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Sunday, February 23, 2014


Published Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Finally, someone has taken up the plight of the beleaguered land developer – again. Despite all that has been done in recent years to ease their bureaucratic burden, it appears that it is still just too difficult to make an honest buck in the building game. Enter Florida Senate Bill 372, filed by Manatee County's own Bill Galvano, which would all but rid them of the few pesky oversight mechanisms that still require a consideration of smart growth standards at the state level. Couple this with other local measures to lighten the regulatory load – like the liberal rewriting of the LDC – and Christmas would be coming early to builders in Manatee County.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


Published Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Most of the hub-bub at Tuesday's state board of education meeting focused on the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum, for which more than 70 people signed up to give public comment. However, the board also heard a presentation from Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, who once again plans on amending Florida's bedeviled school grading system, which has been so ineffective and oft changed that it lacks even a hint of credibility. The idea that still more changes would be implemented at the very same time that the state will be phasing in both a new curriculum and a yet-unnamed replacement for the FCAT exam seems destined for disaster.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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The populations of songbirds, bats, reptiles, amphibians are known to be shrinking by the day. But why is that? What is missing for all of these species are an adequate amount of invertebrates in their diets. Oh come now, you say, last summer was buggier then ever and I welcomed the Terminex truck and the generic pesticides sprayed 'to kill 'em all' with open arms after I saw a spider in the house. Given our current attitudes, Charlotte's Web would not be a viable story today and a publisher would laugh EB White out of his office for even having the idea of a spider as a character in a children's story of all things. 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


Published Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Like most people in Manatee County, I am deeply disappointed that the tens of millions of dollars in financial mismanagement that has brought our school district to its knees has not been followed by an equally profound dose of comeuppance for those responsible. As sad as it seems, even as we continue to suffer as a district for those past mistakes, there seems little chance those responsible will be held criminally accountable – no matter what efforts the board and district might make.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


Published Saturday, February 15, 2014
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In the wake of a central office collapse that had been eight years in the making, the Manatee School Board's top administration is reinventing itself with three administrators, one from within Florida with a suitable academic background and two from outside Florida without classroom experience. Because of the unique nature of the district's profound challenges at the time, going outside may have been unavoidable. However, the district should be doing everything it can to see that future leaders are groomed from within.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


Published Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Manatee County voters are justified in their skepticism of Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett's new precinct plan, which reduces the number of precincts in the county from 99 to 69 and was approved by the county commission this week. From Florida's wretched history of voter suppression and Election Day mismanagement, to Bennett's own record, there's evidence galore that the state's political elite have something between indifference and contempt for the democratic process.

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Published Thursday, February 13, 2014
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At the core of my personal concern regarding the state of the Manatee County School District's dire financial situation, is that we have not seen the school district turn the corner away from fiscal mismanagement to responsible stewards of the community and state tax dollars. While our new Superintendent struggles to correct past misdeeds in financial management, the auditors continue to discover both past illegal use of funds and ongoing misuse.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


Published Sunday, February 9, 2014
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There isn't a lot for high school students to be optimistic about regarding the economy they are likely to enter after college, especially when compared to the ones that their parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents might have experienced. In many ways, the higher education system has been slow in adapting in order to prepare students for entering what will be the most globally-competitive workforce in the history of mankind. However, the University of South Florida's latest initiative to become a leader in the field of cybersecurity could be a big step in the right direction.

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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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Obituaries

Name Date
Azalee Green July 27, 2014
Annie Miller July 27, 2014
Mary Cadogan July 30, 2014
David Bray July 21, 2014
Robert Timony June 28, 2014
Barbara Pernat July 27, 2014
Homer Cablish July 24, 2014
Barbara Anderson July 23, 2014
Mary Taylor July 17, 2014
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