Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Everybody's a Critic in Deerfield Beach

After last night's (Tuesday) commission meeting I thought this quote (below) from Teddy Roosevelt should be posted. 

There were people in the audience whom I have never seen at a meeting or a budget workshop.  Many of them were upset with their taxes, understandably.  But, some acted surprised at the millage rate and how it came to be higher than last year, they didn't seem to grasp what a roll back rate was, and were angry that the city had not sent them an engraved notice of the budget workshops. If they had attended any of the budget workshops they would have seen the process the staff and commission went through to arrive at the budget for next year. I guess it is not enough for them that the meetings are publicized in the newspapers and posted on the city website, and emailed out to residents who sign up for notices.  I am no fan of the current commission but I did have to step up and defend the city staff against this ridiculous charge, if people in the city don't know about meetings it is their own fault for not paying attention, and getting involved. 

The Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 publicist, Mitch Kates,  has this quote as a footnote to all his emails which is where I saw it.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” T. Roosevelt


  1. Bett, I have to stick up for many of these people. I know many that have gone to workshops. I think many of the people are just fed up with how are city is run. They have know Vision and in many cases have their own agenda. I myself am sickened by the actions of are commissioners as well as some of the city employees. The process with in our city much of it needs to be changed and streamlined. Also because you do not come to a meeting everytime as others have does not mean you should not have your time to say anything.