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Realtor says story missed mark

Realtor says story missed mark

‘The article amounted to a lack of understanding on the reporter’s part, but had the potential to damage a reputation.’

August 26, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Hatin’ on Tebow and other things hard to understand

Hatin’ on Tebow and other things hard to understand

Last Sunday around 6 p.m. about 38 million Americans were watching the Denver Broncos play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aside from Denver and Pittsburgh fans, the almost record-setting number of viewers were tuned in because the Denver Broncos, led by Tim Tebow, their evangelical Bible verse-spouting quarterback, were on the verge of defeating the storied Pittsburgh Steelers. Other than Pittsburgh and Denver fans, people were watching for one reason and one reason only — Tim Tebow is a phenomenon.

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Sunshine — still

Sunshine — still

As we approach the winter season the topic of sunshine comes up again in local news. Just to get you up to speed; the winter solstice in our northern hemisphere occurred this year at 0530 (UTC), Dec. 22. At that time the sun reached its most southerly declination — the North Pole was tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. In the northern hemisphere the December solstice marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight (north of the Tropic of Cancer). You knew that.

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Eye to eye with Irene

Eye to eye with Irene

“In my dreams” indeed – more likely in my nightmares. We customarily spend winters at our home on Longboat Key, mindful of the fact that during that season hurricanes lurk just around the proverbial corner. Summers are spent at our place in Connecticut, which fronts on Long Island Sound and enjoys a placid, if somewhat boring, climate

September 9, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Seemed like a good idea at the time

Seemed like a good idea at the time

There’s a story about a young Texas cowboy who, while celebrating one night, took off all his cloths and jumped into a cactus patch. Later, while being treated at the hospital, a doctor asked him why he had done such a thing, “I don’t remember,” the cowboy told him, “but I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.” According to partisan and nonpartisan observers alike

August 4, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »

Longboat Key Garden Club gets media savvy

Longboat Key Garden Club gets media savvy

Members of the Longboat Key Garden Club went on a media blitz last week when they toured the Herald-Tribune building. Real Estate Editor Harold Bubil led the group through the newsrooms and studio of SNN News. Bubil highlighted many “green” aspects of the building on Main Street. The ladies lunched at Savory Street Café, which […]

June 17, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Tigers still

Tigers still

It was a hot day in early June as I traveled to our big city, Sarasota, for the Tiger Bay luncheon. As is my want I try to attend these almost-monthly affairs to keep up on what is going on in the larger venue, to see who else is about and frankly to support our colleague and friend, Dr. Hal Lenobel. Tiger Bay has long been Hal’s baby

June 17, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Brenner to attend coastal insurance forum

Brenner to attend coastal insurance forum

Vice Mayor Dave Brenner is attending a forum on insurance in coastal communities sponsored by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune June 1. Coastal insurance premiums in Florida have risen as much as 350 percent over the last five years. Floridians have witnessed the cancellation of 2 million policies, and thousands of homeowners have been forced to buy […]

May 20, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Bicycles and signs of the times

Bicycles and signs of the times

Bicycles and signs are big news in Sarasota and Longboat Key as of late. According to a Feb. 3 Sarasota Herald-Tribune headline, “Bicycle accidents bolster area’s ‘dangerous’ reputation.” The story that followed listed four bicyclists in Southwest Florida who have died or been critically injured in accidents with cars just over the past week. It should not surprise anyone; statistics have shown for some time that Florida is one of the most dangerous places in America to ride a bike

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

The ever-present threat of Monkophobia

The ever-present threat of Monkophobia

Sunday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune brought a most disturbing bit of news. A story of spreading, and as yet unchecked, hate was headlined with: “Monks’ plan for monastery in ranch area hits roadblock.”

September 30, 2010 | Posted in Opinion, Tom Burgum | Read More »