Saturday, March 18, 2017

This week’s Lake Worth Herald print edition is one you want to pick up and save for posterity.

All sorts of news and photos in the Herald about the elections in the City of Lake Worth and Greenacres and a hard-hitting editorial as well. There is also a very interesting article about Commissioner-Elect Herman Robinson (see below).

To see the front page of the Herald this week use this link. Pick up the print edition each Friday (still ¢50!) at the City’s newsstand at 600 Lake Ave. in Downtown Lake Worth.

Below is an excerpt from the article about Commissioner-Elect Herman Robinson titled, “102 Year Old Women’s Club Welcomes First Male Member” and excerpts from this week’s editorial are below as well. First, the news about Mr. Robinson:

With a positive approval of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, Herman Robinson, with unanimous vote, became a member of the GFWC Women’s Club of Lake Worth. [emphasis added] Robinson, a 17 year resident and businessman in Lake Worth, took a brave step and became the first male in the history of the club.
     When Robinson suggested membership, he was made aware, because of the special circumstances, that a courtesy call to the District #10 and Parliamentarian was in order. Both approved Robinson’s request.
     The Lake Worth Club, as part of its mission fosters and encourages and welcomes change.

Now for some excerpts from the editorial this week titled, “A New Era In Lake Worth”:

They [Commissioners-Elect Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson] were elected by voters who have high hopes they have strong minds and a vision for the City. This is not to say they have to disagree, but the hopes are for creative and critical thinking in the direction to improve the living conditions of the residents of the city and to steward tax dollars responsibly.
     Commissioner Christopher McVoy is a creative and critical thinker but he never brought forth anything that would improve the city. Instead he spent much of the time talking just to keep things from moving forward.
     Three terms and nothing to show for it. Just a carryover from the Jennings/Golden/Mulvehill era, an era when nothing progressed in Lake Worth except the rebuilding of the Casino Building which by their design did not include the pool and facilities.
     Now we sit with a pool that is closed until many millions are spent to repair or rebuild it. Something that should have been included from the beginning.

[and. . .]

     Commissioner Ryan Maier spent the first year on the dais just supporting whatever McVoy said. He did begin, during his second term to think more for himself and showed some promise.
     He, however, chose not to run for re-election citing personal reasons, and that is OK.

[and. . .]

     This commission now has the opportunity for good clean debate to bring forth well thought out decisions, not just bicker back and forth in political gamesmanship. It is time to put the City first, the residents have suffered through a few commissions with members who really didn't want Lake Worth to succeed.

[and lastly. . .]

     Both of the new commissioners have the ability to be part of a team that can lead the City into the future on a path that will keep the city viable for many years to come. Do they have the desire? That is what remains to be seen.
     Our hopes are for the best for them and the City.

Very well said, Editor, very well said.