Take a deep breath everyone
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. I would have to keep my hand in my pocket.
So what is Ted guilty of?
I remember when and why Ted first got involved in Port Orange politics. Over the last few years I have spoken to Ted many, many times. We would speak after every council meeting and I would speak to him on my way to work at least once a week. I know he spoke to other council members also, as he does now. Our conversations were always friendly towards each other although on many issues we disagreed, both locally and nationally. But we also agreed on many issues. I told Ted after the election 2 years ago that he should have been elected. I still believe that. Even at council meetings Ted seems to be respectful. There is much to like about Ted. But when Ted gets on the computer to communicate some thoughts, he can get abrasive, and others have joined him.
When this website started around two years ago, it became a place for Ted to vent his frustrations at city government. Other citizens jumped on board with their criticisms. Some of the criticism is well deserved. But most comments on this website are not based on facts, they are based on innuendos. That is not fair. I will say what Ted has uncovered is based on facts and demands attention and corrections. Ted is equally critical of all council members. He is demanding accountability at all levels. I applaud his service.
I don’t think the issue with Ted has to do with his activism. For that we can all support him and no one should question his right to demand accountability. I think the issue has to do with some emails he may have sent to councilman and employees in his role as a member of an advisory board. This issue is something that should be clarified. Were they harassing or threatening emails? Was it a sunshine law violation? I don’t know the answer to these questions but If everything is fine and above board, let’s move on.
I do not support the public humiliation that Ted was subjected to last week. I hope there is no additional hearing for his removal. He serves at the pleasure of the council. If they don’t want him to serve anymore then they shouldn’t reappoint him when his term is up.
We can all agree that what has occurred in Port Orange has not been pleasant. At times it has been embarrassing and wasteful. But we do have many wonderful things to be proud of. I hope we can all take a deep breath and come together to support this great community that we call home.