Running interference for Vero Beach City Council candidate Val Zudans, Press Journal opinion columnist Larry Reisman recently repeated without question the candidate’s evasive, shifting answers to what should be serious questions. Beyond selling Vero Electric, what is Zudans’ vision for Vero Beach, and how does he propose to raise revenues and/or cut spending following the sale of the electric utility?
Based on guest columns Zudans wrote for the island weekly, it is reasonable to conclude he would, if elected, likely follow the sale of Vero Electric with a renewed push to hand the City’s water and sewer system over to the County. The loss of revenues from both the electric utility and the water and sewer system would leave the City hard pressed to continue to provide basic services such as police protection.
In a column published in the island weekly on April 13 of this year Zudans wrote, “Get government out of every business where they have no business…Government has no business in the marina business when others can do it much better at lower cost. City government should not be in the water and sewer business if the county can do it better at lower cost.”
Despite Zudans’ published positions, Reisman let the City Council candidate get way with claiming he only wants to “see government run like a business.” Well, that may be Zudans’ newest position, but it is far from what he wrote last spring.
After repeating Zudans’ shifting positions without question, Reisman opined, “Unfortunately, scare tactics always increase during election season. Be wary of what you read. If in doubt, call or email candidates. Most of them can be reached through their websites or Facebook pages.” (Check their Facebook page? Reisman, apparently devoid of any measure of journalistic skepticism, seems to believe politicians can be counted on for straight answers.)
Indeed, people should be wary of what they read, starting with Reisman’s opinion columns in the Press Journal “newspaper.” If Reisman ever was ever a serious journalist, he has come a long way since.