Politics

Power To The People – What Is Happening To The Internet?

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most frustrating experiences everyone shares in Sarasota is the relationship they have with their cable and internet provider. For several thousand dollars a year, you can get hundreds of program and still have nothing to watch, constant buffering, slow downloads and lousy customer service. The only option for consumers is to switch back and forth between the two companies, Verizon and Comcast, in order to get anyone to pay attention to you. […]

Gambling With Bright Futures

May 11, 2014 // 3 Comments

The Florida Legislature every year dims the bulb on our children’s Bright Future. And although the economy is strengthening and the state for the first time in a few years is operating under a surplus, the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund has continued to be gutted. The lottery-financed, college-scholarship program, Bright Futures, began in 1997 with great promise. “The Florida Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education in Florida.” In the […]

I Am The Face of a Medicaid Recipient

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Florida Legislature is in a death spiral, once again, as to whether to expand Medicaid to the 750,000 Floridians not covered by the Affordable Care Act. It is estimated that 2,000 Floridians annually will be added to that category of the “working poor.” It is easy to paint an over-exaggerated picture of the people in need of government assistance. “Lazy, entitled, and dependent” were words used by Mitt Romney and echoed across America during […]

The Librarian’s Opus

March 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

Spending time in the school libraries was something I cherished. It was the only place I could go to read a book of my choosing. The person in charge was responsible for propping up my knowledge with as much creative flair as I could handle, and the only agenda was to entice me to read more. The keeper of books is the keeper of knowledge. I have never met a librarian who did not think […]

A House Divided Against Itself

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

[The Report]  A House Divided Against Itself              Susan Nilon, Susan@SarasotaTalkRadio.com   The Sarasota City Commission is about to set a precedent that will change the integrity of our local government. On March 3, during a regular city commission meeting, citizens and a former mayor testified in support of the City continuing to pay the legal fees of a lawsuit against one sitting commissioner. Impassioned testimony, based on principle and emotion, they stood behind the notion […]

Where the Lights are Much Brighter

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

As a child, I remember when it wasn’t safe to go downtown after 6 o’clock. Crime was at an all-time high. The stores closed at dusk. And everyone went home out of fear that something might happen. My perspective changed about crime in the city when I graduated high school and went on to a university located in North Philadelphia. While I was there, Tom Brokaw declared on national television that North Philadelphia was the epicenter […]

Is Sarasota Ready for a 4th Go-around to Support an Elected Mayor?

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Under the name of “Revised Charter Caucus,” people such as Linda Holland (Chair) and Diana Hamilton are holding meetings at The Hub to work with a group of city dwellers to that support having an Elected Mayor in the City.   Their main purpose is to change the current government structure, remove the position of City Manager, and have an Elected Mayor with Five Single Member District Commissioners.   They have chosen to bypass the […]

Being Outed: Time to Tell The World You Smoked Pot

January 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

When I interviewed Rep. Daryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, about his reasoning for not wanting to legalize Medical Marijuana, he called Marijuana a “Gateway Drug.” I have heard that term used before and in most circumstances I would have argued that point. That is until later that evening at my dinner table when my family and I were discussing the interview. A response I heard was, “If you think of it as a ‘Gateway Drug,’ it’s […]

Pride and Prejudice: A City’s Struggle with the Homeless

December 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Fear and loathing of the drug-addicted homeless who will undoubtedly flock to District One in numbers never before seen are what have prominent members of our city up in arms. From the moment Dr. Robert Marbut released his study, certain distinctive members of our city have had their nose out of joint because his top three locations are in District One, otherwise referred to as North Sarasota.   What most people, including our City Commissioners, […]

When a Candidate Has Nothing to Say

November 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

  It’s an amazing thing to be asked to run for office. The decision is one that I don’t believe anyone takes lightly. But the will to run is not enough to win an election. Say what you will, but running a campaign is not all about fundraising and private parties. At some point, each candidate will have to get out there and shake some hands, talk to people outside of their inner circle and […]

Words Mean Everything

November 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine I sat in the audience of the Tiger Bay Banquet dinner this past Tuesday where Michael Smerconish was the key-note speaker. His topic was the political divide in our country and how the days of the moderates seem to be a thing of the past. He reflected on the direct correlation between Congress and the media, especially cable news and talk radio. Michael attributed this polarization directly to figures like Rush […]

The Prejudice of One Law

October 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine Two man argue on a street. Shouting can be heard. A shot is fired. Police officer arrives. One man is dead on the ground. The other man is standing over the body holding a gun. No witnesses. Two men argue on a street. Shouting can be heard. A shot is fired. Police officer arrives. One man is shot, but alive. The other man is standing there holding the gun. No witnesses. […]

Buchanan to Hold Forum on Tax Reform

March 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sarasota, Florida – U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan announced today that he will host a forum on tax reform.  Buchanan is Florida’s only member of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which is reviewing current federal income tax law and chairman of the small business working group. “The current tax code punishes everyone from families to employers trying to compete in the global marketplace,” said Buchanan.  “I am working in Congress to fix our […]

A Fracture Developing Among Conservatives

September 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Tony Citarella A booming, ferocious, cacophony of protests erupted just off the floor of the Republican National Committee last week, protests one would never expect to hear at the RNC, because they were coming from Republicans, directed at Republicans. “Shame on Mitt Romney!!!” “This convention is a farce!!!” “Shame on the RNC for voter suppression!” Few in the media have reported the extent to which these demonstrations could affect the outcome of the Presidential […]

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