Congratulations to These Florida Patriots on Their/Our Wins Last Night

If Democrats Win the House They Will Chair Key Committees – STOP THEM

by Alan Berkelhammer:

This would not be good:

Judge Judy would not be happy if Republicans do not turn out on Election Day and let the Democrats take over the House.

But remember, this does not have to happen. You can help keep the gains of the last two years from being reversed by the Democrats (AKA Progressives, AKA Socialists), the prosperity, the low unemployment, the conservative Supreme Court justices, the reductions in bureaucratic regulations, the strong economic growth. Here’s a list of 52 Trump accomplishments. If you haven’t already voted, get out there and vote. And whether you have or not, talk to your friends, neighbors and relatives and let them know how important it is to vote to keep this train on the right track – LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY.

And when you hear people saying that the Democrats are going to win the mid-terms, whether it be in the media (print, radio or TV), in live conversations or in the pundit polls, just remember how wrong those polls were in 2016:

Senator Perry Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers

This Talking Back article appeared in the Gainesville Sun on January 29, 2017

State Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, speaks at an event held during his time as a state representative. (Brad McClenny/ Staff photographer, Gainesville Sun)

By Ron Thornton – Special to The Sun

The Sun uses its “Cheers and jeers” editorials to promote its long-standing liberal views. Jeers are used to oppose and degrade any issue and/or person it opposes. Many times these negative views are taken out of context, which illustrates the shallow and petty attitudes of The Sun. A prime example is the Dec. 30 editorial, “Cheers and jeers for the year.”

These jeers occurred numerous times during the recent campaign season. Your editors focused on negative events and used isolated incidents to unfairly characterize public officials and routinely failed to recognize the positive service to the community.

I was particularly disheartened to see that your comments about Keith Perry, our recently elected state senator, focused on a 15-second negative event that happened during his campaign, yet ignored the many positive things he was able to accomplish as a member of the House of Representatives. Specifically, The Sun refuses to “cheer” the following:

– Keith Perry worked with University of Florida leadership to secure funding for the new engineering building and to renovate Norman Hall.

– Then-Rep. Perry worked with the Florida Department of Transportation to secure funding for the emergency sign over Interstate 75 on Paynes Prairie after dozens of crashes took place due to fog.

– Perry was named an honorary Guardian ad Litem because of his recognized advocacy for children, especially by working to extend foster care coverage for disabled children.

– He helped ensure funding for several of our local cultural assets, including the Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation at Depot Park, and the Hippodrome Theater and Cotton Club (and put a new roof on the building at his own expense!).

– He fought for funding for the Boys & Girls’ Club, and other projects to bring health care services to some of our under-served communities.

– Perry was named Abel Trust Legislator of the Year for his work with people with disabilities.

– He also received awards from both the Florida Cultural Alliance and Florida Alliance for Arts Education.

In the future, when The Sun’s editors sit down to recall events that have transpired and decide to issue accolades or demerits for public servants, perhaps they will do the due diligence the reading public deserves, and provide more substance and less hot air.

– Ron Thornton is a retired University of Florida faculty member, and part-time technology and political consultant living in Newberry.

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170125/ron-thornton-sen-perry-deserves-cheers-not-jeers