Letter to the Editor: Broken promises

A year ago, the taxpayers of Marco Island elected four newcomers to the City Council. The newly elected councilmen promised the following:

-- Transparency in government.

-- Fiscal responsibility.

-- Town Hall meetings, where citizens can ask questions and receive answers.

-- Commitments to listen to the citizens.

-- A change for the better.

Now it seems that they were just paying lip service, the same as those who served on the council before them.

The Councilors attack anyone who disagrees with them or has a different point of view (look at Vice Chairman Sacher’s attack during the Nov. 4 meeting).

True, you can speak during the community forum at the regular council meetings. However, as I’ve been told by the chairman, ‘the council does not respond to questions.’

Even when you get to say your piece, the council takes no notice; they simply reply ‘thank you,’ and move on to the next agenda item.

The current council seems as much of a ‘tax and spend’ group as the previous council. Where’s the fiscal responsibility? Where’s the transparency? Where’s the change for the better, or for that matter, the change?

Bill Harris

Marco Island

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Konfuzius writes:

You are right. But that is democracy. The best form of a government. The problem is with local government people, they are real amateurs. They start with idealism and end up with their own feeling: "we are something special!" In addition - "We know more!" and - "We know what is good for you!"

With this attitude promises like:

-- Transparency in government.

-- Fiscal responsibility.

-- Town Hall meetings, where citizens can ask questions and receive answers.

-- Commitments to listen to the citizens.

-- A change for the better.

...are annoying and on top very obstructive to work with on top own ensnarement in political subjects. Over all the years with experience on local government celebrities I know just 2 you worked for the people;

David Brunner and Chuck Kiester!!!

All others had short or long their own agenda or the agenda of others from the beginning on.
However - that is democracy. Not perfect but the best government outfit I know. It is on you and me, race our voices and take a political leadership like me where and whenever you can.

MrBreeze writes:

I agree I am also dissapointed with our new elected council members. What happened to the campaign promises? What happened to representing the Taxpayer of Marco Island? What happened to cutting waste and spending.

Sounds like we need another new group.

marco826 writes:

New Politicians fall into the Honey Pot of ego driven decision making. A little authority is a dangerous thing. Few people are able to remain humble in their judgements once they get the Crown of election. Spending other people's money is their duty they think. They become ravenous in their appetite for heroic's that are not justified....Ego is a dangerous thing. Common Sense is a dead concept.

MrBreeze writes:

Marco826 Correct! I find it hard to believe that this group would have turned this way by the way they "promised" before and during the campaign.

It is like different people after the election. You are correct I have back people in local elections only to find after the election their opinions change as they want to be excepted by the group they are supposed to be opposing.

This change brings no positive result for the voters who counted on and elected them.

Konfuzius writes:

I smell another political tsunami in 2 and 4 years. To bad that Chucks terms are over.

26yearsonmarco writes:

I have always thought our Island is too small to be a self governed city, and should have remained a part of Collier County.

Being elected to the Commission is like being elected to a Condo, or HOA BOD.

Every decision you make can sometimes impact someone you know, so it has a tendency to become personal, whereas a larger government body does not have that problem.

RayPray writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

I have always thought our Island is too small to be a self governed city, and should have remained a part of Collier County.

Being elected to the Commission is like being elected to a Condo, or HOA BOD.

Every decision you make can sometimes impact someone you know, so it has a tendency to become personal, whereas a larger government body does not have that problem.

Very true!

My policy has been always to vote only for those not in the Council before, regardless how exiguous their qualifications, hoping for some fresh perspective.

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work.

Once in they all get quickly captured by the bureaucracy & intoxicated by their own self-importance.

MrBreeze writes:

Coming soon, Mr. Breeze for City Council

1Paradiselost writes:

We would not have to go thru all this BS if we changed over to a Mayor form of government.

We spend 100's of thousands of taxpayer money every 2 years.. For what?

Let the people VOTE!

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