Tom writes: “I read over at Lakeland Local that the downtown merchants will try to use Gov. Charlie Crist’s appearance at a local political rally Thursday to ask the Guv why he likes CSX better than he likes Lakeland.”
He, of course, read no such thing. What he actually read was this:
In fact, chant it at him while before and after he speaks. (In the interest of civility.) C-S-X. C-S-X. No politickin’ without accountability.
The people’s governor says he’s coming to Politics in the Park Thursday evening. It’s his first real public appearance in Lakeland since the CSX deal became controversial.
Many, many people should ask him why he supports spending $650 million or so of Florida taxpayer money to help a private company set up its business plan, trash our city, and set back commuter rail everywhere but Orlando for decades. Particularly at a time when everything else – schools, health care spending, etc. – is cuttable. Others should ask him why it’s so easy for CSX to get a meeting with the People’s Governor and why he only realizes Lakeland citizens and business owners exist when he needs votes for John McCain.
What he read was Billy Townsend calling on citizens of all stripes and neighborhoods to ask the governor about CSX – and perhaps do some chanting. But maybe I don’t actually know what I wrote. Perhaps Tom can point out to his readers where I used the words “downtown” or “merchants” anywhere in my post.
If he can’t point out where I used those words, or hinted at any organized protest or anti-CSX rally of any kind, perhaps he should say so to his readers.
Tom, accuracy is not that difficult, really. Don’t say things that are demonstrably false.