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Thursday, June 12, 2014


Published Thursday, June 12, 2014
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As a veteran, I am appalled by the idea that those who have served our country and sacrificed themselves physically in doing so would have received anything less than adequate health care through the VA. As a recipient of that care, however, I can attest that I have never received anything but competent and professional treatment from skilled and dedicated employees and physicians. VA treatment is held to an incredibly high standard that is incomparable to the private sector. If it's not fulfilling its stated mission, then let's focus on making sure the resources are in place to do so and that investment and performance expectations are sensibly aligned.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


Published Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Wednesday, Florida's redistricting trial came to a close, with lawyers agreeing to submit closing arguments in writing next week. Whatever the ruling, it's sure to be appealed and we'll be lucky to have it sorted out by the 2016 elections. What the trial did give us, however, was an inside look at how little regard the corrupt Florida Legislature has for the very constitution it is sworn to uphold.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


Published Thursday, June 5, 2014
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This week, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office's Red Light Camera Analysis Team gave a presentation to the Manatee County Commission that seemed to validate the lead criticism of red light camera opponents, that being that their chief function is to create revenues rather than the promotion of safe driving.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


Published Sunday, June 1, 2014
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When I'm out and about, I'm often hit with complaints about the media in general, its various actual or perceived biases and how often we seem to get the facts wrong. There's certainly some fairness in such criticism and far more often than I'd like to admit, I wind up embarrassed by things that occur in my industry. But there's also the flip side to that coin, which can in many ways be seen as driving the problem. For too many readers, it seems as if the truth is ultimately secondary to the position they're ideologically aligned with.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014


Published Saturday, May 31, 2014
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As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2014! I would also like to thank and congratulate all the parents and families of each graduate, this is a memory moment for all!  Enjoy that walk and be sure to take a look back over the stage and catch the view of the full house cheering you on to college & careers!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


Published Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Major Neil Franklin isn't your typical medical marijuana advocate. Franklin was a police officer for 34 years before becoming executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of cops, judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs because of their personal experience in waging it. Franklin lets us know why he thinks Amendment 2 is right for Florida.

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Monday, May 26, 2014


Published Monday, May 26, 2014
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Short of astronomers actually locating the center of the universe, it seems most Manatee County Commissioners will continue to believe that it lies at the center of their dais. There may have been a time when citizens were willing to give commissioners the benefit of the doubt when it came to their duty of protecting the people and property of Manatee County, but many citizens now feel commissioners are ineffective and far too comfortable living in their delusion of adequacy.

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Published Monday, May 26, 2014
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Area resident Charles Senf has been a prolific writer of letters to the editor to various local papers for many years. Recently, he took aim at an email that he received from the Vern Buchanan for Congress campaign.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


Published Sunday, May 25, 2014
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On Thursday, Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court for investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's civil war, which has now been raging for three years. This is just the latest in an ongoing deadlock among world powers who all have a role in failing to meaningfully address the crisis.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


Published Thursday, May 22, 2014
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The Manatee County School District has been a lightning rod for criticism and controversy for the better part of the last four years. Despite an impressive economic turnaround under its new leadership, the bad news keeps coming, as more past misdeeds come to light. However, despite bump after bump in the rocky road, the district will soon have its first budget with a positive balance in the last four years, and there are still plenty of good things happening in our schools. Under the circumstances, that seems like a pretty good record.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Donald King December 21, 2014
Jean Perry December 20, 2014
Daniel van der Kooy December 20, 2014
Marion Hargreaves December 19, 2014
Patrick Cooney December 19, 2014
Frederick Baas December 17, 2014
Wanda Pooley December 15, 2014
Agnes Haynes December 15, 2014
Thelma Mathis December 14, 2014
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