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Friday, November 28, 2014


Published Friday, November 28, 2014

Who doesn't want to reduce the amount of their electric bill, increase the value of their home, protect themselves against rising energy costs and remove billions of metric tons of global warming pollution from ever being produced? The answer is: your elected officials.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014


Published Thursday, November 27, 2014
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The world seems to be made up of two kinds of people: those who view Black Friday as an integral part of our social fabric, and those who see it as the scourge of the holiday season. I am firmly entrenched in the latter camp. If you feel my pain, here are some great (and socially responsible) ways to shop for the holidays without diving down into the muckety muck of the big box retailers. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Published Sunday, November 23, 2014
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This week, the Senate defeated a bill to enable the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to transport tar sand oil from Canada to the U.S. The "victory" is likely symbolic, given the fact that Congress is about to flip when the new members are seated. But there's more to the issue than just oil.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


Published Thursday, November 20, 2014
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On Tuesday evening, a new Manatee County School Board was seated. It was the first time in modern history that a majority of its members had classroom teaching experience. The body then elected its new chair. It felt like a new beginning in more ways than one. With its darkest days behind it and fiscal stability restored, the district seems poised to move into calmer waters where more attention can again be focused on its primary function of educating our young. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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The elections are behind us and after a particularly emotional school board race, the time is upon us to look forward. Regardless of who you supported or voted for, Dr. Mary Cantrell won the race and will be seated on the new board. A close look at her qualifications suggests that she has done much to earn the support of our community, and there is every indication that she has the potential to be a dynamic board member who can benefit the district and our community. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014


Published Sunday, November 16, 2014
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Lakewood Ranch residents are known to generally show little interest in county issues that extend west of the interstate. Recently, they showed up en masse to oppose a 7-story residential development in their East County enclave but were slapped down by the BOCC. Smart growth advocates who regularly watchdog the commission let out a little collective chuckle at the scene. It seemed to say, Welcome to Manatee County. In case you haven't noticed, you live (and vote) here.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

It happens every year. I guess you can call it a professional hazard, though I suspect it's common to amateur political junkies as well – election night, followed by a bad case of the Post Election Blues. Fortunately, I've found a cure.

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Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

Many people seem to think that this country well be saved now that we will have a Republican controlled Senate after January 20. Maybe not. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014


Published Sunday, November 9, 2014
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Republicans were expected to do well on Tuesday, but any way you look at it, they surpassed even the most optimistic expectations. On a local, state and national level, Tuesday night belonged to the GOP.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014


Published Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Tuesday's local elections focused primarily on two races. All three of our state legislators got walkovers and our local Congressional contest was over before it started. Aside from a few of our city races that all went according to conventional wisdom, the collective interest was focused on races for the county commission and school board, where Carol Whitmore routed Terri Wonder and Mary Cantrell beat Julie Aranibar.

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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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