With hurricane season bearing down on Florida, significant flood insurance reform appeared on the horizon with congressional passage of a bill creating an open market for private insurers and options for consumers. Florida drove down a similar road last year by adopting a new law that provides consumers the opportunity to purchase flexible flood insurance on the private market.
In the April 29 Herald there was an article about the Fort Hamer Bridge construction. In that article it was mentioned that 23,000 new homes have been approved, or approval is being sought, for the Parrish/North River area.
Alright, was anyone else appalled at the amount of money it is estimated -- key word here "estimated" -- it will take to widen sidewalks along U.S. 301 so those with golf carts in Ellenton can utilize them to ride up and down to the store, etc.
Two persistent failings of U.S. foreign policy have been an overdependence on individual leaders, who frequently fail to deliver on American expectations, and a reluctance to accept that an established status quo can't hold. The Obama administration has committed both those errors in Iraq -- and it has done so more than once.
I am sure the John Marble Pool project is going to be a county, city, or nonprofit entity. In a recent article, it was notated that the $147,000 needed to improve the facility could be funded through county impact fees while the year-round operational costs, $108,000, would be obtained through property taxes.
"The Greatest Show on Earth" closed the curtain on a centuries-old circus tradition treasured in some quarters and vilified in others. The crowd-pleasing elephants, the biggest circus stars in stature and popularity, took a bow last weekend during their final shows and will no longer tour with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
I hoped I would never have to write this letter. Now age 60, I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old. No matter where I've lived, I've never cast a "no" vote on a school funding proposal. Until now.
In his letter "Support efforts to combat climate change by lobbying," Jim Willard states that "98 percent of climate scientists" say that climate change is primarily caused by man's burning of fossil fuels.
Note to all local Barack Obama-haters. Would that any of them had the level of humor -- especially self-deprecating humor -- that the president demonstrated at the recent annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. Try catching his 30-minute performance via multiple sources and Google.