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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I am pleased to announce that the State of Florida has officially proclaimed August as both Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month and Light It Up Green Month. Florida joins Pennsylvania and Colorado this year in recognizing all 9 muscular dystrophies and 43 neuro-muscular disorders with their own month. This has never been accomplished before, and I look forward to pushing it to go National in 2015. I also look forward to bigger things as well in 2015. But for now we shall celebrate this wonderful event for all it's worth!

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Monday, August 11, 2014


Published Monday, August 11, 2014
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I have read several articles concerning the plane crash on Venice beach that took the lives of a father and his daughter. I would like to voice my opinion as to why this should be considered a criminal act, with the district attorney bringing appropriate charges against the pilot, who can then be evaluated by a judge and jury in our criminal system.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


Published Sunday, August 10, 2014
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I don't like political hyperbole and try to avoid it in my pieces. But when a friend asked me this week about a claim that the recent CIA/Senate spying scandal was “worse than Watergate,” I had one simple and honest answer: "Yes." Here's why ...

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
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Last Tuesday was a sad day for Manatee County citizens and the First Amendment. The bullying of two Manatee County citizens in a recent BOCC meeting by Chairman Larry Bustle is unacceptable. His gestapo style attempt to ban two citizens for their public comments protected by the Constitution is unconscionable, especially by a decorated Air Force pilot who took an oath to uphold the Constitution not only in the military but in his civil responsibility as chairman of the board of county commissioners.

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Monday, August 4, 2014


Published Monday, August 4, 2014
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At the July 30 budget meeting, commissioners and staff struggled to find funds that would make the county whole again. The emotional expressions of unsettled anguish that poured into the camera and audience had more drama than can be found in any downtown theater. And it was all at the expense of the public, because there is something our officials won't tell you.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


Published Sunday, August 3, 2014
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This week, Manatee County Commission Chair Larry Bustle finally blew a gasket in dealing with the dissenting opinions of taxpayers who sign up to give up to three minutes of public comment during the board's twice monthly meeting. Bustle's disdain for public comment has always been obvious and his reactions have often been troubling, but at Tuesday's meeting, he jumped clear off the edge and into the abyss.

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Friday, August 1, 2014


Published Friday, August 1, 2014
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Mary Cantrell’s campaign seems to be nothing more than an act of vengeance for being fired from her job at MTI. Mary’s shocking behavior at a recent event was that of a child having a temper tantrum. It was necessary for her husband to remove her from the podium and lead her out. Observing her attitude and behavior, revenge seems to be the only motivation for her bid for the school board.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


Published Thursday, July 31, 2014
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It appears that after former Manatee Technical Institute Director Mary Cantrell filed to run for the Manatee County School Board, she and MCSD Superintendent Rick Mills had discussions about the possibility of Cantrell returning to her old post. The idea that the administration would broach that subject in the time between the expiration of Cantrell's contract and the August 26 race could raise red flags if such conversations can be seen as having a strategic purpose.

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Monday, July 28, 2014


Published Monday, July 28, 2014
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As Dickens mocked government by naming one branch the Circumlocution Department, because things went round and round but never came out the other end, so corporate welfare and Congress are intimately tied together to go round and round in a rapacious and obvious back scratching exercise,
where Congress votes for subsidies to the companies that then provide campaign donations to help the elected officials get back in office to continue the cycle.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Published Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Seeing as we're about to enter another nasty Florida electoral season, I figured mid July would be a good time to get out on the road and remind myself of all the things I love about this state that I've called home for the last 13 years, so that I might recall them as answers when I inevitably ask myself what the hell I'm doing here amid the absurdity that is sure to precede November 4.

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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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