Voice of the Voters: Gainesville city elections
Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.
Erich Christian: Vote Penny Wheat
I had the privilege and honor of serving on the Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategy Committee. In that capacity I had the opportunity to observe, be mentored and guided by City Commission candidate Penny Wheat. Wheat encouraged me to pursue my dream of building a biodiesel reactor at Oak Hall School and promoting its replication in high schools throughout Florida. Most important, Wheat believed in me and the potential of a sixteen year old to make a difference in our environment. My experience with Wheat confirms my belief that she will encourage and engage youth to participate in our local government and make a positive difference in Gainesville.
Eugene Reiger: Get out and vote
Are the citizens of Gainesville ready to change government as we know it? Are You ready for government by the People? That door will open March,16, when we elect a new city mayor and District 4 commissioner.
The job discription of our elected officials needs to be clarified. They are elected and responsible to the voters from their districts. As our representatives, any issues that comes before them that effects the people will be brought to the people in their districts. They in turn will act and vote according to the majority demands of the voters. NO taxpayer money will be spent on anything until it is voted on by our citizens. Failure to follow these procedures will be grounds for immediate removal.
We don't need doctors, lawyers, business leaders/owners, professors or career politicians filling these positions. We need those who will fight to return government back to the people. We can do this if our citizens
have the courage to do their part.
Have you been to a City Commission meeting? If so, you know what a waste of time it was. Their minds have already been made up. The meetings are held only because it is the law.
How arrogant our elected officials are. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been squandred over the years, with no accountability to anyone. (Some of which have been pointed out by District 4 City Commissioner Candidate
Nathaniel Sperling. I've got to add the inlaid bricks at our intersections. What did that cost and what is the purpose?) Many of our side roads are full of pot holes and need resurfacing. Get out and vote, then force our representatives to do our will.
Ricky Sullivan: Christians got the candidate they deserve
Gainesville's churches get the candidate they deserve. During last years election Christians just sat on their pews. Some Christians gave money to help CCGP try to get men out of women's restrooms by overturning civil
rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people, but the number of Christians who actually got off their church pew and contributed never really changed. If just ten percent of the church members would have made phone calls, held up signs, passed out flyers and knocked on doors there would be no special gay rights nor men in women's restrooms in the city of Gainesville.
Craig Lowe has his political machine that will work hard to get him elected, but the “Christian Machine” is clearly broken. Probably only ten percent of Christians will vote, and only one percent will actually do any work. Craig Lowe will be our next mayor, because the church refuses to become politically active. That is why we have men in women's restrooms today.
John Davies: Vote for Richard Selwach
Most of us know how to balance a checkbook, a budget and make ends meet by not getting in over our heads buying things we don't need or can't afford. That's what I call living responsibly. Unfortunately, there are those amongst us who are somewhat or obscenely irresponsible. For some strange reason, the city commission and homeless come to mind.
It never ceases to amaze mewhen they come before us asking for more taxes to fix our roads and side walks. They never seem to mention how they could have had the money for such projects, but rather than save they throw it away foolishly on such silly ventures as buying Mom’s Kitchen, or keeping a golf course open that loses half a million dollars annually, or on an equal opportunity office; whatever that's all about.
They can't even run the city transit dept without going into the red. They even decided to go ahead with the biomass plant after GRU recommended against it. We cannot afford this kind of leadership in this day and age. Now if the city commission isn't working for us, or at least with us, then they must be working against us.
I suggest it is time for a changing of the guard. Richard Selwach knows how to run a business out of the red without going to the banks for loans i.e., taxpayers. He also believes in giving the homeless a hand, not a hand out. That's why I'm voting Richard Welwach for mayor. If elected he'll also give Craig Lowe a hand out the door at the City Hall.