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Friday, August 22, 2014


Published Friday, August 22, 2014
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As you know I am very concerned about impact fees in Manatee County. Specifically I am concerned that the County is missing revenue collecting opportunities. That failure will have serious future consequences. I do not believe that it is fair to make County taxpayers pay for expansion of infrastructure or services that are necessitated because of new construction. County taxpayers should only be responsible to sustain the present level of services, to maintenance of present infrastructure, and to replace or update old or inefficient infrastructure.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


Published Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Over the past decade, even small local police departments have begun looking more and more like heavily weaponized military units. The public response to what we are now seeing up close in Ferguson, MO has largely been one of shock, with many Americans quite surprised at what looked more like a scene from our recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, than the streets of a small town in our country's heartland.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Whom would you rather have on the school board in Manatee County – a long-time resident in a certain district or someone who is much better qualified? I personally prefer the latter. Thus, I prefer both Dr. Mary Cantrell and Frank Brunner. That’s why they recently took up residency in their respective districts. They want what’s best for Manatee schools – and they are better educated, have broader and longer experience, and evidence a much better grasp of what needs to be done to make our schools better and more cost-effective.

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Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Frank Brunner, school board candidate District 4, has a motto: “It’s time for experienced leadership.” Let’s explore just how effective his leadership was both now and during his past time on the School Board.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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These initials regard the Manatee County School Board District 4 race and stand for: Anybody-But-Brunner. Why you might ask?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Published Sunday, August 17, 2014
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As I sit down to write this, it’s with mixed feelings but with the compelling commitment that “we the people” need to act and vote on the upcoming school board election with the best information available to us. Our school district and the board that leads it are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround, all of which could change disastrously with the outcome at the polls.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I am pleased to announce that the State of Florida has officially proclaimed August as both Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month and Light It Up Green Month. Florida joins Pennsylvania and Colorado this year in recognizing all 9 muscular dystrophies and 43 neuro-muscular disorders with their own month. This has never been accomplished before, and I look forward to pushing it to go National in 2015. I also look forward to bigger things as well in 2015. But for now we shall celebrate this wonderful event for all it's worth!

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Monday, August 11, 2014


Published Monday, August 11, 2014
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I have read several articles concerning the plane crash on Venice beach that took the lives of a father and his daughter. I would like to voice my opinion as to why this should be considered a criminal act, with the district attorney bringing appropriate charges against the pilot, who can then be evaluated by a judge and jury in our criminal system.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


Published Sunday, August 10, 2014
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I don't like political hyperbole and try to avoid it in my pieces. But when a friend asked me this week about a claim that the recent CIA/Senate spying scandal was “worse than Watergate,” I had one simple and honest answer: "Yes." Here's why ...

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
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Last Tuesday was a sad day for Manatee County citizens and the First Amendment. The bullying of two Manatee County citizens in a recent BOCC meeting by Chairman Larry Bustle is unacceptable. His gestapo style attempt to ban two citizens for their public comments protected by the Constitution is unconscionable, especially by a decorated Air Force pilot who took an oath to uphold the Constitution not only in the military but in his civil responsibility as chairman of the board of county commissioners.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Edna Mills Aug 21, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Mabel Berry April 20, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Mildred Haas August 15, 2014
Virginia Townsend August 14, 2014
Richard Berger August 16, 2014
Daniel Ibasfalean August 17, 2014
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