Voice of the Voters for April 12, 2013

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.

Slap in the face

Craig Lowe was invited several weeks ago and failed to show up at the Democratic Black Caucus debate, one week before an election, because he preferred to attend a fundraiser for himself. This goes well beyond a slap in the face to the Democratic Black Caucus. It’s a slap in the face to citizens, democrats who supported Lowe in the past, the Gainesville Sun, TV20, GTN, and any other media outlet. And it is a slap in the face to the political process.

Any political official who does not have the decency to face the people he supposedly represents, when notified weeks in advance, because he prefers to go to a fund raiser, without doubt should not be re-elected.

Ernesto Martinez,


Enough is enough

With just a few days before Gainesville elects its next mayor, the differences between Craig Lowe and Ed Braddy couldn’t be starker. Put aside their DUIs (1-1) and mortgage problems (0-1), and look at the policies. Lowe is for deliberate, smart governing. Braddy is on the “no government is good government” side.

Braddy types are all the rage in Washington and Tallahassee. They’re against everything, and for nothing. They know how to make war, but they can’t build cities. They know how to lock the door behind them on their gated communities, but won’t pay to build the roads to get there. They refuse handouts for the poor, while pocketing huge campaign donations.

Enough is enough. If you think Washington and Tallahassee are not working, let's change that starting right here. This Tuesday, get out and vote for smart government that knows how to build. Vote for Craig Lowe.

Nellie Swaite,


One-way ticket

Your recent coverage of the differences between Gainesville's mayoral candidates states that Ed Braddy opposes public transportation. How can this be so? When Braddy was a City Commishioner, he shared his cold-blooded "proposal" for Gainesville's homeless citizens: give 'em all a one-way bus ticket out of town. Won't we need public transportation to do that?

Julia Robbins,


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