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  DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2
Posted on Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 10:53:23 EST by admin

Opinion

DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2


Champion tree in District 2

To set the record straight --I am not campaigning for nor am I endorsing anyone in District 2 at this time. Every candidate brings something positive to the table, however.

Cara Jennings has voted my thinking 90% of the time. Her recent advocacy on turning over the Shuffleboard Court to the illegals totally fills up that remaining 10%. I have already expressed my opinion on this vote. Because I took the opposite stand on this important issue that not only affects our City but condones an illegal act, there are Cara supporters who are calling me a racist, a Nazi, and the worse names in the book

The night of the vote was the absolute turning point for me because of the supposed peace keepers in the chamber who were hateful, rude, and arrogant and had thrown democracy right down the toilet—those who always believed in the rights of the people to be heard. Because I don’t think their way, I am told that I am uniformed and consumed by “fear.” Bull. They have gone so far as to call Candidate Varela’s home twice now with threats—one when his wife answered the phone and the second call just the other day when his mother answered. They don’t even have the guts to talk to the candidate personally.

Mary Lindsey is smart as well. I like her enthusiasm, her love for the city and the fact that she will be able to devote the necessary time that it takes to be a Commissioner. She voted and championed against issues important to me and in my opinion, for the greater good of Lake Worth: the Supermajority (and if that had passed, we would not be looking at an illegal labor center right now), turning over our beach to Greater Bay LLC for a period of over 20 years, (and if the Supermajority had passed we would not be in two law suits right now) and merging our own police department into the Sheriff’s Department causing this city untold financial damage. Mary is married to the Unions, something that I believe has destroyed our city by their greed and horrible, one-sided contracts and unwillingness to compromise. She did take a stand against this illegal center and rightfully so.

John Jordan says all the things I basically believe: wants us to keep the beach a beach and refurbish it ourselves, wants to stop the outsourcing, wants to get out of FMPA, wants to end the waste and he was for the Supermajority. John loves this city as do the other two candidates.

Personally, I have a big dilemma as to whom I will vote for in District 2. On one hand, as Katie attested, we have someone who wants to “give away our beach and another who wants to give away our country.” We know that the labor center is illegal per national law. The beach may be proven to be illegal in a Court of Law. Two illegal acts.

Who would you vote for to stay true to your beliefs? That’s the dilemma. And that is why I am not supporting any candidate in District 2 at this time. Often times it all comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils. Compromise is the nature of elections and it is also what will bring our city together. I might not know until I get into the voting booth on November 4.

L. Anderson
9-7-08


 
 

 
 
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Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 23:22:15 EST
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Ditto to what Lynn said. Bringing up an issue like the labor center was a very stupid move on Cara's part. It will eventually also haunt Jeff Clemens ( He is now an absolute untouchable in the political world. Nobody will invest in him now ) and Joann Golden.People have short memories . People won't remember two years of Cara fighting for the people of Lake Worth against the three most destructive,uninformed commissioners in the history of Lake Worth.She may have thrown it all away.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 11:39:47 EST
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The anarchists proved themselves by telling government and our laws to stick it in their ears. Clemens and Golden became part of the problem.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by hondalife007 on Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 12:47:39 EST
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I don't see where any side ever compromises on anything. It is either my way or the highway. Maybe I will vote for John. Better yet, let the people vote on the beach, the Sheriff and on the resource center.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 15:32:15 EST
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This is going to be tough. I see good (and bad) things in the candidates. Say if they can't do what they want at the shuffleboard court due to zoning or it is not legal does Cara then get a reprieve? Do we forget all the good things Cara has done for the one anarchist thing? I will have to think about it too. The other candidates have to present their case to us.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 09:21:05 EST
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Yes, we will see at the polls. She says that she represents her district and the people in general. Did she ever care to ask anyone in her district? Maybe an illegal.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by Traumatized on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 07:51:22 EST
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Cara, does not represent the Citizens in her District! Some of us who voted for her have regretted that decision since week one of her tenure! Its election time, that's the only reason Cara said she wanted more police. Did anyone happen to receive a hand out from her Boyfriend, Peter at the commision meeting where they gave the shuffleboard courts away? He wants to form a cop watch ( The opposite of a crime walk) He wants to follow our police officers around the city to make sure they don,t commit police brutality, racial profiling, political profiling, Violate the rights of the green party and so on! This is your Champion comissioners boyfreind ( they live in the same residence) Please help stop the insanity! There is no Delema in my mind. I'm voting for the candidate who is truly involved with making our City better.




 
 

 
 

Re: DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2 (Score: 1)
by Peace on Saturday, September 13, 2008 @ 10:32:12 EST
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I agree with Lynn, it is a bit of a dilemma. All candidates have their pluses and minuses. They all seem to really care and love the city. Just some of their decisions they have made or the way they have treated some in the past make you wonder if they will really be good. I guess there is no ideal candidate, they are all human and no one is perfect, none of us for that matter. We just have to vote with our heart and mind, we have to make an informed decision. After many years of talking and listening to candidates, watching them and attending meetings and campaign debates, we are often told a lot and then they never do what they say they will do any way, it has been my experience now with several of the current/past mayors and commissioners. I have made it a principle that I will vote, but have decided not to allow candidates to post their signs in my yards any more nor give to their campaigns. They are on their own for all of that. I will vote though. Some of the candidates in Dist. 2 seem to have some very good past experiences in government, some seem to be good on green issues for our city, some are worker bees and really are involved. But too some of them harbor illegals and do not uphold our laws, some have given Burger King Yard of the Month and sell out to big business or talk down to you in a condescending way or are rude and sarcastic, acting better than you or as if they are the only ones that are right on issues, some seem aloof or not open to liberal ideas or are against gays or the homeless. It is all a tough call. We just have to vote for who we think will be best. Who will be ethical, who will care enough to do what is right for all of us. Some one who will see that we have a clean, safe, and orderly city where laws are upheld and our voices as constituents are listened to and we are cared for. I don't know about you all, but when some use our e-mail lists from our neighborhood association (NA) affiliations to send out political announcements, etc, I question this. Is this ethical to be persuasive using a NA e-mail list to tell them how to vote or to take action on a political issue whether it is for raises or union issues for police or raises for teachers, etc. Things have all become so political. People spend so much time just trying to get to the top, to be in power, to have control or have a say. Once at the top, they treat others badly or do not want to listen to our concerns. I have received many campaign promises from local city mayors and commissioners in the past, but many are empty promises. Time will tell if who is elected rises above all of this to really make a difference in this city for all the people, if they will care enough to do what is right for us. God bless, may the best one win and make a true difference for the people and city.





 
 

 
 
 
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