By: Maria C. Cruz
Our City is at a crucial moment in its history. What we, the residents, do now will determine the legacy we will leave for our children and grandchildren. We can’t expect everything to be o.k. unless we make the right decisions. As I write these lines, I ask myself a very poignant question, What would George do? Would he have allowed someone who has consistently supported the over development of our beloved City Beautiful to become our Mayor? Would he have looked the other way and ignored the lies that her campaign is spouting to confuse the electorate? Would he have supported someone who as a sitting commissioner disrespected our residents? Would he have voted for someone who has shown complete disdain for us? I know in my heart of hearts that the answer is NO! George would have never betrayed his ideals.
Would George have buckled under the pressure of the ill intentioned media trying to affect the results of our elections at the eleventh hour? Would he have backed off what he thought was right under pressure? the answer is NO! George would have never betrayed his ideals.
Would he have allowed people who have never had the interest of “his City” in mind to come out of the woodwork and proclaim that living here all their lives makes them the best candidates? Would he have supported anyone who has only benefitted from our City to represent all of us? Would he have considered having political connections what qualifies anyone to make decisions for our future? Would he have considered anyone without any involvement in our City a qualified candidate? I know in my heart the answer is NO! George would have never betrayed his ideals.
These are some of the questions I would have loved to ask George and After giving the matter much thought I believe I know the answers! I have no doubt that he would have told us to disregard all the falsehoods and innuendos. I clearly see that he would have told us to choose candidates that have shown us to be honest and transparent while serving our City. Candidates that would not be afraid to stand for what is best for Coral Gables! Candidates who really have the best interest of the City Beautiful in their hearts!
I know that Our George, the one who had the vision to create Coral Gables, would join me, a retired educator, a resident who has fought and will continue to fight many battles to keep our City the way he envisioned it, and would respectfully ask that you vote for Vince Lago for Mayor as well as Javier Baños and Rhonda Anderson for Commissioners. Let’s do it for our beloved City Beautiful! Let’s do it for the Coral Gables of George Merrick! Let’s make George Merrick proud!