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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Published Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The Manatee County Democratic Party settled into its new facilities earlier this year. Unfortunately, on Monday, April 14, someone "egged" the front windows of the office. That, of course, sounds like something that a badly-brought-up 10 year old might do. One can only hope that an intelligent adult, regardless of his or her political views, would not stoop to such a juvenile and destructive action. I notified  the local Police Department, and I will bring charges in the event that the responsible individuals are apprehended.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


Published Sunday, April 20, 2014
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With one department under Manatee County Public Safety having decided to unionize, another having taken steps in that direction and two more discussing the possibility, citizens might want to start taking a closer look at how these essential services are being managed and why there are so many disgruntled employees within their ranks. When they do, they will likely find a lot of head-scratching red flags, along with what might be a silver-bullet solution.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The concerns regarding Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, the non-profit organization responsible for operating the ambitious rowing facility venture near the border of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, raise a big red flag for a project that includes a huge public investment and benefits politically connected developers. While SANCA has rectified the missing financial reports needed to regain the ability to solicit private donations, taxpayers now need to be concerned with whether or not they will.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


Published Sunday, April 13, 2014
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If you want to be a serious student of conservation, you'd better have a strong stomach. Every subject you take on is likely to keep you up at night – declining fossil fuels, precious metals and water reserves, climate change, food insecurity, etc. That's why it's so incredibly refreshing to visit the Historic Green Village on Anna Maria Island, where one ambitious couple have created a living, breathing model of the infrastructure required to operate our society in a way that will be sustainable for generations to come, while demonstrating to skeptics the immense potential of existing technology.

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Published Sunday, April 13, 2014
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About three years ago, I wrote a column about an unusual hobby: fossil and artifact hunting. In Search of the Missing Link followed a local Manatee man to several excavation sites around the county while he looked for artifacts. While the article received a fair amount of criticism because it is illegal to dig for artifacts on state-owned and controlled lands, including all waterways, it caught the attention of several educators who wanted to work with Jake, an amateur archeologist, because he had more experience in the field than professionals who spent much of their time in classroom.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014


Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
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For the final production of its 2013/14 season, the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training takes on Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of the Sophocles classic Antigone. An ambitious production to say the least, the play nonetheless gives the student actors ample opportunity to show off their thematic chops.

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Published Friday, April 11, 2014
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Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker seeks to change the way property taxes are spent. His plan has been presented and placed into motion by a majority of the county commissioners. The focus is said to be jobs and revitalization; however, the plan may actually create havoc for public safety.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


Published Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Earlier this month, the State of Florida Clemency Board heard testimony aimed to compel members to reduce a 10-year sentence given to a local football coach who accidentally killed his best friend in a drunk driving accident. In following the case, I've found that it raises a valid moral question that we don't seem completely comfortable addressing. Should a willing (and equally inebriated) passenger in a DUI crash be viewed the same as other victims under the law?

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


Published Sunday, April 6, 2014
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This week's Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC was a nuclear bomb detonated on the capital city of those fighting to get the money out of politics – or as I like to call it, the only thing close to a silver bullet in fixing our parenthetically inept political system. After ruling that corporations are people and free to spend unlimited amounts of cash buying elections, I suppose it's a logical extension that people are people and should be able to do the same. But this is about much more than the issue at hand. It's another powerful victory in a battle to overcome the chief obstacle to oligarchy rule in a democratic system – those pesky elections.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014


Published Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases related to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance policies to include contraceptive care. In both cases, the companies claimed that contributing to employer-sponsored plans that would provide those services to their employees violated their religious beliefs. Given the arguments that were presented, legal experts are beginning to note the profound impact and various ripple effects the decision might have, but the overtly political nature of the complaints should not be ignored.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Emma LaSota September 6, 2014
Elizabeth Pagliarulo September 11, 2014
Joseph Bische August 31, 2014
Joseph Bische August 31, 2014
Jeanette Zerwin September 12, 2014
Janie Thielen September 12, 2014
Richard Schluederberg, Sr. September 10, 2014
Anne Teyssier August 28, 2014
Paul Saracino September 4, 2014
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