Once upon a time…

There was a time that Charlie Fairchild, the new head of the PAC against the proposed charter, regularly attacked city government….He labeled it “City Hall” so as to include city staff and the city council. He is quite a prolific letter and viewpoint writer to the daily newspaper. Here are some of his comments on “City Hall” over the past three years:

July 28, 2008 Letter to the PNJ
“City Hall tells its citizens to obey the law. Yet, City Hall will challenge and test the law when it doesn’t read its way. The city’s financing scheme for the stadium/maritime park is an example…The state attorney, who is charged with upholding Florida’s laws, should challenge the plan.”

Feb. 7, 2008 – Letter to PNJ
“The governor and Legislature proposed Amendment 1 to send a strong message to local governments to start operating with more fiscal constraint and to stop the endless cycle of bigger government and more taxes. The voters overwhelmingly approved it…However, our local governments still don’t get it as they continue to dream up creative proposals for additional taxes on their citizens.”

Sept. 3, 2006 PNJ Viewpoint – on CMP referendum
“We want the public land set aside in perpetuity in writing so that future generations are guaranteed a waterfront park that cannot be compromised based upon the whims of City Hall.”

And my personal favorite:

3/19/06 PNJ Viewpoint – Petition process for CMP referendum
“Local government does not have the built-in checks and balances that state and federal government have. Local government has one branch that holds almost dictatorial authority over its citizens.”