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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Published Thursday, February 19, 2015

Billions of environmental dollars are on their way to be flushed down into the ground with the dry-cleaning fluid, surface-water, wastewater and reverse-osmosis brine. Officials will tell us that there, deep beneath our feet, the people have an investment which will grow in the form of a water reservoir, hedging the cost for future water shortages. But it's more about funneling funds than culling water; more about bracing for skyrocketing water-fees than a cost-saving solution.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Published Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan confirmed he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, should Marco Rubio run for President. While the temptation of higher office always seems to call, there are many reasons the Congressman might be better off staying put.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Can't we all just get along" was the message, in an attempt to redirect the failings of a poorly directed, carelessly managed and heart wrenching Animal Services. Thursday's orchestrated performance by Bill Hutchison and company only proved we are paying a lot of money for minimal talent.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Published Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board may have outdone itself. In a farcical affair, and using logic that can only be described as absurd, it voted to stick the taxpayers with nearly 20 grand in legal fees that the district had no obligation to pay.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Published Sunday, February 8, 2015

A rare outbreak of measles has cast the once-forgotten disease back into the American conscience – and the political arena, where it has demonstrated how difficult it has become to maintain reasonable opinions in certain circles.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Published Friday, February 6, 2015

As a kid, I was vaccinated for everything, always, and up to date. It was mandatory if I wanted to go to public school, and as a poor kid in the 50's and 60's I did not have the option of private school or homeschooling. Our generation was proud to help eradicate some childhood diseases. As a scientist, it concerns me to see one discredited piece of junk science influence the vaccination decisions of many parents today, thus threatening the progress we made eradicating measles. This could become a public health crisis with which all of us must deal.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Published Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Florida Legislature has worked as hard as any other state to obstruct the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), refusing to set up insurance exchanges and turning away more than $50 billion to expand Medicaid to more of the state's poor and uninsured. Yet despite those roadblocks, our state has become perhaps the biggest success story of the President's signature program.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Published Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Does the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, in their mandate as an elected officials and as a public servants, ever see or act in any socially responsible way toward the People they represent? I think not. 


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Published Sunday, February 1, 2015

I have to admit that despite following this particular market and its dynamics quite closely, I never thought that I'd again fill my tank at $1.72 per gallon, like I did at Thornton's on SR 64 West this week. The story of how that came to be and whether it can last is an interesting one.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

What is it with Manatee County Commissioners; could they be any more disconnected from the responsibilities they have sworn to uphold? They seem either unacquainted with the challenges of a democracy or unwilling to perform them. Nothing exhibits their lack of leadership more then the failed duties of Animal Services' No-Kill program, and commissioners' unwillingness to make its much needed changes.

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Name Date
Edward Huffman May 13, 2015
Cheryl Werner May 9, 2015
James Champlain May 15, 2015
Morton Pitt May 16, 2015
Jane Skorupa May 15, 2015
Chad Day May 16, 2015
Robert Kent May 7, 2015
Lawrence Stickell, May 13, 2015
Muriel Simmons May 13, 2015
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