The unkindest cut of all

Well that hurt.

Shortly after posting my Time To Free Our City blog on Friday, I received a message accusing me of “mocking” the Springs County movement.

They called me “elite.” Elite!

And they said that during my editorial page editor years I “helped make the BOCC what they are today.”

Well that was harsh.

For one thing, I was editorial page editor of the Sun for 30 years, and I defy you to find one Alachua County commissioner from that time who would say “Yup, Ron Cunningham made us what we are today.”

And frankly I found them all to be ungrateful wretches for refusing to say that.

Still, the charge has been lodged and in response I think two points are in order.

Point 1. Am I not human? If you cut me do I not bleed?

Point 2. Don’t these Springs County folks realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

Here I am single handedly kicking off the Free GNV Initiative.

They started the Springs County Movement. I started Free GNV.

How flattering is that?

They opened a Springs County Welcoming Center.

I nominated First Mag for our FGWC. Because…beer.

Flattering, flattering, flattering.

They want to rip Alachua County in half.

I just want to take a bite out of the middle (aka Gainesville city limits).

Same deal, different geography.

I do not wish to jump to conclusions.

But I am beginning to suspect that the Springs County brigade lacks a sense of humor.

Not to mention a sense of history, a sense of perspective, a sense of competition and a sense of common.

Not to put too fine a point on it.

Heck, Springs County even has its own Facebook page.

And now so do I. Check out Free GNV on Facebook. Heck, follow it. You won’t be sorry. It’s the opening salvo in Gainesville’s Declaration of Independence.

And I owe it all to Springs County.

Mocking? Eau contraire. These guys are my heroes.

I want to be just like them when we all grow up.


  1. You are correct, they have no sense of humor. I am also surprised your post on their facebook page is still up after almost 24 hours. Others who have posted valid questions which the SC management deemed “critical” have had their posts deleted and been blocked from posting on their page. SC believes in censorship of any ideas other than their own narrow viewpoint. I do not know if their proposed county government will operate the same way because no one can go on their facebook page and ask such a valid question without being deleted and blocked..
    For the Gainesville elites who came in late, and wonder what this so called “Springs County”(sic) is all about, the Unofficial History of the “Springs County(sic) Movement is posted in the Comments section under this article at the online Blog the Alachua Chronicle. FWIW. YMMV.

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