Sarasota News Leader

08/08/2014 & 08/15/2014

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Governor of Florida (Democrat) — Charlie Crist Governor of Florida (Republican) — Anyone BUT Rick Scott F l o r i d a A t t o r n e y G e n e r a l ( D e m o c r a t ) — George Sheldon Sarasota County Commission, District 2 (Republican) — Shannon Snyder Sarasota County Commission, District 4 (Republican) — Lourdes Ramirez Sarasota County School Board, District 1 — Ken Marsh Sarasota County School Board, District 4 — Shirley Brown Sarasota County School Board, District 5 — Jane Goodwin Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Group 17 — Susan Maulucci Hospital Board, Central, Seat 2 — Joseph J. DeVirgilio Jr. Hospital Board, Northern, Seat 1 — Richard Merritt Hospital Board, Northern, Seat 2 — Robert K. Strasser Hospital Board, Southern, Seat 1 — Darryl W. Henry Hospital Board, Southern, Seat 2 — Gregory A. Carter % THE SARASOTA NEWS LEADER ENCOURAGES VOTERS TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING IN CASTING THEIR BALLOTS IN THE PARTY PRIMARIES ON TUESDAY, AUG. 26 COMMENTARY We will see an o u t p o u r i n g o f verbiage this month about what you might call "the guns of August," after Barbara Tuchman's breakout book of the same name. A century ago, in 1914, the newly united nation of Germany embarked on "the Schliefen plan" to conquer France from the north by invad- ing Belgium and Holland. Schliefen was a Prussian general who thought a fast-paced offensive would be able to outflank French THE CRUELEST MONTH: THE MANY GUNS OF AUGUST By Stan Zimmerman City Editor forces to the west, sweep to the English Channel, prevent British reinforcement and crush the French resistance. Schliefen died before the attack was launched, but on his deathbed, he urged his military heirs "to keep the right wing strong." His fears on the latter point proved well placed. No plan survives intact after contact with the enemy (a fact known to all who have fought). The right wing was weakened, a British expe- ditionary force landed, and soon the trenched OPINION Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 96

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