Sun cartoon was shortsighted

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 2:06 a.m.
In Wednesday's cartoon, does "Hey, what's a little taxpayer money among progressives?" mean to imply that it was a poor decision for the City Commission to invest in sending our mayor to gatherings of her peer professionals for open discussions of their common problems and attempted solutions? If that is The Sun's position, it is lamentably shortsighted.
We look to our elected officials for leadership in the formulation and advocacy of public policy. We should be grateful that they will invest their psychic energy in broadening their knowledge and sharpening their strategic choices by learning from similar officials in other venues what has worked and what has not worked to enhance the public weal.
If The Sun thinks that the specifically targeted travel cost reimbursements budgeted for Mayor Hanrahan are not cost effective, what alternative learning efforts would it suggest she undertake, and how much should taxpayers bear?
The Sun would benefit the readers of its editorial pages and the city's policymakers more by purchasing rights to reprint some other artist's cartoon on days when its house cartoonist has not produced a comment less insidiously inane than Wednesday's drawing. Or white space, thus (illogically): "This space intentionally left blank."
Phillip Martin, Gainesville

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