Letter: Residents Need A Straight Answer

Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to a letter from John Ryan published last week.

The Aug. 1 Town-Crier contained a letter to the editor entitled “Cookie Monster in the Groves.” The article contained accurate, non-personal reporting of a current issue in Loxahatchee Groves’ government.

The Aug. 8 Town-Crier contained a letter to the editor from the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District entitled “Letter Displays a Lack of Understanding.”

The LGWCD letter personalized and demonized Keith Harris instead of addressing the contents of the previous letter. The LGWCD letter is considered libelous, defamed the character of Keith Harris and constitutional rights infringements likely occurred through the actions of a LGWCD board supervisor, an elected public official.

What is the LGWCD afraid of when the LGWCD is a form of government of which all files are a matter of public record?

This crisis is so dire that I must follow the lead of Adlai Stevenson. I want to say to the LGWCD, and to Supervisor Ryan, that I do not have your talent for obfuscation, for distortion, for disconcerting language and for doubletalk. And I must confess to the citizens of Loxahatchee Groves that I am blessed that I do not!

The LGWCD Letter, this latest trespass on credibility, has excelled your best to date. This one topped the award-winning LGWCD letter found in the March 2, 2012 issue of the Town-Crier entitled “Guillaume’s False Start.”

You, the LGWCD, have created this issue, not the citizens of Loxahatchee Groves.

All right, LGWCD Board of Supervisors, let me ask you one simple question: Will the LGWCD explain why there has not been made available an accounting of monies borrowed, monies spent and monies in escrow for OGEM roads by the LGWCD? Yes or no, don’t wait for Supervisor Ryan’s translation, yes or no?

If no is your decision, the citizens will be at your door and are prepared to wait for the complete answer until hell freezes over.

The citizens of Loxahatchee Groves want to get down to business and stop this sparring. The citizens don’t have the facts, the LGWCD does, and the citizens want to talk about them. Our job here is not to score debating points. The job of Supervisor Ryan and the LGWCD is to maintain public trust in government. To be right and proper.

The independent Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District must become dependent to the Town of Loxahatchee Groves.

Keith Harris, Loxahatchee Groves