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Thursday, February 12, 2015


Published Thursday, February 12, 2015
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On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board may have outdone itself. In a farcical affair, and using logic that can only be described as absurd, it voted to stick the taxpayers with nearly 20 grand in legal fees that the district had no obligation to pay.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015


Published Sunday, February 8, 2015
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A rare outbreak of measles has cast the once-forgotten disease back into the American conscience – and the political arena, where it has demonstrated how difficult it has become to maintain reasonable opinions in certain circles.

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Friday, February 6, 2015


Published Friday, February 6, 2015

As a kid, I was vaccinated for everything, always, and up to date. It was mandatory if I wanted to go to public school, and as a poor kid in the 50's and 60's I did not have the option of private school or homeschooling. Our generation was proud to help eradicate some childhood diseases. As a scientist, it concerns me to see one discredited piece of junk science influence the vaccination decisions of many parents today, thus threatening the progress we made eradicating measles. This could become a public health crisis with which all of us must deal.

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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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Obituaries

Name Date
Richard Shore, III July 29, 2015
Lisa Casper July 30, 2015
Nancy Rowe July 25, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Allene O'Brien June 23, 2015
Dorothy Hill July 28 2015
David Maberry July 24, 2015
Juanita Floyd June 26, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
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