Letter to the editor: Thank you to the citizens of Marco Island

Letter to the editor: Thank you to the citizens of Marco Island

Jeff Koterba Color Cartoon For November 7, 2012, 
 Campaign Election

Jeff Koterba Color Cartoon For November 7, 2012, Campaign Election

Thank you to the citizens of Marco Island

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who worked so diligently to help our respective campaigns and want to reiterate our pledge to do the best we possible can for the good of all of Marco Island! For those who didn't support us we want to reach out to you to know that our only reason for running was that we felt we could do a better job for all of our Island paradise and ask that you give us a chance to demonstrate that we mean what we say. We have seen enough divisiveness; it is now time for all of us to come together for our mutual benefit.

We'd be remiss if we didn't give our best wishes to the outgoing Councilors who were not re-elected. All these men ran a vigorous campaign and should be commended for conducting themselves as gentlemen throughout the entire process. Your continuing input will be welcomed!

To Larry Honig we want to congratulate you on your election, and we look forward to working with you as we all contribute to making Marco Island everything we all want it to be.

Lastly, to the incumbent Councilors, Joe Batte, Chuck Kiester, and Larry Magel, we look forward to working with you and making this next Council the best the citizens of Marco Island have ever seen!

Ken Honecker, Amadeo Petricca, Larry Sacher

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MrBreeze writes:

Great job guys. It is time the people of the island are fairly represented. I like many others purchased my home to enjoy in retirement. I love the island and see myself as the customer Deltona and the Mackel Brothers envisioned when they created this paradise.

Gentlemen, I hope you also see that vision not one of large development, razing older homes that displace people. Temper the greed that has been a part of the island for many years. Return us down a path of balanced living and fiscal balance. Let folks live here in peace not wondering when the next crazy expansion and commercial boom is heading to the island.
Get our water rates under control and make it fair to all residents not selected groups.

Please, do not let us down the people of the island are counting on you.

bondie writes:

Thank you beforehand for all of the things you hope to accomplish. The community is now in your hands. Let us all come together for the betterment of our fine community. Those of us who chose to live here did so with positive expectations.

JohninMarco writes:

Now look into the 400k fire boat that does NOT have fire fighting ability. Its clearly a rescue boat, and the past council should have known it.

lauralbi1 writes:

Mr Breeze: You really need to look at the plans that Deltona had for this Island. For if you did, you would see much more development, MORE schools, more businesses that what are here already and certainly nothing that resembles a retirement community.
I do, however, agree that there is room for all of us to get what we want out of this Island Paradise. I certainly hope that the new Council members always remember that they represent all of us. If not, we can only hope that as a 7 member Council that the majority votes in a manner that represents a vision that moves our Island forward.
Ed Issler

dc5799 writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

Mr Breeze: You really need to look at the plans that Deltona had for this Island. For if you did, you would see much more development, MORE schools, more businesses that what are here already and certainly nothing that resembles a retirement community.
I do, however, agree that there is room for all of us to get what we want out of this Island Paradise. I certainly hope that the new Council members always remember that they represent all of us. If not, we can only hope that as a 7 member Council that the majority votes in a manner that represents a vision that moves our Island forward.
Ed Issler

Issler,
Do you really think the old council represented all of us? I think not.

JohninMarco writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

Mr Breeze: You really need to look at the plans that Deltona had for this Island. For if you did, you would see much more development, MORE schools, more businesses that what are here already and certainly nothing that resembles a retirement community.
I do, however, agree that there is room for all of us to get what we want out of this Island Paradise. I certainly hope that the new Council members always remember that they represent all of us. If not, we can only hope that as a 7 member Council that the majority votes in a manner that represents a vision that moves our Island forward.
Ed Issler

Ed, when I see you breaking bread with Magil at the country club, then I will believe your rant.

26yearsonmarco writes:

It became clear which side Honig is on when the vote was taken regarding the City Manager job rating.

If the three new guys are stalemated by the majority, nothing will change.

If nothing changes, the next step for We the People is to look into this:

http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t40c5...

26yearsonmarco writes:

KLAUS,

I know this will be hard for you to understand, but it’s We the People who rule America under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, not your IDOL who you spent months ranting about, has now been re-elected, and will aid and abet in the destruction of what's left of our once Great Country.

Articles such as this are just the beginning of what is in store for our once Free People.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/1...

I can only hope the next four years have a major negative effect on you, as it is going to be on us.

1Paradiselost writes:

26..... You lost!

The majority of American has spoken.

Act like an adult and suck it up!

26yearsonmarco writes:

To 1P & Klaus,

I am not the only loser. Read this and you might understand, but I doubt it:

Choices have consequences.

America is now discovering that fact after re-electing to the White House the most left-wing president since FDR. In the wake of Obama’s return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, corporate chieftains around the country have begun announcing a rash of layoffs. Some began the process even before Mr. Obama won a second term, confident the welfare-state legislation he enacted in his first four years will disrupt their business.

But voters increasingly prove in America that politics, even at the federal level, really is quite local. People vote for what they think is best for themselves … not what’s best for the country. Because if voters spent any amount of time truly contemplating the consequences of their choice, we’d be preparing for an entirely different inauguration in January.

The Cost of ObamaCare
Consider this list: Darden Restaurants, the company that runs Red Lobster, Olive Garden and other chains; pizza purveyor Papa John’s; McDonald’s; burger chain White Castle; Denny’s; Apple-Metro, the New York Applebee’s franchisee; sandwich chain Jimmy John’s; medical-device makers Metronic, Boston Scientific, Welch Allyn, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Hill Rom and St. Jude Medical; drug giant Abbot Labs; and auto-parts maker Dana Holding. These are some of the American companies that have announced plans to axe workers in response to Obama’s re-election and the fact that ObamaCare will now not be overturned.

The president’s seminal legislation is a pox on America. Sure, the country gets universal health coverage (in theory), but at what cost?

The price tag is steep for me and you, as well as American businesses that keep the nation employed.

Our personal taxes are going up – a new surtax on dividends, interest and home sales; a surtax on income for the wildly misnamed “high earners”; caps on itemized deductions and Flexible Spending Accounts; and a tax on any medical device costing more than $100, among others.

It’s the lunacy of social engineering that is anathema to the American way … yet, it has now been woven in the fabric of our country – kind of like a piece of burlap woven into a cotton quilt.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Consequences continued:

In this case, the consequences hurt the very people the Democrats purport to care about: middle class workers who, in the midst of the most-anemic recovery in modern U.S. history, now find more and more employers are either cutting their jobs or refusing to hire, or they’re facing higher prices in their day-to-day lives – all because of a raft of horrendous social-welfare policies.

Welch Allyn and Papa John’s are quintessential examples of the trend.

Welch Allyn, the New York-based maker of medical diagnostic equipment, is laying off 275 workers – a not-so-insignificant 10% of the workforce – because of the medical-device tax inside ObamaCare that will raise the company’s cost of doing business. Papa John’s, meanwhile, is reducing employee hours to less than 30, the government-established full-time threshold at which the company would be forced to provide pricey and government-approved healthcare benefits. In addition, Papa John’s is raising the price of its pizzas.

An owner of multiple Denny’s restaurants in Florida will soon impose an ObamaCare surcharge – itemized as such on the receipt – for all meals and immediately cut hours to less than 30 for his employees. Otherwise, he says, the individual restaurants would not be able to cover the costs of providing the mandatory health insurance.
Choices by voters … and the consequences of their actions.

Some will argue that these business leaders are reactionary. That they are voicing a political protest rather than making a business decision based on economic facts. Maybe they are. Maybe not.

Either way, the point is the same.

Whether their decisions are political or financial, they are reacting to a realization that America – or, rather, the America that once existed – is under siege. You cannot successfully run any country for very long by imposing on society social-welfare programs that undermine job-creators, while coddling certain classes of people.

Politicians, particularly Democrats, think businesses exist not to generate profits for those who built that business but, rather, to generate taxes for Washington to redistribute as part of its vote-buying endeavors.

1Paradiselost writes:

26.... What a cry baby you are.

Your ideas are out of date.

Change or you and your republican friends will never win another national election.

26yearsonmarco writes:

CONGRATULATIONS TO 1P AND KLAUS.

THEY HAVE BEEN RANKED BY A RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER:

PRAVDA: OBAMA RE-ELECTED BY 'ILLITERATE SOCIETY'

'Ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them'

(PRAVDA) Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.
After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake.

lauralbi1 writes:

26: The people of Marco Island have spoken and by a vote of 184 of "us", yes 184 votes, the slate of 3 candidates were victorious. They worked harder than their competitors and they won. They are to be congratulated.

But just like any Democracy, their membership on the Council is 3 out of 7 for most votes. The only leverage these Council memebers have is when the Budget comes up for approval. It is then that the people of Marco (all 13,000 registered voters) will see the real impact of who they have elected.

I believe the Budget requires a super-majority in order to pass (5 out of 7 votes). That is where we will see who supports what.

I do not see the current Council voting against themselves to change past decisions and policies. I anticipate many 4-3 votes on issues.

I also see that Sunshine Law will play a very important role in the near future. It has already been demonstrated that the 3 candidates are discussing issues outside of Chambers. Let us hope that this behavior stops immediately.

And Mr. Honig has started off demonstrating that he is a man of his word and has conducted himself exactly as he stated he would during the campaign. Let us hope that he continues to do so.
Ed Issler

1Paradiselost writes:

26....

I'm sorry, your wrong.... "Rick Santorum tells Republicans "Smart people will never vote for them" On 9/17/2012.

What do you think? Time to give it up? Or are you one of those "Smart people"?

YOU LOST! What don't you understand, the people have spoken!

This American don't care what any others thinks about America!

If your going to quote a newspaper from Russia, maybe you should move to Russia and find out how good you have it in AMERICA!

Take it like a MAN or the next 4 years are going to be very long for you.

Also, stop watching FOX (FAKE) News!

Below is your typical Republican voter. listen to the "common sense" of these people in the video. (It's not funny)!

They lack the education to make decisions based on what's best for them. Would you live like that? Problem is only 20 miles from here humans live like this.

This is the Republican base voter.

You can't judge the this country by the people living on Marco Island. People living here are blessed. Start living!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E48Qqc...

26yearsonmarco writes:

To paraphrase on your comments:

“Below is your typical Democrat voter. Listen to the "common sense" of this person in the video. (It's a typical Democrat base voter)!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJ...

"They lack the education to make decisions based on what's best for them. Would you live like that? Problem is only 20 miles from here humans live like this."

"You can't judge this country (anymore) by the people living on Marco Island."

Because, like me, we risked our own money, worked hard, employed people, and earned the ability to live, and retire here. I have to admit, we are a dying breed, and the America we knew will die along with us.

I have serious doubts that our children and grandchildren will be ALLOWED TO PROSPER AS WELL UNDER THE SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT WE ARE BEING LEAD INTO.

I can only assume you must have lived a sheltered life within a system that rewarded you for little or no effort on your part, and is still doing so.

dc5799 writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

26: The people of Marco Island have spoken and by a vote of 184 of "us", yes 184 votes, the slate of 3 candidates were victorious. They worked harder than their competitors and they won. They are to be congratulated.

But just like any Democracy, their membership on the Council is 3 out of 7 for most votes. The only leverage these Council memebers have is when the Budget comes up for approval. It is then that the people of Marco (all 13,000 registered voters) will see the real impact of who they have elected.

I believe the Budget requires a super-majority in order to pass (5 out of 7 votes). That is where we will see who supports what.

I do not see the current Council voting against themselves to change past decisions and policies. I anticipate many 4-3 votes on issues.

I also see that Sunshine Law will play a very important role in the near future. It has already been demonstrated that the 3 candidates are discussing issues outside of Chambers. Let us hope that this behavior stops immediately.

And Mr. Honig has started off demonstrating that he is a man of his word and has conducted himself exactly as he stated he would during the campaign. Let us hope that he continues to do so.
Ed Issler

Give it up Issler you are a loser and a sore one at that.

1Paradiselost writes:

26.....

Unlike you I can't take it with me. I know your type well.

Next time you go to a funeral, Remember the BRINKS truck never follows the Hearst to the grave!

Your the typical Cheep Republican miser America voted against this past election.

I have no problem paying 39.5% as I did when I was a business owner during the 1990's while Bill Clinton was president. Can you say the same?

If the country goes off the financial cliff, if interest rates go to 18% (as they did under Regan) you can blame yourself and your Republican friends.

I'll make a bet with you.. I bet your a FOX news watcher and you listen to that shock jock Rush Limbaugh? I'll also bet if you shut both off for 6 months your blood pressure would drop 20 points? However you would rather die making your tired right wing points to people who rejected you during the past election... give it up, your a broken record.

Stop worrying about what others have and start worry about your own family. You live in the best country on this planet. You seem ungrateful for all the blessings this life has given you. Just living on this small island name Marco is a blessing in it's self.

It's ALL the people in this country, that makes America great, even the 47% you seem to despise!

lauralbi1 writes:

dc5799: Read every blog I have written and I think you will find great objectivity on this subject. It is not I who has lost, for the future of Marco island is something that we all share in.
As I stated above, there are 7 members on our City Council. That means, as always, that policy will require at least 4 members of Council to agree on a particular issue in order for it to be passed or approved.
As long as all discussion on issues takes place in Chambers, I see a very interesting pattern that will develop. We will have to wait and see.
The most experienced City Planner/Maanger type on Council right now is Mr. Kiester. And while he and I have differed on some past issues, he certainly has provien that he has the future of Marco Island as his most important priority. He is not working a "Private Agenda" and I do not believe he will be part of anyone's "Agenda".
Ed Issler

RayNetherwood writes:

Can't believe I'm going to do this ..... Klaus, Math 101, "a large majority of America" is 80-20 or better, maybe even 75-25%. ODUMDUM did NOT win an election by a large percentage. ... 4% or 2M is really a squeaker for an incumbent. Welcome to the land of looters, mooches, and racists. Makes ya proud Klaus. Come see me in four years if ODUMDUM-care hasn't killed you.

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26yearsonmarco writes:

MarcoBiker & Ed Issler:

I have made up my mind that blogging with people like 1P & KLAUS, our new Marco Czar and Czaress, is a complete waste of time.

If we all stop answering them, they will run out of people to rant to, and shut the H*LL up.

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