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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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I am a recent transplant to Sarasota and have been working in the field of chemical addictions for 25 years.  I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California). I am also a person in long term recovery from substance abuse. I would like to comment on a community based free recovery group that is available to our community.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013


Published Sunday, November 3, 2013
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Politicians like to talk about the so-called gray tsunami – a doubling of the elderly population caused by the aging children of the Post-World War II baby boom – as if it is an asteroid just discovered to be hurling toward Earth at breakneck speed. In actuality, our aging population and the strain it will put on our economic resources was an entirely foreseeable crisis. Unfortunately, our so-called leaders lacked the political courage to confront the issues when the solutions would have been least painful.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013


Published Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Florida lawmakers are good at giving their practiced schtick on federal subsidies and doing their part to limit federal government, even turning away millions bound for the sunshine state for everything from insurance for poor people to high-speed rail, when the issue didn't coincide with the party line. But as they line up to beg and plead Washington not to implement bipartisan flood insurance reforms that will begin to address an unsustainable paradigm, in which the cost of less-than-practical development is subsidized by those who never see its benefits, they are revealing more than a little hypocrisy.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013


Published Sunday, October 27, 2013
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This week, former Fed chair Alan Greenspan was on tour promoting his new book, which by the way, isn't titled Sorry for the Mess I Made. When you look at the environment that existed during the run-up to the banking/housing collapse and the ensuing Great Recession, no one has their fingerprints on more bad ideas or missed opportunities than Alan Greenspan. Yet rather than take him to task for his failures, the mainstream media has inexplicably given him a pass in interviews, while he hawks his book and tries to rehab his tarnished legacy with a blend of massaged history and economic quackery.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013


Published Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Due to staffing changes at the Manatee County School District this year, the ball was dropped and a new concussion protocol with baseline testing did not become a district policy as many who had worked tirelessly to define it had hoped for. A small group of parents are going to address the School Board Members about this issue at the next meeting on Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:45 p.m.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013


Published Thursday, October 24, 2013
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It will still take a while to calculate exactly how much the recent government shutdown will end up costing taxpayers, though initial studies are already citing numbers approaching $3 billion. One of the biggest costs: paying back all of the furloughed government workers for the free vacation the nonsensical tactic ultimately produced. So, how do people ostensibly concerned with our growing national debt justify such idiocy? With more of the same, of course.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013


Published Sunday, October 20, 2013
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It came down to the wire, but Republican lawmakers finally caved as the Thursday deadline to raise the debt ceiling before the United States began defaulting on its payment obligations approached. Republicans in the House passed a hastily-constructed Senate deal and suddenly, a bill that had previously seemed as impossible as pushing mud up a hill went through both chambers and was signed into law in a matter of mere hours. Despite the rush, however, lawmakers still managed to stuff the bill with some pork, before kicking the budget/debt problem down the road for just a few more months.

 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013


Published Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Last week saw prominent females rise to significant roles in both official and unofficial capacities. From Janet Yellen's historic nomination as the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve and Pakistani student-actvist Malala Yousafzai capturing the world's attention in her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, to something of a common sense block formed by female members of Congress hoping to avert economic catastrophe, strong and capable women were front and center throughout the world.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013


Published Sunday, October 13, 2013
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On Monday night, the Manatee County School Board will officially hear Superintendent Rick Mills' recommendation that five administrative employees be fired for their roles in covering up the Manatee High School sexual abuse scandal. That mess is bad enough, but the vote will now take place under an additional cloud, as it was recently revealed that a district employee remained on the job for over a year after an ongoing sexual relationship with a student he later admitted to impregnating had first been alleged.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013


Published Thursday, October 10, 2013
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The government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis have dominated countless news cycles, yet most Americans are understandably confused about both. The two are actually separate but politically-related issues. However, they are very different in nature. While painful for many, a government shutdown is a much more tepid affair than what would likely happen if the government does not raise the debt ceiling before it runs out of emergency measures to keep paying the bills. Here's a rundown of the situation and how disaster might be avoided.

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Obituaries

Name Date
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
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
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