Brent Batten: Here's a prediction, Camping will try again
Published 05/23/2011 at 4:42 p.m.
But in spite of Camping’s amateurish gaffe of speaking prematurely in plain English about the ascension of the righteous into heaven, he seems to have prophet-ed nicely. He’s reportedly worth, through his radio network, some $72 million. He dropped into ...
Brent Batten: U.S. 41 changes taking an eternity
Updated 05/21/2011 at 1:25 p.m.
If the end had come, it would have halted once and for all the effort to reroute U.S. 41 around downtown Naples. From the looks of it, the second coming might be the only thing that will.
Brent Batten: An (un)extreme view of Mack budget plan
Published 05/18/2011 at 12:21 p.m.
It will be difficult for the free spenders in Washington to characterize the budget plan being forwarded by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack and others as extreme. They’ll do it, but it will be difficult.
Brent Batten: Unknown restaurateur defends illegal immigration
Published 05/16/2011 at 3:55 p.m. 32 Comments
The letter, from someone purporting to be a successful restaurateur in Collier County for the past 16 years, is telling, not just in what it says about the role of migrant workers in our economy but in what it says ...
Brent Batten: Commissioners not accepting Hiller's information
Published 05/14/2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Things are at a stage where Hiller can’t get her colleagues to acknowledge she has a good point, even when she has one.
Brent Batten: Keep Crist's alternative as backup to Widman Act
Published 05/09/2011 at 4:04 p.m.
A veteran defense attorney says good intentions or not, judges just can’t order people held on charges that don’t yet exist.
Brent Batten: Democrats hope to draw line in Naples' sand
Published 05/07/2011 at 9:41 p.m. 1 Comment
Democrats want to draw a line in the sand. Naples has sand.
Brent Batten: In bin Laden matter, sensitivities aren't universally observed
Updated 05/04/2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Muslim sensitivities carry a lot of weight these days.
Brent Batten: Life's little annoyances are just that
Published 04/29/2011 at 3:37 p.m.
I was going to write a column about all the annoyances in my life. I changed my mind.
Brent Batten: Election reform 101
Published 04/27/2011 at 3:49 p.m.
Imagine waking up on Nov. 7, 2012 to a headline, “Presidential race too close to call, Florida ballots in dispute _ again.”
Brent Batten: Superintendent search was measurably better
Published 04/23/2011 at 3:21 p.m. 1 Comment
It is universally agreed that the latest search for a Collier County school superintendent was superior to the one preceding it.
Brent Batten: School board's work not yet finished
Published 04/22/2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Getting the right person the right way is only one step toward a successful superintendency.
Brent Batten: President's deduction doesn't add up
Published 04/22/2011 at 3:05 p.m.
The president had a perfect opportunity to pay a little more and limit the itemized deductions of a wealthy taxpayer _ himself _ and chose not to do so.
Brent Batten: Here's your tax receipt
Published 04/18/2011 at 3:29 p.m.
The folks at Third Way, a policy institute in Washington, D.C., have devised a tax receipt calculator that shows you how your money is being spent.
Brent Batten: Daytime drama unfolds on Collier TV
Published 04/15/2011 at 4:36 p.m.
Televised bi-weekly meetings of the Collier County Commission have taken on a soap opera quality with all the elements of a tangled yarn.
Brent Batten: Budget clarity? Here's an app for that
Published 04/13/2011 at 4:16 p.m.
It’s been long apparent that what a politician says isn’t always what he means. A device that could discern the true meaning would be especially helpful these days.
Brent Batten: Don't bet against a hurricane hitting Southwest Florida
Published 04/08/2011 at 2:01 p.m.
The odds of a hurricane hitting Collier County this year are about the same as the odds of the Marlins winning the World Series.
Brent Batten: Lessons from past, future government shutdowns
Published 04/06/2011 at 3:14 p.m.
I learned that Everglades National Park doesn’t shut down, even when Everglades National Park is shut down.
Brent Batten: Movie premiere generates more than a shrug
Published 04/04/2011 at 4:08 p.m.
Schiffer, marketing specialist for Silverspot cinema at The Mercato, has made it her mission to get the film “Atlas Shrugged” shown in Naples on April 15, the day of its limited national release.
Brent Batten: Deregulation bill has designers seeing red, not green
Published 04/01/2011 at 5 p.m.
Designers say the effect on their industry clashes with the stated purpose of the bill worse than purple portieres and a lime green etagere.
Brent Batten: Waiting for the other boot to fall on educational status quo
Published 03/30/2011 at 4:04 p.m.
If Senate Bill 736 was a boot stomping on the status quo of public education in Florida, then the other boot is about to fall.
Brent Batten: Red light cameras keep company in the black
Published 03/28/2011 at 4:34 p.m.
Like many of the lobbying groups that operate in Tallahassee, the NCSR is funded by people with a lot to gain or lose financially depending on what happens to the bills they target.
Brent Batten: At Naples airport, sentiments, pavement, run deep
Updated 03/26/2011 at 12:07 p.m.
Airport officials insist that the self-imposed 75,000-pound limit on planes using the airport is safe and the extensions are being built to handle planes that large and no larger.
Rep. Connie Mack to make 'major announcement' regarding U.S. Senate run
Updated 03/24/2011 at 8:02 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack has scheduled a “major announcement” today regarding the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bill Nelson.
Brent Batten: Medical marijuana is no joke
Published 03/23/2011 at 4:13 p.m. 1 Comment
You could say there’s budding interest in medical marijuana in Tallahassee.
Brent Batten: Grant stimulates discussion in Golden Gate Estates
Published 03/21/2011 at 3:49 p.m.
That sounds like good growth management. It also sounds a lot like the state-required Growth Management Plan the county has had in place for years.
Brent Batten: Airport weight limit set in stone, really
Published 03/18/2011 at 2:25 p.m.
Small comfort, no doubt, to those who fought against a longer runway at Naples Airport, but the prohibition against larger jets there is set in concrete.
Brent Batten: Family's pursuit requires dogged determination
Published 03/16/2011 at 4:17 p.m.
The decision against Bowen and his parents, Shawn Bowen and Elizabeth Lasanta, boiled down to this: While the dog may be of great benefit to the boy and his family as they conduct their lives, it is not necessary in ...
Brent Batten: Jackson Lab loses 7,000 jobs between Naples and Sarasota
Published 03/14/2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Somewhere between here and Sarasota someone lost 7,000 jobs.
Brent Batten: Rail profits pegged to high hopes
Published 03/11/2011 at 11 a.m.
Rail projects here and abroad have a track record of cost overruns and disappointing ridership.
Brent Batten: Florida Legislature 2011: There ought to be a law
Published 03/07/2011 at 3:59 p.m.
What makes it even more remarkable is that in addition to all that, it will also find time to consider bills that, while no doubt important to their sponsors, don’t exactly rise to the standard of critical state concern.
Brent Batten: High speed rail; leave the driving to me
Updated 03/05/2011 at 10:54 a.m.
Unlike the federal plan, I can absolutely guarantee there will be no cost overruns in the construction of new lines of travel.
Brent Batten: President not to blame for rising gas prices (this time)
Published 03/02/2011 at 3:34 p.m. 1 Comment
We learned in 2006 and 2008, the main factor in the price of gasoline is the occupant of the White House.
Brent Batten: TaxWatch encourages prison break in Florida
Published 02/25/2011 at 2:28 p.m.
It is in the area of criminal justice that the report departs furthest from accepted practice.
Brent Batten: Bennett says take me out of the ball game
Published 02/23/2011 at 4:13 p.m.
"If you can pay someone $52 million to play the game of baseball, certainly you can build your own stadium with your own money.”
Brent Batten: Searching for meaning in fine art
Published 02/21/2011 at 4:10 p.m.
Those intimate shops can prove intimidating to the average Joe who can’t tell Manet from a Monet or who thinks Renoir is most famous for manufacturing Le Car.
Brent Batten: Scott stays on track by declining high-speed rail money
Updated 02/19/2011 at 12:40 p.m.
Spending $2 billion to build something will certainly create jobs in the near term. But if what they build isn’t useful or operates at a loss year after year, is it really an economic benefit?
Brent Batten: Top 10 signs Connie Mack is running for U.S. Senate
Published 02/16/2011 at 3:12 p.m. 1 Comment
Now comes an e-mail from Friends of Connie Mack, Mack’s campaign fundraising organization.
Brent Batten: Mack raises profile with CPAC speech
Published 02/14/2011 at 4:44 p.m.
Mack has been touted as a possible challenger to Democrat Bill Nelson for Nelson’s Senate seat in 2012. He’s done little to quash that speculation.
Brent Batten: Millions of reasons not to reroute U.S. 41 downtown
Updated 02/12/2011 at 2:16 p.m.
As much as 25 percent of traffic on U.S. 41 is headed to points far removed from downtown, preliminary studies show.
Brent Batten: Scott's budget proposal a bitter pill
Published 02/09/2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Collectively, they seem to be saying that government simply cannot function with less money than it is now taking in.
Brent Batten: Where's the fire? And other hot topics
Updated 02/07/2011 at 6:02 p.m.
At least the football game was good. That’s something, I guess.
Brent Batten: Super Bowl advances specific beliefs
Published 02/04/2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Lots of people in Southwest Florida who aren’t football fans will be tuning in to watch the Super Bowl, many simply to see advertisers try to outdo each other in advancing specific beliefs.
Brent Batten: GOP leaders primarily watching Florida
Published 02/02/2011 at 4:02 p.m.
While it sounds like a no-brainer, there’s been no meeting of the minds yet and a national Republican leader is starting to get antsy.
Brent Batten: Delayed 911 response a valid question
Published 01/31/2011 at 4:46 p.m.
What happened to the Hiltons is an example of a rare but elusive glitch in the county’s state-of-the art emergency dispatch system.
Brent Batten: 2012 election date of primary concern
Published 01/28/2011 at 11:28 a.m.
States are lining up to set their presidential preference primary dates and Florida, as has been the case in recent years, will be key.
Brent Batten: Wine fest inspires quest for meaning
Published 01/26/2011 at 2:41 p.m.
There are still those in the community who aren’t so savvy regarding the sort of fine dining that accompanies wine of such caliber.
Brent Batten: Two weeks after Arizona, targets abound
Updated 01/22/2011 at 6:07 p.m.
National politics is a competitive field, to put it mildly, and its practitioners clearly aren’t about to adopt Milquetoast language to replace the combative verbiage to which they’ve become accustomed.
Brent Batten: A brewery instead of Jackson Lab? It stands to reason
Published 01/19/2011 at 2:51 p.m.
So, Collier County having apparently missed out on an opportunity to lure Jackson Laboratory and be home to one of the newest industries on the planet _ personalized medicine based on research into the human genome _ it is only ...
Brent Batten: St. Matthew's House saga a familiar one
Published 01/17/2011 at 11:05 a.m.
If you have the sense that the controversy over a St. Matthew’s House’s proposal to build a homeless shelter in Bonita Springs seems familiar, it’s probably because it is.