Don’t quote me, but might it not be more accurate to characterize Mario as BEING a cancer rather than his HAVING a cancer? Having cancer is a condition which entitles one to at least a modicum of sympathy. Being one makes one something that needs to be excised.
I didn’t come right out and say it that way, but I do view the Gang of Three as something that needs to be excised, all other efforts to turn them in a new (Keys and Keys people) direction having failed, as far as I can see.
I read really hot comments in a front page article of today’s KW Citizen, from Frances Leach, about the County cutting out its shuttle, on which many of our seniors rely to get around, as well as for Hurricane evacuation. I play bridge with Frances at the Senior Center, adjacent to the Harvey Government Center in KW. She’s a terrific lady, and if she is all hot and bothered about something, our 5 county commissions ought to get into lockstep and do something about it.
[I forgot to mention to unquotable that I heard recently from the person who looks after the Senior Center for the County that it may be on the chopping block itself. I’m sure Frances will be thrilled to hear that.]
An excellent letter to the editor from Chuck Chartrand of Big Pine Key in this morning’s Citizen, about closing the Big Pine and other libraries, also is in point. I could not agree more with him and what many people are saying: We are going to close libraries while we move forward with the Vandenburg and sit on the Hickory House Restaurant? As I recall, Mario, Dixie and Sonny voted in lockstep on those two items.
It might amaze you to read what I’m about to say, but about three months ago, at a meet-the-candidates luncheon hosted by the Florida Keys Contractors Association at Sombrero County Club in Marathon, Dixie told the audience that there was no such thing at the Gang of Three, and they did not vote in lockstep. I nearly fell outta my chair. Then this awful thought came to me: maybe Dixie really believed what she said. I’m used to politicians saying what they hope they can get away with, but to hear one say something that is more than a wee bit beyond the edge of reality, well, the word “excise” suddenly just floated into my thoughts again.
Thanks, I suppose.
Next morning P.S. to Unquotable:
It came up in conversation with someone else yesterday that we need the ability here in the Keys to recall, as in excise, elected officials by popular vote. I have felt since I ran for the county commission in 2006 that this self-help device needs to be available to the Keys electorate. The current Gang of Three — Mario, Dixie and Sonny — are splendid examples of the crying need for voter recall in the Keys.
Any person running for elected office in the Keys, and any person already holding an elected office, who truly believes in democracy, should be 100-percent in favor of bringing voter recall to the Keys. Otherwise, the Keys electorate is left with the arcane, also insane, remedy of proving in our courts that an elected official has committed a felony, or is legally insane, to get that official removed from office.
As far as I know, none of the current Gang of Three are felons. One of them is a living cancer, who believes he is a god-incarnate. Another doesn’t know reality from non-reality. Another is more interested in proving his is bigger than anyone else’s. This is blatantly evident in what he says about himself at candidate forums. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the sonny side of this week’s issue of KWTN and see for your own self. kwtn.com
Nowhere do any of the current three gangsters come across looking like they feel they are servants. And there is nothing the Keys electorate can do about it but bitch and moan, and wait on the next election to come around? Horseshit! The Keys electorate needs to be able to recall elected officials who assume airs and behave like they are royalty — when they need to be washing the feet of the serfs, instead!
At this moment in the history of the Conch Republic, creating a right to recall elected officials is the single most important issue facing Keys voters. Candidates who do not make voter recall of elected officials the centerpiece of their campaigns should be viewed by the electorate as wolves in sheep clothing and dismissed out of hand.
Sloan Bashinsky, non-affiliated county commission candidate, Sonny’s district
Political advertisement, in the dimension of reality, written, approved and paid for by me and some really pissed off angels, apparently.