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Thursday, February 5, 2015


Published Thursday, February 5, 2015
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The Florida Legislature has worked as hard as any other state to obstruct the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), refusing to set up insurance exchanges and turning away more than $50 billion to expand Medicaid to more of the state's poor and uninsured. Yet despite those roadblocks, our state has become perhaps the biggest success story of the President's signature program.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Published Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Does the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, in their mandate as an elected officials and as a public servants, ever see or act in any socially responsible way toward the People they represent? I think not. 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015


Published Sunday, February 1, 2015
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I have to admit that despite following this particular market and its dynamics quite closely, I never thought that I'd again fill my tank at $1.72 per gallon, like I did at Thornton's on SR 64 West this week. The story of how that came to be and whether it can last is an interesting one.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015


Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

What is it with Manatee County Commissioners; could they be any more disconnected from the responsibilities they have sworn to uphold? They seem either unacquainted with the challenges of a democracy or unwilling to perform them. Nothing exhibits their lack of leadership more then the failed duties of Animal Services' No-Kill program, and commissioners' unwillingness to make its much needed changes.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015


Published Thursday, January 29, 2015
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On Tuesday, despite an administrative law judge's recommended order supporting it, the Manatee County School Board voted not to follow Superintendent Rick Mill's recommendation to terminate an assistant principal who'd been convicted of failing to report child abuse. In doing so, the board not only put politics over policy, but it set a dangerous precedent, lowering the bar for what is expected from those who are charged with protecting our children.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015


Published Sunday, January 25, 2015
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To hear some media outlets tell it, a recent scandal over the apparent illegal firing of a state agency head has brought Florida Governor Rick Scott heat from his cabinet and even created a “power struggle” in Tallahassee. In reality, the event has brought little more than soft rhetoric and suggestion, giving the impression that despite what looks like a major breach of state law, the status quo of backroom politics and a disdain for government in the sunshine are poised to be maintained.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Published Thursday, January 22, 2015
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President Obama has made expanding the role played by two-year community colleges a priority in both his education and economic platforms since taking office in 2009. While increases in federal funding have helped bring that goal to fruition, the President upped the ante during Tuesday's State of the Union address, saying he wanted to bring such education on par with universal public primary-schooling, ultimately making it available to all Americans – for free. Could such a paradigm shift be a key component to the 21st century economy?

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Sunday, January 18, 2015


Published Sunday, January 18, 2015
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At Tuesday's Manatee County School Board meeting, the handful of players and citizens still paying attention to the seemingly endless saga of the Manatee High sexual abuse scandal thought they might finally witness a conclusion to one of the most sordid and embarrassing episodes in MCSD history. No such luck. However, in what would have seemed a nearly impossible achievement going in, the soap opera got even shadier.

 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015


Published Saturday, January 17, 2015

This year has surely started out with its share of chaos. News broadcasts have told of terror reports, record rains, record cold and record heat. There have been manhunts and attacks on police being reported like sports scores — and it has only been two weeks! Sometimes it all seems too much to process. Yet in a time when we should be building bridges, it seems that all our local leaders can do is construct walls.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


Published Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Last year, Palma Sola Bay Club developers were granted permission to trim mangroves on a bayside easement across from their site, ostensibly to protect them, in accordance with Florida law. Instead of being trimmed, the mangroves look to have been perilously altered and seem unlikely to survive. Today, the developer is set to go before the planning commission, looking for a recommendation to build an observation deck through the beleagured mangroves.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Alice Cosby July 5, 2015
Rick Kinyon July 3, 2015
William Sanderson _
Albert Kight July 1, 2015
Thomas Presha June 28, 2015
Ralph Senzamici June 26, 2015
Diane Exten June 27, 2015
Jesse Rumberger June 25, 2015
Larry Hurst June 23, 2015
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