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Supervisor of elections shouldn't be elected

Vote, voting chief done | Nov. 7, story

Elections chief shouldn't be elected

Hillsborough County should consider changing the supervisor of elections from an elected position to a hired (not appointed) position similar to that of other county department heads.

The supervisor of elections needs to be a detail-oriented administrator. As long as the position is elected, we will get someone who is primarily a politician in that post. That is not an inherent problem; it is just that a good politician and a detail-oriented administrator do not often inhabit the same body.

A hired administrator can focus on the job at hand, without the distractions of having to plan their own re-election at intervals. Should a hired administrator fail to measure up, the public need not put up with the situation until the next election.

Let's elect politicians to political positions, and let's let the politicians hire administrators to take care of the minutiae.

Chas. E. Lehnert, Riverview

Vote is telling, Clark says | Nov. 7

Even supporters may disagree on early voting

I think Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark may have read the mandate on her candidacy incorrectly.

Because I knew she was the better candidate, I voted for her. However, I do not agree with having early balloting sites only at supervisor's offices.

I congratulate her on saving the county money. I think there is room for a balance between saving money and accommodating the citizens. I believe she is underserving the electorate.

I think there are many citizens who absolutely will not use mail-in ballots. Whether it is a trust issue or the heart-pounding joy of going into a polling place with fellow citizens, I do not know.

What I do know is that whatever it takes to open just a few more polling places, I think our supervisor of elections should endeavor to do. If Gov. Charlie Crist exerts pressure on the Legislature to expand the parameters of what is acceptable for polling sites, fine. If that does not happen, I still think it behooves Clark to open a few more sites in a county of a million people.

We want competence, and Deborah Clark stands for that. We do not have to agree with all her decisions to vote for her. I think that is the case here. Yes, the voters have spoken. I am just not sure she has heard them correctly.

Teddy Buell, Clearwater

Vote is telling, Clark says | Nov. 7

Dissatisfied voter

The vote wasn't necessarily telling. I voted for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark because she has done a consistently good job training poll workers (of which I am one).

I am actually very upset with her reliance on mail-in ballots over early voting. Had pre-Election Day process been my sole criterion for selecting a candidate for supervisor of elections, I would have voted for her opponent, weak though he appeared to be.

I personally think there should be some combination of the two voting methods. Why can't we get a mail-in ballot that we can then deliver to an early voting site and scan in ourselves? I should be able to personally deliver my own ballot, prove to an election worker that I am who I say I am, and then scan my ballot, saving both time and paper.

We do need more sites for early voting, with better distribution throughout the county. Each community in Pinellas County seems to have a city hall. Why not set up early voting at those sites?

Willi Rudowsky, St. Petersburg

Vote is telling, Clark says | Nov. 7

A sensible system

Kudos to Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. I found the vote-by-mail process to be user-friendly. My ballot arrived on time, and my completed ballot was conveniently deposited at the elections office.

I checked the status of my ballot online and determined that it had been received and voted. It was all sensible and simple. I urge everyone to vote with an absentee ballot hand-carried to an elections office.

Tom Ziebold, St. Petersburg

What might have been

The 2008 presidential election saw a record number of new registrations and voting by African-Americans, a group historically absent from the polls. It is hoped that this trend will continue.

One of our greatest freedoms is the ability to vote. We wonder how elections would have fared if everyone had exercised this right in the past.

B.J. Mitchell, St. Petersburg

Radio host defends his on-air racial antics Nov. 6, story

A long way to go

Early Thursday morning, before reading the paper, I spent time in gratitude. I am grateful to see this country stepping up to a higher calling. I am grateful to have been a part of this process. This is not just about the presidency. This is not just about coming full circle for a race. There is a much bigger picture here. This is a step toward oneness, toward the realization that we are one species.

After reading about Mark Larsen's radio show I realized that we have a long way to go. Larsen might think he was "being goofy," but all remarks that make fun of another human being, whether it's about their color, their economic status, whether they have teeth, tattoos or disabilities, causes separation. We are all people. We are one species. We are made of the same stuff. When we begin to realize this is when we can live in a world of peace.

Lori D. Ryder, Oldsmar

Radio host defends his on-air racial antics Nov. 6, story

Forbidden topic

Kudos to radio talk show host Mark Larsen for bringing up the term "double standard." The white community is so fearful to challenge the double standard in this country, but Larsen had the guts to bring this up. And if I may add, Mark did not sound like a "typical white."

Bill Burnett, St. Petersburg

Jobs are the key | Nov. 2, letter

We need the work

Is this letter writer the only person on this planet who knows what is wrong with this economy? JPMorgan Chase is shipping jobs overseas. How about hiring new people here in America! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that we need jobs here.

Here is a novel idea: Bring back the jobs from overseas and start paying Americans to do the work. The shareholders and CEOs, presidents and VPs won't get millions in their pockets, but at least people here won't have to go hungry and might not have to file for bankruptcy or lose their homes.

Sandy H. Wade, Largo

A winning headline

It's only November, but I'd like to suggest an entry for the Times headline of the year. And if you don't have such a category, what better time to start one? It's from the Daily Briefing page on Nov. 6. And it goes like this:

Publishers advise Bush: No hurry on memoirs

That advice certainly works for me.

Jim Lyman, Lutz

Supervisor of elections shouldn't be elected 11/09/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:11pm]

    

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