In today’s America, it seems people are either offended by something someone said about someone, that they shouldn’t have said about someone, or, our political leaders are spinning out a story that ends with us crouching in fear because we think the future now holds unimaginable terrors.
Last evening our commissioners spent more than $425,000 to purchase a piece of land adjacent to Bayfront Park. I believe this was an unwise expenditure that accomplishes little, when the money could have been spent to enhance our community’s attractiveness to visitors and perspective residents in more effective ways. Instead, we hear claims by the commission that a large project at Bayfront Park will somehow contribute to the island’s welfare.
“The military budget is not on the table. The military is at the table, and it is eating everybody else’s lunch,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., commenting on the House passage of the $649 billion FY2012 Defense Appropriations Bill. I don’t think that I am eating your lunch. Now Barney has been a longtime critic of military spending. He has always tried to force the choice of butter over guns. I’ve observed him for years. I was a student of his. Now he might be getting more traction
I called the town manager after the resignation agreement was signed, after he stepped down, after his 14-year career on Longboat Key was over. And he asked if I was looking for a quote. I suddenly realized that I had to stop working. I found myself attempting to be fake and do my job while a decent man that I have known for 14 years was driving home from work for the final time
The Town Commission this week approved the first reading of its 2011-2012 budget, which included a 1.8872 millage rate, the same rate as the 2010-2011 budget. The commission decided to eliminate a proposed business-tax increase, which would have created an additional $8,000 in revenue, citing that now is not a good time to increase taxes [...]