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Monday, December 29, 2014


Published Monday, December 29, 2014
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The debate over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the White House's damage-control tactic of shifting it to a dialog about potential harm to our security should be outweighed by the greater concern his story has revealed. Namely, that our privacy, civil rights and even our voice as to the future of the society in which we live – continues to be hijacked by the joint endeavors of government and corporate America through the growth industry of spying on ourselves.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014


Published Sunday, December 28, 2014

In most cases, dredging a pass would provide for safer navigation, but that is not the case in Sarasota and Manatee Counties regarding Longboat Pass, New Pass, and Big Pass. The counties want the sand for beaches, while ignoring the primary goal of these passes which is safe navigation. The winner of the sand in one location also impacts the wave energy and sand movement for the loser, especially once a groin is constructed.

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Published Sunday, December 28, 2014

After covering local rallies and reporting on OWS and other major protest events throughout the U.S., I thought I had a very good grasp on what was occurring on the ground in Zuccotti Park. But as the magnitude of the movement began to turn it into an historic event, I knew I had to see what was happening first hand. So I traveled to Manhattan last weekend and spent a day speaking with the protestors, and I was surprised at what I found.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014


Published Saturday, December 27, 2014

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When Carlos Beruff gave assurances to the public that he would follow the county's rules while developing the land adjacent to Sarasota Bay and its fragile environment, citizens hoped to believe the developer, who also served on the body that regulates state environmental rules. However, in gaining his first approval from the BOCC last week, Beruff and partner Larry Lieberman instead requested special approvals that exempted them from the rules other developers have to follow. To almost no one's surprise, they got them.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014


Published Thursday, December 25, 2014
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I make a lot of noise about buying local, especially around Christmas. I try to practice what I preach, and each year I patron local businesses over chains whenever possible. This year, however, I wanted to see if I could aim a little higher and secure my son's main Christmas gift in a completely locally-owned and produced fashion. The result was his favorite present of all time.

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Published Thursday, December 25, 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 Thursday, December 25, 2014

The largest taxing district ever created in Manatee County has been approved. The goals of the Southwest County Improvement District (SWTIF) are voluminous, but whether they'd like to admit it or not, county commissioners had the power to achieve any of them without creating a new taxing district.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dateline London: Over 1,200 arrested; 16,000 police, and the violence just moves to other towns. Children as young as 9 years old are being arrested by police. Prime Minister David Cameron says, "If you're old enough to throw a rock through a window, you're old enough to go to jail." Are the London riots a harbinger of things to come?

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Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014

At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker delivered the county's 2013 Annual Report. But what was to be an assessment of what condition our condition is in, turned out to be a ballyhoo of accolades saluting fellow officials for a job well done. That praise often seemed to be a highly controversial notion.

 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Published Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Seeing as we're about to enter another nasty Florida electoral season, I figured mid July would be a good time to get out on the road and remind myself of all the things I love about this state that I've called home for the last 13 years, so that I might recall them as answers when I inevitably ask myself what the hell I'm doing here amid the absurdity that is sure to precede November 4.

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Obituaries

Name Date
George Bushong April 24, 2015
Confesor Corniel-Rodriguez April 19, 2015
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Nelson Crosby April 18, 2015
Carmen Andersen April 19, 2015
Merlin Gnegy April 18, 2015
Lilian Gonzalez April 18, 2015
Donna Hill April 18, 2015
Roy Tunstall April 17, 2015
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