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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2000-2001, a sales tax committee was formed while Dr. Nolan was superintendent. In 2002, a 15-year half-cent local sales tax was passed by the good hard working people of Manatee County. This sales tax was for the purpose of funding new construction and needed maintenance on older buildings. At that time, it was estimated that approximately $200 million would fund these new schools and repairs.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On Monday, Manatee County School District Superintendent Rick Mills announced his intent to retire from the position this July. Regardless of the reasons given, there seems little doubt that Mills' decision was a preemptive measure.

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Monday, April 27, 2015


Published Monday, April 27, 2015

By now it is clear that this school board is dysfunctional and lacks the organization and leadership to get anything accomplished. I am constantly receiving calls from county commissioners, parents, teachers, retirees, business leaders – all of whom are outraged. Our meetings have not been productive and have shown steady deterioration in following the law, allowing personal attacks, and in not paying attention to our fundamental focus – the education and safety of children.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015


Published Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The Manatee County School District has released the results of an investigation into suspended investigator Troy Pumphrey and allegations that he falsified his employment application. The investigation report shines a light on the mysterious circumstances of Pumphrey's suspension and, perhaps more importantly, reveals even more troubling news about the school district and its policies.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Published Saturday, April 25, 2015

Global warming and climate change are just the wrong words, and I think that has caused most of the disagreement. Global warming and climate change have been happening for all eternity and always will (see the Law of Uniformitarianism), with or without mankind’s footprint. The climate really changed when the tectonic plates moved. The climate really changes when we have serious volcanic activity or if we get hit by a meteor. Now that's climate change, scientifically speaking.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


Published Thursday, April 23, 2015
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This week marks my 5th anniversary with The Bradenton Times. The last five years have been among the most exciting and rewarding in my professional career, and I'd like to take the opportunity to reflect on that experience in this week’s column.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015


Published Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Since 2009, developers have pocketed somewhere around $30 million in would-be school impact fees on the homes they've built in Manatee County. Now, taxpayers are being told they are going to be asked to further tax themselves in order to pay for new schools that will be needed to facilitate all of those homes. That sounds like taxpayer subsidized growth, a concept Manatee County residents are quite familiar with. The explanations being given on how this situation crept up on our leadership, seem quite inadequate.

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Friday, April 17, 2015


Published Friday, April 17, 2015

I first came to Anna Maria Island more than 50 years ago with my family on vacation. I came every year until 30 years ago when I moved here to raise my family. I have seen a lot of change – some good, some not. Today, I'm most concerned about the lack of balance we've maintained in the push to draw more and more tourists every year.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


Published Thursday, April 16, 2015
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At the conclusion of the 2010 mid-term election, Marco Rubio was the hottest politician in politics. By 2012, the junior Senator from Florida was on Mitt Romney's VP shortlist and by 2013 Time Magazine called him the Savior of the Republican Party. Rubio seemed a shoo-in to contend for his party's presidential nomination in 2016. But a lot has happened in two years, and Rubio now sits as a long shot amid a crowded field. That raises the question of why he would give up a very safe seat in the U.S. Senate to enter a race he seems destined to lose. 

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Published Monday, April 13, 2015

When even intelligent and educated minds discuss U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, a deep and fundamental lack of a historical and cultural context, seems all to common a road block. In this short essay by NYU professor and noted Middle East expert, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, the importance of viewing geopolitical matters and proposed foreign policy through the lens of the Arab world is not only made clear, but facilitated. It is highly recommended reading for those seeking a better understanding of the subject.

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Obituaries

Name Date
William Sanderson _
Albert Kight July 1, 2015
Thomas Presha June 28, 2015
Ralph Senzamici June 26, 2015
Diane Exten June 27, 2015
Jesse Rumberger June 25, 2015
Larry Hurst June 23, 2015
Robert Johnson June 22, 2015
Ralph Wagner June 22, 2015
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