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No One is Above the Law

On the same day that Senator Mitch McConnell announced that he would be stepping down as Senate Republican leader, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether former President Trump is immune from …

We Are Being Ignored!

County commissioners approved a 95-home subdivision on 30 acres of Rutland Road. Many residents in the area have commented on how the turn lane will cross directly in front of our driveways, making …

An Open Letter to Governor Ron DeSantis

Americans expect that those elected to office are those who receive the valid majority of votes cast. This is the fundamental democratic principle of our Constitutional Republic. Election integrity …

Future of Ag Panel Discussion

I attended a recent panel discussion, "The Future of Agriculture in Manatee County," held at Dakin Dairy. I have (mostly) great things to say. The panel moderator did a fantastic job. More important, …

Pass Border Bill or Play Politics?

The Senate is expected to pass a bi-partisan Border Bill that some very prominent Republican Senators have said will help the border, Israel, and Ukraine. But House Speaker Mike Johnson has already declared the deal would be “dead on arrival.”

Great Job, TBT!

GREAT article on the SOE in Manatee County! My sister-in-law sent me a link to Mitch's dynamite journalist piece on the sorry state of Republican-controlled politics here (former Republican!). I had …

District 5 Candidate Robert McCann Unveils Campaign Website

Manatee County Commissioner Candidate, Manatee County, District 5, Robert K. McCann, DO, JD, MBA unveiled his website at https://electbobmccann.com. Voters throughout the county are impacted …

KVO's Appearance at our HOA Meeting

Dear Editor, County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge came to our HOA annual meeting last night. Mostly, he talked about the wonderful things he has done, is doing, and will continue to do for our …

Residents Should be Outraged

Mr. Van Ostenbridge and his pals on the Commission may be applauded by his developer buddies and the Dunning-Kruger faction of his constituency, but right-minded people ...

Common Sense

President Biden’s speech brings to mind the words of English-born American Founding Father Thomas Paine. Shortly after America declared its independence from Britain when morale in …

Two Books to Read in 2024

First, Thomas Piketty’s “ Capital in the 21st Century ” discusses income inequality, wealth concentration at the top, public economics, and improvements for citizens with …

Letter: Fall of Minneapolis Documentary

This is a reply to The Bradenton Times December 17 opinion piece titled “Rethinking George Floyd and Derek Chauvin.” The author, Mitch Maley, calls the recently released "The Fall of …

Is Manatee School of Arts & Sciences the Right Fit for Your Family?

Ever wonder if your child would thrive in a school dedicated to both the performing and visual arts, STEM classes, and a personalized approach? Students’ talent will be on display for their …

What time of year is it? It’s property tax time !

Sorry to say, but it’s that time of year when tax-paying households (of which there are over 100,000 in Manatee County) face one of their largest annual expenses, i.e., the property tax bill …

Beyond Embarrassing

In Manatee County Government, there is no culture of accountability to build trust with the citizens. The elected Republicans plot to hide their texts, lobby for their friends to be hired, fire …

A Compelling Case for Medicare for All

The current UAW strike against the big three automakers offers an opportunity to show how Medicare for all would be a great benefit to both businesses and individuals. GM has stated that it pays …

Free State of Florida?

We live in the “free” state of Florida. It allows insurance companies “free” rein to charge whatever they want to homeowners and HOAs.

Manatee County Interim Financial Report

One of the more interesting aspects of the interim financial report for April, 2023 (just released by the County Clerk) is that although the bulk of the property taxes for 2023 have already been …

As a concerned Manatee County resident and advocate for those who have served our country, I believe offering safe, stable, and affordable housing options is a vital step toward ensuring the …

Veterans like myself make up a sizeable portion of the population of Manatee County, and some are not as fortunate as I am to have a stable family life, a place to live, and enough resources to enjoy our beautiful area. Please help them by supporting the Bradenton Veterans Village.

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