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June 16th, 2009

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February 17th, 2008

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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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County Commissioner Byerly Responds To City of Alachua Mayor

County Commissioner Byerly Responds To City of Alachua Mayor

Alachua Mayor Jean Calderwood publicly chastised me last week for "involving myself" in the ongoing controversy surrounding the recent city election. Ignoring the substance of the controversy, she instead attacked me personally, and questioned my motives. I`m going to return to the issue at hand.

If commissioner James Lewis had been the loser in the disputed election, and subsequently requested access to the public records of the election, and was given the same runaround and legal harrassment that Charles Grapski has received, I`d now be "involved" on the side of Mr. Lewis.

I`m not interested in choosing sides in the election dispute, and I`ll reserve judgment on the accusations from both sides until the legal process has run its course. My interest is in defending my constituents` right to legal and responsive government, an important part of my job. Government should scramble to honor legal public information requests from its own citizens, particularly when they relate to the electoral process.

Rather than expressing "outrage," and reflexively circling the wagons in response to legitimate criticism, Mayor Calderwood might better serve the public by investigating the basis for the criticism. It`s now been five weeks since Mr. Grapski first requested full access to the absentee ballots and early voting log for the disputed election. The recorded minutes of the meeting at which the votes were counted have been approved, apparently unseen, by the Alachua City Commission, yet remarkably remain unavailable to the citizens of Alachua. Why all the secrecy?

Mayor Calderwood, please obey both the letter and the spirit of the law. Respect your own citizens, even the ones you don`t happen to like or agree with. Release the public records.

Mike Byerly

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