Party agenda curtails choice Oct. 10, guest column
GOP made race a great experience
This was my first time running for office. It was difficult for me, my wife and my family. I felt the real pressure of a campaign. I have a great deal of respect for any individual running for office. And even though I lost, it was a great learning experience; a positive learning experience.
The Republican Party and other conservatives were respectful, kind and willing to offer advice when asked. Chairman Blaise Ingoglia took the time to meet with me personally, inquired of my goals, offered assistance and gave sound advice about what was to come. He personally called me the night of the election to wish me good luck and most importantly congratulated me on a job well done, even though I lost the race. He was fair to each candidate. Other members of the Republican Executive Committee congratulated me as well, even though I am not yet a member.
I also realized one opponent, Shirley Anderson, had been a major part of the Republican establishment for a long time and I still felt I was treated fairly. I was proud to be part of this group. The Republican clubs invited me to speak at their functions as well. These individuals were passionate and concerned about their family and country. That is one common goal I shared with them.
I thank the citizens of Hernando County, Blaise Ingoglia, the Republican Party and other community organizations, who with open arms have shown me kindness, wisdom and respect. At 38 now, I am still proud to be a resident of this county.
Jason Yungmann, Brooksville
Nickerson not getting fair deal
Does anyone else see the incongruity in the way in which current County Administrator Len Sossamon is treating the chief of the Hernando County Fire Department, Mike Nickerson? Give the poor guy a break.
First, he was criticized for Animal Services euthanizing Zeus too quickly. Now, he is being reprimanded for not euthanizing another dog at the county shelter quickly enough.
It seems the man can't win. And this occurred while Mike Nickerson was on vacation.
Mike Grab, Spring Hill
Shirley Anderson for elections supervisor Oct. 14, recommendation
Anderson misled voters in mailer
Your editorial stated, "How people behave as a candidate is often a review of how they will conduct themselves as elected officials."
Shirley Anderson has definitely shown she is a politician when she willingly misled the voters in her mailer and at citizen forums.
Is this the kind of person we want for the next supervisor of elections? Has it become so common place that it's okay for a politician to stretch the truth while campaigning? I would hope not.
Regina Webb, Spring Hill