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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Published Sunday, August 17, 2014

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.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Published Monday, August 11, 2014

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.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Published Sunday, August 10, 2014

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 ...


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014

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.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Published Monday, August 4, 2014

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.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Published Sunday, August 3, 2014

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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Name Date
Veleta Spann October 15, 2014
Josephine Lupoli October 18, 2014
Dimitrios Sokos October 19, 2004
Gary Richelieu October 16, 2004
Aline Funk October 17, 2014
Alice Szakacs October 16, 2014
Deborah Snyder October 20, 2014
Donald Moen October 4, 2014
Edward Dey October 1, 2014
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