Brent Batten: ID thieves find fertile ground
Published 4/20/2014 at 4:07 a.m. 0 comments
These examples from here in Southwest Florida, are just a few of the reasons experts say identity theft isn't so much a matter of "if" than "when."
Brent Batten: Campaign finance, what a tangled web we weave
Published 4/17/2014 at 4:01 a.m. 11 comments
If one didn't know better, one might think politicians had structured campaign finance laws to be purposefully opaque so that the source of the money backing them, or tearing down their opponents, would be difficult to trace.
Brent Batten: Summer camp sticker shock awaits
Published 4/15/2014 at 4:54 a.m. 20 comments
The rate schedule for the coming summer is out and it represents an increase of between 25 and 150 percent over last year, depending on the circumstances.
Brent Batten: Fire mergers are evolutionary change
Published 4/13/2014 at 4:45 a.m. 0 comments
You wouldn't deliberately design an emergency medical response system like the one in Collier County.
Brent Batten: Hiller takes editor's pencil to history
Published 4/10/2014 at 4:27 a.m. 17 comments
She then proceeded to give her own, shall we say, "unique" version of the Blocker case history.
Brent Batten: Getting the skinny on the U.S. House race
Published 4/8/2014 at 4:44 a.m. 7 comments
The three big-spending candidates and their supporters have proven adept at taking the slimmest shadow of fact and turning it into a full-blown runway show modeling the supposed shortcomings of the opposing candidates.
Brent Batten: Show us the money, ASAP
Published 4/6/2014 at 4:32 a.m. 7 comments
The Internet does put reams of information at the click of a mouse but campaign finance laws haven't caught up.
Brent Batten: Commissioners not grasping at straws
Published 4/3/2014 at 4:37 a.m. 2 comments
A simple majority of three commissioners could place on a future ballot a nonbinding straw question asking voters what they think the correct distribution of tourist tax revenue should be.
Brent Batten: Three negatives make a positive for Michael Dreikorn
Published 4/1/2014 at 5:00 a.m. 3 comments
With negative ads dominating the airwaves and attention of U.S. House District 19, you can't help but wonder, do these ads really help a candidate?The answer is yes. And the candidate is Michael Dreikorn.
Brent Batten: E-records become more A-ffordable
Published 3/30/2014 at 5:01 a.m. 1 comment
Left unanswered by Judge Fred Hardt's public records ruling last week is the question: Can the clerk of courts charge $1 a page for a wide range of paper copies?
Brent Batten: Naples-Marco Island content to be who they are
Published 3/27/2014 at 5:41 a.m. 0 comments
What you may not know is that just this week the Naples-Marco Island area showed up on a list of the most content areas in the country.
Brent Batten: Some things better left unsaid, but they aren't
Published 3/25/2014 at 4:04 a.m. 9 comments
Republican candidates for Florida's U.S. House District 19 seat and their proxies are filling the airwaves with negative ads about each other at a rate that makes even Billy Fuccillo's media presence seem, well, not so huge.
Brent Batten: Tournament math adds up to zeroes
Published 3/23/2014 at 4:44 a.m. 0 comments
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which begins today, will be the subject of more water cooler conversation and lost productivity than the series finale of Breaking Bad.
Brent Batten: Judge gives school district an assignment; answer the questions
Published 3/18/2014 at 5:30 a.m. 1 comment
Judge Fred Hardt took on the air of a stern schoolmaster Monday quizzing attorneys about their work.In the end, it was the Collier County School District that had its knuckles rapped.
Brent Batten: Dog debate a walk in the park
Published 3/16/2014 at 4:56 a.m. 14 comments
The dog owners will have to sit, stay, until April 22, when the county staff is to come back with information on possible sites for dog parks at county facilities.
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