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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Published Thursday, January 9, 2014
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When Robin DiSabatino decided to leave the world of real estate and run for the Manatee County Commission I was among the skeptics – as she reminded me when she filed for reelection this week. Having amassed one of the largest campaign war chests in Manatee County political history – the vast majority from development-related interests – it was easy to assume that if elected, she would be just another puppet for the big-dollar builders who own most of the votes. Three years into her first term, I'll happily admit that I was wrong.

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Published Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Developers may have withdrawn their current application for a future use map amendment at Long Bar Pointe, but that doesn't mean the battle to preserve this ecologically-sensitive portion of Sarasota Bay is over. One reader suggests that the county take steps to ensure the future viability of this important, resource-rich swath of Manatee County bay front. 

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Friday, January 3, 2014


Published Friday, January 3, 2014
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It's a good bet that soon after the new Florida legislature convenes on March 4, 2014, lawmakers will be pushing a very hot-button issue -- gambling. Proponents like State Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford want constitutional amendments that would expand Florida's restricted gambling laws. Their opposition, which includes Disney and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, say more than just gambling is at stake.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014


Published Thursday, January 2, 2014
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While the politicized talking points used after the Benghazi attacks were generally accepted by most Americans as having been no worse than “mishandled,” brewing scandals at the IRS and DOJ have Americans of all stripes outraged and rethinking everything that comes out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Let's take a look at a week's worth of scandals.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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That would be the perfect theme for the wrap party as state lawmakers close out the 2013 legislative session. As they say, you can put liptstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. Our so-called representatives in Tallahassee, however, seem to think that all a bad idea needs is pretty, new packaging and a little bit of re-tuned rhetoric in order to slip by as something less than terrible. The best thing you can say about the last 60 days might be that at least some of the swine failed to pass by undetected. 

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Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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To whose benefit is it that our dwindling number of wetlands continue to be squandered? To whose benefit is it that wetlands be exchanged for retention ponds? Developer Carlos Beruff, who sits on the board of SWFWMD, says, "Retention ponds aren't wetlands, but they are very close." Yes Mr. Beruff, like ponies are close to unicorns; as if to say, in illusion only.

 

 

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Published Tuesday, December 31, 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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Published Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Enterprise Florida has more sink than swim and losses over wins, yet the governor continues to parade it as a victory trophy. What's really going on? Is this glitterati drowning out the sucking sound of fleecing at a grandiose scale? Because when we take away the hype, we find that our wallets are only getting lighter. 

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Monday, December 30, 2013


Published Monday, December 30, 2013
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Covering a breaking story in which information is at a premium and demand is rather high, never makes for an easy day in the newsroom. Add in the emotional nature of a tragic event and the likelihood that information will be rushed to copy escalates, but the series of blunders and irresponsible coverage surrounding last week's events in Boston revealed major flaws in an industry that has become increasingly less of a service and much more of a product.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013


Published Sunday, December 29, 2013
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If Senator Rand Paul's recent filibuster of new CIA Director John Brennan's Senate confirmation hearings received adequate coverage in the mainstream media, it certainly didn't benefit from a fair perspective. Paul raised a very important question on a historic subject, the concern for which has largely seemed isolated to the Libertarian movement. Outside of a small minority on the most progressive fringe of the party's base, most Democrats have given the President a pass on a policy that has included assassinating U.S. citizens abroad. But had it been implemented by Dick Cheney and John Ashcroft, I suspect it would have driven them to the streets in protest.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Sue Styers Aug 29, 2014
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Joseph Dabek August 20, 2014
Edna Mills August 21, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Mabel Berry April 20, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Mildred Haas August 15, 2014
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