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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000
Editor: After reading Sheriff Tom Mylander's large advertisement endorsing Richard Nugent for sheriff, I must voice my opinion.
Although Sheriff Mylander has the same rights as the rest of us to vote for the candidate he prefers, I think it is very unfair for him to publicly endorse either Nugent or Eddie McConnell.
Both of them work for the Sheriff's Office and they are both his employees.
When two people who work under you are running for the same office, I think the right thing to do is remain neutral, at least publicly. To do otherwise can cause a lot of trouble within the office.
I would imagine those working there who endorse McConnell would not dare make it public for fear of their jobs. The Sheriff's Office is here to serve and protect the people of Hernando County, and it should not be turned into a political arena.
-- Karen Connell, Brooksville
Editor: Re: Swiftmud logging restores forest to a habitat suitable for wildlife, Nov. 5 Hernando Times:
What a blinding flash of genius! What a lightning bolt to the senses! The Southwest Florida Water Management District has done it. They are clearing land next to U.S. 19 to make it more compatible for wildlife.
This will make for a happier life for our flora and fauna. This also will give those breakneck drivers who think U.S. 19 is their personal Daytona 500 race track a chance to hit something besides each other.
The wildlife, of course, will know not to wander out to the highway at night looking for food.
Maybe Swiftmud should spend the money it gets from the cut trees so it could be used to build a proper fence. Or is that not part of the plan?
-- Jim Marsh, Spring Hill