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Sunday, December 1, 2013


Published Sunday, December 1, 2013
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In this special guest op/ed, retired local physician and longtime education activist Dr. Richard Conard describes what he sees as a major inefficiency in our school district's approach to employee health care. Dr. Conard believes that the district is not only spending more of its precious funding than is necessary, but is also realizing inferior results in terms of the health and wellness of teachers and administrators because of inadequate preventative care measures.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013


Published Sunday, November 24, 2013
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There are few if any public schools sitting around trying to decide how to spend excess funding. Most have seen their budgets plummet in recent years and are trying desperately to outfit classrooms with basic necessities, let alone state of the art learning technologies. Clearly, this makes improving performance even more difficult. Given the economic challenges facing public school educators, I find it very curious that most remain totally resistant to leveraging the one area that can have perhaps the most tremendous impact at little to no cost: student nutrition.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Published Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Forget the government shutdown and forget Obamacare – the biggest touchstone issue in the 2014 mid-term elections could be fully legalizing (or prohibiting) placing online bets through gambling websites. Already legal in Delaware and Nevada, New Jersey will become the third and most populous state to allow online gambling next week. However, the man with perhaps the deepest pockets in politics is already organizing for a national ban.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013


Published Sunday, November 17, 2013
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This week, the President announced that anyone who received a notice that their health insurance policy would be canceled because it didn't comply with the Affordable Care Act could keep that same policy for another year. Considering the actual impact the political gaffe would have had, that seems like a fair fix on a minor glitch. The ACA's federal exchange enrollment website issues, however, remain a serious political problem.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


Published Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Each time a super-storm occurs – which, in case you haven't noticed, is much more often these days – we seem to focus our collective attention, if for just a moment, on climate change and the fact that we're doing very little to address what may prove to be the great challenge of this century. Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines this weekend, again has most of the world reluctantly looking at the great, big, giant elephant in the room. Let's just hope that from its devastation, we can find the will to actually do something.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Returning to Bradenton and Manatee County in June of 2011, I had multiple reasons for coming back to what I consider my hometown. First and foremost was the remembrance of the community. I grew up here in the 70's and it was not about being a Democrat or a Republican, but a resident of Manatee County.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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I am insulted that a Manatee County commissioner on 11/7/13 would question the integrity of anyone speaking before the commission. Since when is it correct to bring up politics when politics was not even the issue? After citizens' comments were completed, Commissioner Baugh accused these speakers of only talking for political reasons. Does Commissioner Baugh believe that voters have no right to personal opinions?

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Sunday, November 10, 2013


Published Sunday, November 10, 2013
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Many pundits have drawn firm conclusions from gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey this week. But while Terry McAuliffe and Chris Christie’s victories might indeed be early indicators of factors that will impact both the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential race, let’s take a deeper look at what their races really revealed.

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Friday, November 8, 2013


Published Friday, November 8, 2013
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The phosphate mining company Mosaic is currently seeking permits that will allow them to mine more than 50,000 acres in Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee Counties. These mines will negatively affect the Peace River watershed water and Myakkahatchee Creek which provide both Sarasota and North Port with drinking water. Since Mosaic now owns exclusively all the phosphate reserves in west central Florida, your readers may wonder why you can scarcely turn on a radio or television these days without hearing or seeing their advertisements.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013


Published Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Anyone who remembers just how bad things seemed financially at the Manatee County School District in early September of 2012, might find it hard to believe that they have become even worse. Or to be more precise, back then they were much worse, though the true scope had not been publicly revealed. As the new administration continues to try and get the district on solid fiscal ground, they are uncovering a slew of additional challenges to offset some of their early progress.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Jean Ferrante April 21, 2014
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
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