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The times, they are not a'changing

November 17, 2019

Unchartered waters?

October 18, 2019

Let's connect the dots, shall we?

September 19, 2019

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November 17, 2019

On October 15, 1958, in a speech to the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) convention in Chicago, CBS News correspondent Edward R. Murrow challenged the broadcast industry to live up to its potential and responsibilities. The speech is often remembered...

October 18, 2019

Charter Amendment #3

An Amendment Changing the Requirements Necessary to Sell any City Water Plant or Electric Utility.

Do you favor an amendment to the Lakeland City Charter that changes the approval necessary to sell any water plant or electric utility from the existin...

September 19, 2019

Citizens want the city to behave well, protect their interests, and manage their tax dollars responsibly - and frugally.

They often chant their dissatisfaction in emails to City Hall, on Facebook, and in letters to the editor, urging better outcomes and looking for impr...

May 24, 2019

Dear Ledger staffers, run for your lives! Head for the EXIT. 


It’s over.

The recent announcement by Gatehouse that six more Ledger newsroom positions have been eliminated was not reported by The Ledger. The reduction brings the newsroom staff to 16, dow...

April 19, 2019

Jobs are the side effect of economic activity, not the goal


For businesses, the goal of economic activity is profit, even for so-called “not-for-profit” entities whose status only means that they benefit from a favorable tax treatment which increases their net income....

April 4, 2019

As the next national election cycle heats up, and the contenders for the throne line up, it might be an opportune time to consider a better way to make America great.

If our history matters, it’s useful to note that the people who created the ideal we hold so dear were...

April 3, 2019

Public - NOUN - 

The people as a whole : POPULACE

A group of people having common interests or characteristics

specifically : the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

Elect - VERB -

To select by vote for an office, position, or membership

Representative -...

March 25, 2019

Let’s take a vote, shall we?

When citizens get riled up about an issue, one of the first demands is that we “vote on it!”. Let the people decide, not the politicians. That way, the logic insists, we will get the best - and truest - result. Majority rules! Democracy in a...

March 7, 2019

Get out the vote, or get the voters out?

A proposal is in the offing to reduce the number of voting precincts

by half, in order to save money and work. The logic seems to be that fewer and fewer voters go to the polls on election day, so why bother?

It would save even mo...

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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 - Bill Mutz

Bill Read - Justin Troller - 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.