Monday, June 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Radio host consistently belittled progressive ideas

Radio show host belittled callers

We agree with the writer of the Oct. 30 story on the passing of WWJB radio host Bob Haa that Haa "was an indignant smart mouth who would say just about anything to stir the pot."

Bob's comments and attacks on liberals were not to stimulate callers and feedback. Instead, Haa's diatribes were continually full of ridicule of left-leaning candidates, legislation and all progressive issues.

He mostly ridiculed the Democrats by mistakenly accusing them of being socialists or communists. From our perspective, Democrats are no different than moderate Republicans. Yes, Bob Haa welcomed us liberals to call in and have our say, and engage us, but after we hung up he would belittle and demean us. If we persisted, he would then block us from calling in. And, the radio station should have disclosed that he had been a paid staff member of the Republican Executive Committee.

It is our hope that Radio Station WWJB-AM 1450, will offer a more balanced and fair program in the future.

Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill

Craig Bolton, Weeki Wachee

Tiffany Mitchell sentence

Sentencing points to bigger problem

Another shining example of our justice system creating an even bigger problem than the one with which it is dealing.

Two and a half years in jail because of a tragic accident, are you kidding me? If in fact this woman is an addict, she needs professional help with her addiction, not incarceration away from her young sons. And do you think for one moment that if she had been a member of Brooksville's upper crust that this would have played out like this? Of course not.

This is a pathetic example of justice.

Jim Conefry, Tampa

Keep holidays a time for family

Family is more important than shopping and I applaud the stores like Publix, chains and businesses that will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The stores that are open should stop being so greedy! Evidently, they don't care about their personnel and their families.

We should all patronize the stores that respect these holidays and traditions. Thanksgiving is a holiday to get together with family and friends, to give thanks to God for all our blessings and to have fun and quality time together.

Assunta Giordano, Spring Hill


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Updated: 06/15/18

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