• Michael Maguire

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You don’t know how it works, do you?

It seems to me that you - we - want a single, reliable, trustworthy, objective source for the news and information we need. The problem is that there is no such thing. You probably don’t even trust anyone you know personally to meet all of these requirements, but you still want someone - some thing - to fill this role.

Being well informed is a do-it-yourself project and if you won’t do it, you have only yourself to blame. And that’s the hard part isn’t?

Taking responsibility for your own ignorance - not stupidity, but ignorance, a lack of information - is difficult. Finding and testing a multitude of available news outlets takes more time than picking one that likes your thinking and sticking with it, doesn’t it?

Information is meaningless without context and reference, but you are the one who must provide that by gathering all you can and then culling it for value. Stop carping about media bias that simply doesn’t match your own. And stop looking for an echo chamber that only feeds back your own noise. Watch FOX and MSNBC. Read The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, your hometown paper and local blogs. Listen to Rush Limbaugh and PBS.

You already know what you think, so why not learn what other people think? Or would you rather be ignorant?


E-mail the commissioners

But one at a time, please!


For the most part, when recipients open an email that includes others they are less inclined to take it personally. Make sure your message resonates by sending it to each commissioner separately.

Scott Franklin - Stephanie Madden -  Sara McCarley - Chad Mcleod

Bill Mutz - Bill Read - Phillip Walker

Each of these noble citizens represents all the rest of us. The four geographic designations - Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, etc. - apply only to the residency requirements for commissioners, not to their constituents. Bill Read, for instance, lives in the city's northeast quadrant and is likely to be more in tune with the businesses and neighborhoods in that area, but serves us all as our representative to the city management and staff.

It will always help to send your message to City Manager Tony Delgado  because it's his job to implement whatever projects, resolutions, and ordinances the Commission proposes in response to our communication.


State legislators representing Lakeland

Representative Colleen Burton

Senator Kelli Stargell