Category Archives: Editorial

The Yoho Flip-Flop

by Mae Shields and Bill Radunovich and other volunteers of Indivisible Gainesville

Dizzy and disoriented by Trump’s daily attempts at gaslighting the American people, we admit we occasionally indulge in a moment of nostalgia for our pre-2016 lives.

Back in 2016, politics had a certain predictable feel. GOP congressional representatives could be counted on to rail against whatever President Obama was up to. And nowhere was this GOP opposition more feverish than when it was directed at budget deficits. Read more

Indivisible Gainesville’s response to Ted Yoho’s Tax Reform Op-Ed, November 14th Gainesville Sun

Representative Yoho’s Op-Ed is full of omissions and outright lies. Below we will take apart his op-ed one paragraph at a time (his original text in bold, our response beneath), share with you how this latest Tax Bill (known as H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act) will actually affect you, and  demonstrate how your own elected leader is not only betraying you but also misleading you . Read more

Yoho’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Was Indefensible Even Before the Allegations Surfaced.

Back in September, US Representative Ted Yoho endorsed Roy Moore: “Judge Roy Moore is a proven conservative leader. He refused to bow to political pressure in Montgomery, and he will refuse to bow to political pressure in Washington. We need men like Judge Moore in the Senate to advance the conservative policies America sent us here to enact…I am proud to endorse Judge Moore and look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with him to fight for America, and against the failed status quo of Washington.”

I know what you’re thinking: But that was September. This was before the child molestation accusations. True. But if we factor in what Yoho surely knew about Roy Moore, his endorsement is still alarming.   Read more

Dear Rick Scott, Climate Change Is Real

“While we do not yet know whether Scott’s actions played a part in the inexcusable deaths at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills after Irma, it is clear he values corporations more than the safety and care of our elderly.”

Governor Rick Scott did a good job in the week preceding Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall. But before we heap on too much praise, we should remember all that Scott has done during his tenure to make Florida residents more vulnerable to storms like Irma. His championing of government deregulation and continued denial of the effects of climate change have increased the risk that Floridians face during hurricane season. Read more

Helping Our Neighbor, Helping Ourselves

by Indivisible Gainesville member Julie Crosby

The Sun recently published a Washington Post article,  “‘Dying City’ of Palatka Determined to Save Itself”. The article quoted a 2013 Florida League of Cities study that proclaimed Palatka, the county seat , to be Florida’s only “dying city” – meaning more of its citizens were moving out or dying than were being born or moving into the city.  As one of those who left and moved to Gainesville twelve years ago, I believe this story has something to say to us in Alachua County as well as our neighbors in Putnam County about efforts we can take to help each other.

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