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Saturday, March 14, 2015


Published Saturday, March 14, 2015

On March 9, governor (and likely presidential candidate) Scott Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin America's 25th "right to work" state. Anti-union conservatives rejoiced. They were joined by some self-described libertarians. But "right to work" isn't libertarian. In fact, it's the exact opposite of libertarian. It abridges freedom of association and right to contract for both unions and employers.

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Friday, March 13, 2015


Published Friday, March 13, 2015

In our busy lives as Americans, it is easy to stay in our routine and not find the time to expand our knowledge about the world. Sure, we can listen to the talking heads from our favorite news outlet or read a headline, but is it unfiltered news? The 3rd annual Conference on Worlds Affairs in St. Pete is an effort to accomplish this goal, and for those in attendance February 26-28, it was well worth the time and effort.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Published Thursday, March 12, 2015
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This week, the battle for control over the billion-dollar entity known as the Manatee County School District took another sordid turn, ensnaring the Bradenton Police Department in a new semi-scandal, after a private detective claimed that the chief of police ran his tags as a favor to a city councilman. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Published Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Considering the rushed manner in which Florida jumped to a new state assessment for its public schools, it was no surprise that the rollout was fraught with problems. State officials need to acknowledge this and negate any consequences associated with its results.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015


Published Sunday, March 8, 2015
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Governor Rick Scott issued the annual State of the State address as the 2015 Florida Legislative Session opened in Tallahassee on Tuesday. The governor spent much time celebrating the good news but received valid criticism for completely ignoring pressing issues, the outlooks of which seemed not nearly as rosy.

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Friday, March 6, 2015


Published Friday, March 6, 2015

The left is up in arms about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a Joint Session of Congress without coordination with the White House. Foreign dignitaries have addressed a Joint Session of Congress on dozens of occasions.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015


Published Thursday, March 5, 2015
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In what can only be attributed to party-politics, Republicans in the Florida House have been holding up Medicaid expansion and more than $50 billion in federal funding for the 800,000 uninsured in our state. With much more suddenly at stake, Republicans in the Florida Senate (which passed expansion 39-1 in 2013) will have to do more to ensure that their party members in the house see the light.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


Published Sunday, March 1, 2015

Many who witnessed last Tuesday's BOCC meeting can honestly say that they didn't feel the love. What one might have detected from the commission was instead their willingness to stereotype and trivialize those with opposing views, and belittle and insult anyone who challenges their actions. But commissioners may know not what they do. Indeed, they may be suffering from a classic case of "groupthink."

 

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Published Sunday, March 1, 2015
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For years, special interests in the communications sector have sought to pad profits by essentially creating fast and slow lanes for information to travel across the internet, and have successfully managed to use political polarization to muddy the issue. Before you complain about Net Neutrality being a big government takeover of the Internet, please, please, please take a second to understand the issue and what is at stake.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015


Published Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hollywood has come up with a new blockbuster entitled American Sniper. It has broken box office records, and not just for the blood and guts theme it might suggest. Rather, it has raised questions about whether ordinary citizens should march with patriotic fervor behind the decisions of our leaders to intervene in foreign lands, or whether foreign adventures truly enhance our security at home. As history and films tend to repeat themselves, Catch-22 and The Deer Hunter prompted similar reactions in moviegoers decades ago. At the third annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, today through Saturday, we once again want our audiences to hear about issues critical to our collective future.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Dana Miller March 27, 2015
Hazel Morrison March 24, 2015
Wanda Rollins March 24, 2015
Charles Tennesen March 23, 2015
Stanley Gralka March 6, 2015
Frances Thomas March 14, 2015
Alma Dauman March 4, 2015
Dorothy Weeks March 14, 2015
Robyn Peters‐Golabek March 14, 2015
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