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Article Headline: Pumphrey Report Opens New Can of Worms


Comment:
Amazing reporting. Bradenton Herald should take your lead on reporting style, technique and excellence.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on April 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm
 


Article Headline: Can it be Five Years Already?


Comment:
Congratulations. Thank you for your coverage and investigative reporting. You have made a significant difference to the level of news reporting in Manatee County.
Posted by Diane Hulser on April 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm
 


Article Headline: School District Releases Details of Investigation into OPS Investigator's Application


Comment:
Great article. Best of the three papers as usual.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on April 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm
 


Article Headline: Can it be Five Years Already?


Comment:
Without The Bradenton Times citizens would never know the truth about what is happening in our County. The Bradenton Herald conveniently ignores or skips over critical details when covering stories which might reflect badly on our County Government or resident developers.

Congratulations and a big thank you for all of your coverage and investigative reporting. I know it would make your job easier if more citizens showed up at meetings to voice their opinions and concerns. Let's hope ci8tizens will wake up and realize what six commissioners are doing to destroy this County and come forward to demand that they listen and support citizens and not developers or strip mining companies.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on April 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm
 


Article Headline: Can it be Five Years Already?


Comment:
Congrats Dennis,you have done a fine job. Your column is written in a fair & truthful way. Keep up the good work.
Posted by William E.Moore on April 23, 2015 at 9:36 am
 


Article Headline: Can it be Five Years Already?


Comment:
Kudos to Dennis, John and especially to Joe. Without Joe McClash's commitment our county would have a monolithic media called The Bradenton Herald. The Herald's bias would have blinded voters on the issue that mattered. The Herald's stance reminds me of Izvestia the mouthpiece for USSR. The Herald continues to be a PR agent for Pat Neal, the paper's largest advertiser. You know the Bradenton Times is having a effect, when you see the utter disdain and contempt for TBT's coverage of the county commissioners, who are so used to being worshipped by the Herald instead of doing their duty to report the news. Keep up the good work. We rely on you.
Posted by joe kane on April 23, 2015 at 8:25 am
 


Article Headline: Theater Preview: Luck Be A Lady – The Iconic Music of Frank Loesser


Comment:
That should read early 20th century instead of 19th century swing and big band music.
Posted by Doug Miles on April 23, 2015 at 8:10 am
 


Article Headline: Can it be Five Years Already?


Comment:
Congratulations, Dennis, your work is most appreciated.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on April 23, 2015 at 6:53 am
 


Article Headline: County Commission, School Board Approve Impact Fee Study


Comment:
If the developers did not pay impact fees for homes they built, who did? You don't need expensive lawyers to figure that one out. We did. And commissioners do not want to upset their patrons, Neal and Beruff. Corporate socialism is alive and well in Manatee county. Where is Karl Marx when we need him? His brother Groucho, disguised as a county attorney, spoke at yesterday's commission meeting.
Posted by joe kane on April 22, 2015 at 8:03 am
 


Article Headline: Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch is a Go


Comment:
Little pink houses for you and me!
Posted by Alex mcdougall on April 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm
 


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


Comment:
Mr. Schaefer, you are so correct.
Posted by Rene Stone on April 20, 2015 at 6:27 pm
 


Article Headline: BOCC to Vote on Impact Fee Interlocal Agreement With District Tuesday


Comment:
Come to the Board of County Commissioners' meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21, and demand school impact fees be reinstated and be retroactive from the suspension date of 2008.

Send this article to all your neighbors and contacts and ask them to attend the meeting tomorrow. Our tax dollars are being used to pay for developer projects and related infrastructure.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on April 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm
 


Article Headline: Citizens Owed Better Explanation on Absence of School Impact Fees


Comment:
I am not trying to stir the pot, but I hope everyone can see why the charter schools keep asking questions about why the school district won't share any of the local capital outlay money. They claim they are over extended and can't keep up with costs. Why would they recommend suspending a revenue source? Also, when do you start asking why it costs so much to build new schools? Manatee School For the Arts is a "high performing", fully accredited, national award winning school serving over 1700 students in grades 6 to 12. In 18 years, we have spent 15 million dollars on land, buildings and much equipment - most of which will revert to the school district if we ever close. The recent construction bid audit scandal disclosed that 5 years ago the district spent 13 million dollars to remodel an elementary school that serves less than 400 students. Why? Not every school has to be all things to all students and state of the art (no pun intended) to give students an outstanding education.
Posted by Charles W. Jones, Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 at 11:44 am
 


Article Headline: As AG's Possible Review of District's 2009A COP Bond Awaits, Defense of Selection Process by Former Supt. Continues


Comment:
Great story. The appearance by Dearing and his public comment was obviously pure distraction, rhetoric and deceit. TBT uncovered Shinn's report that showed that Dearing misled the people. The architects and engineers were not scrapped for local preference. Only the construction manager. Local prerference was simply pretext.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on April 19, 2015 at 10:46 pm
 


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


Comment:
I am surprised that you have finally seen the light. Not long ago, Mrs Aubry, you were a cheerleader for growth and redevelopment of Pine Ave. and the island in general. You encouraged others to "get under the tent". Well, the tent was not and is not large enough and the consequences of excessive promotion are being realized today, resulting in the exodus of many residents who were once proud to call A.M.I. home. Your assistance in the recall process of a former A.M.I. Commissioner who was attempting to hold developers to existing building codes, has not been forgotten. Had your altruistic stand of today been applied to your past promotional efforts to commercialize the island, many of those "good stewards" that you mention, may have remained, assisting in the stabilization of the island that we all once knew. The "healthy enforced ordinances" that you refer to in your article are the core issues that many of us, including the Commissioner that you helped recall, were attempting to defend. Furthermore, I disagree with your statement that the reason we failed to counter your first two questions was that "we stopped paying attention and apathy set in". There was no apathy and we did not stop paying attention. The reason those issues were lost is attributable to financially strong, politically connected entities, some of which you were associated with, prevailed!
Thank-you for your article, your questions are good but, I suggest that next time you write, that you look up the definition of hypocrite before you do. In addition, I ask, did the ambitions of the people that you were employed by, serve their interests or those of, we the people? I find it encouraging that you have come out from under the shadow of "the tent" and are now standing on the other side of the street, in the sunshine.
I hope the island is able to find the "balance" that you have suggested.
Posted by Terry Schaefer on April 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm
 


Article Headline: As AG's Possible Review of District's 2009A COP Bond Awaits, Defense of Selection Process by Former Supt. Continues


Comment:
Unless Bondi agrees to a thorough investigation, the appearance of a widespread Republican conspiracy to defraud taxpayers will be blatant.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm
 


Article Headline: Special Budget Session Likely for Deadlocked State Legislature


Comment:
Our backward legislators should remember that the South lost the Civil War in part because southern states had its own private railroads, each with tracks of a different gauge, making movement of men and material difficult and inefficient. Now those we elect are taking every possible move to make health care difficult to obtain and more costly for the poor among us than it is for the well-to-do. These folk are shameless.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm
 


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


Comment:
Point well taken. Many did vote for the candidate you suggest. Many were appalled when development was approved in the sensitive environmental areas approaching the islands. I hear from many, many people - the silent majority - who feel powerless and don't understand why people they elect vote opposite to what they said and against their interests. Someone said recently "don't listen to what they say make your decision on what they do". I view my part as a responsible citizen helping to articulate their thoughts and feelings. I don't want to make up their minds or influence their decisions. I do want people to have access to have access to the truth and I stand by what I've said - there is evidence and statistics to support it. I'm not running for office and I have no hidden agendas or conflicts of interest. There are people who write suggesting otherwise citing information that is emotional, not factual, inaccurate even personally derragatory. I am fortunate to be able to like even love people I disagree with without judging or accusing them or getting personal.ake no mistake I am in this because I think the State has taken away our home rule illegally in some or possibly all cases.i believe our County takes a disproportionate amount of the taxes we generate without funding critical infrastructure and other needs. I believe in doing what I can to draw attention to the effects of this legislation with the idea if enough of us want something and we are voters - they should take a closer look. A lot of people want to approach idland issues piecemeal but they are part of the same issue and to get in balance and stay there. It isn't just the traffic or just the noise or just the environmental damage or the community center. It is all one thing and you can't balance if you don't address everything at once. It will take wise and experienced municipal leadership which Anna Maria and Holmes Beach now have. And most of all it will take educated and knowledgeable discourse among the community members, their officials and each other. We need big ideas, new ideas, visionary thinking and action. I'm not complaining I'm being part of the solution and helping others who want to participate in the process. Yes I heard your comment and would rather read about your candidates ideas than that she didn't geyt elected. There's always next time.
Posted by Janet Aubry on April 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm
 


Article Headline: Citizens Owed Better Explanation on Absence of School Impact Fees


Comment:
This subject enrages me too much to make a comment.
Posted by Paul D. Smith on April 19, 2015 at 8:18 am
 


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®


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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
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
George Bushong April 24, 2015
Confesor Corniel-Rodriguez April 19, 2015
John Colleary _
Nelson Crosby April 18, 2015
Carmen Andersen April 19, 2015
Merlin Gnegy April 18, 2015
Lilian Gonzalez April 18, 2015
Donna Hill April 18, 2015
Roy Tunstall April 17, 2015
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