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Thursday, December 4, 2014


Published Thursday, December 4, 2014
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The 2016 Presidential election is still 23 months away but at some of the most consequential levels, it's already begun. Here's a look at some potential candidates and what they bring to the table. 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Published Sunday, November 30, 2014
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In its last meeting, the Bradenton City Council engaged in some shady business, hastily approving plans for a major riverfront apartment project involving a politically connected developer without having properly advertised the item or otherwise soliciting public input. The project could be a benefit to the community but raises a few red flags that residents should pay close attention to.

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Friday, November 28, 2014


Published Friday, November 28, 2014

Who doesn't want to reduce the amount of their electric bill, increase the value of their home, protect themselves against rising energy costs and remove billions of metric tons of global warming pollution from ever being produced? The answer is: your elected officials.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014


Published Thursday, November 27, 2014
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The world seems to be made up of two kinds of people: those who view Black Friday as an integral part of our social fabric, and those who see it as the scourge of the holiday season. I am firmly entrenched in the latter camp. If you feel my pain, here are some great (and socially responsible) ways to shop for the holidays without diving down into the muckety muck of the big box retailers. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Published Sunday, November 23, 2014
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This week, the Senate defeated a bill to enable the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to transport tar sand oil from Canada to the U.S. The "victory" is likely symbolic, given the fact that Congress is about to flip when the new members are seated. But there's more to the issue than just oil.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


Published Thursday, November 20, 2014
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On Tuesday evening, a new Manatee County School Board was seated. It was the first time in modern history that a majority of its members had classroom teaching experience. The body then elected its new chair. It felt like a new beginning in more ways than one. With its darkest days behind it and fiscal stability restored, the district seems poised to move into calmer waters where more attention can again be focused on its primary function of educating our young. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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The elections are behind us and after a particularly emotional school board race, the time is upon us to look forward. Regardless of who you supported or voted for, Dr. Mary Cantrell won the race and will be seated on the new board. A close look at her qualifications suggests that she has done much to earn the support of our community, and there is every indication that she has the potential to be a dynamic board member who can benefit the district and our community. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014


Published Sunday, November 16, 2014
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Lakewood Ranch residents are known to generally show little interest in county issues that extend west of the interstate. Recently, they showed up en masse to oppose a 7-story residential development in their East County enclave but were slapped down by the BOCC. Smart growth advocates who regularly watchdog the commission let out a little collective chuckle at the scene. It seemed to say, Welcome to Manatee County. In case you haven't noticed, you live (and vote) here.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

It happens every year. I guess you can call it a professional hazard, though I suspect it's common to amateur political junkies as well – election night, followed by a bad case of the Post Election Blues. Fortunately, I've found a cure.

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Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

Many people seem to think that this country well be saved now that we will have a Republican controlled Senate after January 20. Maybe not. 

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Obituaries

Name Date
Dana Miller March 27, 2015
Hazel Morrison March 24, 2015
Wanda Rollins March 24, 2015
Charles Tennesen March 23, 2015
Stanley Gralka March 6, 2015
Frances Thomas March 14, 2015
Alma Dauman March 4, 2015
Dorothy Weeks March 14, 2015
Robyn Peters‐Golabek March 14, 2015
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