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The Perils of Life in the Outer Limits

In her most recent piece of investigative journalism, TBT ’s Dawn Kitterman shines a bright light on the inner workings of Manatee County government, providing rarely seen examples of exactly …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Is there any way to counter the epidemic of topsoil erosion that is plaguing farmers here in the U.S. and around the world? –Mary. R., Sarasota, FL Topsoil holds …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Are carbon capture technologies pie in the sky or really feasible as a global warming mitigation technique?–Paul C., Scranton, PA The short answer is É …

The Only Way Out is Through

If you’re a fan of good government and follow our local elected officials closely, you might be pretty distraught following the results of Tuesday’s election. The big money from big …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I know that upgrading the energy efficiency of my home will make it less expensive to heat or cool, but will it also raise its market value significantly?–J.B.M., St. Louis, MO …

Guest Op/Ed: Camp Lejeune Justice Act Gives Hope to Victims

Founded in 1942, Camp Lejeune is just one of the hundreds of military bases whose environment abounds in dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals such as benzene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and …

The Rot at the Core

For the past couple of months, I’ve been deeply immersed in race analyses followed by a much-needed vacation, which I spent helping my son drive his car across the country to Los Angeles. Road …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: What on Earth is a "macrogrid" and how do proponents of the concept think it will improve energy efficiency?–T. McGraw, Houston, TX The term macrogrid simply …

Letter: Why I am voting for Richard Tatem for School Board District 5

Governor Ron DeSantis, during his first term, has promoted an education platform that prioritizes students' needs and encourages parents to be active participants in their children's education and …

Letter: Threats Against Fair Representation for District 4 Residents

When the Chairman of the Manatee County Commission states that Misty Servia's constituents will have no representation at the Board level if she is re-elected because she has alienated the rest of …

Letter: Beach Patrol Funding

It appears Manatee Commissioner Chair Kevin Van Ostenbridge (KVO for short) wants to cut Manatee County beach patrol funding to the City of Holmes Beach - $40,000 per year, back to $10,000 per year. …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that koalas are on the verge of extinction? What is being done to help this species survive?–May Jenkins, Chicago, IL Despite their status as icons of …

Letter: Golden for School Board

On August 23, there is an important Manatee School Board election. If you don't have children in the local school district, you might be interested in a recent column from the Bradenton Area Economic …

Climate Change Threatens Our Most Iconic U.S. Landscapes

Over the past decade, I’ve traveled countless times to the desert regions east of San Bernardino in Southern California. In the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park , …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: How are reptiles faring these days in the face of climate change and other environmental threats?–L.M. Smith, Boston, MA Reptiles, like other animals and plants, …

Letter: Our Disgraceful County Commission

What a laughingstock and disgrace the Manatee County Commission has become. Welcome to a place where adultery, (alleged) DUI, Vaccine-Gate, and ethics violations are wholeheartedly embraced. Add the …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Are oil companies actually taking steps to cut emissions overall or are their claims mostly just "greenwashing"?–J.B.S., Waukesha, WI It’s no secret that …

Fiscal Responsibility

Budget time is upon us and now is the time to call upon city leaders for fiscal responsibility. Florida TaxWatch is a forty-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute …

Manatee County Capital Spending: Budget vs. Reality

A recent column appearing in one of the local newspapers reported that Manatee County was contemplating a five-year capital spending budget of $1.2 billion. WOW! According to the Popular Report …

While Holmes Beach commissioners seek to ban multi-level parking structures, apparently Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge seems to believe a three-story parking garage built at the …

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