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Charles writes:

When a woman who has voiced fear of the perpetrator, "was likely consensual" is inadequate as a characterization — and police ought to be aware of such dynamics. They ought to have declined to make a judgment of "likely". The entire sorrid mess should have been passed directly to the state attorney (thankfully, one statement by the attorny indicated that all will be reviewed). Hope the progress of this case is not determined by politics, the perpetrator already has admitted to secretly making the video — that seems an "unlikely" need in willing participation with a fellow threesome partner... where voyerism "likely" was an element as well as adultry and lesbianism. Let's hope the state attorney has the courage to be rational when examining a situation involving the secrecy and the fear expressed to an associate of the worman filing the complaint that also prompted the initial call. Those familiar with sexual abuse dynamics should be involved in the examination here — certianly police should have such awareness and not be motivated to make a call that is "unlikely".
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lib224@gmail.com writes:

Republicans the party of lawbreaking and obstruction. Anything to stay in power. They keep border policy in limbo to gain votes and the same with Ukraine. They've had many chances to cooperate on a comprehensive border policy. And how stupid to not keep Russia engaged in a grinding war that degrades their military day by day. Vote blue for an America that gets things done.
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WTF writes:

The Musgrave land purchase was a great deal for the County for it's intended purposes. That has fallen by the wayside. The lack of vision and the hate for former commissioners is unacceptable in making it surplus to sell off. Broken promises to the Sheriff, Utilities, and other county departments that could of use part of the 160 acres is a slap in the face to all of them. Once again the BOCC does not listen, does not care about listening to the public or other elected officials like the sheriff his need for space in that area. At the very least they could break it up to smaller lots of say 40 acres each. Fill the needs of our expanding county agencies at what now is a bargain price per acre. This is by far the worst BOCC I have seen in over 40 years. What you allow .. will continue. W Welcome T To F Florida
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Cat L writes:

This is a disappointing outcome. It strikes me that this is a real limitation to the process of democracy. Clearly they do not have any more confidence in their candidate than the public does, otherwise they wouldn't feel the need to assure an outcome in alignment with their interests. Do not like.
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lib224@gmail.com writes:

Our greatest challenge is to get people to accept the truth about Trump. He sexually assaulted a woman as adjudicated in a court of law. He lost an election and then led an insurrection to overturn the results. He spouted over 30,000 lies during his presidency. These are facts. How do we get people to accept them and move on from him?
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WTF writes:

Well once again you have a department, this time Utilities moving forward with a 30 Million dollar purchase without any input from the commissioners, taxpayers, voters and citizens in general. No workshops, town hall meetings, nothing to inform the public. With little over-site of department heads this will continue. It has been suggested that in the past, dividing the 160 acres into 4 more attractive parcels would bring better offers, the sheriff would get what was promised and a few workforce house developers could move forward with a more manageable size. Did they listen, of course not. Every time an advisory board or citizens makes these great suggestions instead of embracing good sound recommendations the BOCC gets mad because they didn’t think of it. What a shameful act of defiance and a slap in the face to the rest of us. The developers who own the gang of 6 don’t want it and without their developer handlers advising them, they can’t think for themselves on this issue.
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sandy writes:

I can't believe the number of people who say no to revisiting this environmental issue especially since Orange County (not a coastal county) has voted to approve a 100-foot buffer for connected wetlands. And Aqua on the Bay proposing a 0-foot buffer along Sarasota Bay wetlands. So much for the 25-foot average 15-foot minimum in the Florida Statutes. Guess this is alternative engineering solutions.
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almattern@yahoo.com writes:

The stink on Beruff and his puppet county commissioners just keeps getting worse, but they don't notice the stench, as long as there is $ coming into their pockets. Shame.

lib224@gmail.com writes:

The parking is not the real problem. It's the lack of adequate access going to and from the island. Holmes Beach has already documented adequate parking. On the average beach day, traffic backs up for 5 miles and more into Bradenton. A wider, separated, and safe bike lane and better bus service will do more to solve access than anything else. I do agree that more beach access points with restrooms would also help.
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Cat L writes:

It's very unsettling how little thought is given for the health of the land, water and the residents. I grew up on fossil and archaeological sites, and in the back rooms of museums. Our history is filled with the remains of various civilizations that did not take care of themselves by taking care of the land. Doesn't go well.
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WTF writes:

The BOCC does not want to hear from the public. Still no call for Citizens that can't make it to chambers. The gang of 6 are bought and sold by developers, Akward on the Bay was living proof Meanwhile in Orange County sets an example all 67 counties should follow But in the last 200 years, Florida lost more than 9 million acres of wetlands — meaning it lost more wetlands, in acres, than any other state, according to a report published in 1990 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Still, Florida remains the state with the most wetlands, according to the agency. Locally, Orange County lost 5.6% of its wetland acreage in the last thirty years, Hull said Tuesday, citing a recent study conducted as part of the process to revise the county’s Wetland Conservation Areas Ordinance. https://www.wmfe.org/environment/2023-09-27/orange-county-updating-wetlands-protections
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WTF writes:

Carlos Beruff has zero-0 respect for our community as a whole and certainly is an environmental disaster. Only our local HERO George Kruse brought up concerns to the other Board members, their response… crickets and it wasn’t even after lunch! So disgusted with the rest of the Board in how they responded to this outrageous action by Akward on the Bay. We need to keep the only sane Commissioner on the BOCC Info here https://commissionerkruse.substack.com/p/george-kruse-files-for-re-election?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email “A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem Who is Mr. Gadfly?
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kmskepton@yahoo.com writes:

When was the last time any of these clowns went to the library? Let alone, read a book?

Lizarnold writes:

Sadly 13,000 illegals come through our border every day and that’s the folks we know about. So that’s about the same number of people living in Manatee County coming into our Country every month. The NGOs are giving them in many cases up to $2,000 each month more than many elderly receive on social security. I don’t know where the NGOs get all this money but I’d guess much of it comes from us (the taxpayers). Obviously the worst part is the children who in many cases are being handed off to unverified strangers. The stories told by whistleblowers about the fates of these children is horrid.
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WTF writes:

Far better choice than the current elected official or even Heather Felton in my opinion. His vision can bring our District to the next level and unify the Board to make positive changes that are needed. ... For the Record
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Charles writes:

The party will cleanse itself of Christian Zeigler, but only the governor can cleanse the public boards of Bridget Zeigler — why is the governor failing to remove such a hypocrite from these public offices? Inaction is a choice to support. It is said that "birds of a feather..." and the governor has made no move to do what he could to rid us of this hypocrite.
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rayfusco68@gmail.com writes:

Congress could significantly lower the pharmaceutical costs for all Medicare recipients today with one simple act. The federal government has already negotiated significantly reduced pharmaceutical rates that are used by the VA, qualifying hospitals and Community Health Centers. Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act requires pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in Medicaid to sell outpatient drugs at discounted prices to healthcare organizations that care for many uninsured and low-income patients. Congress can mandate Medicare patient eligibility for a 340 B medication discount now instead of playing their current woe is me game. The pharmaceutical industry gouges the American public on the pretense that new drugs wouldn’t be developed if they can’t maintain their price gouging. So why do they sell their drugs to other countries at a fraction of the cost they charge the American public? Are we that big a sucker to fall for this line of baloney? Please go to Pharmacychecker.com and compare Canadian drug pricing to US pricing to see the magnitude of the problem. Do you think the Canadian companies are selling the same drugs at a loss? The other boogeyman that the drug industry tries to scare you with is that there wouldn’t be any research for new drugs if they can’t have the huge profits. Most of the drug research is carried out in major universities. If we expanded funding for this kind of research in the universities and paid companies to manufacture the proven products we would all be far better off.
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Dave writes:

We should bear in mind that the southern border has been an issue for years, even before the Trump years. Congress doesn't want to take a stand so it's left to regulations that originated in the Trump years. Biden's fault? I think rather it is Congress. And that said, I'm not sure there's a crisis, thousands are stopped at the border every day. That they are allowed into the country to wait for determination of their status isn't Biden, it's current law and regulations.
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kmskepton@yahoo.com writes:

I love my Braden River library. It will be interesting to see how it is maintained compared to this new one.

kmskepton@yahoo.com writes:

Thank you for a bit of good news. I just want to know who is the "we" in "we can test out and implement strategies..." If our current local govt. has anything to do with it - we're cooked.

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