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Commissioner's endorsement is less than it appears



Endorsement less than it appears

The Hernando County Taxpayers Alliance announced the group is throwing its support behind Jim Adkins, Hernando County Commission candidate, District 5, for the primary election in August. Our answer to that should be: "So what?''

This endorsement by the Hernando County Taxpayer Alliance appears to be the sole recommendation of the founding member of this organization, Linda Hayward. Are we expected to be impressed by her political recommendation? Hopefully, no one has been fooled by this sideshow that has been dressed up to resemble a legitimate endorsement.

It is ironic that the founder of this organization demands transparency to hold public officials accountable, but now is now acting as a political committee. This organization is listed with the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office as an active political committee and it appears they do not think the rules apply to them. This organization has yet to file any required financial disclosure forms with the SOE's office to list monetary arrangements for members' bus trips to Tallahassee or for the design of the group's Web page, which has been active since 2007.

Transparency cannot exist as a one-way street in our society. The rules that exist for public disclosure should be strictly enforced to prevent a facade that could be used to create a "false-front" to intentionally fool the public.

Each year, local campaign committees undertake dirty tricks to get a competitive edge on their opponents. This current, superficial endorsement of Mr. Adkins appears to be just another feeble, gimmick similar to the one used in his 2004 campaign. You may remember the phone banks run out of the Republican executive committee headquarters, which gave the illusion that Mr. Adkins had the endorsement of the entire executive committee, when that was not the case.

Here we go again — all sizzle and no substance, for this endorsed candidate who professes tax relief but owns no real property in Hernando County.

Anna Liisa Covell, Nobleton

Editor's note: Covell and Adkins both ran unsuccessfully for the District 5 seat in the 2004 Republican primary election.

We're not longing for the old plantation | April 16, Dan DeWitt column

Plantation name doesn't matter

Oh, give me a break! DeWitt needs to check into reality or up his medication. His entire commentary was an attack on the word "plantation" and the injustice of plantation life. Does he truly believe that Southern Hills Plantation is not selling because of the name? News flash: Southern Hills is not selling because of the price of the homes and the flat real estate market.

My husband and I joined Southern Hills shortly after the clubhouse was completed. Call me crazy, but the word "plantation" never was an issue with us. We canceled our membership after a year simply because many nights we were the only people in the clubhouse. Did the developers jump the gun by building in Hernando? Obviously, yes. Did future buyers not purchase because of their sensitivity of "revisiting oppression," as Mr DeWitt would have us believe? Of course not.

Mr. DeWitt, lighten up, get a life and please write about important issues. If you occasionally suffer from writer's block, then do us a favor and just don't submit an article. Enough!

Cheryl McCormick, Brooksville

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Commissioner's endorsement is less than it appears 04/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 2:01pm]
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