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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What This Blog is For

Recent ruminations with "community" members have revealed a curious misconception: this blog is against the City.

Clearly those that propose, propagate or otherwise believe such a notion have not read this blog and rely solely on innuendo for information.

Never once - in writing or via any other means – has this blog been against the City. In fact, quite the opposite is true.

We strongly support the cityhood of Marco Island, having its own police, fire and emergency services, its own public works, its community and park initiatives, having its own government and much much more.

Perhaps this erroneous belief is derived from the fact that this blog associates with everyone - everyone that wants to be associated with. And if some of those are truly against the City of Marco Island, then we merely respect that opinion - just like we respect and communicate with those that think that the present governance is a godsend.

For those that haven't noticed, this blog is an OPEN forum. Not one comment is moderated, all postings are welcomed, all submissions have been posted.

That only "one side" has made submissions is a serious indictment on those of the “other side”. Progress and consensus are derived solely from communicating with those that don't agree with you. It comes by putting out your ideas and opinions for everyone to see and thereby making them available to be contradicted, criticized and condemned. Let the ideas and opinions pass or fail on their own merit as adjudicated by the rigors of a populace debate. That practice is the foundation of a successful democracy. And that is the purpose of this blog.

That supporters of the present governance opt to ignore this venue is their right - but they do so not from being denied access. It is a fascinating study in human callowness that these same fine folks post serial ad hominem attacks on the local papers' blogs using aliases but yet won't write on this blog their position with their real names. But yet they are the same ones spreading the noise about this blog being anti this or anti that and not fair or balanced and a plethora of other baseless aspersions. And the fact that others accept these condemnations without having the intellectual honesty to verify something for themselves is yet another fascinating study, this one on human sciolism.

Is there any media outlet that is neutral, completely fair and balanced? Never has been, never will be. Is there a bent by this blog?

Yes, this blog is biased. It is biased against the present governance when it ignores the citizens with whom it doesn't like or agree. It is against the present governance when it lies to its citizens. It is against the present governance when it falsely accuses it citizens. It is against the present governance when it permits and promotes the harming of the people and the environment. It is against the present governance when it is irresponsible with our money. It is against the present governance when it allows commercial interests to get a pass at the backs of its citizens. It is against the present governance when it violates the rights of its citizens. It is against the present governance when it denigrates its residents and uses its powers for vindictive reasons. It is against the present governance when any citizen is besmirched or falsely accused of crimes.

These aren't the actions of error prone government or that of a bungling bureaucracy. If it was, they could be forgiven. But these are the actions of a systematic abuse of our democratic, federalist and Jeffersonian principles by callous greedy individuals that are beholden to the dollar, the fame and to the hatred that drives them so dearly. Their actions are the very fuel by which we struggle to document their transgressions.

This blog is for the cityhood of Marco Island, for democratic, federalist and Jeffersonian principles, is against the abuse of government, and we stand for the free publications of all views. If that makes us biased, then that is an indictment with which we agree and of which we are proud.

If you don’t agree with these principles or with anything else for that matter, write your views down, send them in, and they’ll be published – guaranteed. And in the process you’ll prove our point.

2 Comments:

  • I for one can not thank you enough for taking the time and effort to educate the citizens of this island. I have learned a tremendous amount (albeit frightening) about the hazards of hydrogen sulfide. I look forward to each and every one of your posting because I know that I will get the facts, not a "spin". The city has been great at candy coating all the negative issues that face our island. Insinuating that you are anti-city, biased or, negative is beyond ridiculous. YOU CARE, which is much more than I can say for the city leaders.
    The city leaders have shown utter contempt for its citizens. The most recent being its suggestion the the residents who claim to have health problems are "making it up" because they don't want to pay for the sewers. The total idiocy of that remark was profound seeing as Environ had just given its test result. All I can say is please keep up the good work!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, October 10, 2007 8:52:00 PM  

  • thank you very much!!

    By Anonymous dr. mario sanchez, at Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:27:00 PM  

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