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Public Records Access Request
June 16th, 2009

Sock Hop a Big Hit in High Springs
February 17th, 2008

Bush-Hitler
November 27th, 2007

New Nuke for south Levy County
August 5th, 2007

Proposed Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Questioned
July 21st, 2007

Open Letter To Govenor Crist
April 12th, 2007

Update on Alachua`s Political Wrangling
March 18th, 2007

Do we still have a democracy?
March 1st, 2007

Open Letter To Alachua Commissioners
March 1st, 2007

Alachua politics get nasty: Ganging up on Grapski
February 20th, 2007

Peace Protestors Attacked By Iraq Veteran
January 17th, 2007

Alachua City Staff To Be Commended
January 16th, 2007

Letter to the Editor
November 27th, 2006

Support for Betsy Maloney Hurst
August 30th, 2006

A Letter from Senator Nelson
July 24th, 2006

Watson Asked To Correct Resume
July 6th, 2006

Open Letter To The Alachua City Commission
June 21st, 2006

County Commissioner Byerly Responds To City of Alachua Mayor
June 2nd, 2006

City Mayor Questions County Commissioner`s Role
May 22nd, 2006

Hurricane - A Story Worth Telling
April 27th, 2006

Letter to the Editor
April 11th, 2006

Senate Approves Arctic Drilling
March 21st, 2006

A Letter from Senator Nelson
March 15th, 2006

Water Management Districts - Do they mismanage?
December 21st, 2005

Will Building On WalMart Site Cause Environmental Damage?
November 28th, 2005

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City Mayor Questions County Commissioner`s Role

City Mayor Questions County Commissioner`s Role

May 22, 2006


Letter to the Editor:

After reading the May 18, 2006 article in a local newspaper titled "With County Official now involved, situation heats up in City of Alachua" and after hearing from offended Alachua citizens, I find it imperative to express our outrage to the comments made by Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly as quoted in the paper.

Byerly recently accompanied Charles Grapski to Alachua City Hall, along with Eileen McCoy, and was quoted as saying we had "responded to Grapski's requests with intimidation and juvenile bureaucratic gamesmanship" and further stated "No citizen of any political persuasion should be willing to tolerate this behavior from their own government". Why is Commissioner Byerly rushing to judgment without seeking all the facts? He hasn't bothered to contact any of the Alachua City officials, who are indeed Alachua County citizens as well, to make any inquiries. On his earlier visits to Alachua City Hall, Mr. Grapski, who does not appear to be an innocent victim, was accompanied by Eileen McCoy and Robert Perez, listed in public records as Officers and Directors of the Alachua Leadership Alliance (ALA). Also listed is Busy Kislig-Shires, wife of Commissioner Byerly. Ms. Shires-Byerly's history with the ALA dates back to 2000 where she stated in an email that the ALA "plan to audit the city, file a lawsuit against the City...as well as elect new commissioners to the commission". Grapski copied Mr. and Mrs. Byerly, along with Eileen McCoy and others in an email communication to Alachua City Hall which begs the question...Why?

The lack of consideration shown by Commissioner Byerly at Alachua City Hall was further demonstrated by his comment to City Manager Watson that he had traveled all the way from Micanopy. Is that such an imposition since we are constituents of this Alachua County Commissioner too? Some now question his behavior seeing how he appears to have aligned himself with the ALA and Grapski without gathering all the facts. Byerly's question "...just what are they trying to hide?" implies that the City of Alachua is behaving in a questionable manner. We are hiding nothing. I am proud of our City, our citizens and the progress we have made in our Community. Our citizens deserve better representation from their County Commissioner on legitimate issues than Byerly has demonstrated.

Jean Calderwood, Mayor
City of Alachua

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