Letters to the Editors
Thurman's absence will be a terrible loss to region
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 10, 2003
Editor: Thurman lost: deal with it, get over it, Dec. 31 letter to the editor:
In response to the nasty exhortation to Times writers to get over U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman's defeat, I assert that it is her constituents who will not be able to get over her absence in Washington, representing them in the exemplary manner that she did for 10 years. I would like to comment on Ginny Brown-Waite's negative and mean-spirited campaign.
At a candidate debate in my neighborhood, Brown-Waite made a disgraceful, vicious attack upon Thurman, who was absent. It was filled with lies and misrepresentations of Thurman's record in Congress. I consider Thurman's defeat a terrible loss to this region.
The "ground war" Brown-Waite referred to on a C-SPAN interview this week was a typically vicious Republican dirty tricks campaign, bankrolled with millions of dollars from the Republican National Committee and full of deceptive mailings and telephone misinformation blitzes. If I were her, I would be ashamed of the dirty smear tactics that characterized her campaign.
I consider my being represented by Brown-Waite, who has demonstrated what I consider to be questionable character, as going from the bad of Michael Bilirakis, to worse, if that is possible!
Don't judge Timber Pines by one resident's remarks
Editor: Re: Timber Pines residents are misunderstood, Jan. 8 letter to the editor from Lorraine Queenan:
This ongoing diatribe is foolish. I have lived in Timber Pines more than 13 years. I am well aware of Mrs. Queenan's lament. (She is 100 percent on target.) Just in the past month, I have witnessed the giving of more than $20,000 to various charities in the greater community of Spring Hill (including most recently the sheriff's Harmony in the Streets program).
I attend various community meetings (e.g. chamber of commerce) as liaison for one of our community relations groups. Never has anyone spoken to me complaining about Timber Pines. Occasionally, we see a letter on your opinion page or a news story (in my opinion) that casts aspersions on Timber Pines.
Jack Ohle is just one of thousands living in Timber Pines. I'll bet my best fly rod and tackle you could find only a handful (if that many) of people who believe as Mr. Ohle. Most are good, solid residents of Hernando County and, in my opinion, the community at large believes that also. Many, many are chagrined by Mr. Ohle's remarks and wish it never happened.
Name Times building after photographer?
Editor: I have lived in Brooksville for 30 years, from when we had one high school, traffic lights on the sides of the streets, and we waved to almost every car because we knew who it was.
I worked at our hometown newspaper, the Sun Journal, with late Times photojournalist Olie Stonerook. I knew him before that; I went to school with his son. It was always nice to see one of his photos in the paper. He was blessed with insight and ability to capture the simplicity and beauty of just about everything he saw. The world lost a very talented man last year and I will never forget him.
As I drive out State Road 50 west and see the new building under construction for the Hernando Times, I think of Olie. I would like to suggest that the building be named after Olie Stonerook, or at least give him a place of honor there. He was not a person who put his pictures in print to gain recognition and he probably would feel embarrassed by a tribute, but who would be a more deserving person?
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