Republishing “Chutzpah”

Editor’s Note: In 2007, I wrote a short commentary about the election for City Commissioner… — Chuck Welch

2008 Sept 13 #15Yiddish is not a language I speak, but a friend once told me that a good example of chutzpah is when a guy kills both his parents and begs the court for mercy because he’s an orphan.

Now, thanks to the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, we have a local example. You’ll understand what I mean in just a moment. It concerns a part of a letter mentioned in an article by Bill Rufty:

Also this week, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to its members urging them to vote for Dockery. It accuses Troller of not being qualified because he “does not have the responsibility of owning a home and lacks the obligations that come with that duty.”

Troller, a Lakeland High School teacher, lives with his disabled mother in a home that he says he and his brother bought for her. — The Ledger

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is upset Troller doesn’t own?!

The same Chamber that rents the wonderful Park Trammell building on Lake Morton? You’ve seen it. The one the city recently spent $115,000 to repair?

Yeah, the Chamber doesn’t own that building. They’re renting it at $1 per year.

That’s right. Rent. $1. Per. Year.

Chutzpah, thy name is Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Lakeland last renewed the Chamber’s 10 year lease in 2001. The Chamber has been in the building since 1966.

2010 Update: The City renewed the Chamber’s lease again this year.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

One thought on “Republishing “Chutzpah”

  1. The cabal plays the community like a cheap fiddle.
    No one to stop them.

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