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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Published Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Tuesday's gruelingly long school board meeting, the best that could be said was that no permanent damage was done. A ham-fisted proposal to expand the board to seven members finally died, while continued efforts to not keep looking at the way bond money has been spent and diminish the outside internal audit function were expressed but not quite acted on. Meanwhile, the community awaits the governor's decision on an appointment to fill the pivotal fifth seat on a split board.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Published Friday, July 31, 2015

President John F. Kennedy once remarked, "As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." Too often, the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed in its responsibility to treat our nation's veterans with the respect they deserve and provide them with the care they need.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Published Thursday, July 30, 2015

Manatee County Clerk of the Courts and Comptroller R.B. 'Chips' Shore passed away yesterday at the age of 74. It is commonplace for newspapers to reflect on the contribution of public servants when they cross the great divide, and it is not abnormal for them to receive a considerably generous, perhaps even inflated posthumous appraisal. In the case of Shore's service, that doesn't seem possible. Immeasurable is the first word that comes to mind in terms of the contribution he made to good government in a county that has seen far too little of it. Still, that word seems grossly inadequate.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Published Sunday, July 26, 2015

What is the most relevant word befitting to the entire globe? No matter what language you speak; no matter what subject of concern; from now to the end of time, one word rules: sustainability. Anything that is not sustainable has an expiration date, so, I am going to prematurely announce it as the 2015 'word of the year' for Webster's, Oxford, American and (my favorite) Fowler's dictionaries.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015

It wasn't just the No-Kill program that was a hoax. In a letter this week to the Board of County Commissioners, Manatee County's former Animal Services Shelter Manager Beth Lewis has opened up by giving an account of her experiences running the shelter, and the experiences tell of witnessed incompetence and negligence.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The first part of A Dark Bayshore High School Reunion identified some of the omissions and blunders, the missing records and memories and the dereliction of duty by those who are paid to protect us from toxic environments like the one that may have taken the lives of countless students and staff of the old Bayshore High. Further investigation into the circumstances of this case reveal more deaths possibly related to Bayshore, while connecting the Vo-Tech school, community college and local residents.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Published Sunday, July 19, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush caught hell from working class Americans after suggesting they'd have to start working longer hours in order for the economy to fully rebound. In the age of soundbite politics, such a statement is never going to play well, but let's take a look past the politics and into the policies. Bush was actually addressing some important dynamics, even if he was coming at them from the wrong angle.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Published Saturday, July 18, 2015

This week marked a milestone moment for the U.S. publishing industry with the release of a second novel by literary icon Harper Lee. TBT's Dennis Maley gives his thoughts on what he calls, “a very good book that contains some damn fine writing.”


Friday, July 17, 2015

Published Friday, July 17, 2015

Every town carries some shame, but sooner or later the embarrassments eventually come home to roost. Prosecutors will tell you that the cover-up is often far more criminal than the crime. That might be the case in southwest Manatee County where denial seems to have been the only tool used to fix groundwater contamination. Meanwhile, without answers, graduates of Bayshore High School's original building are left to wonder what role their exposure to the school's environment played in 73 deaths and a multitude of other diseases that are plaguing its alumni at an alarmingly-high rate.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Published Thursday, July 16, 2015

Donald Trump claims his $8 billion net worth is all that needs to be said about his ability to get the U.S. economy back on track. Critics rightfully suggest there's a lot more to national economic policy, but some of the 2016 field's most seasoned pols are likewise crafting questionable sketches of their economic bona fides, by only telling part of the story. At the top of that list sits Hillary Clinton.

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Name Date
Richard Shore, III July 29, 2015
Lisa Casper July 30, 2015
Nancy Rowe July 25, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Allene O'Brien June 23, 2015
Dorothy Hill July 28 2015
David Maberry July 24, 2015
Juanita Floyd June 26, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
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