Letter to the Editor: Re: Smoke and mirrors

A few years ago, I signed up for emails from the city of Marco Island. I regularly receive public meeting notices and minutes, important safety information and general items of interest to the community. The emails are both helpful and informative.

On Oct. 9, I was surprised to receive an email with the following title: “Op/Ed piece by Frank R. Recker, City Councilman and Candidate for Re-election: Smoke and Mirrors.”

The email went on to describe our city and the city employees in a favorable way, an opinion that I share. However, it was a campaign piece, opposing the opinions of certain candidates who were unnamed, but who can be readily identified to anyone paying attention to the current city election candidates. For example, a direct quote from the letter: “Since Election Day quickly approaches, we have recently heard several cries of civic distress from certain candidates for City Council. I would suggest that before we ask our voters to respond to this purported emergency, we look for any sign of the fire, which they claim exists.”

I seriously object to the use of city resources for campaigning. I replied to the email immediately with my concern, but have not received a reply. (I have, however, noticed that the page on the city website has been removed.) Had I received a response to my email, with an acknowledgement of an error, I would not be writing this letter to the editor.

Let me be clear that this letter in no way implies who I will be voting for. I am still very much undecided. I would appreciate someone in city government putting in controls to make sure that no candidate for office is allowed to use city resources for their campaign effort.

Pat Molloy

Marco Island

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