Vol. 14 No. 6 - December 4, 2013
letters to the editor
I am writing through my tears remembering my dear friend Laurie (Krosney). We met years ago and Laurie asked me to join The Sun Book Club. After reading several books about World War II, Laurie approached me after a meeting at her house and said, "You seem to have a problem discussing these books, are unusually quiet, seem far away and sometimes I notice your eyes well up."
We had a long chat, with her dog, Jake, on my lap, when Laurie told me in no uncertain terms, “You have to write your own story.”
I did write my own story. Laurie was the first to read my manuscript and wrote a blurb for my back cover.
Laurie's smile and sense of humor – no matter her circumstances– will be greatly missed.
A great reporter
Over my many years dealing with reporters in my marketing career and public life here on the Island, Laurie Krosney was one of the very best reporters I've known. Bar none. Fair. Honest. Objective. And most difficult of all in a town with our craziness, she was unflinchingly accurate and unbiased. During my three terms in government in Anna Maria, which she covered for The Sun, I counted her among my close friends, yet she knew where the line was drawn and put the facts above all. Heaven's gain is truly Anna Maria's loss.
Former Anna Maria commissioner
The dream team
This is the time of year for all of us to be thankful – but sometimes we forget to be thankful for the things we take for granted.
We should be grateful for the fact that we are being governed by dedicated, passionate and professional individuals – people who are spending their time and energy to make this city the best it can be. These people are not doing it for the pittance they make, but are involved because their way of life and ours is important to them.
Our mayor is an example of a man of logic, professional and corporate intellect. He’s someone who looks at problems and comes up with solutions. His judgment has been right on in the hiring of our police chief as well as Mary Buenagurd and Tom O’Brien. He makes the decisions based on facts - something that this city has been lacking for years. He has systems in place that work for the first time in years. We are being given financial reports showing where our tax dollars are going, monthly staff reports and six-month annual updates.
Commissioners are doing their homework. They spend hours researching and asking questions. They are using a positive approach to resolving problems. They reach out to citizens for direction and solutions. We can be thankful that we have an outstanding team representing our interests.
So on these holidays, as we enjoy our feasts, be thankful our elected officials are the dream team. I know I am.
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