism great? Just ask those smiling commissioners.
Posted by joe kane on May 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

Article Headline: Commissioners Squabble Over Turf at BOCC Meeting

Now is the time for Charles Smith to demonstrate who he really is: a puppet for developers or a commissioners for ALL Manatee County residents. Of course Bustle was his usual cranky self. Big deal. That should not scare someone who has fought for civil rights for most of his life. Now Charles, stand up for the civil rights of the people who live in Rubonia. We will be watching your example of "courage" and not be intimidated by bluster and bigotry.
Posted by joe kane on May 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

Article Headline: School Districtís Fund Balance Now $18 Million

Why would the district elected office accept Mills' resignation when he has proven he brought district off fiscal cliff and raised our ranking in state, brought in some highly qualified individuals, just to name a few of he and his team's accomplishments.
Posted by Susie Copeland on May 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Article Headline: State Supreme Court: House Members Violated State Constitution by Ending Legislative Session Early

Not surprised after morons in State Capital allowed the Everglades protection Amendment One to fallow and die. Giving Big Sugar and Big Developers the state to ruin is obviously the legislators' agenda. How can you look at yourselves in the mirrors of your fancy country clubs? Shame on y'all!
Posted by Mark Freedman on May 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

Article Headline: Not Enough Dollars or Sense

Now is the time for all those who care about our County, quality of life and its resources to come forward and run for a seat on this commission. We need to throw out Bustle, Benac, Baugh, Chappie and Whitmore who are costing the citizens of this County millions of dollars and jeopardize our safety, our health,
and our future.

The County Administrator is on a very misguided course, blinded by developers who feed off of citizens. The 2016 election must send the message that the citizens of Manatee County have had enough of the disgraceful and corrupt way this County is being run. Look at all the money that we have lost already and the abuse citizens receive when they testify at BOCC meetings.

If you care about this County, now is the time to save it.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on May 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

Article Headline: Not Enough Dollars or Sense

Excellent, article. You capture the ignorance and dishonesty of six commissioners by quoting the inane Baugh, who is a caricature of her five fellow commissioners. "Nonsense" No sense is exactly what Baugh's insipid term of office has been. Meanwhile the county subsidizes wealthy developers who reap millions. This has to end. Guess who is smiling? Neal & Beruff. They can't believe commissioners are that gullible to sell their souls to these thieves while selling out voters. Keep up the good work, John.
Posted by joe kane on May 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

Manatee Rural Health Certificate


Name Date
Edward Huffman May 13, 2015
Cheryl Werner May 9, 2015
James Champlain May 15, 2015
Morton Pitt May 16, 2015
Jane Skorupa May 15, 2015
Chad Day May 16, 2015
Robert Kent May 7, 2015
Lawrence Stickell, May 13, 2015
Muriel Simmons May 13, 2015
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