>Dear Ray Mitchell:

>I just finished watching the mayoral debate on Rogers TV, and I have to say this.

Ray, you made me very sad. Actually, you made me want to transport myself through my TV so I could grab you by the shoulders, shake you, and tell you to stop beating up on yourself for the love of Pete! I know you think you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected, but please, stop taking that lack of a snoball’s chance and smashing it to bits, hurling those bits in our faces. You keep saying that people are influenced by the things they hear in the media. Well, if you keep saying “I won’t get in, I won’t get in, I won’t get in,” people will hear that, and you know what? You won’t get in. It was getting to the point that when it was time for you to answer a question, I was all prepared for you to say things like “Oh this is kind of a moot point because I’m not getting in,” and 9 times out of 10, you did not disappoint me. STOP THAT!

It’s beyond the point of being kind of humble. It’s to the point that anyone who might have thought about voting for you starts to feel like an idiot for giving you a chance, and not for any of your ideas, but because of the number of times you cut yourself down and don’t believe in yourself. This comes from someone who is constantly told not to beat up on herself, so if I’m telling you to stop hammering on your own head, you’ve got to know it’s bad. You say you want to inspire the kids. Well, inspire them, goddamn it! I know you’re just being honest, and I appreciate that, but there is such a thing as too much honesty.

You’re a good guy. I know you. I’m related to that two-year-old grandson that you mentioned in those debates. If you want a shot at mayor, than you deserve a chance. That’s why I can’t figure out why you’re so bound, bent and determined to shoot yourself repeatedly in the foot! Please, please, please stop telling people not to vote for you. Do that for me, would ya?

I do have to admit that despite the fact that you have had no campaign signs, you’re probably going to have had a memorable campaign. I also have to hand it to you for throwing yourself into this without practice in the political arena. That takes one hell of a lot of guts. But please stop sabotaging yourself. That does nobody any good.

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