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, […]

Bottoms Up! WSRQ Talk Radio Hosts Raise Awareness and Blood Alcohol Levels

December 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

  Tune in to WSRQ 1220 AM & 106.9 FM on Friday, Dec. 6th from 4 – 6pm   Sarasota, Fla. – WSRQ Sarasota Talk Radio listeners are in for a holiday treat with a sobering message this Friday. Local radio personalities Bill Robertson, Susan Nilon, John Tortorella and Kirsten Sponseller will hit the airwaves on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4pm – 6pm to demonstrate how alcoholic beverages stack up against breathalyzer tests performed by […]

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 […]

The Ovary Penalty – it’s all smoke and mirrors.

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

How do women really compare to men when it comes to health care expense? In the current debate about healthcare, it is often used as an argument against the new health care laws  that men will now see their premiums go up because they will have to pay for the health care provided to women as well.  Men and women are both asking, “Why should men have to foot the bill for coverage that includes […]

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. […]

Don’t Make Education A Political Football

September 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine “We implore our fellow Republicans to judge the Common Core State Standards by what they are: academic standards, not curriculum and not a national mandate”— Sen. John Thrasher and four former chairs of the Republican Party of Florida. Say the word FCAT to a student and watch them cringe at thought of that exam. Mention FCAT to a teacher and watch their level of anxiety heighten. The all-important FCAT. Oh where […]

We Have What It Takes

August 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

  Reprinted from SRQ Daily and SRQ Magazine   “Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.” – Susan B. Anthony   Aug. 26 marks the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Today, I am celebrating this event with several hundred women at the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women – Women’s Equity Day celebration held […]

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 […]

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