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Old habits die hard

March 2, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Every once in a while life provides for us the reaffirmation that a few select decisions we have made in our lives were indeed the correct choice. Such reaffirmation is never more pronounced as when the former Council person from District 3 rises to the podium to speak. As he so often does, he defiantly stated his position with a mixture of wordsmithing and revisionist history to suit his argumentative demeanor. Facts be damned when this former "man of the people" decides to join the fray. It's all about grandstanding and basking in the now ever-fading spotlight, just as it always has been. His argument was soundly defeated by both the property owner offering to remove a future financial burden from the backs of the taxpayers, and the city staff who presented a very "factual" and palatable solution on behalf of the taxpayers regarding the lot in question.

Yet, this went even deeper than the subject at hand. The former Council person from District 3 alluded to violations of the law, and deceit, among other subjects during his soliloquy which was delivered in his usual condescending and destructive manner. All in all, just more of the very same charges he has been hurling about since his stinging defeat not so very long ago. Where are the arrests, the sanctions or fines if what he speaks is indeed the truth?

When he enjoyed his seat on the dais he did not have to be "correct" in his assessment of a situation, he only had to be part of the majority, right, wrong, or indifferent. Now he enters a world which appears for all intents and purposes to be genuinely foreign to him. A world in which facts must reinforce statements made. True facts, not the half- facts, or half-truths he has been in the habit of utilizing to support his positions in the past. He even managed to include an attempt to sully the reputation of the very same elderly couple who made the offer alluded to earlier in this letter. That, in essence, was the true Road Ahead mantra bubbling to the surface once again on display for all to see; "If you can't beat them with a sound, fact-based argument, destroy their reputation any way you can to sway the argument in your favor." Thankfully, the elderly couple exhibited only class in their response. A response which was short, sweet, and to the point, effectively neutering the basis of the Grand Pontificator's accusation.

The highlight of this finely tailored speech was when the current council member from District 3 exhibited the unmitigated gall to interrupt the former council person during his delivery simply requesting a point of order. To which the former council person retorted, (and I'm paraphrasing), " I haven't heard you speak up since your election, usually you're mute!?" At which point the current council member from District 3 acquiesced and returned to his now famously admired silent manner. It seems a very valuable lesson to be learned was lost on the former council person from District 3 in that very teachable moment. You see, sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Yes, old habits do indeed die hard, and this former council person from District 3 is the living embodiment of both such sayings.

Jim Angiulo

Cape Coral

 
 
 

 

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