Letters to the Editors
Where is the democracy in redistricting?
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 19, 2002
Editor: In a normal democracy, voters choose their representatives. However, in America, it is rapidly becoming the other way around. The politicians and two major parties decide on who should be a community's elected officials and the geographic areas the politicians should represent. How democratic is that?
Case in point, the upcoming U.S. congressional race between Congresswoman Karen Thurman, D-Dunnellon, and state Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville. A $6-million race is forecast by both candidates. The congressional district's geographic boundaries were decided by the very people (Republican-
Mean-spirited letter was political potshot
Editor: Re: Senator like playground bully: She's self-centered, insecure, May 3 letter to the editor:
I recently read Jeff Stabins' letter with disappointment and disgust. I don't know who I am more disappointed and disgusted with, Jeff Stabins for writing this malicious letter or the Times for printing this piece of political garbage.
In 1994, as a freshman high school student interested in politics and government, I volunteered for Sen. Brown-Waite's campaign for a second term in the Florida Senate. Even though I was only a high school student, the senator made sure I was really involved in her campaign and it gave me a great opportunity to see how a Florida Senate campaign is run. I can tell you that never have I been disappointed or ashamed of my support for the senator. Can Mr. Stabins' supporters make that same statement?
I find Mr. Stabins' comment, "I attempted to work positively with Sen. Brown-Waite for six long years in the Legislature," laughable. I followed Mr. Stabins' legislative career with interest and from what I observed, Mr. Stabins did not attempt to work at all.
To say the senator insults legislative employees and staff is an insult to the entire Florida Senate that elected her to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore.
Mr. Stabins, you also say in your letter, "The quality of life in Tallahassee will markedly improve with her absence." I would say the quality of our legislative delegation in Tallahassee has very much improved with your absence, as we finally have two effective lawmakers representing the county in Tallahassee.
Finally, I would say, look how Mr. Stabins exited the Legislature -- defeated. Look how the senator will exit -- in a leadership position as a strong candidate for Congress. I think that says it all!
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