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Article Headline: Traffic Strangles Cortez Life for Locals


Comment:
Excellent. Commioners need to respct voters not their checks from developers
Posted by Joe Kane on April 18, 2014 at 7:44 am
 


Article Headline: Traffic Strangles Cortez Life for Locals


Comment:
The traffic problem is nearly as serious on Manatee Avenue. I agree that a bridge is needed between Long Bar Point and Longboat Key. Longboat Key should not continue to subject AMI residents to the traffic created on Longboat.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on April 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm
 


Article Headline: It's Time for More Private Money at Rowing Facility


Comment:
I am saddened to see a problem beginning with this facility. We had been going to Ft. Hamer long before the rowers began. Then we continued to watch the rowers from out of state. Fabulous.
Last year our grand-daughter began rowing and her life has changed dramatically. She is interested in being "fit", she is interested in being on a "team". She is loyal. They are teaching good living health skills (exercise and diet). She has a 12 hour day 5 days a week for this "sport". I am proud.
It is time for other sports to be supported and "glorified". It is no longer a football only world (concusions). If I had enough money I would pay for all of it myself but alas I do not.
Please do not fight among yourselves. Please work it out and make it happen. If I were younger I would love to try it. I would even pay for a ride with them!!!
Posted by Norma K. Collins on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 am
 


Article Headline: BOCC Attempts to Rewrite Citizen Comment Rules


Comment:
Many times it takes more than 2 or 3 minutes to make a point depending on the subject and it's complexity, and the audience's level (including commissioners) of understanding of the subject at hand. The only law I know of that restricts speech, is inciteful speech, i.e. namecalling, profanity, threats.... There should be no imposition at all , on free speech including how long it takes, hours, days, or weeks. Officials are elected and paid for that purpose.

Let's start another conversation about elections. Could there be a another reason certain officials are not concerned with citizen comments? Could it have something to do with the election machines? Could certain candidates not be worried about taking contributions from big development because the fix is in and pro quid pro they know they will be elected? Does your vote really count?

In a recent county election an opposing candidate lost by almost the same percentile in all (119) precints including his own precint. The percentage was 40% in each. I predicted it the morning of the election. BTW in 2000 at a GOP candidate forum at the BMA I heard a number of officials and candidates talking outside the front door as I was arriving to the event. "Don't worry, it's fixed." Either something broken was repaired or the election was fixed. Do some investigation into the history of the machines and the companies that sell them. I did. Very interesting....oh and how simple they are to hack. Are our county machines under secure guard at all times once they leave the election office to go to a precint? NOT. Maybe your voice does not matter because your vote does not matter.

BTW Seems strange that the asst. super of elections for Manatee used to be the assistant super for Kathy Dent in Sarasota. WUWT?
Posted by Barbara Elliott on April 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm
 


Article Headline: Clemency Plea Raises Valid Moral Question


Comment:
Dennis, your poll this week is badly worded. I agree 100% with what you say above, but there was no clear vote in the poll to indicate that. Yes, if an inebriated person gets into a car willingly with an impaired driver, (and major stress on the willingly), I agree the drivers sentence should be much less than if that driver hit an unsuspecting victim.
Posted by Tami Vaughan on April 10, 2014 at 9:58 am
 


Article Headline: BOCC Attempts to Rewrite Citizen Comment Rules


Comment:
Larry should remember the citizens pay his salary. He works for them. Democracy allows the people an opportunity to disagree with those in office. As long as it's done respectfully, the people should be given every opportunity to speak candidly with their elected officials.
Posted by Ed Giacomin on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am
 


Article Headline: Supreme Court Ruling is a Huge Blow to Democracy … or What was Left of It


Comment:
the plutocratic rule by the wealthy is almost assured by a uncaring & politically motivated supreme court .These so called impartial judges always show their true colors by the rulings they make.To bad we can't have term limits for supreme court judges.
Posted by William E.Moore on April 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
 


Article Headline: Theater Review: Asolo Rep's 4000 Miles


Comment:
Give the actors their correct names. Benjamin Williamson!
Posted by Liz rogoff on April 8, 2014 at 7:45 am
 


Article Headline: Four Eminent Domain Takings and Secondhand Good Statute on Tuesday's BOCC Meeting


Comment:
It is a sad day in Manatee County when the BOCC is talking about curtailing the citizen's comment even further than they are now. Two minutes a subject is hardly enough time as it is to get your thoughts over to the commissioners. I think they should change it to at least 3 minutes not try to silence us even further. All citizen comments need to be heard.
Posted by Sara Cohen on April 7, 2014 at 10:55 am
 


Article Headline: Supreme Court Ruling is a Huge Blow to Democracy … or What was Left of It


Comment:
mark, you are totally on point, its all about personal resposibality and freedom. If a person wants to contribute to a political cause then why shouldn't he/she be able to do so, I.e. why should someone in DC tell him/her they can't.

I didn't hear these kind of complaints when the Dems and Obama was getting all that money when they took over the presidency, the house and the senate. Now that that replubs are doing it they appear to have a problem with it.
Posted by Allen Schofield on April 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: Asa Pillsbury’s Indian Mound


Comment:
l was raised nearby Asa Pillsbury home at Palma. sola I knew. Asa personally you are right about the dogs they did scare us as kids when we would go back to see Asa. He used to call his dogs with a bugel.y My father was a boat builder he ran the old Bradenton. Marina. Next to Asa house. I went to school with his great grandson Phelps in. Manatee Co
Posted by Thomas R. Lake on April 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Why Subsidizing Developers on Road Improvements will Lead to More Congestion in Bradenton and Palmetto


Comment:
Not paying for a fair share at the expense of the majority and deregulations seem to be the mantras of too many politicians.
Posted by Tony Tiberini on April 3, 2014 at 10:42 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Why Subsidizing Developers on Road Improvements will Lead to More Congestion in Bradenton and Palmetto


Comment:
Not paying for a fair share at the expense of the majority and deregulations seem to be the mantras of too many politicians.
Posted by Tony Tiberini on April 3, 2014 at 10:42 am
 


Article Headline: Trauma Center Fee Gouging is the Latest Health Care for Profit Scandal


Comment:
I agree with Nancy Dean's comments. Venture capitalists are investing in all facets of health care, and their interest is not in your health.
Posted by Christina Amato on March 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm
 


Article Headline: Trauma Center Fee Gouging is the Latest Health Care for Profit Scandal


Comment:
The observations gleaned from my 50+ years of association with the health care industry, convince me that hospital care is best delivered by non-profit institutions. Some believe that the first duty of a for profit institution is to its stock holders rather than to the patients they serve. My observations support the supposition that patient welfare is not the foremost concern of for-profit hospitals. Most recently seeking forgiveness rather than permission to establish trauma centers suggests a willingness to take expedient actions rather than acting within governmental laws, rules and/or regulations set-up to protect patient safety. Even worse than gouging the public is the real possibility of patient injury or death when seeking back room methods of achieving goals become institutionalized.
Posted by Nancy R Dean, RN, EdD on March 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm
 


Article Headline: Trauma Center Fee Gouging is the Latest Health Care for Profit Scandal


Comment:
it seems that the health industry is just as greedy as ever & it has nothing to do with "obamacare", just old fashioned greed.We will keep being gouged as long as the politicians are in the pockets of special interests & until the voters wake up & wise up to start throwing out these useless representatives of the people & start electing those who will serve all the people ,"but don't count on it"
Posted by William E.Moore on March 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
Joe, thanks making this available. I'm glad that the Bradenton Times continues to give Manatee County residents insight on important information. Keep ip the good work.
Posted by Paul Valenz on March 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm
 


Article Headline: Trauma Center Fee Gouging is the Latest Health Care for Profit Scandal


Comment:
Outrageous gouging for gouging's sake. Not unlike going to a hospital for an out-patient procedure instead of a clinic. What the public needs to know which hospitals claim to have trauma centers and stay away from them. These places are like grass covered snake pits. The innocent public has no idea what they are in for once they walk in the door with a scraped knee.
Posted by Henry Kuhlman on March 30, 2014 at 11:12 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
Glen Gibellina's comment is right on. But to watchdog government is a daunting task for the few who do it. Budgets, meetings, local and state laws to understand (ex. sunshinne and public record laws), following the money behind backroom deals are just a small part of being a 'government watchdog. Then there is the cost of copies, legal help, courthouse filing fees, your gas, your time, meetings to attend and frustration with uncoperative officials. Just to write a public records request requires knowledge of law and exact wording and sometimes a crafty persistance. There are checks, balances, and laws that enable everyday citizens to hold government accountable without high costs and courthouse filing fees. However those laws are full of loopholes and many times the law is simply ignored by those charged with enforcing these avenues of justice. This is what I know to be true from my own 20+ years of citizen activism in Manatee.

As Joe McClash stated, it is not enough to show up and vote. Doing that allows elected officials carte blanche to do whatever because no one is watching.

It is not land development issues, building of roads, bridges, public buildings or other COB or Manatee BOCC meeting agendas we should be most concerned about. It is the driving force behind those issues; power hungry, greedy, self serving, corrupt individuals who sell their souls to Manatee's local power club who has their own self serving agenda. Today's article by Dennis Maley illustrates my point. Maybe Manatee Memorial would not be out of indigent care funds if they were not charging so much much for an ER visit, especially of those who have no health care and use the ER for primary care paid for with county indigent funds. Greed. Who was watching hospital costs and local/state/fed dollars hospitals receive? It should have been hospital board officials, but it was the St. Pete Times and not local citizens. We elect the officials who appointed the officials to the hospital board and we allowed them to go willy nilly into the great universe of taxpayer money to do as they please. You can bet every cent in your pocket that MM lobbied politicians with campaign money to get the law on the books that allows ER's trauma fees.

We will never be free of greed and corruption because it is against human nature, but more watchdogs would lighten the load. Watchdogs need to organize and form a non partisan, non profit pack consisting of citizens from all walks of life, including pro bono attorneys and accountants. This would break down a huge task into managable parts.I would like to see government help fund that group, tax money well spent. Every politician and appointed official should have at least one watchdog citizen overseeing their actions.

I greatly respect the environmental and other citizen groups that work to resolve issues. However while their heroic actions may solve an issue, it is an issue by issue bandaid which does not fix the underlying condition of greed and corpulence which infests all government.

It's hard to change the world. It's more managable to effect change where we live. Always an optimist, yet a practical person, I believe that with more watchdogs, city by city, county by county, state by state, we could clean our nation of most corruption.

I thank watchdog, The Bradenton Times, for their news and opinions which help shed sunshine on government.
Posted by Barbara Elliott on March 30, 2014 at 11:00 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
Good job on this Joe! I also would recommend a book "How to Win a local election". It is a good blue print on grassroots campaigning. It can still be done!
Posted by Jon Bruce on March 30, 2014 at 8:14 am
 


Article Headline: Palmetto CRA Dedicates Home Improvements to Local Resident


Comment:
Bravo Palmetto. I knew it had to be Palmetto, because Manatee County does not do any of that kind of stuff.
Posted by Joe Kane on March 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
I feel $37,681 is to much for school board members to be paid. What happen to the state looking into how our county schools spend OUR money.
Posted by Harry Lane on March 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm
 


Article Headline: Palmetto CRA Dedicates Home Improvements to Local Resident


Comment:
Great article. This is what Manatee County is all about and it's time to get back to the basics of working together and helping each other. Congratulations, Ruby and those who made her dream come true.
Posted by Barbara Angelucci on March 28, 2014 at 10:54 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
Paying commissioners $100,000 a year is a joke! Way too much for what they do.
Posted by Nester Chylak on March 28, 2014 at 8:39 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Want to Do More than Complain About Your Government? Run for Office!


Comment:
Thank you for this article. It is so important to empower the average person.
Posted by Pamela Frese on March 28, 2014 at 7:02 am
 


Article Headline: Commissioners Stew Over FDOT's Pace on University Parkway Interchange


Comment:
The right of way of U Parkway from SRQ to I-75 is wide enough to build a 6 lane limited access highway down the middle with access roads, sidewalks, bus lanes on the sides. In fact it was originally planned to be so; as was US 301 from Myrtle Street in Sarasota to US 41 in Bradenton. The interchanges at I-75 and US 301 should be double flyovers. The whole project may be funded bonding paid off by tolling the middle six lanes. Let the users pay for it.
Posted by Richard Thomas on March 27, 2014 at 8:02 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Commission Agenda Results: 3/25/2014


Comment:
Bustle is having trouble with citizens comments! Well, we are having trouble with most commissioners and developers and their lawyers comments If he persists in trying to curb our right to speak, we will see him in Federal Court.
Posted by Barbara Angelucci on March 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm
 


Article Headline: Citizen's Persistence Paves Way for Parkway Safety


Comment:
Excellent article. Now I am awaiting Rehill's investigation into the county commission to race to the bottom as a tourist destination because of the greed motivated by commissioners to have tax payers pay for developer's dream of another Lakewood Ranch and the nightmare that will produce for the entire county. Stop this insanity. Now.
Posted by Joe Kane on March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am
 


Article Headline: Citizen's Persistence Paves Way for Parkway Safety


Comment:
Excellent article. Now I am awaiting Rehill's investigation into the county commission to race to the bottom as a tourist destination because of the greed motivated by commissioners to have tax payers pay for developer's dream of another Lakewood Ranch and the nightmare that will produce for the entire county. Stop this insanity. Now.
Posted by Joe Kane on March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am
 


Article Headline: Manatee Politics: Commissioner John Chappie's Campaign Bonuses Raise Red Flags


Comment:
It appear the dice are loaded against the people of Manatee County. I wish this information could be available to more voters.
Posted by Helen Jo Williams on March 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm
 


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Name Date
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
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