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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Local Government

Civic leaders in Rio urge Martin County commissioners to take action on Rio Village Mobile Home Park.
Treasure Coast Palm
The city needs nothing less than a full airing of the problem that led to the city under-billing some of its water-and-sewer customers by $825,000.
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The additional patrols to crack down on speeders in Santa Rosa County is welcome news to residents.
Pensacola News-Journal
The city of Lakeland takes seriously the serene animals for which it is known and rounds up the birds annually for physical checkups.
Lakeland Ledger
This County Commission election is about re-establishing the county's identity and its mainstream values.
Tampa Bay Times
Fast forward and now Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to take a shot at bike-sharing again.
Tampa Bay Times


Spending on Florida legislative contests already exceeds total for same in 2010 elections .
Treasure Coast Palm
For the Florida Senate we endorse Kelli Stargel, reluctantly, in District 15 and Dorothy Hukill in District 8.
Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel recommends Jerry Demings for Orange County Sheriff.
Orlando Sentinel
South Florida though still needs a high ranking Republican in the Florida Legislature to look after its interests, Bogdanoff remains our best shot.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
'High-quality' vice presidential candidates debated to a draw.
Florida Today
The Sarasota Observer recommends a "Yes" vote on Amendments 1, 3, 5, 8, and 12 and a "Yes" on charter amendments for Longboat Key...
Sarasota Observer
The Tribune supports a yes vote on Amendment 2, Amendment 9 and Amendment 11, with reservations.
Tampa Tribune
In reality, this proposed amendment is inapposite to religious freedom, is instead about religious compulsion — about as un-American as it gets.
Tampa Bay Times
For U.S. House District 17, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Tom Rooney, District 11, Richard Nugent, and Gus Bilirakis District 12.
Tampa Bay Times
This was a battle of generations. The age difference was the undercurrent of every exchange, the older man had the virility.
Bradenton Herald
The Herald's Editorial Board recommends Mike Bennett as Manatee County supervisor of elections.
Bradenton Herald
Extending property tax relief to surviving spouses of first responders certainly has merit but a “No” vote is reluctantly recommended.
Independent Florida Alligator
A “Yes” vote to extend the discount to all combat-disabled veterans residing in Florida is recommended by the Chronical.
Citrus County Chronicle


The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Wings and Waves Air Show today and Sunday.
Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Old Florida paradise that is Anna Maria Island will play host to the Sustainable & Authentic Florida Conference.
Bradenton Herald
After eight years of active public fund-raising, the Manatee Players stands only $900,000 short of opening the downtown Bradenton riverfront theater.
Bradenton Herald

Health Care

Hope for a day when breast cancer survivors can be made whole without having to navigate medical gantlets or empty out their savings accounts.
Tampa Bay Times

Higher Education

We should know by now that intelligence is not everything and that grit matters. we see of evidence of it every day.
Tampa Bay Times

K-12 Education

A mentor encourages a struggling student to keep trying, to get up after falling down, that those who succeed are those who don’t give up.
Florida Times-Union


Power Magazine chose JEA as one of the top six best-operated coal-fired power plants in the world.
Florida Times-Union
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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Steven Kurlander

Charles Dickens’ opening line in A Tale of Two Cities came flooding back to me Wednesday on reading two headlines in Florida.

You remember. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…”


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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Angel Castillo Jr

One thing is clear from the recent Venezuelan presidential election: Expect more Venezuelans to move to South Florida.

Another is that the opposition movement against the winner, socialist Hugo Chavez, is better organized and stronger than at any time since Chavez was first elected president in 1998. 


Quotable Quotes

on the Republican-led legislature’s surprise crusade against undocumented voter fraud, even as the state GOP hired a firm now believed to have filed fraudulent registration forms in 10 Florida counties.
about a printing error on some 60,000 absentee ballots sent to Palm Beach County voters this month that could affect the outcome of every race, including the presidential election.
adding that the Trib will focus on local content and on monetizing online video.

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