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Thursday, February 6, 2014


Published Thursday, February 6, 2014
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A tragic accident in Bradenton on Sunday claimed the lives of three people, while leaving four more seriously injured. The 79-year old driver of a large SUV reportedly became confused about what gear the vehicle was in and backed into a crowd of people who were talking in a parking lot after church. As with all tragedies, we should ask ourselves what can be learned, but in this case the takeaway is already known: Florida simply does not have adequate measures to ensure that its enormous population of elderly drivers remain capable of safely operating motor vehicles as they age.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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I never realized that when I retired as an educator from New York for thirty three years, along with being a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School Superintendent, youth leader, civic leader, and union representative that I would find that I am not wanted in Manatee County. I continue to do my part as a volunteer and caring about the needs of all in Manatee. I am on the board of Healthy Start, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, active in my new church, Turning Points, Reading Pals, AAUW officer, Democratic Women’s Club President for 14 years and now the chair of the Democratic Party.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


Published Sunday, February 2, 2014
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Though I played football in both high school and college, truth is, I haven't remained much of a fan. Today's Super Bowl will only be the third game I've watched this season, and I can't really claim to have much interest in who wins. Nonetheless, like millions of people the world over, there are a lot of things about this day that I enjoy.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
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At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker delivered the county's 2013 Annual Report. But what was to be an assessment of what condition our condition is in, turned out to be a ballyhoo of accolades saluting fellow officials for a job well done. That praise often seemed to be a highly controversial notion.

 

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Friday, January 31, 2014


Published Friday, January 31, 2014
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Florida Legislative pro-life Bill, HB-551, was filed by Charles Van Zant, Florida House of Representatives, District 19, on January 9, 2014. This bill is designed to ban “late-term” abortions defined as after 20-weeks gestation. This bill, if passed and signed into law, would make it illegal to perform abortions in the State of Florida after the 20-week gestation period.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


Published Thursday, January 30, 2014
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As if climate change, our energy woes and an impending world water shortage weren't enough to scare the daylights out of you, many scientists and agricultural researchers are beginning to worry about “peak phosphorus” and the idea that in the near future, we will not be able to mine enough of this non-renewable resource to meet global food demand.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Manatee County Commissioners may be in for a surprise if and when they read the proposed changes to our Land Development Code. It is not just a simple reorganization of the code, as the county administrator suggests, but rather a wholesale obliteration of it.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014


Published Sunday, January 26, 2014
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It's easy to get discouraged when it comes to political activism, where it seems that all too often the good guys lose. And while working for a publication that focuses on local government can be a good way to grow cynical, it also gives you a front row seat to the occasional victory pulled off by the little guy. This week, a beloved local beach was spared because a handful of people stood up to some ham-fisted plans that would have needlessly sacrificed it. I sat down and tallied up the list of such victories just in the last year and when looked at in total, it's nothing short of impressive.

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Published Sunday, January 26, 2014
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Florida has long been the promised land for speculators, as developers and real estate magnates have helped to shape the state in both good and bad ways over the years. The urge by state leaders to populate Florida goes back even further: the Armed Occupation Act of of 1842 was responsible for populating southwest Florida, promising 160 acres for any man willing to bear arms for the state and defend their new homestead with their lives against attack from Native Americans.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014


Published Saturday, January 25, 2014
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As Florida voters get set to weigh the merits of medical marijuana on a 2014 ballot amendment, one reader points to California's water struggles and how they have been exacerbated by the large swaths of land which have been cleared for growing the high-demand crop.

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Obituaries

Name Date
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
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