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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The concerns regarding Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, the non-profit organization responsible for operating the ambitious rowing facility venture near the border of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, raise a big red flag for a project that includes a huge public investment and benefits politically connected developers. While SANCA has rectified the missing financial reports needed to regain the ability to solicit private donations, taxpayers now need to be concerned with whether or not they will.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


Published Sunday, April 13, 2014
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If you want to be a serious student of conservation, you'd better have a strong stomach. Every subject you take on is likely to keep you up at night – declining fossil fuels, precious metals and water reserves, climate change, food insecurity, etc. That's why it's so incredibly refreshing to visit the Historic Green Village on Anna Maria Island, where one ambitious couple have created a living, breathing model of the infrastructure required to operate our society in a way that will be sustainable for generations to come, while demonstrating to skeptics the immense potential of existing technology.

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Published Sunday, April 13, 2014
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About three years ago, I wrote a column about an unusual hobby: fossil and artifact hunting. In Search of the Missing Link followed a local Manatee man to several excavation sites around the county while he looked for artifacts. While the article received a fair amount of criticism because it is illegal to dig for artifacts on state-owned and controlled lands, including all waterways, it caught the attention of several educators who wanted to work with Jake, an amateur archeologist, because he had more experience in the field than professionals who spent much of their time in classroom.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
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For the final production of its 2013/14 season, the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training takes on Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of the Sophocles classic Antigone. An ambitious production to say the least, the play nonetheless gives the student actors ample opportunity to show off their thematic chops.

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Published Friday, April 11, 2014
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Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker seeks to change the way property taxes are spent. His plan has been presented and placed into motion by a majority of the county commissioners. The focus is said to be jobs and revitalization; however, the plan may actually create havoc for public safety.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


Published Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Earlier this month, the State of Florida Clemency Board heard testimony aimed to compel members to reduce a 10-year sentence given to a local football coach who accidentally killed his best friend in a drunk driving accident. In following the case, I've found that it raises a valid moral question that we don't seem completely comfortable addressing. Should a willing (and equally inebriated) passenger in a DUI crash be viewed the same as other victims under the law?

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


Published Sunday, April 6, 2014
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This week's Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC was a nuclear bomb detonated on the capital city of those fighting to get the money out of politics – or as I like to call it, the only thing close to a silver bullet in fixing our parenthetically inept political system. After ruling that corporations are people and free to spend unlimited amounts of cash buying elections, I suppose it's a logical extension that people are people and should be able to do the same. But this is about much more than the issue at hand. It's another powerful victory in a battle to overcome the chief obstacle to oligarchy rule in a democratic system – those pesky elections.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014


Published Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases related to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance policies to include contraceptive care. In both cases, the companies claimed that contributing to employer-sponsored plans that would provide those services to their employees violated their religious beliefs. Given the arguments that were presented, legal experts are beginning to note the profound impact and various ripple effects the decision might have, but the overtly political nature of the complaints should not be ignored.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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In honor of Deaf History Month, Florida Attorney Reggie Garcia makes the argument for a chapter yet to be written. The failure to accommodate deaf residents’ communication needs often results in severe and tragic consequences, including the failure to receive a proper education, higher rates of unemployment, medical misdiagnosis and the greater likelihood of wrongful conviction.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Recently, the Manatee County Commission has made several troubling decisions regarding the prioritization of roadway projects, even going so far as eliminating the use of local funds, mostly generated from development impact fees. This change will now use state and federal funds, robbing scarce dollars needed to eliminate traffic congestion in our downtown areas. State law, along with Manatee County's own comp plan, requires “new development pay for its fair share of the cost of County Capital Facilities required to accommodate new development through the imposition of Impact Fees.” Using state and federal dollars to subsidize private developers does not meet that criteria, nor is it a square deal for citizens.

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Obituaries

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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