Shedding a little light on the city's dark fiber

December 4, 2019

Bad company?

November 21, 2019

The times, they are not a'changing

November 17, 2019

Unchartered waters?

October 18, 2019

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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...

January 21, 2019

Woody Allen, 1970, maybe, maybe not. The problem is there’s no verifiable record.

In a representative democracy, the majority rules, but not the majority of the whole, the majority of the participants, the ones who “show up”.

This is how fewer than six percent of the res...

January 16, 2019

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 t...

December 20, 2018

The moniker - Garden District - doesn’t exactly conjure images of densely packed, looming towers populated by residents contending for parking spaces.

Gardens are low and green and serene.

Underlying assumptions that currently drive the debate about how - and if - to enc...

December 12, 2018

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...

November 20, 2018

The Lakeland City Commission and the Lakeland citizenship provided a textbook example of the power and purpose of representative democracy last night, voting 5-2 to reconsider a previous decision to use only private funds to move the Confederate cenotaph from Munn Park...

September 19, 2018

Taxpayers.

City staff, the City Commission, and the citizens themselves often speak of taxpayers and hard-earned tax dollars when considering how and how much should or should not be spent on this, that, or the other thing. And all of them - all of us - often propose or...

August 31, 2018

My wife Phyllis and I moved into the South Lake Morton Historic District in November of 1994 and into a nearly-restored 1920s era bungalow. I say “nearly” because the restorers, Ron and Linda Trumble, sold it to us after ensuring that the bones were solid again and tha...

August 25, 2018

Something like six years in this case, the case of the New York Avenue Cycle Track. If nothing else gets your attention here, please let it be this clip from the City Commission’s discussion on Monday ( August 20 ).

Kudos to Scott Franklin for clarity and kudos to Phill...

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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 - 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.

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State legislators representing Lakeland

Representative Colleen Burton

Senator Kelli Stargell