User talk:Absenteeist

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Charles Rangel[edit]

Absenteeist, while Charles Rangel is certainly African-American on his mother's side, he is Hispanic on his father's side (his father was Puerto Rican). As you know, Hispanics can be of any race; the fact that Rangel's mother was of African descent doesn't take away from his Hispanic heritage any more than the fact that Puerto Rico's first Resident Commissioner Federico Degetau's father was German takes away from his Hispanic heritage. AuH2ORepublican (talk) 17:41, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Replying to "Government and Politics" on the Gainesville,_Florida page[edit]

Right now, the page deals very little with the government and politics of the city and what few edits are made (such as one I just reverted) are one-sided. I feel as though the page should have a "Government and politics" section with a greater exploration of the format of city government, elected officials and the "issues of the day" in Gainesville. Thoughts? --Absenteeist 06:50, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

True, the page deals little with city government and politics. However, the sentence deleted follows these two sentences in the same paragraph: "The Gainesville MSA was ranked as the #1 place ..." "Gainesville was also ranked as one of the ..." Therefore "Additionally, Gainesville has been cited as the 5th ..." Strikes me as analogous to the two previous, retained sentences; perhaps commence the sentence with "Gainesville was ranked, additionally, ..." would be better stylistically since it is parallel to the two above lines. So, unless you reply with a good reason to not so do, later today I'll add the line back, using better phrasing.

As for POV, the preceding 2 lines are also biased, albeit in a positive way; if they were balanced with negatives, then my added sentence should likewise be balanced with something positive, but the former are not, so the latter is strictly parallel.

The article thus far has a very positive POV and largely reads as a promotion for the city; adding a negative aspect actually helps neutralize a POV.

Vincent J. Lipsio (talk) 11:41, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Deleting all three sentences is reasonable, IMHO, as they all are ephemeral awards and may make some sense in the context of the city's history, but not where they are in the introductory paragraphs.

Therefore, I deleted them and took the remaining sentence (the population) and moved it into the preceding paragraph which is now the only introductory paragraph.

As to whether the meal limit issue will be relevant next month, it will be as the The City Commission didn't put the meal limit on the agenda for July 21 and I rather doubt that much will change any time soon, as the City Commission has been dragging its feet on the matter and postponing dealing with the latest proposal, but time will tell whether or not my doubts are well founded and, at any rate, the city will always have historically held these distinctions as it has many others, both good and bad, over its history. Vincent J. Lipsio (talk) 19:19, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to a Wicnic in Gainesville on Saturday, June 22nd[edit]

Greetings!

Seeing that you've edited the article on Gainesville on Wikipedia, I'm inviting to the North Central Florida 2013 Great American Wiknic that will be on Saturday June 22, 2013, commencing at 1:00 pm, ten blocks north of UF campus in Gainesville,.

If you're able and inclined to come, please RSVP at at this URL.

Type to you later, Vincent J. Lipsio (talk) 20:17, 1 June 2013 (UTC)