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Sarah Palin shows she is a real public servant

In stunner, Palin resigns | July 4, story

Palin is a real public servant

While we are awash in the usual flood of cynical punditry and partisan sharpshooting over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation, it might pay us to pause and reflect on two critical principles of government in a republic, both of which are affirmed by Gov. Palin's action.

• Elected office is a public trust — not a personal possession — and it should be held only so long as a person is able to carry out the people's business effectively. When there arises a hindrance — whether self-made or (as in her case) imposed by others — that makes it impossible to fulfill that trust as the people deserve it to be done, it is time to leave … period.

• No matter how effective a leader may be, nobody in our system is indispensable. If a leader performs well, part of that performance will include grooming and enabling other people to continue the work. The notion of an "irreplaceable leader" is one of the gravest dangers to any republic.

I doubt that we have seen the last of Sarah Palin in national politics, but even if we have, she has performed for us a tremendous service with this single example of what it means to be a real public servant.

Julius Cruise, Clearwater

Leaving a job incomplete

When the going gets tough, the tough — quit?

One more bizarre act by the politician whose view of herself bears no relation to reality.

David Wladaver, Palm Harbor

In stunner, Palin resigns | July 4, story

Governor is not

a viable voice

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele claims Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be an important and galvanizing voice for the Republican Party. According to Webster the word galvanize means to startle into sudden activity. I can only hope this will galvanize those of conservative political persuasion to question the statement made by their esteemed leader.

I rather doubt most conservative churches in America would allow such profanity as "hell, yeah" to be spoken from the pulpit.

Jerry McBeath, a political science professor from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, claims her presence would benefit "the airwaves and the videowaves" since Rush Limbaugh is now "old and cranky." He further states Palin is photogenic, which is her area of expertise.

Can anyone in the Republican Party say anything intelligent Palin has said that would make me consider her as a viable voice for this country? Brittany Spears is also photogenic and certainly galvanizing.

Daniel Lee Davis, St. Petersburg

In stunner, Palin resigns | July 4, story

Clarity is lacking

I watched the complete speech that Gov. Sarah Palin gave. I can only say thank you, America, for not electing this person to national public office.

As I listened to the governor give the reasons that she was leaving office, I could only think: What are you talking about? She gave no concrete reason for leaving office and the entire statement lacked any kind of understanding.

I wish her well on whatever she meant or will try to do. However I sincerely pray that it will not be running for national public office. We do not, as a nation, need someone who cannot express themselves and would therefore be unable to express the desires and needs of this great nation.

LaTreetha E. Sharpley, Spring Hill

In stunner, Palin resigns | July 4, story

Start a third party

If Sarah Palin is as smart as I believe she is, she will break away from the Republican Party and work with like-minded folks to start a true third party in this country, one in which old-fashioned values are not only given lip service but also revered.

I'm an Old South Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in the mid 1990s because I mistakenly thought they more closely held to my beliefs, even though I had some misgivings about their agenda. Since then, I've seen very little to persuade me to remain a Republican. However, the Democrats now in power are showing me even less.

Absent a party to throw my life and vote behind, a third party with old-fashioned beliefs run by sensible but unwavering people is my only hope. Sure, we have other parties now, but none have the platform, leadership, national cohesiveness or committed beliefs to seriously compete with the top two.

I believe I'm not alone. Most Americans are fed up with politics as usual, from Washington down to City Hall. They're overtaxed, overworked and overwatched by Big Brother who wants to intrude on their lives in every way possible and mortgage the futures of our children and grandchildren by giving away money to everyone but the American people who need it most.

John Bowman, Ocala

Energy legislation will be costly for taxpayers | July 4, letter

Same old politics

After a good beginning to her letter about climate legislation in which Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite attempts to explain the ramifications of the recently passed House bill on Florida voters, she ends it with a call for the St. Petersburg Times to shut down its presses as a start to halt global warming.

How disappointing that she did not carry her thoughts on climate legislation further with some alternative ideas that should be considered or explained, specifically how future environmental bills (and there will be some) might be drafted to counter her concerns.

But then in spite of her protestations to the contrary, Rep. Brown-Waite has not been a forceful advocate for the environment or for much else important to Floridians for that matter. My bet is that most people in District 5 (major campaign donors excepted) cannot point to one issue she has championed successfully that affected them in a positive manner. Rather she continues with the same Washington gamesmanship that so many voted against in the last election.

Wayne Logsdon, Hernando

Energy legislation will be costly for taxpayers | July 4, letter

Siding with business

The recent letter by Ginny Brown-Waite condemning the St. Petersburg Times editorial Climate bill vital for Florida is one of the more disingenuous, self-serving letters I have seen from a member of Congress.

Brown-Waite starts out by quoting the far-right-leaning Heritage Foundation's findings on the cost of moving our country into the next generation of energy production. Brown-Waite obviously has no problem keeping Americans addicted to coal and oil. In fact her devotion to big business over her constituents has been proved any number of times. Her no vote on the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007 is a prime example.

Finally she suggests the St. Petersburg Times cease printing the newspaper because it would save trees. I'm sure she would like to see the printing of all newspapers stopped. If that were the case, right now the taxpayers of Florida would be building a $6 million building for a millionaire to store his jets in.

Don't you have recycling in your neighborhood, Ms. Brown-Waite?

F.M. Younglove, Brandon

Does she read it all?

In her letter, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite bemoans the fact that the energy bill was not fully assembled or read by members of the U.S. House before the vote was taken. I would truly like Rep. Brown-Waite to tell me, with a straight face, that she (or any other representative) reads each and every bill from cover to cover before voting.

Really, I think we all know the answer.

Jim Heady, South Pasadena

Rein in the fireworks

I think everyone should have the right to reasonable celebration without being forced to endure shotgun-like blasts or what sounds like the occasional stick of dynamite going off. The window-rattling explosions we endure every year are a clear disturbance of the peace, and they need to be stopped.

The uncontrolled use of fireworks terrifies our pets, and the birds and animals that live in our neighborhoods, wakes us up from sound sleep and is totally unnecessary to enjoying the patriotic experience. And in the rural areas the use of fireworks can be deadly to livestock, especially horses.

This year's Fourth of July was clearly out of hand, especially in my South Seminole Heights neighborhood with the uncontrolled use of pyrotechnics that lasted into the early hours of July 5.

It is time for the communities of Tampa Bay to come together and make radical changes in the unregulated sale and use of fireworks.

Jimmy Mitchell, Tampa

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