Perhaps we should say the endorsement is unhelpful, but we couldn’t resist the word play.
Oh, you don’t know what we’re talking about because you have a life?
Well, the Miami Herald posted an “endorsement letter” for Henry Clifford that is a must-read. Because we know you are busy, we will share the key section below:
His pleasant attitude, common sense and ability to be a team player by far outweigh his opponent, Lasissa Siegel Lara. While she provides a summary of her key skills and experience as a Burger King Corporate Executive and “Independent Thinker” we believe our city needs just the opposite; a thinker that will listen to & collaborate with the council, staff, and the residents they were elected to represent, on a peer non-corporate level.
We have had enough of independent thinkers in Palmetto Bay. Henry knows the residents and will listen to their needs to get the job done, through advocacy and leadership. (Emphasis added b y SDM.)
Now we suppose that Warren and Helen Lovely meant well, but you have to wonder if either of them actually read this letter before hustling it off the local newspaper.
Warren Lovely is not a new face at Village Hall. In fact, one might say Mr. Lovely coined a term for what he demands from the elected officials he supports. Mr. Lovely wants “sheeple”:
My six year old grandson asked me if I was going to do something and I said I needed to talk to grandma nana first. He looked at me and asked, are you going to be like a sheep and do what you’re told or be like a people and make up your own mind? I said, I’m going to be a sheeple until I talk to your nana.
And what does a good “sheeple” like Mr. Clifford do? Well, he must follow the diktats of the nanas. Here is Mr. Lovely lecturing the village council on “neighborhood protection”:
For those folks that want to talk about not-for-profits, we have the largest park system of anybody in this area. We provide it to everybody in South Florida. But our parks system is paid for by the single family home taxpayers. For the not-for-profits that are churches, schools and that sort of thing…sure, maybe they provide a service, but it’s limited and for that, most of them are getting paid. But the village isn’t getting paid because we’re providing all of the services they require without collecting any tax revenue. So, once again, I’m for your idea of restricting the invasion into the single family residential areas and I do think it’s a good idea to get as tight and specific as you can. (Emphasis added by SDM.)
SDM Aside: We are not religious people here at SDM, but we understand the value of spirituality. How can anyone so ignorantly trivialize another’s spiritual path as merely being an avenue toward “getting paid” or that churches and schools are invading the neighborhood? Even heathens like us find this kind of talk to be offensive.
Once you understand what a self-anointed “community leader” like Mr. Lovely wants, then you can understand why he detests independent thinkers like Larissa Siegel Lara. (Imagine someone with the temerity to consider schools and churches as important components of a healthy community. Oh the horror!)
No, what Mr. Lovely and his tiny ilk want is robotic allegiance to the whims of CCOCI and the rest of Palmetto Bay’s NIMBY establishment and Henry Clifford apparently fits the bill perfectly.
SDM Says: We prefer a person with an independent brain, thank you very much. Vote for Larissa one week from today.