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November 27th, 2007

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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

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February 20th, 2007

Peace Protestors Attacked By Iraq Veteran
January 17th, 2007

Alachua City Staff To Be Commended
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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
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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


Do we still have a democracy?

Do we still have a democracy?

Rob Brinkman

I want toexpress my support for Michael Canney`s open letter to the Alachua City Commission and add a couple of points to re-enforce his superb efforts. I have run for City Commission in Gainesville twice. On both occasions I received excellent assistance in filing not only my qualifying documents, but other forms during the course of the election. Gainesville contracts with the Alachua County Supervisor of election to conduct city elections. I was dealing with Ms. Hill at the time but since have had the opportunity to interact with Ms. Carpenter`s office also. In all cases I was treated professionally with respect and given all necessary guidance and assistance in filing forms or obtaining information. Each form I filed was checked by the Supervisor of Electionsor her staff before being time stamped and a copy returned to me for my records. Every citizen is entitled to this level of service; it is the essence of a functional democracy.

Florida's 67 counties are political sub-divisions of the state, municipalities are corporations chartered by the state and given municipal powers including taxing and law enforcement. Last year Gainesville followed the lead of Alachua County and instituted campaign finance reform limiting contributions to candidates to $250.00. In order for Alachua County to restrict the size of campaign contributions to candidates it had to convince the Florida legislature to pass a special act and also the voters of Alachua County had to amend the County Charter. To enact the same restrictions all the City of Gainesville had to do was enact an ordinance by majority vote of the City Commission.

The City of Alachua needs to hold an election and it needs to be conducted by the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections in a manner that the citizens of a democracy have a right to expect; after all that is why we are fighting in Iraq isn't it?

Rob Brinkman

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