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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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Friday, July 25, 2014


Published Friday, July 25, 2014
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In doing my research, and with the help of Richard Jackson’s excellent writings, I have assembled an analysis of how we arrived at our present state of affairs.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Published Thursday, July 24, 2014
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On Wednesday, the Florida Public Service Commission wrapped up three days of dog and pony show "hearings" that will likely pave the way for utility companies to dramatically cut their energy conservation goals over the next half decade. Given what we know about energy production, future demand and Florida's precarious vulnerability to rising sea levels, this might seem to land somewhere between counterintuitive and insane, which is to say pretty much par for the course in the Sunshine State.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Published Sunday, July 20, 2014
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TBT Editor and Featured Columnist Dennis Maley is on vacation this week. He and his 10-year-old son embarked on their 8th annual summer road trip, but instead of the usual cross-country jaunt, they decided to do an all-Florida edition. The duo sent back some pictures of the iconic, rare, beautiful and sometimes downright weird things they've come across.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


Published Sunday, July 13, 2014
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As predicted, the criminal trials of a handful of Manatee School District administrators who were facing charges for their roles in failing to report allegations of sexual abuse didn't yield much. However, the notion that the outcomes somehow mean there wasn't a huge problem, or that those administrators lived up to what kids, parents, teachers and taxpayers should expect from them is misguided to say the least.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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The Manatee County Commission has a meeting scheduled for August 26. That is also the date of the primary election in which two commissioners face challenges. This could be a simple and easily-resolved scheduling glitch, though it was brought up to the board and administration some time ago and action has yet to be taken. When you consider that the two commissioners who are in contested races that day have often found themselves at odds with both the board chair and county administrator on key issues, it's fair to wonder whether there's an element of payback at work.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


Published Thursday, July 3, 2014
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This week's SCOTUS decision on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violated the constitutional rights of two family-owned companies has triggered an even more rabid debate over freedom of as well as from religion. However, what seems like an intractable disagreement could – and perhaps should – move us toward a day when health insurance is no longer associated with employers.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014


Published Sunday, June 29, 2014
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To say that the Manatee County School District has faced a complicated array of challenges over the past couple of years would be a criminal understatement. From multimillion dollar budget errors to misusing bond revenue and other funding sources, the district has dug itself into a hole that has left taxpayers scratching their head. Board members and administrators often vent frustration as to the public's inability to understand the issues they are enraged over, but if they want to impact the dynamic there would be no better way than a dose of local government civics in the curriculum.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Patricia Ritchlin September 25, 2014
Glennava Inman September 25, 2014
Jo-Ann Cherry September 22, 2014
Emma Engelmann September 20, 2014
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
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