I am speaking out as a concerned citizen of Franklin County. In recent comments from a Franklin County commissioner in last week’s Apalachicola Times, Commissioner Cheryl Sanders made the following (racial) comment below:

“Today’s not the day to do it,” said Sanders. “We’re here (for Nabors’ salary), not to be up here jewing over somebody’s pay. I can’t believe that you all would put a man down who has worked here for 26 years because he don’t have a high school education.”

Is this her true nature or is this just a matter-of-fact lifestyle example: “Honey, I've heard that all my life and have said it myself, I didn't know that was racial.”

This is where I draw the line. If you are going to represent your city, county, or state, you should make it your responsibility to educate yourself, to be able to speak effectively.

I guess what shocks me most about this is that no one, to my knowledge, has brought this to her attention. Ms. Sanders does not have any restaurants, TV shows, book deals etc.; however, if she did, I'm confident that the Jewish citizens would make sure Paula Dean has some company.

I am not of Jewish faith, but this is offensive to me, and it makes our entire county look uninformed and uneducated.


Gaye Ellis