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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Published Sunday, March 1, 2015

For years, special interests in the communications sector have sought to pad profits by essentially creating fast and slow lanes for information to travel across the internet, and have successfully managed to use political polarization to muddy the issue. Before you complain about Net Neutrality being a big government takeover of the Internet, please, please, please take a second to understand the issue and what is at stake.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Published Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hollywood has come up with a new blockbuster entitled American Sniper. It has broken box office records, and not just for the blood and guts theme it might suggest. Rather, it has raised questions about whether ordinary citizens should march with patriotic fervor behind the decisions of our leaders to intervene in foreign lands, or whether foreign adventures truly enhance our security at home. As history and films tend to repeat themselves, Catch-22 and The Deer Hunter prompted similar reactions in moviegoers decades ago. At the third annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, today through Saturday, we once again want our audiences to hear about issues critical to our collective future.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Published Sunday, February 22, 2015

Over the past two and a half years, the Manatee County School District has endured a seemingly endless scandal that began with an assistant football coach's inappropriate relationships with female students. The fallout revealed staggering incompetence in some departments and a reluctance to investigate even the most egregious accusations and systemic cronyism.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Published Thursday, February 19, 2015

Billions of environmental dollars are on their way to be flushed down into the ground with the dry-cleaning fluid, surface-water, wastewater and reverse-osmosis brine. Officials will tell us that there, deep beneath our feet, the people have an investment which will grow in the form of a water reservoir, hedging the cost for future water shortages. But it's more about funneling funds than culling water; more about bracing for skyrocketing water-fees than a cost-saving solution.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Published Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan confirmed he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, should Marco Rubio run for President. While the temptation of higher office always seems to call, there are many reasons the Congressman might be better off staying put.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Can't we all just get along" was the message, in an attempt to redirect the failings of a poorly directed, carelessly managed and heart wrenching Animal Services. Thursday's orchestrated performance by Bill Hutchison and company only proved we are paying a lot of money for minimal talent.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Published Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board may have outdone itself. In a farcical affair, and using logic that can only be described as absurd, it voted to stick the taxpayers with nearly 20 grand in legal fees that the district had no obligation to pay.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Published Sunday, February 8, 2015

A rare outbreak of measles has cast the once-forgotten disease back into the American conscience – and the political arena, where it has demonstrated how difficult it has become to maintain reasonable opinions in certain circles.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Published Friday, February 6, 2015

As a kid, I was vaccinated for everything, always, and up to date. It was mandatory if I wanted to go to public school, and as a poor kid in the 50's and 60's I did not have the option of private school or homeschooling. Our generation was proud to help eradicate some childhood diseases. As a scientist, it concerns me to see one discredited piece of junk science influence the vaccination decisions of many parents today, thus threatening the progress we made eradicating measles. This could become a public health crisis with which all of us must deal.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Published Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Florida Legislature has worked as hard as any other state to obstruct the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), refusing to set up insurance exchanges and turning away more than $50 billion to expand Medicaid to more of the state's poor and uninsured. Yet despite those roadblocks, our state has become perhaps the biggest success story of the President's signature program.

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Name Date
William Sanderson _
Albert Kight July 1, 2015
Thomas Presha June 28, 2015
Ralph Senzamici June 26, 2015
Diane Exten June 27, 2015
Jesse Rumberger June 25, 2015
Larry Hurst June 23, 2015
Robert Johnson June 22, 2015
Ralph Wagner June 22, 2015
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