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Sunday, April 19, 2015


Published Sunday, April 19, 2015
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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.

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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.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


Published Thursday, April 16, 2015
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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. 

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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.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015


Published Sunday, April 12, 2015
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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.  

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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. 

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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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Friday, April 10, 2015


Published Friday, April 10, 2015

On the Saturday that came a week before Easter Sunday, the Rubonia Easter egg hunt was full of food, fun, games and music, with more than fifty children gathering hundreds of eggs at the town's community center. But beyond the festive excitement and glee in the eyes of the young, lies a commitment on the faces of the elders of this nearly 100 year old historical African-American community; a duty to hold on to the honor once bestowed.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


Published Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Jeb Bush might be the Florida Republican getting the most ink in the daily news cycle, but the trickle down of GOP pols looking to vie for higher office remains considerable. With Marco Rubio set to throw his hat in the presidential ring next week, the rest of the state's Republicans have begun moving their pieces around the chessboard.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Published Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I am frequently asked why Washington seems incapable of resolving our nation’s biggest challenges. Gridlock and dysfunction have come to define a broken political system. But last week something unusual happened — bipartisanship broke out in Washington.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Lilian Gonzalez April 18, 2015
Donna Hill April 18, 2015
Roy Tunstall April 17, 2015
Robert Dekar April 16, 2015
Duward Bunch April 15, 2015
Tom Mobley April 8, 2015
Kay Anderson April 11, 2015
Kristine McGuire April 12, 2015
Donald Gifford April 6, 2015
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