To the editor:
Kevin McGrail, Cape Coral councilman, made us appreciate the statement "it's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool then to open it and remove all doubt."
During a council meeting the councilman not only raised his voice to citizens opposing his view, he had the unmitigated gall to scold and denigrate good people simply because they didn't agree with him.
The issue being discussed was taxes and should taxes to raised in order to support infrastructure and equipment upgrading. Mr. McGrail pointed out that he paid $11,000. in federal taxes, thus making sure that we knew that he was a man of means.and certainly there is no harm is having money.
But, what the councilman doesn't seem to understand or care about is that there are many people in this city who are suffering and without the comforts he is fortunate enough to be experiencing.
Seniors previously surviving as a result of interest on their C.D. investments no longer have this income, and are rapidly depleting their savings. And thousands of others, good-hard working people, are without jobs and literally hanging on by their finger nails.in their attempts to save their homes. These individuals simply cannot afford any additional expenses.
Of course we all want the finest equipment, and the most beautiful roadways, and upgrades every where. However, if we have one ounce of compassion for our neighbors we will recognize the difference between "wants" and "needs" and we will not pull the disaster curtain down on less fortunate fellow human beings.
This is surely not the time for any tax increases.
As for Mr. McGrail, he needs a lesson in civility. Pomposity, arrogance, and disrespect coming from a councilman only serves to shame the city while diminishing our confidence in the government. McGrail needs to apologize for his actions and if he can't control himself a resignation would be in order.