Jim Burkhart, President of Tampa General Hospital with many distinguished business leaders, and Deirde Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said to the governor at a press conference last week, “Sit down with us and work with us and let’s work out a solution.” I guess this is the highest level of politics, because I don’t understand how people in Florida can be so patient.
I was always one who believed in mobilizing and organizing the grassroots, and putting political pressure on our legislators. In Washington D.C. where I went to college, we were taught to write letters, sign petitions, organize churches, partner with political organizations, and call our representatives until there was a response from our elected officials.
Orlando, Florida – September 23, 2013 – Today, Cynthia Harris, Candidate for Orlando City Commissioner District 5, released a statement regarding the City Council’s vote to give itself a 21% raise.
City Council members recently voted to give themselves a 21% increase in salary while only approving a 3% increase for other City Employees. Although, the City Council voted not to give themselves an increase in both 2008 and 2009, nothing indicates any significant rationale for an increase now, Harris stated. The decision to serve the public in a Public Service role, by design, should be more about sacrifice than self. The question is how will a 21% increase benefit the taxpayers? If it doesn’t then it is probably the belief of public opinion that 3% should be across the board. The City will give employees a 3% raise, but with higher medical insurance cost it does not equate to the cost of living said Harris.
Many in the media are claiming that the past week for the president was one of his longest and hardest. President Obama has always been considered a Teflon president, and he was able to slide out of problems. But the Syria challenge and airstrikes has kept the president and his administration in a paralyzing entanglement that has slowed his domestic agenda and policies.
President Obama may argue that his partnership with Russia was always on the table, and by moving slowly with his decision making on airstrikes, the agreement between the two countries was finalized.
I believe the public, at this juncture, has a right to ask: "What have YOU done for us, lately--OR at any time?"
By Paula Denise, Community Advocate & Educator
This writer would prefer to believe Commissioner Lynum to be a very decent person in private life but knowledge is limited only to public office, through public activities like many of her constituents. The latter is what I will attempt to address from collective community comments by district members.
Governor Scott is planning a new effort to fix Florida’s voter rolls, even though they don’t appear to be broken. Republican governors and legislatures have decided to implement new voter restrictions aimed at minorities, independents, and Democrats. Once the Supreme Court rejected parts of the Voter Rights Acts, it opened new opportunities for states to limit voting.