Voice of the Voters for April 8, 2013
Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.
Don't refrain from voting
Gainesville lefties, progressives, Democrats, reasonable and forward thinking residents of our precious town -- listen up. Please don't refrain from voting on April 16. We owe it to the issues at stake rather than the individuals running for election.
As it relates to incidents of late, we could say that Ed Braddy and Craig Lowe are on an equal playing field. But let's face it, the choice is still a no brainer.
If we want to keep Gainesville moving forward in the right direction, with progressive ideas and sensitivity toward equality, environmental protection, smart development and good recovery on jobs and fiscal issues, choosing to abstain will only hurt us all.
Craig will do what he needs to do to take care of his personal problems. Let's withhold judgement and keep our eye on the big picture. Please come out to vote for Craig Lowe.
More honest candidate
Recently the Sun has carried several articles on Mayor Craig Lowe's driving under the influence charge, and each of these articles it has pointedly made us aware of the fact the candidate Ed Braddy was once also charged with driving under the influence. This reminder seems to imply that Lowe's charge should be ignored when making our decision about who to vote for.
However, I believe that the Sun's article makes a strong argument on who is the most honest and honorable candidate.
On one hand, we have Lowe who claimed that he was not really under the influence of alcohol because he “had only a couple of beers earlier that evening” and therefore could not be under the influence. This was despite the alcohol test administered several hours after the accident indicated that he still had enough to be charged with DUI.
On the other hand we have candidate Braddy, who was honest and readily admitted to being under the influence.
This major difference in character and honesty between the candidates clearly indicates which candidate we should want to have as the mayor of our city.
We should vote for the candidate with the charter to honestly admit the mistakes that he has made.
Fredrick P. Peterkin,
The real disgrace
During the past two weeks, a number of published letters and editorials have commented on Mayor Craig Lowe's recent mishaps. But this election should not be about this candidates' personal behavior.
During the past six years, the City Commission, including Lowe, has obligated this city's residents to hundreds of millions of dollars of excessive costs. They range from small, unnecessary things like a city-operated golf course to an extravagant electric generating plant that will cost ratepayers $47 million dollars per year more than costs in 2013, eventually amounting to at least $1.5 billion in excess electrical costs for our city.
A few people have opined that Lowe's indiscretions of March 20 brought disgrace on the city. It is what the City Commissioners, including Lowe, have cost us during the past six years, while they were supposedly all completely sober, that is the real disgrace.
Standing against hate
The mayor of Alachua County's largest city is an important figurehead for our entire community. I'm incredibly proud of the fact that Mayor Craig Lowe has repeatedly stood up against hate, from taking on the Dove World Outreach Center to pushing back against a charter amendment that would have taken legal rights away from LGBT people.
Craig also supported the creation of a domestic partnership registry in Gainesville, and is a proud member of Mayors for Freedom to Marry. I urge my friends in the city of Gainesville to re-elect Mayor Craig Lowe on April 16.
Get out there
It is well known that Mayor Craig Lowe and his opponent have had DUI troubles in their lives and both have apologized for their behavior. We all have had problems we wish we had avoided.
However, it appears to me that perhaps Lowe does not really want to be our
mayor again. As I drive through Gainesville I see many, many signs for Braddy,
but few to none for Lowe. In the past I have supported him and would like to
again, but he has to get out there and make himself visible and interested in winning
the upcoming vote in April.
B. James Quigley,
Doesn't do vision
When I was in a position to hire employees, I always asked job candidates about their vision of what they wanted to accomplish in their work. Not one of them ever told me they didn't have a vision.
I can't believe we have a mayoral candidate who runs proudly on the fact that he doesn't have a vision, "doesn't do vision." I know who I'm not voting for.
Innocent until proven guilty
I am writing on behalf of Mayor Craig Lowe. The Sun insists that Mayor Lowe has not been forthright and accountable.
He admitted that he had a few beers hours before, fell asleep while driving home, went off the road and hit a street sign.
What else is he supposed to say? What brand of beer he drank? How many were present at the party where he was at, whether or not they had live or recorded music, whether it was an indoor or outdoor party and what kind of food was served?
In contrast to his opponent's DUI conviction, Lowe was below the DUI threshold; thus, it makes perfect sense for him to enter a plea of not guilty. Although he may be guilty of falling asleep and hitting a sign, it's entirely possible that he is not guilty of DUI.
Innocent until proven guilty, remember?
In last week's African American Accountability Alliance mayoral candidate forum, I was struck by former Commissioner Ed Braddy's reason for opposing expansion of the Eastside Community Redevelopment Agency that helps fund vital infrastructure improvements that have long been neglected. Braddy cited the consultant who did an assessment of East Gainesville, who said he has always found enough blight in the past 30 years to meet the required threshold.
The consultant's statement apparently gave Braddy enough reason to dismiss the validity of his 30 years of scrutiny. This wave of the hand reveals that Braddy just doesn't understand that the consultant found blight everywhere because -- surprise -- it is in fact everywhere in our nation. It doesn't take exhaustive digging to uncover it.
Those political candidates who disregard blight's existence and its severe impact on disadvantaged neighborhoods clearly impede economic revitalization and reduce their viability as candidates.