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Leadership demands an answer

April 6, 2013

To the editor: As the saying goes, “If one does not learn from history, one is condemned to repeat it....

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Apr-06-13 5:13 AM

Bravo...well stated. Mayor John Sullivan, you can run but you can't hide.

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Apr-06-13 7:09 AM

You want to get elected Mr Cummings? Stop pointing out other's shortfalls, (that is what the Road Ahead does), and offer solutions for the problems you observe with out elected officials. Anyone can state "vote for me because I'm better than him", tell us why you are better and what you can offer as "viable", "workable", and "realistic" solutions. Don't be just another "politician", we're tired of politicians.

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Apr-06-13 9:09 AM

Although I am not a supporter of the current mayor and his cronies, I think Mr. Cummings needs to knock off the blame game. Those of us in the know, are well aware of who or whom is responsible. Now how do we fix it and move forward? That is what is important here. If Mr. Cummings thinks he will gather support because of his rants against the mayor and his lapdog and his past associates, most of us have moved past that and want to get to fixin Cape Coral.

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Apr-06-13 9:22 AM

Mr. Cummings behavior this past week in chambers was a disgrace. The rules of conduct are clear, and Mr. Cummings attack on the Mayor for political gain was shamefully inappropriate. He puffs himself up to be a child of the Cape and proud military Chaplin but Cummings is vacant of ideas to address the issues of our community and a vile man.

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Apr-06-13 10:04 AM

@TRowth: I have read the "rules of conduct" and have reviewed the Council video and now know, as you do, if you have read the rules, that there was no violation of anything, except this resident's denial of his 1st amendment rights by Sullivan & Leetz. Please quote the rule violation, chapter & verse, if you can. It appeared to me that all Mr. Cummings was doing was making a statement of fact, a truthful statement. But some people JUST CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

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Apr-06-13 10:38 AM

In all fairness, the blame can't all be laid at the Mayor's feet. The housing market bust was largely responsible for our current situation and the Mayor was not at fault for this. We do not have a strong Mayor system; we have a strong CM system. The (previous) CM has more responsibility for establishing the spending and improvement priorities than the Mayor. The Mayor's vote has no more weight than any other council member. His was only one vote that approved the budget and priorities. I rarely agree with Mayor Sullivan but I also don't believe in pointing fingers in the wrong direction and will stand up against it every time.

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Apr-06-13 10:48 AM

I think you're giving far too much credit to the mayor. He only has one vote, and the problems started a long time before his tenure. I grow weary already into this election season. Can we please have a candidate who has solutions and stops pointing out the misdoings of their opposition? Why is your platform better? What will you do to improve the image, viability and prosperity of the city? How will you work to have unity and respect across the dais? Not directed just to Candidate Cummings, but everyone coming out to throw their hat in the ring.

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Apr-06-13 2:50 PM

1Sandy: Members of the audience who address the City Council shall step up to the speaker’s lectern and give his or her full name, address, and whom he or she represents. Proper decorum shall be maintained at all times. Clearly printed on every City Agena: "Any audience member who is boisterous or disruptive in ANY MANNER (Caps by me for emphasis) to the conduct of this meeting shall be asked to leave or be escorted from the meeting room." Seems pretty clear to me. Council meetings are for City Business--not politics. Give us your plans Cummings, not your add-on nastiness.

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Apr-06-13 5:32 PM

@KirstenThompson: Where I disagree with you was in the final analysis, after the CM had presented the demise of the infrastructure and it's negative effect on the Cape, this Mayor voted NOT to bail out infrastructure, without giving any solutions to the debacle from the dais. Now if you think that perpetuating a known infrastructure problem is not blame worthy, then we will agree to disagree. He has never, in the 3 and half years as Mayor, ever stood up and said, this is wrong. If that is acceptable to you, so be it.

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Apr-06-13 5:43 PM

@onlythetruth: It is truly amusng that on this papers blog you go back to 2009 and relate "Msark Mason & Terry Stewart history of your percieved shortfalls without solutions but if anyone else does, it is wrong. Can you say hypocrisy?

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Apr-06-13 5:44 PM

Instead of tearing Mr. Cummings down....we should raise him up...for having the courage to tell the truth no one had the courage to speak. I was there...and was ashamed of the unethical misconduct shown by the Mayor and CM Leetz...but not surprised by their behavior.

What many not know about that he has the background and training necessary to lead our city. This man is a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, a combat veteran who still serves as a chaplain in his 24th year of service, and has five academic degrees. What candidate has that background?

Most importantly, he holds a Master Of Public Administration degree, and walked away from a bright future in public management, to pursue being mayor of his hometown. Vince could easily be the CM with his academic and leadership training...but he chose to serve in another way.

Vince has ideas...he is just separating himself from the amateurs in the race. I am sure will be letting us know where he stands very soon

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Apr-06-13 5:57 PM

Monchichi, A Chaplan? Really? I suppose he had better start practicing what he preaches.

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Apr-06-13 5:58 PM

@CapeCoralCuestions: For the sake of clarity, "boisterous or disruptive" is truly in the eye of the beholder. Definition of "boisterous or disruptive." Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline. I watched and heard no such thing and neither did anyone else. The Mayor was loud and disruptive because Cummings had couageously came forward and exposed him and rightfuly laid blame at the feet of the highest elected official. Obviously YOU did not like what you heard and YOU should take a second look at the video of the proceedings again. At no time was Cummings loud nor was he boisterous, so again I ask, where is the violation of Council rules? And if revealing the culprit in the scheme of ignoring City infrastructure for the last 3 budgets is NOT City business, YOU don't know what City business is.(All Caps by me for emphasis)

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Apr-06-13 6:02 PM

1Sandy it appears you are willing to maniacally grasp onto anyone who appears to be against the remnants of the Fab 5. That is no way to measure a candidate's ability to do the job to which he/she is running for. Let's hear his ideas, then maybe a majority of us "voters" will get behind the man. Until then he is acting no differently than the individual he is seeking to unseat. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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Apr-06-13 6:04 PM

I saw on Cape Coral TV (City Government Channel) a mayor and a city councilman who would not let a public speaker complete his comments in the public comment segment. I guess it goes to show that there is no other opinion than their own opinion. This is probably why the opinion of the mayor is so low. Vince Cummings should not been treated so badly by these elected officials.

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Apr-06-13 10:54 PM


I suggest you be very careful in how you criticize the military service of Mr.Cummings. He does practice what he preaches...everyday to be exact.

In his part time status with the Army, he serves an elite reserve civil affairs/special operations unit, that conducts real world missions in Latin America. He not only provides spiritual support to soldiers...but is also trained to do engagement with foreign clerics...sustaining political relationships with our allies.

On a regular basis, he works in special duty status for the Army, providing military funeral honors for the families of deceased soldiers. Vince presents the flag or presides over funerals of deceased soldiers, from WWII to the present,at our national cemeteries here in FL.

Vince has given his entire adult life in service to our nation. Between his character, education & experience, he is most qualified to be our next mayor.

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Apr-07-13 7:22 AM

Vince seems like a nice young man with the perfect background for dealing with city matters. I think the City Council meeting was a great example of way it is a time for a change in city government.

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Apr-07-13 7:47 AM

Monchichi, I suggest you do not try to whitewash poor behavior under the guise the Man is untouchable due to his service to our Great Country. I appreciate his service, as I do all others who serve, but that does not exonerate him, or anyone else from poor behavior, period. In fact, his standards for decorum should be higher due to his service. So, don't try to wrap him in the flag to protect him from his own poor judgement. He could have stood outside the council building and held a news conference to announce his views in place of what he did so disrespectfully in chambers.

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Apr-07-13 8:44 AM


Let me be clear again..I was there in the audience. Vince introduced himself, began making a statement, and was rudely struck down by the mayor. Never once did he lose his cool or composure or act in any disrespectful manner. The one thing he did was mainly remain silent and in control of the situation. After again reading the Cape Coral City Council Rules Of Procedures & Robert's Rules of Order, I did not see any violations. Just as your handle says...I guess your truth is relevant to you.

On the flag issue...have u no shame? Many of Vince's generation earned the right to speak in Iraq, have a political voice that is coming of age, and represent a threat to the mayor and his cohorts.

For someone such as the mayor, who refuses to answer questions about his lack of military service, but patronizes veterans groups for votes, shows the lack of integrity AND poor judgment on his part.

Why not hold the mayor accountable?

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Apr-07-13 9:27 AM

@onlythetruth: to repeat false statements about Mr Cummings' demeanor at the podium is truly a sign of a dispicable person with an agenda. Here is the video for all to see and judge what an untruthful person "onlythetruth" is. *******ecape.capecoral****/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1459&doctype=AGENDA

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Apr-07-13 9:38 AM

Evidently this blog will not accept links. Please go to the City of Cape Coral website, then to "WATCH" and then click on "City Meetings," then click on "Wednesday, April 03, 2013 City Council Special Meeting" to see for yourself.

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Apr-07-13 11:29 AM

Ok lets handicap this Cape Coral 2013 election a bit and discuss the podium issue with Cummings/Sullivan. Cummings did not violate any rules/create a disturbance, he was calling out the Mayor on his lack of action (with his stooge Leetz jumping in with an exact date of when the Mayor last threw Cummings off ready??? Who keeps that info ready. BTW when is Rich Leon gonna start putting some fight against Leetz in this race, don't get me wrong I would vote for a shoehorn before Leetz). Puss n Boots Sullivan has been able to say "no" for 3 1 1/2 yrs hardly qualifies him for a second term. His re-election campaign revolves around buying drinks for actual Veterans, to make up for his no-show in Vietnam. Cummings has education, community involvement, knows the issues, and is an actual Veteran (perfect no, but so far best in the field as I see it). Sullivan's top 3 ideas #1 Outsource the cops to the sherrif #2 Wackenhut the Fire Dept #3 Hire Gary King and then pay him a 17k bonus.

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Apr-07-13 11:40 AM

Part 2 on Mayors race. Candidate #3 Would be Dan Ashby, who is an actual Veteran (like Cummings) and has been involved helping local vets. My question is...Does Dan know the issues? Where is his city involvement/he serves on no boards or committees and I have yet to run in to him at any Cape Coral clubs, groups or events. What is his platform? So far it seems he is a younger Sullivan, "No new taxes, but no new ideas either". Lastly we have Marni...same thing here, how long in the city, "any" Cape involvement, has she even attended one Council meeting or any Cape Clubs? Earning my vote takes more than filing papers and a facebook page pfft. Cummings best in field so far for Mayor.

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Apr-07-13 12:50 PM

1Sandy, as I said, I seldom agree with the Mayor but your point still does not equate with this entire mess falling in the Mayor's lap. Did he contribute? Yes. But is he solely responsible? No.

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Apr-07-13 12:59 PM

Well shoot, I will say what no one else wants to say. There were many in the audience at this meeting who want nothing more that to see Sullivan out of office. Yet, after the meeting, those same people said that Mr. Cumming's comments were inappropriate and that he used his 3 minutes for politicking.

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