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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Published Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Manatee County School District has released the results of an investigation into suspended investigator Troy Pumphrey and allegations that he falsified his employment application. The investigation report shines a light on the mysterious circumstances of Pumphrey's suspension and, perhaps more importantly, reveals even more troubling news about the school district and its policies.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Published Saturday, April 25, 2015

Global warming and climate change are just the wrong words, and I think that has caused most of the disagreement. Global warming and climate change have been happening for all eternity and always will (see the Law of Uniformitarianism), with or without mankind’s footprint. The climate really changed when the tectonic plates moved. The climate really changes when we have serious volcanic activity or if we get hit by a meteor. Now that's climate change, scientifically speaking.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Published Thursday, April 23, 2015

This week marks my 5th anniversary with The Bradenton Times. The last five years have been among the most exciting and rewarding in my professional career, and I'd like to take the opportunity to reflect on that experience in this week’s column.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Published Sunday, April 19, 2015

Since 2009, developers have pocketed somewhere around $30 million in would-be school impact fees on the homes they've built in Manatee County. Now, taxpayers are being told they are going to be asked to further tax themselves in order to pay for new schools that will be needed to facilitate all of those homes. That sounds like taxpayer subsidized growth, a concept Manatee County residents are quite familiar with. The explanations being given on how this situation crept up on our leadership, seem quite inadequate.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Published Friday, April 17, 2015

I first came to Anna Maria Island more than 50 years ago with my family on vacation. I came every year until 30 years ago when I moved here to raise my family. I have seen a lot of change – some good, some not. Today, I'm most concerned about the lack of balance we've maintained in the push to draw more and more tourists every year.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Published Thursday, April 16, 2015

At the conclusion of the 2010 mid-term election, Marco Rubio was the hottest politician in politics. By 2012, the junior Senator from Florida was on Mitt Romney's VP shortlist and by 2013 Time Magazine called him the Savior of the Republican Party. Rubio seemed a shoo-in to contend for his party's presidential nomination in 2016. But a lot has happened in two years, and Rubio now sits as a long shot amid a crowded field. That raises the question of why he would give up a very safe seat in the U.S. Senate to enter a race he seems destined to lose. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

Published Monday, April 13, 2015

When even intelligent and educated minds discuss U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, a deep and fundamental lack of a historical and cultural context, seems all to common a road block. In this short essay by NYU professor and noted Middle East expert, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, the importance of viewing geopolitical matters and proposed foreign policy through the lens of the Arab world is not only made clear, but facilitated. It is highly recommended reading for those seeking a better understanding of the subject.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Published Sunday, April 12, 2015

Manatee County School District officials announced this week that they would seek public approval of a one millage point school property tax increase, an extension of the half-cent sales tax option and $150 million in new debt to build more schools. The items would appear as referendums on the November 2016 ballot. The district and its board has a considerable amount of work to do in the interim, if they expect to earn the public's trust to manage such an enormous investment.  

Published Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Manatee County School District is once again addressing another issue of the Frazier investigation. There is little doubt that the board will vote to approve the legal fees for Matthew Kane in the amount of over $49,000. The board has been consistent in whitewashing everyone connected to the scandal at Manatee High School. 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Published Saturday, April 11, 2015

"They thought all along that they could call me a libertarian and hang that label around my neck like an albatross," Rand Paul said in 2010 during his Republican primary campaign for US Senate, "but I'm not a libertarian." Paul prevailed, but seems to want to forget that disclaimer now that he's running for President.

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Name Date
George Bushong April 24, 2015
Confesor Corniel-Rodriguez April 19, 2015
John Colleary _
Nelson Crosby April 18, 2015
Carmen Andersen April 19, 2015
Merlin Gnegy April 18, 2015
Lilian Gonzalez April 18, 2015
Donna Hill April 18, 2015
Roy Tunstall April 17, 2015
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