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Friday's letters: Stop treating opinion polls as news

Pre-election polling

Stop calling opinion polls news

Remember the days when the media called a national election before California voters finished voting? A stop was put to that. Why, now, is the Times calling the election against the Democrats? You are causing those who may have voted for Democratic candidates to skip voting because they believe the election is already over.

I remind you that a poll reported in the Times on Aug. 19 showed Bill McCollum with a 9 percentage point lead over Rick Scott. It is not your responsibility to make the news, just to report it.

Polls are not news. They are easily manipulated and not as scientific as you would like to believe. Leave the decisionmaking to the voters and keep your opinions to the editorial page.

Mary Louise Ambrose, Belleair Bluffs

Candidate debates

Bickering wasn't helpful

After being bombarded by negative ads and robot phone calls for weeks, I tuned into the gubernatorial debate Monday to finally hear what these two had to say on the issues they have spent so much time and money running their campaigns on. How disappointing. They spent the entire debate bickering, spouting their various "endorsements" and generally looking silly — Alex Sink with her perpetual smile and Rick Scott looking like a deer in the headlights.

Both candidates wasted prime airtime. I watched to be informed, and I was not. It was sad and, frankly, a little shameful.

Mark Skey, Palm Harbor

Lost opportunity

I have hit the mute button on my remote every time an ad for either Alex Sink or Rick Scott (or any other candidate) comes on TV. I expected to see an actual debate and not a name-calling session. I should have known better, but hope springs eternal.

What is wrong with these two that they can't see that we actually want to hear what their plans are, and most importantly, how they plan to put them into effect. What a lost opportunity.

Sara-Jane Medina, Clearwater

A slapstick show

I have just watched two absolutely horrible so-called debates. The U.S. Senate debate was like a gang fight, only less organized. The Three Stooges — Rubio, Meek and Crist — were full of slapstick.

Then came the Sink-Scott debacle. The arrogant Rick Scott claims to be the only one who creates jobs, but plans on shrinking government, which last time I checked means a loss of jobs.

I used to be a Democrat, and I am glad I am no longer as Alex Sink's performance was dismal. The woman appeared completely incapable of thinking on her feet. Her major concern seemed to be letting everyone know how many "newspaper editorial boards" support her candidacy.

Gary Veyera, St. Petersburg

Placement problem

Who was the set designer for the final governor's race debate? Clearly Alex Sink was at a disadvantage by having to pivot between the opponent to her left and the commentators to her right for every question and response. Conversely, Rick Scott had the ideal position in being able to squarely face the commentators and opponent at all times.

Joanne Cordes, Clearwater

Gubernatorial race

No contest

Am I missing something? The Democratic candidate for governor, Alex Sink, has been endorsed by every major newspaper in Florida as being the best candidate.

The Republican, Rick Scott, ran the company convicted of the largest Medicare fraud in history after it stole millions from the taxpayers. But both candidates are about even in the polls. Apparently some voters don't mind voting for a candidate who appears considerably less than honest.

George Petrick, Riverview


Don't send work overseas

The Times tells us Republicans are leading in polls because of dissatisfaction with the economy.

Most Americans know the economy will stay sluggish until we bring jobs back to our country. Many people I talk with are upset about the recent Republican opposition to a bill designed to bring jobs back, S 3816, the Creating American Jobs and End Offshoring Act. With this negative action, Republicans are on record as voting to oppose efforts to bring jobs back to our country. I wonder who lobbied against this bill, and why?

If you are dissatisfied with the sluggish economy, does it make sense to elect people who will vote this way? Our country was a world leader in manufacturing a few decades ago, and could be again — we have skilled people, raw materials, and a huge domestic market. If America is to continue being a strong nation and a strong voice in the world, we need to bring back manufacturing.

Robert Anderson, Largo


Government failure

Our Tampa city officials admit that they just can't enforce our laws when it comes to the issue of those individuals who are begging/selling in our streets. Their refusal to enforce our laws as required by their oath of office reflects on just part of their total failure as our servants.

I can't wait for the Republican Convention to arrive and for the whole nation to see their failure as cameras and Republicans point out how our streets have been taken over by panhandlers and how our economy was allowed to fall into ruin.

Let's face it, our city has settled claims for faulty workmanship for pennies on the dollar, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill. Officials have allowed our infrastructure to crumble and encouraged overdevelopment at the taxpayers' expense. They can't even keep snipe signs from littering the landscape (in fact most of the political signs you see along the roadside are illegal).

Bribes, corruption, pay increases, more perks, and lawsuits to protect officials' sense of entitlement have driven many to leave Tampa, reducing the tax base. My hope is that every incumbent is forced out of office and it is they who are forced learn the fine art of panhandling at the street level.

Craig R. McNees, Tampa

Friday's letters: Stop treating opinion polls as news 10/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:07pm]
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