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New beginnings and hopefully a lesson learned

November 10, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Cape Coral now has a new Mayor and three new council members. The election certainly established that governance is a serious matter and not a game to be played with taxpayers' money.

As we predicted, an incumbent council member was handily defeated and a long-time council member, running for mayor, was crushed in the primary. Both individuals, while council members, chose to divide the council by attacking the sitting mayor and paid the price for their behavior.

People are fed up with elected officials straying from their mandate and, instead of working towards the betterment of their district, or city, state or nation, they decide to denigrate another chosen sitting official. The cost of this behavior is enormous as time and energy is transferred from doing to dopey and the emphasis of the job is shifted from their sworn responsibilities to grandstanding for media attention.

Let's be clear: Elected officials are not hired to execute their own agendas.

There are problems to be solved and specific issues to be dealt with, all relating to making things better for the citizens they represent. Personal attacks on other elected officials no longer resonate favorably and will not be tolerated.

We have a mayor and Council that are embarking on a journey to improve the city for today, tomorrow and for generations to come. These are men and woman who are seasoned professionals who will succeed providing that they are not side-tracked by partisan politics.

Let's all of us, stop the uncalled for rancor and permit these "new beginnings" to move in the direction of progress.

Dick Kalfus

Cape Coral



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