Bradenton Times News Articles
It’s long been thought that were there to be a 51st state, it would be Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island commonwealth that has had a sometimes complicated status as a U.S. territory dating back to the Spanish-American war. The recent decision by the U.S. to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba has some Puerto Rican activists arguing that the same logic suggests statehood for their country.
Just when you thought it was safe to petition your elected officials in an effort to protect your property and quality of life, reality strikes and your concerns are reduced to no more than an obstacle that stands in the way of the rubber stamp process of big development. The clock is ticking and you've only got three minutes to get out of their way. Welcome to life in Manatee County.more»
Rick Scott shocked the political world when he rode the 2010 Tea Party wave to an unlikely victory over an establishment candidate who was considered bulletproof in the Republican primary, before going on to edge then-CFO Alex Sink that November. His first term was a mixed bag that saw him shift from right-wing outsider to party darling to populist in just four years. With nothing to lose in his second term, it's hard to predict what direction the former hospital chain CEO will go.more»
Hard to believe, but a film about a jazz student and his over-the-top professor may have been the most audacious and brutal film of 2014. In Whiplash, filmmaker Damien Chazelle provokes repulsion from his audience by way of an abusive instructor and the children he tortures toward greatness. Yet the question it ultimately raised for me, a musician who was also a high school athlete, was why behavior that is held in contempt nearly everywhere else, is viewed as acceptable in our society when it is associated with sport.more»
The Manatee County School Board is considering adopting what sounds like a broader policy as to under what circumstances the district would extend legal representation to board members. If it is to avoid putting the taxpayers on the hook for reckless behavior, the board would be best served to narrowly specify when such representation would be withheld – most notably when board members act outside their defined roles.
Who doesn't want to reduce the amount of their electric bill, increase the value of their home, protect themselves against rising energy costs and remove billions of metric tons of global warming pollution from ever being produced? The answer is: your elected officials.more»
When I heard the news, my first thought was that surely it had to be bad intel. I got the phone call right after I woke. Hearing the words didn't make me anxious – no acrid pang in my gut, no cottony mouth. In all honesty, it was almost as if I had to will myself to be appropriately astounded. Brian David Braun couldn't be dead, I told myself. He's a force of nature. Hell, he's been half dead so long that surely he would have grown immune to a fully-lethal dose.more»
Florida has long been the promised land for speculators, as developers and real estate magnates have helped to shape the state in both good and bad ways over the years. The urge by state leaders to populate Florida goes back even further: the Armed Occupation Act of of 1842 was responsible for populating southwest Florida, promising 160 acres for any man willing to bear arms for the state and defend their new homestead with their lives against attack from Native Americans.more»
On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott gave his State of the State address, kicking off the annual 60-day legislative scramble. The event was not unlike an annual shareholder meeting, with the CEO cheerleading investors who'd had a good year, blatantly patting himself on the back in the process. The only problem was that just like those meetings, our CEO was only speaking to the small class of winners, while the large masses who'd been left behind were nowhere to be found.more»
Florida has suffered a recent spat of senseless violence in the form of high-profile shootings that have led to renewed calls to repeal our controversial Stand Your Ground laws. While I fully support such a repeal, I’d like to take a look at the bigger picture and ask why we seem to have become a society whose new social norms almost seem to guarantee the escalation of any confrontation.more»