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DeSantis abandons basic Republican principles

DeSantis abandons basic Republican principles

“Republicans have always said that local issues should be handled by the government that is closest. But ironically, now Governor DeSantis wants to upstream all the power and tell us what is best for our community.

December 7, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

The Elmer Fudd syndrome

The Elmer Fudd syndrome

Our institutions serve as a haven for managers and stewards who are neither particularly competent nor scrupulous.

November 14, 2017 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

August doldrums

August doldrums

PETER O’CONNOR Guest Columnist opinion@lbknews.com I’ve learned in my avocation that things move either too fast or too slow. Here on Longboat Key in July and August there is little going on, at least on the surface. This is by design. Our founders pictured a community of part-timers, with most decamping their ‘winter’ digs for […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Let’s dream – how Democrats and Republicans could agree on health

Let’s dream – how Democrats and Republicans could agree on health

MATTHEW EDLUND M.D. Contributing Columnist health@lbknews.com What do we get for our health care dollars? The United States ranks 50th in the world in lifespan. We rank 48th in infant mortality. We charge twice per health care customer than what other developed nations cost. This is a bad deal. Why? We’re not paying attention to […]

August 3, 2012 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »

Catastrophic campaign

Catastrophic campaign

RICHARD L. HERSHATTER Contributing Columnist hershatter@lbknews.com The crystal ball grows dimmer; The contest has been fun; But don’t predict the winner, Too much damage has been done. “And the days dwindle down…to a precious few… September…November…” So the song goes. Twenty-one Republican debates ago, with nine or 10 feisty candidates in contention, most observers would […]

April 6, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

Who will control the Senate?

Who will control the Senate?

Trick question: no one will really control the Senate come January 2013 as neither party has a realistic chance to reach the 60 seats required to break filibusters. Still, it is important for a party to have even a 51 to 49 majority as it allows that party to control the committees, set the floor debate and determine what bills are considered by the Senate.

March 31, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

‘Don’t Vote — It Just Encourages the Bastards’

‘Don’t Vote — It Just Encourages the Bastards’

I think it’s a diabolic plot. Some almost super-natural power has conspired to give us Republican candidates so intellectually and politically constipated that they seem almost unable to engage in any kind of a meaningful dialogue on issues important to the nation. Our president, on the other hand, is so verbally agile that his public statements, when compared to his actions, sometimes seem to be bald-faced lies.

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Confessions of a confused Republican

Confessions of a confused Republican

Last month, at long last, Florida’s Republican primary came to an end in a frantic propaganda feeding frenzy resembling nothing so much as a firing squad aligned in a circle, with collateral damage incurred by all the candidates…

February 12, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

Libertarians have a point

Libertarians have a point

Libertarians generally believe that the least government is best; they demand nothing except, according to P.J. O’Rourke, “the one thing which no government in history has been able to do — leave us alone.” The Unitarian message has always been overwhelmed by politicians who have the illusion that the interests of the Republic are best served by an activist government that is dedicated to anything but leaving us alone.

January 24, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Class warfare?

Class warfare?

Several weeks ago I wrote in these pages (“A while ago,” Sept. 29, 2011): “These scholars and practitioners of government made it very clear that in their view the purpose of government was the redistribution of income. This ‘fact’ pervaded thought there on JFK Street in Cambridge, as I’m sure it did throughout Harvard Yard.

December 2, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »