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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Published Sunday, August 31, 2014
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The Manatee County School District is hoping to respond to an expressed desire from the public to prioritize the security of students by using armed guards in elementary schools, most of which have lost their school resource officers to the financial fiasco suffered by the district at the hands of the previous administration. The district is pushing what sounds like a common sense plan to be able to afford armed security in every elementary school, in addition to deputies in middle and high schools. To almost no one's surprise, they are meeting resistance.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Published Thursday, August 28, 2014
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On Tuesday, Republican County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino won a landslide victory over Republican challenger Tim Norwood in a two-way open primary. However, the night before she delivered the victory, members of her own party – her own commission no less – were trying to have her kicked out of the local club. The incident, along with the race results, seem to demonstrate how terribly out of touch many Republican politicians seem to be with the voters they supposedly represent.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


Published Sunday, August 24, 2014
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At this week's port authority meeting, Manatee County Commissioner and Port Authority Board Chair Carol Whitmore sounded the alarm that Port Manatee Director Carlos Buqueras might be hired away, were his already handsome compensation package not soon enhanced. It seems that when it comes to high-level administrators, such talk has become increasingly common even if the stated justifications don't seem to hold water.

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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014
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As a member of the Citizens Superintendent Selection Committee in early 2013, we were charged with seeking out a superintendent who could straighten out the utter financial mess and operational chaos that the previous administration and school board had created. Taxpayer dollars were being terribly misappropriated and misspent, morale was at an all-time low, the administration was so corrupt that the then superintendent resigned unexpectedly.

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Friday, August 22, 2014


Published Friday, August 22, 2014
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As you know I am very concerned about impact fees in Manatee County. Specifically I am concerned that the county is missing revenue collecting opportunities. That failure will have serious future consequences. I do not believe that it is fair to make county taxpayers pay for expansion of infrastructure or services that are necessitated because of new construction. County taxpayers should only be responsible to sustain the present level of services, to maintenance of present infrastructure, and to replace or update old or inefficient infrastructure.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


Published Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Over the past decade, even small local police departments have begun looking more and more like heavily weaponized military units. The public response to what we are now seeing up close in Ferguson, MO has largely been one of shock, with many Americans quite surprised at what looked more like a scene from our recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, than the streets of a small town in our country's heartland.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Whom would you rather have on the school board in Manatee County – a long-time resident in a certain district or someone who is much better qualified? I personally prefer the latter. Thus, I prefer both Dr. Mary Cantrell and Frank Brunner. That’s why they recently took up residency in their respective districts. They want what’s best for Manatee schools – and they are better educated, have broader and longer experience, and evidence a much better grasp of what needs to be done to make our schools better and more cost-effective.

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Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Frank Brunner, school board candidate District 4, has a motto: “It’s time for experienced leadership.” Let’s explore just how effective his leadership was both now and during his past time on the School Board.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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These initials regard the Manatee County School Board District 4 race and stand for: Anybody-But-Brunner. Why you might ask?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Published Sunday, August 17, 2014
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As I sit down to write this, it’s with mixed feelings but with the compelling commitment that “we the people” need to act and vote on the upcoming school board election with the best information available to us. Our school district and the board that leads it are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround, all of which could change disastrously with the outcome at the polls.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Bonny Cloud September 18, 2014
Marion Forbes September 15, 2014
Emma LaSota September 6, 2014
Elizabeth Pagliarulo September 11, 2014
Joseph Bische August 31, 2014
Jeanette Zerwin September 12, 2014
Janie Thielen September 12, 2014
Richard Schluederberg, Sr. September 10, 2014
Anne Teyssier August 28, 2014
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