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Hernando letters: Protesting Brown-Waite's comment is misguided

In response to U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite’s remark that residents of Puerto Rico and Guam are “foreign citizens who do not pay taxes,” about 75 people marched from Brooksville City Hall to the steps of the Hernando County Courthouse on Thursday and demanded an apology.

MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times

In response to U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite’s remark that residents of Puerto Rico and Guam are “foreign citizens who do not pay taxes,” about 75 people marched from Brooksville City Hall to the steps of the Hernando County Courthouse on Thursday and demanded an apology.

Democrats to pump up protest | Feb. 28, story

Protesters upset about wrong issue

I'm an independent constituent in Hernando County. Having followed the issue of U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's position on the economic stimulus package, her comments on residency and who should receive benefits, I find opponents' responses to be misguided.

I expect my congressional representative to represent the interests of citizens and residents of the district. Further, I would evaluate that representative's performance on his/her representing those interests and results, not on semantics.

Neither party has a desire to focus on the real issue: borrowing money as a solution to recession. Rather, both parties appear satisfied to have citizens wrapped up in the frenzy of getting their fair share of the "crumbs."

If the best issue for the Orange County Democratic Party leadership is to "ratchet up the heat" on a congressional representative and focus on the use of "foreign citizens who do not pay taxes," then we are all in dire trouble. Why not focus on the problem and real solutions rather than being "stuck on stupid"?

Thomas Deutschle,

Weeki Wachee

75 march against Rep. Brown-Waite | Feb. 29, story

What flag was that, anyway?

There was a picture of the "bus persons'' marching against Ginny Brown-Waite's remark about Puerto Rico and citizenship. To the persons marching in the front: If you are U.S. citizens, what flags were you carrying? Didn't look like Old Glory to me!

Jim Hildebrand, Spring Hill

75 march against Rep. Brown-Waite | Feb. 29, story

Brown-Waite

still doesn't get it

I attended and participated in the protest/rally at the courthouse in Brooksville on Feb. 28. I was there to lend my voice and support with others in attendance who express disgust and dismay at U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's stated position that people from Guam and Puerto Rico are "foreigners" not deserving of U.S. rights and privileges.

The protest was peaceful, productive and powerful in the statements of disagreement with an elected representative.

Upon returning home, I saw a short news segment on television that featured a response by Brown-Waite. Without doubt, her statement was one of the worst public statements I have ever heard from any politician.

With no respect to citizens voicing their dissent, with no respect of acknowledging citizen concern, with no respect of representation responsibility, Brown-Waite's response was one of condescending arrogance and bloated sarcasm.

Brown-Waite went beyond the boundary of her supposed sense of entitlement and has joined that genre of politician so prevalent today, absolutely unethical. An Ethics Committee investigation of Brown-Waite's political and personal behavior is necessary and warranted.

Bob Dodd, Dade City

Hernando letters: Protesting Brown-Waite's comment is misguided 03/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:24am]

    

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