• Michael Maguire

Didja vote?

57,891 registered, eligible citizens did not.

Of the 7,899 that did, 5,858 chose Sara McCarley. Just under nine percent.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

The quote from Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic strip was first used - in 1970, on the first “Earth Day” - in response to an awakening among Americans to the looming environmental crisis caused by pollution of all kinds.

It has been used since - as it will be here - to broaden that awakening to the serious issues of our current times, in particular, the generations-long withdrawal of the citizenship from the day-to-day details of managing and governing our communities, our cities, and our country.

The three assassinations during the rise of the baby boomers not only killed their targets, they also killed the spirit of one of the 20th century’s most animated, engaged, and active generations. Then they - we - quit. Discouraged. Disheartened. Disillusioned. Done.

We must right the ship, because it is we who caused it to founder. And we can, because the opportunities and tools for engagement with government have made it possible to attend to civic affairs and city meetings in real time - with our cell phones!

Voting is momentary. Citizenship is continuous.

If you care where we are headed you have to help steer - and row!

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