Nonpartisan Races Not What You Think

February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nonpartisan races—what should unite us with its core intent—continue to divide us in ways that one would never have thought. Established to control partisanship amongst candidates, the rules dictate no political party shall be indicated on the ballot and no candidate should identify which party they are a member of. Yet in order to register as a voter, and therefore a candidate, one must declare a party affiliation. Most people have a romantic notion nonpartisan […]

Sarasota Scullers captain finds success on and off water

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a major obstacle for anyone to overcome. 10 years ago, Daniel Kemp was diagnosed with type one diabetes. While it forced him to make changes in his life, he has not let it impede him. A team captain at the Sarasota Scullers, Kemp overcomes the difficulty that diabetes creates daily, and was even recently awarded an honorable mention on the honor roll of USRowing. “I think he has decided to […]

The Military Prepares For The War On Our Changing Climate.

November 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

With very little fanfare, the Florida Veterans for Common Sense released a report this month entitled, “Why it is so urgent that we take action to reduce carbon emissions; and what we can do about it.”  It begs the question, “How will the U.S. Military maintain global dominance in the face of ever-worsening changes of the global climate.” “ISIS is a pin prick compared to the threat of Climate change.” Gene Jones, the President of […]

Commitment to improved local news coverage in Sarasota continues

November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

On November first, CBS’s Channel 10 News and WSRQ celebrated their anniversary. One year ago, the two media outlets teamed up to change the way that Sarasota was covered. It was a partnership that committed to having a team stationed in Sarasota full-time, instead of only when on assignment. Adding a local presence was a decision that had the power to change the image of both the media and the city. “One of the criticisms […]

How About An Amendment To Our Constitution?

November 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

This election season, the one thing I heard over and over from our politicians was “we should not amend our state constitution with things like Medical Marijuana and money for land conservation.  These things should be left up to the state legislature.  Let us do our job.”  And when pressed further, I would hear, “Do we really need how we handle pregnant pigs in our state constitution?”  Makes a lot of sense, right?  Practically speaking, […]

The Librarian’s Opus

November 17, 2014 // 0 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 […]

Veterans Day Parade brings Sarasota together to celebrate service

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Matt Defalco Sarasota’s Main Street was filled on Tuesday morning, as the Veterans Day Parade drew a crowd of all ages and backgrounds with one thing in common: reverence. Music, cheering, and applause were constant from the parade’s start at Osprey Avenue to its finish at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, where a ceremony was held to honor those who have served.  The parade had the sidewalks packed, and although the spectacle was more than […]

These Things I Know

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

(Reprinted from SRQ Daily) When it comes to family, I am a traditionalist. I believe in the tradition of loving parents and meals together at the end of each day. I thinks it’s good to fight with your spouse. Not to correct a mistake, but because the marriage is that important. Marriage is hard. That is why so many people get divorced. If two people are willing to make the commitment, then I support them. […]

The 2014 Florida Amendments. And Why You Should Know Them. Susan Nilon

September 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

There are three constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot this November.  Both Amendment One, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, and Amendment Two, Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, are initiated constitutional amendments – 683,149 signatures from at least 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts were collected of Florida residents.  The Third Amendment, Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies, is on the ballot because it received a sixty percent majority vote in both […]

It Doesn’t Always Pay to Run as a Republican

August 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Daily It has been said for many years here, “If you want to win an election, you have to run as a Republican in Sarasota.”  And for years, we have seen many Democrats and independents switch parties when they decide to run for office.  For political operatives who are just looking for a win, it has been a strategy evidenced time and again.  But for the electorate, you get an elected body with […]

A Little Lesson in Hospital History

August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

When I wrote about the “Push to privatize Sarasota Memorial Hospital,” two other media called it a rumor and insisted the public not worry.  I would like to share some history in the sale of another local not-for-profit hospital as reported by the Herald-Tribune back in 2004, the Bon Secour Hospital in Venice (now known as Venice Regional Bayfront Health.) In April, 2004:”It’s early in the process and we have made no decisions about a […]

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 […]

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