Re: The boos are loud, but not unanimous (Sunday 2/20 column summarizing the argument against high-speed rail):
I just finished reading your take on the high-speed rail debate, and want to thank you for being the voice of common sense and sound reasoning. I agree with everything you said, and am rather surprised that the ultra-left SPTimes allows you to express such fiscally responsible views. — Brenda Huff, Safety Harbor
Dear Ms. Huff: Read on.
Do you really suppose your joining the right wing corporate oligarchists will improve the circulation of the sptimes? — R Marshner
Dear Mr. Marshner: Shhh. It is part of my secret plot to promote the homosexual agenda and socialism.
Your article on Gov. Scott's terrible decision not to create high-speed rail service between Tampa and Orlando clearly shows your pro-Scott bias. You are wrong in asserting that your fellow Floridians don't think it is a bad decision. You are very wrong. — Robert Cady, Boynton Beach
Dear Mr. Cady: You have discovered the pro-Scott media conspiracy.
You are nothing but a brown-noser to anyone who may provide you with something, anything, to write about, but endorsing this idiot only makes you an idiot which has been apparent forever. Why don't you move back to N.C. (another intellectual center of the universe) where you came from and make a "living" there with your unmatchable wit. Pathetic. — M. Redden. Safety Harbor
Dear Mr./Ms. Redden: Mountains, Research Triangle or Outer Banks?
You said the money is not free. Of course it is free!!! Open your Funk & Wagnalls, it is federal money (forget the source of funds, it has nothing to do with anything) being given to a state for a specific purpose. You used a weak straw man, and when is the last time you declined an unrestricted free gift? — Marvin Winston
Dear Mr. Winston: Absolutely free, except for the "comes from taxing people and borrowing money that has to be repaid" part.
are you incompetent or a cronie? perhaps both? those are rhetorical questions. how many p----- off people have emailed you about this piece? that is not a rhetorical question. — "O15"
Dear 015: A lot more in agreement than disagreement, along with some thoughtful and intelligent disagreements. But the rest are more fun.
Not all are against his decision, true. I'm sure his mother thinks he can do no wrong, and the pharmaceuticals love him. R U for real? — Frank
Dear Frank: Ask my dog.
I must say, this is the stupidest thing you have ever written. I cannot believe you do not think this is unanimous. You must have voted for this crook. I haven't talked to anybody who doesn't want the train. — Rick
Dear Rick: You mean, the stupidest thing I've written SO FAR. Give me time.
I am not that passionate about Obama myself but with you it is just the thought of having a black president that gets under your skin! — Mike, Clearwater
Dear Mike: I am still weighing the possibility that this might be the single most astonishing thing anybody has ever said to me.
Thank you for Sunday's column. As usual you have this magnificent gift of sharing your opinion without upsetting anyone. — Bud Risser
Dear Bud: Uh, thanks.