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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Published Thursday, September 19, 2013
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More than any other social network, Twitter seems to be the preferred platform for hate speech and other displays of vitriolic ignorance. Perhaps this is because small minds are least bothered by its 140-character per-tweet limit. This dynamic was on full display last week when Nina Davuluri became the first American of Indian heritage to win the Miss America pageant, spawning a steady flow of hateful rants reminding the world how truly unexceptional Americans can be.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013


Published Sunday, September 15, 2013
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Russian President Vladimir Putin penned a well-articulated op/ed in Thursday’s New York Times, making a strong case against the United States hastily launched military attacks in Syria. Putin’s motivations are somewhat obvious and doubtfully pacifist. It’s in Russia’s best interest to preserve the vitality of the U.N. Security Council and the permanent member veto, as well as to protect the security of a client state. Still, none of that changes the fact that his argument against unilateral U.S. action is more compelling than those offered in its favor, and the reason is simple: fate has put him on the better side of the argument … at least for now.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013


Published Saturday, September 14, 2013
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BP Funds are coming to a town near you; that is, if you live on the Gulf coast from Texas to Florida and have filed for damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill catastrophe. But Florida has its own ideas of how to best distribute the loot and taxpayers better be on guard to ensure that the cash isn't carried in a leaky bucket.

 

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Thursday, September 12, 2013


Published Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Anna Maria Island politicians have kicked up some sand recently with comments about crowds overwhelming their island's capacity in a way that they say challenges residents' quality of life. They've asked the TDC to back off on tourism and advertising campaigns and have begun discussing the possibility of paid parking at the public beaches. Not unexpectedly, this has ruffled some feathers on the mainland. But the relationship between the two is more symbiotic than most residents will admit and in the end, all sides would be best served by more creative solutions that respect both those who've made their life on the island, as well as other county residents who have a right to enjoy our most treasured public resource.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Published Wednesday, September 11, 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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Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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I have been living on Anna Maria for almost thirty-five years. My mainland friends and neighbors have been celebrating special times with my family at our restaurant for a very long time. We have shared celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries and our children going off to school. We are part of a community that is linked by a bridge, not separated by one.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013


Published Sunday, September 8, 2013
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Wednesday will mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Yet despite a sizable movement to reopen the investigation into what actually happened on that fateful day, no real progress has been made. As a result, the “official” explanation joins a massive body of American history marred by disinformation and the unknown. Despite their best guesses, Americans still don’t know exactly what happened on that day, but can be plenty sure that it was something other than what has been told to them by their government. It is then no wonder that the same government is having such a difficult time selling us on anything at all these days, that might require even a modicum of trust.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013


Published Thursday, September 5, 2013
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To hear many in the mainstream media describe it, the U.S. has been painted into a corner regarding intervention in Syria, where an ongoing civil war has continued to devolve into a bloody, sectarian mess. But regardless of whether the ruling government did or did not use chemical weapons against rebel forces, the idea that U.S. airstrikes will alter the fate of the nation are being met with understandable skepticism. Machine gun diplomacy has been an expensive and disastrous tactic in modern history, and there is little about the Syrian crisis to suggest that this time will be any different.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013


Published Sunday, September 1, 2013
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As (some) Americans debate whether the U.S. government’s massive spying apparatus has overstepped the constitutional limits of police powers, an important element is beginning to draw attention. If citizens believe that the government can see, hear and read everything they communicate, the natural response is to withhold, “self-censorship” as some have called it. In the debate over the feds snooping on their own citizens without probable cause, it’s becoming ever clear that the 4th Amendment holds a critical relationship with the 1st.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013


Published Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Some taxpayers were angry to learn that the county only charged developers half of what it seemingly could have for the applications for a future use map change and countywide text amendment related to the Long Bar Pointe development on Sarasota Bay. The reduced fee, which still should have come before the county commission for a vote, was probably a fair price considering the work that was performed, which of course, represents the real problem.

 

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Obituaries

Name Date
Thomas Shimrock April 18, 2014
Mildred Pace April 19, 2014
Leland Russell April 20, 2014
Jean Ferrante April 21, 2014
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
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