Letter to the Editor: Are you a cry-baby?

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

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No_more_cyber_bullying (Inactive) writes:

Joe, "Birds of a feather, flock together"!

Please do not include all of "WE" in your "we" who received the letters, which were untrue to begin with and only served to DIVIDE the community and not serve the whole community as you attempt to overlook.

In fact this has not been Mr. Magel's first time doing so.

ajm3s writes:

Mr. Grandiose:

I believe you again missed the point many citizens were raising. The point was NOT Mr. Magel's right to freely endorse or speak out.

The point was: Mr. Magel has made claims that he informs folks with facts and figures, as Chairman. Perhaps, as citizen, he can divorce himself from such claims and send emails to the condominium residents and ICC members that a given slate of candidates would raise reuse water rates if elected. Interestingly, I cannot find any fact or figure as basis, in any statement, campaign material, or public comment made by Mr. Petricca, Mr. Honecker and Mr. Sacher in seeking a seat on council,

We all a right to say whatever we wish, but credibility matters, and based on the scenarios Mr. Magel has created, I say he is exposing his spiteful nature. Quite a character flaw, for "an outstanding member of our community"..... Or as Mr. Recker, claimed in an op/ed crying "fire in a theater".

Again, we are not concerned about ones right to speak, but the credibility of his message. So Mr. Magel may say anything he wishes as well as to whom, but his self-anointed status as arbiter of facts and figures is waning, as a citizen.

I predict, this will spill over into his positition as Chairman, as he replaces facts and figures with scenes of fear in the future.

Mr. Magel will continue his correspondence, it will serve to enlighten a targeted audience with fear. And the smartest folks in the room will look around and say, I saw this before on a larger screen with a different face and name. Does Obama come to mind? If the facts are not available to support a position then simply spew fear.

But there may be a kernel of truth if Mr. Magel could enlighten us with the actual cost of service for reuse water? We only want the facts and figures, as you have made claim so often in the past.

Again, please advise, where I can find the actual data and computation to ascertain the reuse water rate?

Unless, the fear you peddle is the truth you wish to tar and feather a slate that has made no such claim in any campaign.

Forgive me if I cannot offer a positive portrait of Mr. Magel, considering his standards to find the truth and your standards as to what constitutes an "outstanding member of our community"

Publius

JohninMarco writes:

Joe we all thought that you were a fool, but now you prove it to the whole Island. I am sure that Magel, Gibson, and Recker must be proud.

2themoon writes:

Marco mafia loosing it ? King lampoon granda of the knights of columbus looking like fool,,,

sailingby writes:

Based on the artless responses of 2themoon, johninmarco, ajm3s and 16_days it is no wonder why Marco Island lost a candidate who wanted to serve as a reasonable, balanced councilor.

The above comments are typical of the mudslinging Marco misanthropes who debase the higher strivings of communal community decision making through respect for one's opposition. They are a disgrace.

2themoon writes:

in response to sailingby:

Based on the artless responses of 2themoon, johninmarco, ajm3s and 16_days it is no wonder why Marco Island lost a candidate who wanted to serve as a reasonable, balanced councilor.

The above comments are typical of the mudslinging Marco misanthropes who debase the higher strivings of communal community decision making through respect for one's opposition. They are a disgrace.

Sailingby..all your past posts are always in defense of Aceri and his mafia goons, very predictable...using big words and elaborate phases in your posts doesnt make you look legitimate, just desperate...keep sailing till you finally go bye bye..

ajm3s writes:

in response to sailingby:

Based on the artless responses of 2themoon, johninmarco, ajm3s and 16_days it is no wonder why Marco Island lost a candidate who wanted to serve as a reasonable, balanced councilor.

The above comments are typical of the mudslinging Marco misanthropes who debase the higher strivings of communal community decision making through respect for one's opposition. They are a disgrace.

Mudslinging? Lost a candidate?

As to the loss of a candidate, I have endorsed three candidates; though I did take the liberty to embellish Mr. Granda's surname.

If you believe this motley crew is a disgrace, then you must include Mr. Granda, in which he, as a Code Compliance Board member walked out of a scheduled Code Compliance meeting in protest, leaving citizens, defendant attorneys and city staff in disbelief. And in a previous LTE, Mr. Granda, uses the term Cavedwellers to define a group of citiizens. Quite a compliment?

Now that is what I would consider a disgrace, in fact, a public disgrace.

And you may add Mr. Magel, Chairman of City Council to the list of public officials that I believe is not acting in the best interest of ALL citizens by selectively targeting a group of residents and promoting a scenario to foster fear without any evidence of such comments.

Given such shenanigans by Mr. Magel, as well as an incumbent (Mr. Recker) to use the city website to issue an Op/Ed in violation of municipal/county campaigning laws, I would expect a more positive opposing slate. But again, we are the misanthropes, but Mr. Magel et al are to be held in high esteem because of their standing in the community?

By endorsing Mr. Petricca, Mr. Honecker and Mr. Sacher, I am offering a positive alternate choice given their platform of promoting transparency and fiscal responsibility.

If I have an opposing view, I am a misanthrope? Interesting I am amongst those "who debase the higher strivings of communal community decision making through respect for one's opposition".

Really?

Aughhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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