Trust the County Commission to make the right decisions

Published: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 10:44 p.m.
It's time for the County Commission to decide what its priorities are and accept responsibility for itself. You can build a road if you want to, but don't forget to plan for its maintenance because roads are expensive. If you don't make it wide enough today, you'll be widening it tomorrow at twice the cost.
Parks are nice, but if you build one in my neighborhood, then the folks across town are going to demand one too, which requires more money. If you want to cut back on police, then you are turning the new parks over to drug dealers and thieves.
If you want to sponsor an event or celebration, then do so, but remember where the money comes from and that you're going to have to honor everyone's hero and holiday.
If you want to give health care away for free and ask me to fund it, then OK, but don't be surprised when I turn down your next request for extra money.
I only have so much to give. I pay a lot for my own family's health care, and you don't make it any easier.
As a citizen, I hire you, with my vote, to make tough decisions. I may not always like them, but I entrust you to make the right ones.
I chose to live and work in Alachua County because you have done your jobs, for the most part.
So I ask this of you: Keep me safe, keep me healthy, keep me happy and keep me informed. Do this and I will let you keep your job.
Larry Freedman, Gainesville

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