This past week your County Commission made a decision that has alarmed many of our residents, I would like to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and to calm any fears. By ending the contract with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office for Fire Services we will NOT be decreasing your level of service. We feel we can raise the level of services.
To start I must take a moment and commend former Sheriff Jeff Dawsy for his leadership in 2011 when this contract was created. The Board of Commissioners leading up to that decision were an entirely different board then the five men who sit before you today. At that time contracting with the Sheriff's Office for Fire Services was the best option for this County. The creation of the MSBU (Municipal Services Benefit Unit) still remains the best funding mechanism for providing Fire Services to Citrus County. By ending the current contract, this Commission can provide the same level of service without increasing the MSBU.
Sheriff Dawsy provided fire services at a time when the previous Commission could not provide it and we need to thank him for his insight and leadership. I would like to make it clear that the ending of this contract is not a slight to our new Sheriff, Mike Prendergast. Sheriff Prendergast has done a commendable job taking over the agency from over two decades of leadership from Jeff Dawsy. As a citizen I am impressed with the smooth transition that has occurred. Sheriff Prendergast is to be commended for his excellent work in taking drugs off our streets and continuing to make this community one of the safest in the State of Florida.
In early 2017 a request for the Fire Services budget was made by our County Administrator. This request was followed up, twice in advance, of this week's meeting. The County Commission and our Administrator were not given the information, as requested, until the meeting started.
All five of your sitting commissioners ran on a platform of providing complete budget transparency and using your tax dollars to the best of our abilities. We do not feel that is happening with these co-mingling agency's. We feel both agency's will better serve you by running independently. There is not the level of accountability we feel our citizens deserve and there is likely co-mingling of tax dollars.
Fire Services is a basic function of local government. In all but one county in Florida fire services report and function directly under the County Commission. By ending this contract with the Citrus County Sheriffs Office, this Board is taking full ownership to our citizens of how your tax dollars are spent. We can not offer you transparency and full accountability by continuing to contract this major government service out any longer.
Taking care of the firefighters who put their lives on the line daily is our utmost goal. By ending the fire service contract, your county administration can easily absorb many of the in-direct costs such as Human Resources and Finance, thereby allowing us to hire new firefighters quickly. Our goal is to reach a 3 man station in the near future.
Citizens, I ask that you trust this decision was not made hastily and your safety is our greatest concern. We have full confidence that we can make this transition smooth and safe for our community. This Board is more versed on the issues of fire services and we will make budget transparency and accountability our first goal. I truly believe that we will be able to increase the level of fire services by ending this contract. As always, our doors are open to our constituents.
Decision time is almost here and the issue of Impact fees will soon be vetted and decided upon. I just hope the community knows what's at stake when we make a choice, if we choose to keep the moratorium it will insure that we are more marketable than the surrounding areas. Until we are seen as a pro-business community, it's best we do all we can to build that image.
There are some hard truths to the fact that we will not have a small short term gain of revenue, a small chunk of money that could be gained if we don't let the moratorium expire.
The positive of keeping the moratorium on Impact Fees is that we grow our tax base at every level, which in turn, will give long term benefit. So the choice is a short term small gain or a long term focus on building our tax base that could benefit us for years to come.
In past articles I've given examples of how it affects business, affects employment and obviously that it affects the tax base and our long term ability to provide services.
I want to use this article to demonstrate another issue, the impact on the workforce, their housing needs and how it negatively puts pressure on the ever shrinking middle class.
In the Chronicle there was an article that dealt with The “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” (ALICE) report, which suggests that 4 in 10 households struggle with basic needs.
It goes a little further and shows that what the average in Citrus County is 43% or 25,800 of 60,541 residences.
What this means is there is a definite struggle in Citrus County for some to get by. These are the people who fix your cars, serve you food and provide so many of the services that make us comfortable in the community are barely getting by.
How does impact fees and the moratorium figure into this? I will try to explain it in a way that truly shows the negative effects of impact fees:
An impact fee is part of what is rolled into the mortgage for homeowners and when you are saving up to hopefully have that American dream. It makes it a little more costly and you may think, “if they are building a house or buying a house recently built they should be able to afford a couple of thousand more”.
I believe the ALICE report definitely disputes that factor, and that is because for every $1,000 dollars the price of a home goes up, it cuts certain people out of the ability to get financed and stops the American dream dead in its tracks.
Let's also look at if a house does get built and the homeowners do have additional money for the down payment, or can get financed. The impact fee you pay for a new home will actually not be the $1,600 to $4,600, because you have it rolled into your mortgage.
$100,000 loan at 3% equals $151,000 total mortgage
$101,500 loan at 3% because of impact fees equals a total mortgage $154,000
$104,800 loan at 3% with full Impact Fees restoration equals a total mortgage of $170,000
You can see that interest rate will have you paying an additional amount because of the impact fees, the amount of money those fees could cost could double or triple cost of the impact fees and for that increased cost, you pay potentially tens of thousands in interest and get nothing for it!
So, we are not only affecting the working class, in preventing them from having a home and making it more costly up front, you also whittle away from the money that comes out of the pockets of the middle class. We often wonder where the middle class goes and here is, yet another example, how government fees are one of the major factors of its shrinking.
Now, let's look at another issue for impact fees, the increase in the cost of government and how it will continue to drain the pockets of our citizens, this will be if you give government more money, the government will spend it. As someone who has tried to fight governmental spending, I can attest that it never stops growing.
Recently the commission made tough choices to fight unneeded spending, we have gotten rid of surplus lands that will hopefully go back to the people and business and we hope this will grow the tax rolls. We need to oppose increased government now for when we are not the ones making the fiscal policy in the future, because unneeded spending can return at any time.
The last thing I want to talk about is the flawed policy when it comes to Impact Fees.
The impact fees that get paid, may not even benefit you. So say a homeowner in Sugarmill Woods, who has a house built, will likely not see any gains from impact fees. Also a senior citizen who chooses to move here and living on a limited budget in areas like the Inverness Highlands are not going to see a positive impact, just more cost.
In the past the County had to give back impact fee money to you, or at least that was what policy states. Yet that policy also states that you have to write a letter to the County and ask for it. Yes, yet another chance for government to hold onto your money and only because you missed the information in the paper.
There are no plans to change it to an automatic pro-rata share, this could be done if the 3% that is supposed to be used for administration of the fees, was in fact used to track the information (seems we know who we take it from, but not who we should pay it back to).
So let me close with this thought, you have seen the many reasons I'm against impact fees, how they affect so many more than you thought and lastly is how the government does a horrible job of dealing with and potential reimbursement of those fees. If a small, defined, targeted to a geographical area and properly administered impact fee was suggested then I would seriously consider supporting it, but that is not what we will see and I will NOT support Impact Fees. Instead I support the working man and woman. These are my just my thoughts and I hope you will share your own.
Residents of our community often look to government to fix local economic issues, such as high unemployment, lack of quality jobs, and empty storefronts. However, in reality, government’s impact on these factors is minimal as our economy is mainly driven by the private sector.
Ultimately, entrepreneurs go where they recognize opportunity, and also where there is a skilled workforce to meet their organizational needs. Nonetheless, government does often play a limited role in improving the economy through programs subsidized by our taxpayers’ dollars. A prime example is Enterprise Florida, an economic development initiative between Florida businesses and state government. When first launched, funding for this project was to be supported equally between the private and the public sector; however, as it evolved it became mostly a taxpayer-funded endeavor. It, along with another public-private venture, Visit Florida, has recently experienced pushback from politicians who are debating if the programs are giving the state a return on investment.
These programs have had a limited impact on the state marketplace, but this still begs the question what can government do to improve our local economy? For one, the feedback I have received from business owners is to create a pro-business mentality. We need to limit government regulations, and in turn, make our processes more efficient and transparent.
In Citrus County, we have the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state while relying heavily on the service sector for our job growth. Despite this, there are ways we can facilitate growth in our economy. It starts with the building industry. As a county government, we have requirements in place to insure public safety and integrity of the community is maintained, yet these same regulations often limit the success of builders. Therefore, we must identify systemic weaknesses and make changes to make the government and business relationship more efficient, and in the process, make companies more productive. For example, the length of time for permits to be completed should be tracked. By tracking permits, inefficiencies in our processes can be recognized, and with it the length of time for our permit approvals should be significantly reduced. No doubt, the end result will be an improvement of our county government’s image in the building community.
Our objective should be to work with the private sector, not against it. As a government entity, we should capture lessons learned and openly share them with the private sector to insure that our processes are clearly enforced and understood. Our inspectors on job sites, for instance, who hold vital information on building codes, should share data with all stakeholders, not just for the benefit of the government. Therefore, a habitual pattern should be developed to send critical information to builders, realtors, or others to shape a cooperative knowledge base for the industry.
Furthermore, to improve storefront occupancy, we should create a fee waiver for permits of select buildings, such as historical and commercial buildings under a certain square footage. This will help small and up-start businesses—many who have limited resources—find affordable business locations.
Additionally, we should also utilize the available financial resources from the existing business tax to fund the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) which specializes in helping small and first-time business owners. The SBDC’s resources are a smart, proven way to leverage economic growth.
These ideas are only part of the solution; however, once businesses recognize that its local government is, as we always said in the Army, “leaning forward in the foxhole” ready to fight for your business’ best interest, our relationship should improve.
Even if we were to make strides on these issues, though, the county still struggles with a lack of a skilled workforce. With technological advancements, there is less need for manual labor. The “every kid to college” mentality has created a more technical and digitally efficient workforce. Still, we lack workforce career occupations in areas such as A/C technicians, electricians, plumbers, brick masons, and more. Local employers have expressed to me a need for these workers, despite our high unemployment rate compared to the rest of the state. Over the past several years, state officials have made workforce training in these occupations a major priority in Tallahassee, yet a gap still exists. We should hold members of our younger generation who want to pursue industry certifications in these fields in high esteem, just as we do those who go to traditional college.
Overall, as a local government, we must work for the good of local businesses; however, you must do your part, too. We must work together to change the perception of our county into one that is business friendly, and I hope you will continue to drive the discussion and share ideas to make this happen.
Jimmie T. Smith
The term beatitude comes from the Latin noun bea'titu'do' which means "happiness". Most people think of the Sermon on the Mount when they recognize the term. Those beatitudes consist of two phrases: the condition and the result. An example is, Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was attempting to convince the people to change their behavior by changing their attitude toward other people. Instead of reacting to other people's slights and jabs, Jesus was teaching the lessons of mercy, spirituality, compassion, as well as love and humility. He wanted people to act more humanely toward one another. The action he was seeking was a change in attitude.
Recently I have heard more people accuse others of lying than at any time I can remember. This is only one way the widening differences between groups of Americans has become apparent in our society. Politics and religion are two subjects that seem to bring out these differences.
Saying someone has lied, indicates that you know the motive someone else has for thinking and saying what they do. In order to lie, one must have intent to deceive or mislead another person. We may suspect someone else has intent, but we can't know his or her intent. They may see the reality of a situation differently based on their own experiences. You may disagree with their beliefs, but be careful about judging them as liars.
It has been said, there are only two good ways to lie, tell the truth, just don't tell all the truth, and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; just do it so unconvincingly that no one will believe you. Whenever one lies, he better have a good memory. He must remember who he told what or risk being exposed.
There is no doubt that some people are liars. Liars are people who feel entitled to benefits they have not earned. They are the same people who will cheat and steal. They have an attitude that says, "I am owed whatever I need or want, not because I have worked for it, but because I exist." I believe that the number of these people is far fewer than many people will admit.
None of us likes being taken advantage of or feeling cheated. There is a human tendency to exaggerate the number of takers in society when one feels exploited. Most people feel they work hard and make a difference in society. Many feel they pay too much in taxes so that other people can take advantage of the system.
Most people know there are some people that society must take care of because they are not able to exist without help from others. One argument is that it is not the government's job to provide for these people. Throughout history it has been the job of churches, synagogues, and mosques as well as social groups to help these individuals get along. One problem with this attitude is, these institutions are not available everywhere. Another problem is that these institutions may not be able to consistently provide the amount of assistance necessary for the needy. Another may be a possible reduction in self-worth felt by the recipient of such help. These institutions are still needed to supplement what the government cannot afford to provide. Attitude is at the heart of these views.
There will always be liars, cheaters, and thieves. Some are truly psychopaths who have no notion of empathy or sense of humanity. There are also those who have made the choice to be lazy or play the victim. These are the only ones society can do anything about. As Oscar Wilde once said, "Some cause happiness wherever they go - others whenever they go."
Unless we as Americans can begin to come together and not just listen to each other, but also actually hear what others are saying, we have no hope of changing people's attitude. We must begin to treat each other with respect. We may never agree with someone's views, however, we must still be civil and not fall into the trap of insulting those with whom we disagree.
If people feel victimized, it may be because others have treated them poorly. No one likes to be around someone who complains constantly. Only through engagement with these people can one hope to alter their attitude. Perhaps you can help them take the advice of Eckhart Tolle who said; "When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness."
The beatitudes of attitude require happiness as an outcome. Mahatma Gandhi councils; "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." I will conclude with this final bit of wisdom from Charles R. Swindoll. "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. ... The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."
Earnest Lee Wise
Fair as defined in Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary in the 1981 edition does not even get around to dealing with the meaning most people mean when they say something isn't fair, until the 6th. meaning. Defined as marked by impartiality and honesty: free from self- interest, prejudice, or favoritism.
The older I get the more I dislike hearing something isn't fair. Those who use this phrase tend to overuse it. What they are really whining about is they don't like the way some situation has turned out. They seldom factor in what went into the outcome. Who was involved? Who took what actions? Were there unintended consequences? Was the outcome foreseeable? Did they make any effort to affect the outcome?
We in the United States just went through a presidential election. This election was like no other in many ways for many reasons. We need not rehash all that has been written and said about this election.
Some people are saying the Electoral College "is not fair". Some people are saying their candidate was treated "unfairly". Some people are saying the President Elect is being scrutinized "unfairly" since he hasn't even taken office yet. All of these sentiments and more are true to some people and not to others.
When it comes to fairness, each of us sets the standard he/she will follow. There is no universal standard for fairness. Is it fair that some people are born with or are afflicted with disabilities latter in life? Is it fair that some people are discriminated against because of their color, religion, sexual orientation, or gender? Has anyone ever told you that life is fair?
The promise of America is not that life is fair, it is that our government strives to create a system that provides a fair chance for everyone to achieve to the level they wish provided they honestly work toward their goal. As John F. Kennedy once said: We cannot guarantee success to anyone, but we should provide a fair chance to everyone willing to work for what they want. We still have a ways to go in providing that fair chance to all who are willing to put forth an honest effort to achieve their goal.
Many people feel it is naive to provide a place in our country for refugees. We must have a system that can detect those who will take advantage of our generosity, but we cannot have a system that discriminates against individuals on the basis of group identity. With no universal standard for fairness, how do we achieve this goal as a nation or society? We must debate and yes, compromise on ideas. We cannot be hypocritical and believe we can know for sure why other people have the motives to see life differently than we do. We must be thoughtful as to our own standard of fairness. Are we being honest in our efforts or are we looking to gain advantage over those with opposing or differing views?
We will never have a perfect system that works for all people in all situations. That should not deter us from trying! Until we bridge the differences in our society, we will only drift further and further apart. We each must look inward and assess our true motives and beliefs. We must understand, we can live and prosper together through compromising when necessary, or surely we will follow in the footpath of all other great societies toward ruin.
Democracy is a messy system. Above is only one example of the differences that exist today in our society. I am aware that our system is not a true democracy but a republic built on representative democracy. If our goal is to create a system, that as much as is possible, to provide a fair chance to all willing to honestly work to achieve their goals; then let us commit to each other to strive to be fair in the sense that we will strive to be honest, impartial, free from prejudice, self-interest, or favoritism in our actions with each other to the best of our abilities. In this way we can have a chance to continue the experiment that is the wonder of the world, America.
Earnest Lee Wise
Interesting letter from Jan Kaiser in today’s Chronicle in which she praises Donna Kahwati and misquotes me in a previous letter to the editor. She says I should realize that peaceful protesting is our right under the Constitution.
I said exactly that in my letter and went on to point out that while we have the right of peaceful protest, nowhere in the Constitution does it give citizens the right to loot stores, burn police cars or block highways. I further quoted a news report of a man who died in an ambulance because they were stuck in one of these illegal roadblocks.
One must wonder if Jan Kaiser actually read my letter and either forgot the wording or if she deliberately slanted her letter. While it may be possible that, in her haste to lash out as liberals often do, she “forgot” my statement that violent protests are nothing more than crimes and cannot be condoned.
While Jan Kaiser may be forgiven for her “forgetfulness” the Chronicle Letters Editor cannot be forgiven for this cheap shot. To publish the letter from Jan Kaiser knowing full well that my meaning was totally different was nothing less than dishonest. I am fully aware that I am not the Chronicle’s most favorite person, but to deliberately publish something so totally wrong is unprofessional. This would be something the New York Times might do and I thought the Chronicle was above that.
Incidentally, after my letter ran in the Chronicle, the paper published two Sound Offs that had good things to say about my handling of the topic and the same day it ran, I received phone calls at home, also with good comments.
I am calling on Editor in Chief Mike Arnold to take whatever steps are necessary with his Letters Editor to stop this kind of yellow rag journalism and to run this letter to make my position clear on the First Amendment versus violent mob actions.
Donald Trump won. Hillary Clinton lost. That is fact and nothing will change it. It is time to move forward to make this nation great again, but apparently not all agree.
We have seen the “protests” on TV with the now obligatory blocking of highways and vandalism including torching of cars. A protest is meant to cause changes in something but in the case of our Presidential Elections, nothing will change. The voting is over, Trump won and there is no turning back so why are these criminals protesting since there is no possible way to change this election? Are they really protesting or is this just another excuse for punks to move towards anarchy? America needs to get tough with these lawbreakers. Arrest them and lock them up – forget the fines and slap on the wrist. Give them hard time in prison. That will get them off the streets and stop their criminal actions if nothing else.
Then we see college students across the country, sobbing and crying their eyes out. They are so badly traumatized that professors are allowing them to skip classes so they may get their shattered emotions under control. In many colleges they are bringing in grief counselors and comfort dogs. Good God!
What has this nation become? On the one hand we see criminals burning, looting and blocking hard working people from driving to work and on the other hand we see weak, sniveling cry babies who need therapy and counseling because the election didn’t go the way they wanted and these are the leaders of tomorrow? We are in trouble!
How do I know. I kill it every day. And have been for 9 years, & wish I had started back 23 years ago when they diagnosed me with MGUS. I didn’t cause my Multiple Myeloma. I think Benzene exposure may have caused it during my 35 years inside industrial plants. As a patient, my goal is to maintain my perfect life at 78, with the least amount of inconvenience from having to deal with killing my cancer. My M-spike, or means of measurement, is down from 2.3 to 0.1.
The Cancer Industry has some great theories about cancer. One is ‘any patient use of marijuana threatens our business’. Beyond that, I can tell you 100’s of stories of the compassionate caregivers in the industry. Big Pharma scores low with patients. Too toxic, addictive, expensive & they’re evil.
I’m no doctor, but during my 9 years inside the largest Cancer Institute close by, wearing my Support Medical Marijuana garb, I’ve had hundreds of honest conversations with patients & employees. They say the toughest cancers to survive are neck & brain, pancreatic, small-cell lung, & acute myeloid leukemia. Get ready for some serious considerations about your life. This is true for many “guess what we found” patients outside cancer. Now you’ve got some real choices in life to make. Educate yourself.
On Oct. 11, I discussed with a patient’s wife her story of being asked to step outside into the hallway by her husband’s pain management doctor. She told me she thought her husband was going to die any day from his pancreatic cancer. She was advised to try Rick Simpson Oil to cure him. They moved to CA & bought the dry weed, soaked it in ethanol, & made RSO in her kitchen. She always worried about catching the kitchen on fire. Cancer killing RSO is the equivalent of having an 85% THC level compared with a high of 25–28% THC in regular medical marijuana. He remained Cancer Free for FIVE YEARS! Unbelievable with pancreatic cancer. It’s back, but he’ll deal with it like we all do.
I personally know a few more, but thousands of these same stories are out there about RSO. To me, the future of medical marijuana is in concentrates. They are not approved in any state & you will be charged as a felon for possession. Even in medical marijuana approved states. Big Pharma & the Cancer Industry are not real excited about curing. They fight us in just being a little more comfortable.
This final article is for your understanding in giving us patients, only with the most debilitating medical issues, a choice of what we put in our bodies. Like a civil right. Medical marijuana is non-toxic, non-addictive, plant based, & affordable. Not one person has ever died using it. Plus, it makes you more creative, focused, wiser, younger, reverent, & totally non-violent. Trust me, you’ll love it.
My plans are to keep my cancer in check with a very low dosage experimental drug using marijuana to beat the side effects. When the cancer finds a way around the drug, and it usually does, then I’ll probably be using RSO. I’ve sampled enough to know how it works, but I need to gain some weight before trying it. Unlike conventional marijuana increasing appetite, RSO may suppress it. 90 days & about $4000 is today’s suggested approach.
DO NOT VOTE NO on Amendment 2 which allows Medical Marijuana. Please give us the CHOICE.
Haydon Fouke, Lecanto
Haydon Fouke is a patient and advocate of medical grade marijuana and industrial hemp. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Response to article dated October 11, 2016 “Commander points finger at Klyap”
I have to begin my response by stating that for the last 8 months or so, I along with my campaign have kept our campaign message clear and on point of why Michael Klyap Jr. should be the next Sheriff of Citrus County. I have presented the facts of why my 30 years’ experience of civilian and military law enforcement, my leadership over those 30 years and my continued commitment to the people of Citrus County by far makes me the most qualified for this prestigious position.
Now, Let’s just change the title around on the newspaper article a little bit “Klyap points finger at Mike Wright and the Chronicle” and add some interesting facts to the story.
The article written can have the reader believe that the “Deputies” were called because of an incident that I was involved in. First of all, that is not correct. A couple of points for the reader:
Fact #1- A police report was completed on the incident and there was no mention of Mike Klyap. The Deputies who responded briefly asked me what had occurred and I told them, I was called to the kitchen because of a problem not once but twice, and I did not see any altercation. (This was not as a candidate for Sheriff but because I am the 2nd Vice Commander and responsible for the hall and the kitchen.)
Fact #2- The article points to my family and supporters being involved, who do you think would be at my function, my opponent, his family, his supporters or even the chronicle.
Fact #3- The Commander Gerry Kaufman was not a part of the function, he did not pay to attend, he was not invited and if he minded his own business, the incident would not have occurred. The Commander was upset originally when people parked in his parking space, he initiated contact with certain individuals and began the problem. He, not, I elevated what was a small problem into a large problem and his demeanor and unnecessary actions of getting into a loud verbal argument over a truck shining lights on a grill to cook was uncalled for. His actions were the cause of why I was summoned to the kitchen to calm the situation. Unfortunately, because of his actions and I later find out the actions of others, I had to leave while talking to some guests who were concerned about their children and other children crossing the street at unmanned school crossing posts.
Fact #4- I was not the aggressor or involved in the physical altercation, which I did not even observe. I attempted to calm the Commander by talking with him and yes I asked why he had such a bad attitude and ego as he became louder and louder. Based on this fact and that I had a few people left at in the dining area at “MY” function, I asked him to step outside so that the few remaining people did not have to hear his yelling and screaming. They paid to have a good evening not listen to the egoistical and belligerent commander yell and scream. As I mentioned this is not the Gerry I know and have never seen this side of him.
Fact# 5- The fact that the commander stated “Klyap was the aggressor” should not ever been printed unless there were other witnesses to substantiate this claim. Maybe the people who actually were involved physically in the police report could be identified as the aggressor but Mike Klyap who was not in the police report was not.
Fact #6- The newspaper was not contacted until 9 days later and that was only after I, Mike Klyap filed a complaint of conducting unbecoming a legionnaire on the Commander Gerry Kaufman because of his actions, the fact that three different individuals stated that he touched them against their will. Ironically according to the paper he in turn wanted legion charges brought on me. Never been advised of this and if there were any, they were falsely made to counteract my original complaint.
And finally, Mr. Wright you should have done more of a thorough investigation before rushing to judgement with just a bare set of facts. There were retired Police chiefs. Law enforcement officers, military veterans and just plain innocent bystanders that would have been able to give you facts such as above. I understand your reason for thinking this was news worthy and I do not fault you for that. I do fault you for not printing all the facts, to include what we talked about. And for that Mr. Wright and the chronicle “Mike Klyap points the finger at Mike Wright and the Chronicle”. By the way, the commander and I have discussed the situation and the other factors that caused him to become upset. I have since dropped the legion charges, not based on your article, but based on what is right for our veterans. The commander and I will continue to work together as a team for the good of all. God bless.
Mike Klyap- NPA candidate for Sheriff
5849 West Cisco Street
Beverly Hills, Florida 34465
We want to go on record as endorsing Mike Klyap for the office of Citrus County Sheriff. Mr. Klyap has worked effectively as a Police Officer in his Civilian and Military career, during which time he has held many supervisory positions. He brings excellent credentials to this position, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management. This along with his 30 plus years’ of experience in law Enforcement assures our citizens that they are getting the most qualified to be our Sheriff.
To have a Sheriff’s office, we must be an effective partner with our two cities. Mr. Klyap not only understands City policing, he has worked his way through the ranks to Lieutenant in Crystal River, worked directly under the Chief of Police. We need a Sheriff, who can from day one, run a professional and accountable office responsive to the needs of the people of Citrus County.
For a change in the right direction, we need to install a true law enforcement professional, and not a politician, as Sheriff of Citrus County. I believe that law enforcement professional is Mike Klyap.
D’s Lazy Acres
Donna A. Posa