In my post about the reporting of campaign contributions I stated, “it takes considerable time, effort and specialized knowledge … to dredge up such information.” And that’s what I’ve been doing: expending considerable time and effort dredging up the sources of funding in the City Commission races. Eventually I’ll write up a how-to so others can carry the torch in future years.
The race for the at-large seat is really between Annie Orlando and Helen Warren. The other three candidates, Barbara Ann Ruth, Mark Venzke and Don Shepherd, are all off the radar; they’ll do well to get 5% of the vote combined.
Incumbent Todd Chase is a shoo-in in District 2, made up of the Republican-leaning suburban precincts of northwest Gainesville. He faces only token opposition from Cheri Brodeur and Sheryl Eddie. Brodeur has eschewed accepting contributions, and Eddie may as well have, as both will prove unable to mount credible campaigns. Brodeur has promised an aggressive door-to-door campaign in the district and if successful it may bring her close to the “dead man vote” I’ve written about elsewhere.
District 3 encompasses the mostly UF-oriented city precincts west of the campus. Incumbent Susan Bottcher has a well-funded opponent in Craig Carter, but it would be an unprecedented upset if he were to prevail.
While there is a supposed contribution limit of $250 per person, Florida law has long expanded the definition of “person” to include corporations and organizations, thus rendering the contribution limit a hoax. Want to contribute more than $250? No problem! File the papers, pay the fee, write the check to the candidate of your choice. As many times as you want.
I’m going to be concerned here with the heavy hitters. Let’s get started…
Tuesday the Alachua County Commission wisely chose to postpone action on the proposal for a county-wide sales tax to fund transportation needs, even if, as reported, it was for the wrong reason, namely, waiting to see what the Gainesville City Commission would do on Thursday.
What’s wrong with that? They need to wait even longer. Here are three better reasons to delay final action:
Today’s sophomoronic editorial appears as a comment to an unoffensive report on the SFC business incubator signing its first tenant. The center is on the east side of Gainesville, and the tenant chose it “because he wanted to serve people in the community who might have nothing to do with either college and who aren’t necessarily working with technology.”
Apparently, that was enough to push the button of a certain sophomoron. He writes
Call me whatever but I am so tired if [sic] earing [sic] about “East Gainesville.” Businesses and people don’t want to be there because of [sic] they feel unsafe de [sic] to the amount of unemployment, un-employability and crime (theft and drugs) that plague the east side. That has to change from within. Get the parents and children to lern [sic] a better life exists and you have to stay in school, not get pregnant and work hard. You can through [sic] all the money in the world at places like that but as long as the mentality is centered on instant gratification and the idea that “my
circumstances are the fault of others” and “I am entitled to get all of the free assistance available to me because of it” it will not change. You may as well through [sic] that money down the drain. Your part is not give [sic] money, your part is to influence their decision making ability to want to change and make a better life for them selves [sic].
A comment on the comment sarcastically asks
“Through the money down the drain?”
But I say, hey, give the guy some credit. It’s hard to spell when you have to type by dragging your knuckles around on the keyboard.
BTW, according to the guy’s public Facebook page, his only favorite movie is Dumb & Dumber To. Kinda says all there is to say, doesn’t it?
Today’s sophomorons sadly don’t merit full quotation. The last letter on the editorial page bemoans Americans in general allegedly believing
If something bad happens, somebody somewhere is to blame
The best solution is for people to stop blaming everyone in sight
all the while squarely affixing the blame for all the blaming on lawyers. (Except for his own blaming, we must assume. Unless he is a lawyer.)
The other sophomoron can’t resist chiming in with the comment:
…you are 100% correct…So much dribble [sic] from so many wealthy lawyers…Not to mention the dishonest doctors, osteopaths, and chiropractors…
he drools, identifying yet more culprits (other than himself, of course) in the blame-o-rama, no proof needed, other than the consensus of their fellow sophomorons. (Somebody get these guys a mirror.)
We can only hope they take a cue from that great American philosopher, Ron White: “Next time you have a thought, let it go.”