One of the less than charming "Anonymice" (below) just called me a "jackass" for questioning the wisdom of having two UF-affilliated HARB members.
Here is our exchange:
You are a jackass."
First, Madison in The Federalist No. 10 warns of "factions," or special interests:
UF is a "faction" or special interest here in St. Augustine, and not entitled to two out of five HARB votes.
UF is a difficult neighbor, as demonstrated by its ignoring historic concerns on its 450th exhibit, failure to follow competitive bidding for rentals, failure to assure equal employment by its tenants, and failure to make Pat Croce live up to his contractual obligations on the Colonial Quarter, where historic re-enactors and authenticity has gone out the window in favor of piratical fantasies and sports bars, complete with UF Gators and Pirate logos -- tacky and inauthentic in our Colonial Quarter.
Second, Judge Barrett Prettyman in establishing the Administrative Conference of the United States in the 1960s had a basic principle: one lawyer per law firm. Covington & Burling and Steptoe & Johnson and other D.C. law firms have many bright lawyers, but they didn't get to have excessive voting power.
So to the "Anonymous" supporter of Barbara Wingo who just called me a "jackass," we forgive you. Repent now.