To the editor:
I am excited at the possibilities and challenges that our new council have before them in the coming months and years. After the negativity and cronyism over the past couple of years this election is like a spring rain, bringing the possibility of new life in Cape Coral. My prayers are with this council to move us forward with integrity.
We still are at a loss of how to overcome the voter apathy that has taken over like the plague, but it should not overshadow the participation by those of us who did vote. We realize the critical importance of free elections to our society and we remember the real sacrifices that were made over 250 years to keep those duties possible.
Though I had strong feelings for certain candidates and worked hard to ensure their success and the exit of others, I think all voters should pass on to the outgoing council members a hearty and meaningful thank you for the sacrifices they made in giving four years of their lives to serving our community. I may not agree with their actions and motives but I understand the dedication it takes to even do an average job. Thank you!
I see that the few dedicated letter writers for the fab 5 are declaring the honeymoon over before the newly filled seats are even warm. The rants of Mr. Curran are even more ugly than his past letters as he declares city worker union pensions unfair to taxpayers. I realize that this writer is more of a "fringe" fab 5 supporter but his liberal twisting of the truth helps to create a perception that is harmful to the entire community. I wonder if Mr. Curran enjoys a pension from his employer as any pensioner does? If it was a private sector company pension then how much more did their customers have to pay to cover that pension? It doesn't matter to a family whether the money goes to the tax office or the retailer to pay employee benefits, it still goes to working Americans for their family's future. How does Mr. Curran figure that public employees have fewer rights that any other worker? When did public sector employees become a slave class? I hope Mr. Curran learns in the future to research his comments before opening his mouth and removing the proverbial "doubt."
Another writer is Mr. Moody, who criticizes the new council for failing to speak up and grab all the committee appointments they can. I guess Mr. Moody missed the early part of that business as the senior members gobbled up the majority of the appointments before anybody else had an opportunity to speak. Mr. Moody, it is no secret that you strongly support the mayor and the other "fabs" with blind trust, but please remember that even after two years the mayor still has difficulty running the meetings with any sense of decorum. Please remember that these are difficult jobs up there and it takes time to get the "feel" for things, some more than others.
I could continue with examples of the Rosko letters and the Kalfus letters but to step above the gutter talk and remain positive I wish the best for all residents and Godspeed to the mayor and council. We have an opportunity make tomorrow a better day, but only if we believe it.