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People with disabilities are the largest minority in the U.S. and the state of Florida, yet we do not have a voice in policies, access, and inclusion. Policymakers, if you want to know best practices …

Register Republican and Take Our County Back

To all of the non-Republican registered voters, I get it - maybe you don't want to be identified as a Republican, so the idea of switching parties to vote in our primary doesn't sit well with you.

Kevin the Cowardly Commissioner

Kevin, the Cowardly Commissioner, used to represent District 3. But when he knew he couldn’t win, all he could do was flee; To Island residents and District 3, he is a disgrace; He …

The Problem with Trump's Conviction

The decision to convict Donald Trump is not just a legal event; it's a historical turning point in US politics. Two problems extending beyond politics are at play here: denying every defendant's …

Trump is NOT a Threat to Our Democracy!

Donald Trump is NOT a threat to our democracy. Biden and the democrats are the ones destroying our democracy! I will support Donald Trump even if they put him behind bars! The way that Biden and …

Yes, you read that headline right. For the first six months of fiscal ’24, Manatee County generated a surplus of $492.0 million. Revenues were 1.017 Billion – up 51% from fiscal …

Buchanan Can Help Dialysis Patients

I have kidney failure, and I need dialysis to survive. Dialysis is a treatment which removes excess water and toxins from my blood because my kidneys do not function naturally anymore. It has been a …

When do you stop a bar fight?

The current conflict in Gaza started like some bar fight.  A smaller “Drunk Guy” sucker punches a sober “Big Guy.” The Big Guy has a right to defend himself. Some of us …

Time to Go Low?

Former First Lady Michelle Obama once famously said, "When they go low, we go high,” referring to Donald Trump’s bullying tactics during the 2016 presidential campaign. The catchphrase …

The election of Scott Farrington for Supervisor of Elections is one of some very important upcoming elections for steering Manatee County in a positive direction. As a member of the Host …

Trump Better Off Seeking Plea Deal

The media, with its reporting of fear and loathing, if Donald Trump wins the election , should shift its focus and report more comprehensively on the landscape if he loses. Trump said a …

Re: Trump v United States

Written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building are the words “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW.” Considered inviolable, this phrase expresses the ultimate responsibility of the …

Choose Meritocracy at SOE Office

What type of administration and governance do you desire in Manatee County....one based on merit or politics? The scenario surrounding the vacation of Supervisor of Elections position by retiring …

Rubio and Scott Short Sighted in Aid Vote

After a contentious debate in Congress, President Biden signed the Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 bill into law. The aid package, designed to help the beleaguered U.S. ally …

Constant Speeding on Willow Street

Commissioner Ballard, I am writing about (1) constant speeding on Willow Street and (2) the need for some type of speed-calming planning & remedy (remedies). The situation has become …

In Praise of Our Public Works Dept.

I want to share high praise for our Public Works dept. We moved into our home one year ago. We discovered that rainwater/irrigation water pools across the entire width of a large section of sidewalk. …

Retail Customer Service at the Tallevast Post Office

On behalf of the Tallevast Post Office, I thank you for continuing to support the Postal Service. Providing reliable mail delivery while strengthening the future of this treasured institution is our …

Although most legal scholars believe the Supreme Court will uphold the unanimous ruling by a federal appeals court denying former President Trump immunity, it may not matter if the trial for election …

The negative impact of the zoning and redistricting policies of Manatee County Schools is affecting families throughout the county. Despite the school choice option, this reality is parents' and …

Record Manatee County Surplus for 2023

Just the other day, the Manatee Clerk reported a $294 million “change in net position” (which is another way of saying surplus) for fiscal year ending September 2023. This is on top of a …

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