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Phone canvassing wins few voters

Letters to the Editor
Published September 10, 2006


 Fliers, phone calls annoy, not inform, Diane Steinle column, Sept. 6.

Diane Steinle's column addresses an interesting point. I, too, am sick and tired of all the phony baloney phone calls and fliers with smiley-faced candidates, vying for our vote.

During election 2000, I volunteered to make phone calls for the Democratic Party. I was gung-ho and determined to make a real difference. Well, was I ever wrong. Those who were undecided when I began making my pitch were still undecided when I hung up. And there were those who were determined not to vote, no matter what I said.

Of course, I was always grateful for those who were voting my way. But they really didn't need a phone call to remind them.

With all of the expensive effort the candidates put into their campaigns, maybe the best that they can hope for is if some undecided voter vaguely remembers seeing or hearing their name mentioned and on the spur of the moment decides "what the hey" and marks their name on the ballot.

Gee, I wonder how many local or state candidates will read Steinle's column? While it may give them a chuckle or two, I doubt if they'll take heed.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Let politicians know we're fed up with fliers, calls

Re: Fliers, phone calls annoy, not inform, Diane Steinle column, Sept. 6.

I agree with you 100 percent. Now, how can you and I and half the population of Florida get the message across to these political leeches that "We are mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore"?

I would donate funds, give some time, or (whoops, I almost said make phone calls), but I know next to nothing about politics and getting a message out to the caliber of politicians we now have in this country. I know that I, for one, am worried about our future unless we do an about-face on the manner in which our nation is run.

Run some ideas by us in near-future articles. I, for one, will be watching and hoping!

Jerry Sanders, Clearwater

Maybe voter turnout is low because voters are annoyed

Why do we wonder why the voter turnout was so disappointing?

When we are harassed by unwelcome phone calls and volumes of duplicate and redundant mail (utilizing postal services that have operating losses), how can we possibly express our disapproval better than by not showing up?

I subscribe (for a fee) to every do not call program available. Fines can often be $10,000 if violated. Are politicians exempt? How do they get my phone number?

The license taken by candidates through these phone calls is unforgivable. If I am interested in investigating the qualifications of a candidate, the newspaper, TV and Internet provide sufficient opportunity. To use the telephone and the mail is a violation of my rights and I choose to express my views by not showing up at the polls until this practice is reversed.

Mike Frisby, Clearwater

Please save just a bit of county from development

Re: Project not a done deal, story, Aug. 25.

Memo to Pinellas County: Please save Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Dunedin from overdeveloping the Alt. U.S. 19 corridor.

I consider the North Pinellas Alt. U.S. 19 route the most scenic part of the county. We can't let it go the way of U.S. 19. Condo and shopping projects are leading us in that direction.

Every bit of green left is precious, visually as well as environmentally.

Memo to Clearwater: Blue space is spacious, too. Adding docks next to the Clearwater Memorial Causeway will clutter the gorgeous view from Coachman Park and the library. Leave a little nature for us all to enjoy.

Joseph Weinzettle, Dunedin

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