City Councilor Wayne Waldack’ letter, “Marco’s Don Quixote,” is a rather degrading diatribe comparing a vocal, interested and concerned Marco Island citizen to the famous 16th Century farcical but idealistic knight errant, Don Quixote.
Might I suggest that Councilor Waldack may be performing as “Sancho Panza,” the incredulous peasant but faithful, simple and somewhat deceitful servant of Don Quixote as he obediently supports the machinations of City Manager Steve Thompson, Public Works Director Rony Joel, the majority of councilors and elite protagonists John Arceri, Monty Lazarus and Gary Elliot. Even though their proposals are comparable to Quixote’s windmills — characterized by a lack of cost effectiveness and openly contrary to the expressed desires of our taxpaying residents?
In spite of Councilor Waldack’s attempt to fall back on a historical and humorous novel to scorn a fine resident, he simply proves that he is not a Miguel de Cervantes who, at least, specifically identified his novel’s hero. Rather, Councilor Waldack shows himself to be insensitive and a not-so-great penman who is both inhumane and very un-American.
Perhaps Councilor Waldack would better serve Marco Island if he refrained from doing as Don Quixote did who “ ... flung himself upon his horse [Rocinante] and rode madly off in all directions ... ”
Dr. Isabella Marcotrigiano-Uhler