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The 800-pound gorilla in the argument

The 800-pound gorilla in the argument

We are the brokest nation in history. We owe more than $16 trillion, and we are piling another trillion dollars on every year as far as the eye can see.

August 18, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

A learning curve

A learning curve

I witnessed two rather disorganized, maybe even tumultuous, Town Commission meetings, one in May and its follower in June. These were not well done. We didn’t look good in these outings. There is nothing like a big crowd in the chamber to bring out the worst in the politicians meeting there.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

ObamaCare vs. James Madison (1001)

ObamaCare vs. James Madison (1001)

While the future of ObamaCare is an important political question, the really important issue before the court is whether they will finally draw the line on the power of the Commerce Clause or say goodbye to James Madison’s system of limited and divided government powers.

April 6, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Social justice and whatnot

Social justice and whatnot

I’m getting a bit tired of the Occupy Wall Street goings-on. I’ve wearied not so much of the protestors but of hopeless politicians who pretend to be running our cities or the inept corporate collaborators who are so spineless they hope to buy off the anarchists, communists, disillusioned students, the unemployed and the unemployable with ridiculous signs claiming they too are the 99 percent

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Tiny Towne

Tiny Towne

Before and even for a time while I have lived here on this almost idyllic isle I lived in the beautiful seaside town of Cohasset, Mass. It is similarly idyllic, probably more beautiful, and maybe more sure of itself. Cohasset and Longboat Key are similar in that they each share a coastline, fabulous boating and even golf. It even has a hotel, opened in 1794 or so. The populations are similar at about 7,000 each. Natives of each municipality (in Cohasset they call themselves Townies proudly) like to take themselves seriously

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

A bad day for Longboat Key

A bad day for Longboat Key

Monday last was a bad, sad day for the town of Longboat Key. After 15 years of exemplary service, Bruce St. Denis, the affable hard-working town manager, was forced to resign by the conspiratorial antics of five members of the seven-member Town Commission

September 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

It’s nanny time in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

It’s nanny time in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Folks, we can relax. No more hard choices, no more worries about diet, no more worries about what is good for us and what is bad for us. Some very prominent people are recommending a national food czar who will set a national diet that will turn us into lean mean fighting machines rather than fat, nerdy, and placid couch potatoes

August 13, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Big time pols, again

Big time pols, again

It seems we just heard our first big time political candidate here in Sarasota. We were treated June 16 to a visit by the second presidential candidate of the new political season. Gov. Mitt Romney, now an announced candidate for the Republican nomination for president, was here. The venue was the almost new Sarasota Yacht Club. A fine facility it is too. This was billed as a ‘private’ fundraising lunch reception

June 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

What does he know, and when did he know it?

What does he know, and when did he know it?

The question I am most often asked is how I stay in touch with the goings on the key to be able to write a column each week. The answer is that the issues that come up are almost always issues that have been faced in the past. One of the arguments against term limits is that

June 9, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »