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Sunday, October 6, 2013


Published Sunday, October 6, 2013
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The Democratic Party might be united against the fractured GOP in the battle to reopen the government, but there are still deep divides within their own ranks as they ponder the post-Obama era. Crisis politics often result in temporary unity, but they also have a way of revealing rifts. The past year has demonstrated just how loosely tied many of the coalitions on both sides of the aisle are. Here’s why that’s a good thing for America.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013


Published Thursday, October 3, 2013
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The GOP often likes to remind Americans that they are “the party of Lincoln,” something that has become increasingly difficult to remember in modern times. This week, they could not have seemed less Lincolnesque as they engaged in a form of governance that clearly put the will of a few over the greater good of many.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013


Published Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Marketplaces for the Affordable Care Act open for business this Tuesday. Companies will begin selling health insurance on open exchanges to people who don't have coverage through their employer, the VA, Medicare or Medicaid. The launch will mark a major milestone in the historic (though admittedly imperfect) law's long and rocky road to implementation and while many Americans are still opposed to "Obamacare," those who have for too long been priced out of the market or discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013


Published Saturday, September 28, 2013
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In times of tragedy, America comes together as a nation to support each other as we pick ourselves back up and rebuild what we have lost. We are a nation who understands that “United We Stand” is more than just a motto, and these words are never truer than in horrific times like last week's Navy Yard shooting. We come together to do what needs to be done during trying times, and solidarity is a virtue that always surfaces to show the silver lining in our nation’s darkest clouds.

 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Published Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Even the experts are having a hard time assessing the current housing market, as conflicting reports and inconsistent metrics make it difficult to predict which direction things will turn, especially when even relatively minor events have major impacts on a fragile recovery. One thing that everyone does seem to agree on, is that things will be more stable, healthy and predictable when more mortgages are made up of the sort of traditional loans and lending factors that once made real estate nearly as dependable as a Swiss timepiece. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much emphasis on making that the case.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Our State of Florida needs to pause and examine Common Core so the legislators, parents and school official can better understand what Common Core Standards will do to the education and future of Florida’s children. We need some legal experts to review the standards and decide if they violate the state constitution. Common Core is education without Representation.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013


Published Sunday, September 22, 2013
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The Fed has been back in the news this week for two reasons. First, controversial political figure Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration as Fed Chair Ben Bernake’s replacement, when the latter’s term expires in January of 2014. Second, Bernanke announced that the Fed would not taper off its bond-purchasing program as previously indicated, giving a jolt to markets. Both matters are significant to our still fragile economy. Here’s an easily-understood explanation as to why.

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Friday, September 20, 2013


Published Friday, September 20, 2013
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My neighborhood is Location, Location, Location, as realtors like to say. We are 20 minutes from Anna Maria Island, walking distance to McKechnie Field, Best Barbecue ever, near to The Village of the Arts, Old Main Street, as well as Riverwalk and major shopping venues. It sounds ideal, right? Not so much. It is an older neighborhood. We have slumlords that don’t take care of their properties, rent to questionable folks who are frequently evicted and most importantly, we have crime.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Published Thursday, September 19, 2013
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More than any other social network, Twitter seems to be the preferred platform for hate speech and other displays of vitriolic ignorance. Perhaps this is because small minds are least bothered by its 140-character per-tweet limit. This dynamic was on full display last week when Nina Davuluri became the first American of Indian heritage to win the Miss America pageant, spawning a steady flow of hateful rants reminding the world how truly unexceptional Americans can be.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013


Published Sunday, September 15, 2013
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Russian President Vladimir Putin penned a well-articulated op/ed in Thursday’s New York Times, making a strong case against the United States hastily launched military attacks in Syria. Putin’s motivations are somewhat obvious and doubtfully pacifist. It’s in Russia’s best interest to preserve the vitality of the U.N. Security Council and the permanent member veto, as well as to protect the security of a client state. Still, none of that changes the fact that his argument against unilateral U.S. action is more compelling than those offered in its favor, and the reason is simple: fate has put him on the better side of the argument … at least for now.

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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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