Voice of the Voters


Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.

Terry FitzPatrick: Don't vote for Larry, Moe and Curly

May the Good Lord have mercy on the property owners and citizens of Alachua County if Larry, Moe and Curly (Hutchenson, Byerly and Chestnut) get elected to the County Commission. Hang on to your pocket books and wallets, folks, if that happens. There will be new taxes and fees to finance every ridiculous “goody” that was ever thought of.

Try to convince someone from surrounding counties to relocate here and buy property and hear what they say after they quit laughing. Alachua County has a reputation for taxes, fees and spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave. The county is in desperate need for a fiscally responsible commission that is orientated to serving rather than arrogant “ruling”.

Terry FitzPatrick,

Archer

Bill Scruggs: The problem with John Martin

If John Martin is elected to the Alachua County Commission, the commission will need to extend their meetings by at least one hour due to John talking so much.

I listen to the commission and various committee meetings on TV, and heard John several times. At one of the Charter Commission meetings, it seemed like John talked more than all the other members combined. One of his orations was so long and rambling that his point, if he had one, was lost. In my opinion, John Martin talks too much and says less than any political candidate I have ever heard; and I have heard many during my 90-plus years!

Bill Scruggs,

Gainesville

Edwin E. Culpepper: Reject Hutch once again

I formerly lived in Alachua County for 36 years, and worked for Alachua County government for 27 years. During this time Robert Hutchinson (Hutch) was a County Commissioner for four years. During his four year term Hutch did not serve Alachua County very well at all. In fact, he served the county so poorly that the citizens of Alachua County rejected him in his reelection bid. The citizens exercised good judgment then and should exercise good judgment on November 6 and reject him again in his bid for election as a County Commissioner.

Edwin E. Culpepper,

Griffin, GA

Timothy B. Ray: The Legislature needs Morey, not Perry

I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with both Keith Perry and Andrew Morey. They are both very nice gentlemen, which is what they have in common. However, it is urgent to understand the important difference between them and what it tells us in terms of who should be elected to help make our laws in Tallahassee.

Perry is a highly successful roofer who has been able to build his business as the result of his hard work and good planning, and also because our Florida economy has been good enough over the years for a great many people to be able to pay him the money that he charges them for putting roofs on their homes. He is now telling us that his talents are in "removing job-killing regulations" and "reducing taxes for Florida businesses." During good economic times, the taxes and regulations that Perry is complaining about now did not prevent him from hiring people and expanding his business. Now that the economy is tight he is asking us to help him slash taxes and regulations so he can hire people. Something important is missing in this equation.

Morey is a very brilliant attorney who graduated at the top of his class at both New York University and the University of Florida. It is important for any legislative body that is responsible for the enactment of our laws to include a number of very smart lawyers like Andrew Morey. He is experienced in both the public and the private sectors. He understands that no business ever succeeds unless it has plenty of customers, and that, if the economy is strong, neither taxes nor regulations will keep sound businesses from prospering. Morey also knows that a great educational system, from early childhood through post graduate university studies, is the most powerful force that any society can have in order to bring great prosperity to well managed businesses, creating large numbers of jobs at all levels in Florida and everywhere else.

Be assured that a vote for Andrew Morey is both a vote for our children and a vote for our future.

Timothy B. Ray,

Gainesville

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