Gateway Sun

One thing I cannot stand is one-sided election coverage, especially in local politics.

And over the past few months we’ve heard about a closed, secretive Facebook group intended for the residents of Stoneybrook that has been set up under the rouse (or should we say under the “roosa”) of sharing information – but is presently being used to promote the interests of the “old guard” HOA board members, three of whom are seeking re-election on April 3.

The final straw for some people was the FB group administrators choosing to censor of a piece of multimedia that was designed to promote “new blood” HOA election candidates Eric Galloway, Joe Lowe and Mike Swift.

Galloway, Lowe and Swift represent a trio of individuals who have never served on an HOA board, but who have seen the need for a change on the board in Stoneybrook … and rather than complain they’ve decided to take action and do something about it.

Look, the closed Facebook group administrators are free to do what they want. If they want to hide information from their group members that could harm incumbents like Joe Mikulka, George Flaherty and Margaret Fineberg, that’s fine.

The Gateway Sun operates a Facebook page and when our critics and opponents come along and post their points of view, we don’t censor it. I’m not saying we would never, ever censor anything. But just because someone comes along and respectfully posts something that’s against a position that we favor – hell no, we will not censor that.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the secret, invite-only Stoneybrook Facebook page that clearly favors the retired group of HOA board candidates.

But ironically it’s that kind of use of power that has created the entire need for “new blood” sentiment in Stoneybrook in the first place.

The more information out there, the more informed decision people can make.

When you prevent people from having information, nobody wins.

And if I was a member of that group — which I am not — I would be highly skeptical of the motives of the groups’ admins for trying to promote the old guard at the expense of the “families-first” candidates (Swift, Lowe and Galloway) in Stoneybrook.

About Jeff Kuntz

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Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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