June 23, 2011
There are some issues that have been so badly reported, where the bias is so entrenched and the media agenda so intertwined in news stories, that it is difficult to unravel things enough to make a cogent argument. Everyone's mind appears already made up with insufficient information.
June 23, 2011
As local governments work through their annual budget seasons, they all face the same thing: the fifth year of declining revenues.
June 16, 2011
Siesta Key Beach is one of Sarasota’s jewels and a critical component of the economic pillar of tourism — a major leg of our economy long term. It is part of who we are.
June 9, 2011
Contrary to prevailing establishment opinion, Sarasota County did not “lose out” on the Jackson Laboratory deal.
June 8, 2011
Immigration reform frustratingly died in the Florida Legislature last month. What is so difficult about making everyone play by the same rules?
June 2, 2011
In the totality of his tenure, you can easily argue Jim Ley performed well as Sarasota County administrator. So his resignation last week — or to be more precise, the circumstances that led to his departure — should not forever or indelibly blemish his 14-year record.
June 1, 2011
School reforms have led to dramatic education results in Florida, even in the face of budget cuts.
May 26, 2011
It is refreshing to see a serious Sarasota City Commission willing to take decisive action on behalf of productive law-abiding members of the community. It did so when voting to remove park benches from Selby Five Points Park for what should be obvious reasons.
May 26, 2011
As we have been working to help revitalize blighted areas in Sarasota (the Rosemary District, Gillespie Park and North Tamiami Trail) for the last 18 years, we share your editorial writer's frustration ("North Trail hypocrisy") in that no seated City Commission in the last 30 years has contributed anything really significant to the revitalization of the North Trail.
May 25, 2011
To understand why the Observer Group newspapers have always been strong supporters of Israel — and find deep fault with President Obama's Middle East speech last week — we have to go as far back into the written record of history as possible.
27 Thanksgiving Free Public Talk & Veggie Potluck
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.