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Article Headline: County Water Rates are Going Up ... Twice


Comment:
With more development approval, the lack of due diligence of the Board on many County issues, and the real elephant in the County, phosphate strip mining which draws 69 million gallons of water a day, will continue to increase the demand for water.

If the Commission refuses to stop phosphate mining then they can surely halt future development. 2016 is coming. Time to watch Board actions. We already saw the blow dealt to the citizens of Lakewood Ranch by their at-large and district commissioners.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on November 20, 2014 at 9:37 am
 


Article Headline: Guest Op/Ed: Dr. Cantrell has Earned our Support on School Board


Comment:
Dr. Conrad, while I respect your opinion and will heed the good advice you've given, it is hard to overlook Dr. Cantrell's association with Mr. McGonegal and Mr. Bowen. These men are largely responsible for the near criminal mess the district was left in after Mr. McGonegal's departure. I would ask that you also give same sage advice to Dr. Cantrell concerning her support of the current superintendent and to continue to investigate the causes of the financial collapse of the district.
Posted by Colin Tripp on November 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Op/Ed: Dr. Cantrell has Earned our Support on School Board


Comment:
Dr. Conrad, while I respect your opinion and will heed the good advice you've given, it is hard to overlook Dr. Cantrell's association with Mr. McGonegal and Mr. Bowen. These men are largely responsible for the near criminal mess the district was left in after Mr. McGonegal's departure. I would ask that you also give same sage advice to Dr. Cantrell concerning her support of the current superintendent and to continue to investigate the causes of the financial collapse of the district.
Posted by Colin Tripp on November 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm
 


Article Headline: Lakewood Ranch Residents Get Dose of Development Disinterest


Comment:
A clarification is needed. A county has to be a charter county, which Manatee County IS NOT so is unable to recall a county commission. My source is no less than the knowledgeable Katie Pierola, former mayor of Bradenton Beach.
Posted by joe kane on November 17, 2014 at 10:14 am
 


Article Headline: Summer Staycation #1: Linger Lodge Campground and Resort


Comment:
One of my clients recommended this restaurant, I live literally in the same neighborhood. She couldn't believe I hadn't been here yet. So, my husband took me for my birthday dinner for something different. We also took our 9yr old daughter and her friend. WE LOVED IT!!! It was definitely a different menu, and I was determined to try something on the menu that screamed linger lodge. We ALL tried the fried gator and fried green tomatoes! Even the kids tried and loved them. We all also enjoyed the atmosphere of the restraint, tons of animals and wildlife to look at, awesome for kids!!! We got the kids a souvenir gator tooth necklace, my husband also got one as a reminder of the amazing, fun time we all had here...and we live rite up the road! We are going to rent one of their cabins for my daughter and her friend for her upcoming birthday. And can't wait to try the catfish and gumbo while we're there. Thank you linger lodge for an amazing SOUTHERN Florida dinner and experience, I'm from Boston originally, so this was totally outside the box for me! My husband on the other hand grew up in the south and grew up hunting and eating slot of what they offer on the menu... soooooo glad we came and tried something different!!!!!
Posted by Laurel Anderson on November 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm
 


Article Headline: Make the Most of National Recycle Day


Comment:
You waste no words in your excellent essay, John.
Posted by joe kane on November 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm
 


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


Comment:
Please help your fellow humans ? We need anyone familiar with the harmful activities of Carlos Beruff to Speak at a public hearing that will allow him to build on a toxic dump? Amazing as this sounds, he used his influence (he is on the governing board of SWFTMD) to get a letter from SW FDEP that he can put 205 homes on a Sarasota County, unlined landfill. Michael Moran was on the Planning Commission when he requested same, Michael Moran was the first to move that he be allowed to build ? This puts many existing home owners in risk of toxins being sent into local lakes and streams and groundwater.

If anyone of your readers can take the time to speak at the Nov 18, 2014 hearing at 1:30 PM 1660 Ringling Blvd in Sarasota, Florida PLEASE HELP tell them what he has done in the past.

We need someone from Bradenton or Anna Maria to tell the Sarasota County Commission (that thinks he walks on water), to let them know his true colors, PLEASE HELP US !

www.foxfirewest.com Please post this in some form so we can get at least one person to speak at the hearing?. Lets cover Sarasota and get people out to this Beruff Popularity Contest
Posted by Cobalt Huskey on November 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Can't Veto Impeachment


Comment:
There is no reason in the world to impeach President Obama. He has been a GREAT president and brought this country out of the worst of times by bringing jobs back , stabilizing the economy, lowering gas prices, passing the Lillie Leadbetter Act, continues to secure our borders and deport more illegal immigrants than any other president, and he has given us a Health Care plan that allows the poor to get health insurance without spending money they do not have!
Medical premiums have dropped, the doughnut hole is sealing , students can stay on their parents plans until they are 26 and I could go on and on in spite of the brain washing by the Republican Party.
Posted by Patricia Benson on November 14, 2014 at 8:56 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Can't Veto Impeachment


Comment:
There is no reason in the world to impeach President Obama. He has been a GREAT president and brought this country out of the worst of times by bringing jobs back , stabilizing the economy, lowering gas prices, passing the Lillie Leadbetter Act, continues to secure our borders and deport more illegal immigrants than any other president, and he has given us a Health Care plan that allows the poor to get health insurance without spending money they do not have!
Medical premiums have dropped, the doughnut hole is sealing , students can stay on their parents plans until they are 26 and I could go on and on in spite of the brain washing by the Republican Party.
Posted by Patricia Benson on November 14, 2014 at 8:55 am
 


Article Headline: Kicking the Post Election Blues


Comment:
I just want to pick out one paragraph of your editorial and that is the comment of teaching civics and how only 15%of young people bothered to vote,which is criminal.We do need to teach civics and get young people involved in government and how important it is not only to vote but to study the issues and this excuse of its too difficult to vote is BS as all of us know(Dem. or Rep.) that have been voting for 20,30,40,50 years and how important our vote is.But it is sad because even I get frustrated by the lies and money that is spread around.
Posted by Tom OBrien on November 13, 2014 at 7:10 am
 


Article Headline: Mayors Feed the Hungry Campaign Kicks off Monday in Bradenton


Comment:
You need to feed the hungry every day. Drop food off at the Homeless Coalition Center on 17th St.
Posted by Pat Benson on November 9, 2014 at 11:01 am
 


Article Headline: Mayors Feed the Hungry Campaign Kicks off Monday in Bradenton


Comment:
You need to feed the hungry every day. Drop food off at the Homeless Coalition Center on 17th St.
Posted by Pat Benson on November 9, 2014 at 11:00 am
 


Article Headline: Lakewood Ranch Residents Find No Refuge in BOCC


Comment:
I attended yesterday's Land Use Meeting and met some citizens of Lakewood Ranch who came with the hope of maintaining uniform height restrictions in their community and protecting a rookery filled with hundreds of Florida birds. What their Commissioner
Baugh and newly elected Whitmore did was just what they do to all citizens who come before them..vote in favor of the developer.

We are not backing off and will continue to fight to elect commissioners who have the intelligence and qualities and integrity of Terri Wonder, who will listen to citizens. It is my hope that many citizens of Lakewood Ranch will join us in all future efforts.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on November 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm
 


Article Headline: Deep Thoughts on Tuesday's Local Election Results


Comment:
Wow I expected to see all your liberal Dems make some more hateful comments,they must be sleeping in this morning.Also I think you should add another $50,000.00 into Wonder's campaign chest for all the free ads and articles she got from the Bradenton Times-- That said as a registered republican who doesn't fit Dennis's mold because I voted for Chiles,Graham,Clinton(second term)and would of voted for Gallen if (like JoeM) I didn't get cut out from the process. But I will tell you as a supporter of Ms. Whitmore I will challenge her on any bills,laws ect. that will help people like Carlos Beruff and watch what is happening at the Port(as Joe knows from when he was in charge) but when it comes to developments I will be 100% behind Lakewood Ranch because they are the Gold Standard of developments and should not be penalized for others who are no where in their league.
Posted by Tom OBrien on November 6, 2014 at 7:33 am
 


Article Headline: Whitmore Fends Off Wonder in Landslide County Commission Victory


Comment:
It is truly a shame that Carol won. The residents of Manatee County will be the losers over the long run. The environement will suffer and we will all end up paying more taxes while the rich get richer.
Posted by michael pepper on November 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm
 


Article Headline: Cantrell Upsets Aranibar in Manatee School Board Race


Comment:
Please understand that the school board had absolutely nothing to do with improved test scores. Nothing. Board members neither took the tests nor prepared students to take them. The credit for improved scores rightfully goes to the students, with a mighty assist from teachers. After all, that is who actually took the tests or prepared students to do so. Furthermore, last year's testing marked the third year of the revised FCAT (FCAT 2.0 for reading), so students and teachers were familiar with the expectations of the assessment. That is perhaps the single-most important factor in the increase in test scores. It is misleading at best to even hint that Julie Aranibar, Karen Carpenter or any other board member had anything at all to do with improved test scores or any other classroom success. Board members certainly perform important work and deserve credit or criticism when appropriate, but test scores are not theirs to own.
Posted by Art Durshimer on November 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm
 


Article Headline: Scott Takes a Narrow Victory Over Crist in Florida Governor Race


Comment:
Unfortunately I can't find all the re-election results, but Larry Tyler,Jr is the best fire commissioner that Bradenton,Florida ever had & he deserves the post. He is so dedicated and a hard working person. Best of luck, Larry!!
Posted by Waynne Tomascak on November 5, 2014 at 9:40 am
 


Article Headline: Scott Takes a Narrow Victory Over Crist in Florida Governor Race


Comment:
Florida is going in the right direction with the re-election of Rick Scott!!
Posted by Waynne Tomascak on November 5, 2014 at 9:31 am
 


Article Headline: Underdogs of Cortez Find a Voice in Wyllie


Comment:
IF YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE CORRUPTION AND BEING LIED TO, VOTE FOR ADRIAN WYLLIE AND BILL WOHLSIFER.
Posted by Orlando Chris on November 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Terri Wonder Will Represent Citizens


Comment:
It is not that we grow that makes the difference between the positions of the candidates, but how we grow. Growth for growth sake is not a plan as Whitmore would have us believe. Growth without concern is no plan at all. Unfettered growth is what every developer?s dreams about and plans for and works toward. It is Money and Power that push this agenda along, behind closed doors, under the table, and in back rooms. We have had enough of the uncontrolled expansion without regard for the community, the county, and the environment. Enough is Enough. We do not buy that old story line about ?growth is good? and uncontrolled growth is better for the Community, crap. It isn't!!!
Posted by skipfoto on November 3, 2014 at 8:37 am
 


Article Headline: Stark Differences Between Whitmore and Wonder at Palma Sola Forum


Comment:
Keep this quote and thought in mind as the day of reckoning approaches. This Country needs men and women of sound moral character to pick up the standard of Democracy and move it forward as a representation of the People and a Victory for the People and not for unscrupulous developers that have total disregard for neighborhoods, zoning laws, county commissioners, the environment, or the people of Manatee County, but who?s only interest is greed, material wealth and Power to Control. A temporary materialistic gain for the area is overshadowed by the destructive force of just "One" hurricane. The Developer in this case is nothing more than a Parasite praying on the People of Manatee County. One look at the Fema Evacuation Map will dispel any question about who will pick up the pieces? You will pick up the pieces and the Developer will have moved on to other destructive pursuits. Here is a link. "http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/emergency-resources/evacuation-zones.html" . Look at the map and be an informed voter about what is right and what is wrong when you vote. Building in a Flood plain is just plain Wrong. Hurricanes turn the land to liquid.
Terri Wonder will be a voice to reverse the terrible damage and mess Manatee County has gotten itself into.
Vote for Wonder.

?It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.? ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Posted by skipfoto on November 3, 2014 at 8:15 am
 


Article Headline: Bradenton Rezones 40 Acres for Neal in Backroom of City Hall


Comment:
Well there should be enough of a "cookie crumb trail" there to bring a prosecutorial charge against someone in the name of the People of Manatee County if the Prosecutor has any backbone or respect for the law or the People of Manatee County. The fact that a Criminal Act has taken place should swing a Prosecutor into high gear and some kind of action on the part of the Prosecutor if the Prosecutor truly is representing the Criminal Justice system and the People of Manatee County. When we sleep with the enemy sometimes we forget who's side we are suppose to represent. Boy talk aboot Sleeze?
Posted by skipfoto on November 3, 2014 at 7:13 am
 


Article Headline: Underdogs of Cortez Find a Voice in Wyllie


Comment:
Rose, you capture the independent spirit of Cortez. And you story also reveals very persuasive reasons to vote for your candidate.
Posted by joe kane on November 3, 2014 at 6:23 am
 


Article Headline: All Eyes on SOE in Countywide Races?


Comment:
Whitmore's mistake was believed her own propaganda: She was unbeatable. Tell that to former State Senator Pat Neal, former Mayor Bill Ever and former commissioner Joe McClash. There are a lot of nervous county commissioners. Yesterday Betsy Benack threaten to sue a Save Our Bay volunteer for slander over words she forgot she said at a May county commission meeting. "Traffic? It's everywhere. Just get over it." All those motorists trying to get to work, beaches and stores will remember her arrogance when she faces a firestorm in 2016. Thank you Dennis for your courage and fairness.
Posted by joe kane on November 2, 2014 at 6:55 am
 


Article Headline: Clinton and Christie Barnstorm State With Crist and Scott


Comment:
Christie is sure backing the right guy--they both could care less about the middle class in their states.The news is out about how New Jersey got federal money for victims of Sandy but still haven't used much of it to help those to repair their lives---Christie & Scott,two useless governors.
Posted by William E.Moore on October 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm
 


Article Headline: Vote, Even if You Have to Hold Your Nose


Comment:
I vote every election even if I don't like who ever is running but I follow a simple rule "vote for the one who will do you the least harm". If you don't vote don't complain about who ever wins.It's your future & quality of life which is at stake. The developers darlings & special interest flunkies have been running the show for way to long,do you want to wait till the Florida you knew & enjoyed is destroyed before you finally wake up.Time is running out to save our state & planet from those who would destroy them in the name of the almighty dollar.As for those who crow about Rick Scott,s accomplishments,yeah right--head of company who ripped off medicare,weakening the state's environmental agency in favor off his rich cronies.Yeah he claims to have created a lot of jobs but he didn't mention if they were good paying jobs did he!
Posted by William E.Moore on October 31, 2014 at 8:29 am
 


Article Headline: Stark Differences Between Whitmore and Wonder at Palma Sola Forum


Comment:
John, thank you for writing a great article, outlining the many
pertinent facts that are so important to Manatee County citizens. Comprehensive plans should be adhered to at all times,
with exceptions held to a minimum. Seems like those that know the rules the best and many that actually participate in making these rules are the ones that are attempting to break or skirt these rules. And don't forget the birds, the animals, and the fish, WHERE DO THEY GO???? -
Posted by Paul Valenz on October 31, 2014 at 7:41 am
 


Article Headline: Stark Differences Between Whitmore and Wonder at Palma Sola Forum


Comment:
Now there is no escape from the truth that Whitmore is committed to act as Neal-Beruff's agents on the county commission. Rehill has done us a public service to expose Whitmore's deceptions in her actions to protect her fat financial supporters. What more proof do we need to rid Whitmore from her golden perch and elect Wonder to represent us. Thank you John for documenting our concerns. Vote Wonder for county commission.
Posted by joe kane on October 31, 2014 at 6:18 am
 


Article Headline: Miner Fails to Get School Board to Address Pumphrey at Meeting


Comment:
As a former registered nurse, I am a strong believer in the importance of maintaining one's legal credentials. While it is unfortunate that a license was not renewed, apparently it was not mandatory for the position filled. It appears that Mr. Miner is pursuing a personal vendetta, because he preferred another candidate. If so, Mr. Miner is disgracing himself and further tarnishing the school board image. Due to his recent behavior, I would not vote for him again and I'm sorry I voted for him at all.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on October 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm
 


Article Headline: Vote, Even if You Have to Hold Your Nose


Comment:
Bill Moyers makes the following observation. Moyers acknowledged the reality that a majority of people simply are not paying attention to these key political issues, but that this fact should not dissuade those who are paying attention from continuing to push for the necessary changes. ?The fate of society ? especially democracy,? he said, ?depends upon the minority of people who care enough to engage and stay engaged.?
Posted by skipfoto on October 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Lee Edington November 21, 2014
June Stowell _
Eleanor Eason November 17, 2014
Dan Taylor November 16, 2014
Jacklin Suggs November 16, 2014
Frederick Seiden November 14, 2014
Lynn Miles November 13, 2014
Gloria Sells November 6, 2014
Jean Claude Presendieu October 30, 2014
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