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Letters to the Editors

Column missed real issues of election

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

Re: Democrats invited punches on way to drubbing, Nov. 7 C.T. Bowen column

Editor: In reference to your unique talent of criticizing those who try to place blame elsewhere, your column warrants criticism of you. Is it any wonder that no new faces wish to seek elected office in view of the endless Monday morning quarterbacking media persons such as yourself bestow upon those who do seek office?

Your comments indicate that only those Democrats seeking office in Pasco County lost by a ratio of 60-40, when Democrats throughout Florida and the nation encountered the same election results. Instead of devoting so much time to criticizing those who had the courage to endure the rigors of campaigning, you may wish to ask why the Republican Party used the same campaign tactics in Florida and the nation.

In Florida, the various Republican front organizations mailed fliers to all voters indicating if Democrats were elected they would impose a state sales tax. Such untruthful statements deserve your review. A simple understanding of the laws and the Constitution of Florida reveals it is impossible to impose a state sales tax without the voters of the state having their say on a constitutional amendment imposing such a tax. There should be an apology from Republican campaign managers to all citizens for such misleading information.

Expecting you to address meaningful issues is about as reasonable as expecting the Republican Party to now solve all the ills of the state and the nation.

Thank you to all Democrats and Republicans who placed themselves before the citizens to seek elected office. Without them there would be no democracy.
-- Elizabeth Tucker, New Port Richey

Words of thanks, at the end of a 'monumental task'

Editor: Campaigning for public office is a monumental task, not only for the candidates but also in what we ask our supporters to help us with.

Iwould like to thank my faithful friends, who never fail to support me, and new friends acquired during my campaign for re-election as Mosquito Control commissioner.

Kurt Browning, supervisor of elections, and the staff at the New Port Richey election office deserve a big round of applause. I campaigned outside the election office on the Saturday before the election and the Monday before the election and witnessed lines of voters waiting at times for up to an hour. There were no complaints and everyone was attended to with courtesy.

Mr. Browning has educated the voters well with sample ballots and demonstrations of the new touch screen system and continues to maintain a professional and patient staff at all times. Three cheers for Pasco County.
-- Rosemary J. Mastrocolo, New Port Richey

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