Today’s Voice of the People includes a letter from hyper-vocal Tea Party activist Debbie Martinez, which contains these paragraphs:
Gainesville long has followed a proud progressive tradition of nonpartisan municipal elections. These Progressive Era political reforms were enacted a century ago to eradicate municipal Tammany Hall-style political machine corruption.
Gainesville’s political machine politicians have vowed to end progressive election reforms. Worse, these pseudo-progressives have signed loyalty oaths to the Democratic Executive Committee instead of making independent choices that may be in the best interest of Gainesville.
Thinking, wow, that sounds familiar, I recalled one Mario Perez’s letter in last week’s Voice of the Voters, which contained this:
Gainesville long has followed a proud Progressive tradition of nonpartisan municipal elections. These Progressive Era political reforms were enacted a century ago to eradicate municipal Tammany Hall style political machine corruption.
But Gainesville’s unabashed political-machine politicians have vowed to end progressive election reforms. Worse, these pseudo-progressives have willingly affixed their names to political-machine-promulgated loyalty oaths requiring them to follow machine dictates instead of making independent choices that may be in the best interests of Gainesville.
YES! FINALLY! People showing us the value of supporting political movements that champion independent thinking!
Just a coincidence? Or great minds thinking alike?
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.”
The top two letters on today’s editorial page make manifest that The Silly Season is indeed upon us. The writer of one letter gacked up a hairball of discontent, but it’s the other that brings to mind, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
The first letter to the editor in today’s Sun makes an entirely commendable point–Florida’s state budget has a billion dollar surplus and the governor wants to throw (pardon the expression) a drop in the bucket at the problem of Florida’s polluted, depleted springs–and yet the letter’s so incredibly sad on so many levels.