Recently several letters to the editor have complained about Larry Magel’s letters to various groups. Even one candidate’s wife complained openly in City Council. The objection seems to be that Mr. Magel is “unfair” or somehow “taking advantage of” his position as chairman of the City Council, or president of a local club, or a member of the association where he lives.
Some letters have even chastised the candidates Mr. Magel endorsed ( Jerry Gibson, Larry Honig, Paul Meyer and Frank Recker) for not publicly “denouncing” Mr. Magel. Only in “bizarro world” one could expect such a denunciation from candidates being endorsed from such an outstanding member of our community.
This whole idea is ridiculous, since when in this country does an office-holder give up his right to comment and offer his opinion? I have not seen President Obama remaining quiet about his favorite candidates. Nor have I seen Marco Rubio remaining quiet about his preferred choices in the Senate race. It’s quite obvious that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives all of us the right to free speech. The last time I checked the Constitution, I did not see a clause that this right applies to all U.S. citizens “except for City Council positions in Marco Island.”
We owe a debt of gratitude to all our City Councilmen and especially to Mr. Larry Magel for his service to our community, and his efforts to continue to improve the standard of living in our Island for all its citizens.
Thank you Larry, job well done, the silent majority thanks you.
Joe Granda Marco Island