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Ugly politics appear in Dunedin as campaign signs spring up

As signs sprout, politics take hold

As usual, with the coming Dunedin city election, political signs are being stolen, removed and vandalized.

This year the city has changed its method of voting. For the first time, Dunedin voters are asked to choose a candidate running for a numbered seat. Now you can see the lines being drawn in the sand, sides being taken. Candidates are grouping their signs next to the candidates they want to be associated with. Opponents' signs are stomped down while the others are standing strong.

Each year, like the coming of spring, the sign wars come to Dunedin. This year it's a little more visible. Don't we have more important things to do than vent our political anger on a sign?

Bill Coleman, Dunedin

Annexation plan lacks ingredients

It seems the city of Oldsmar knows nothing about business.

In a forum held at East Lake Woodlands County Club, the city talked about the upcoming vote to annex East Lake Woodlands and other unincorporated areas. The City Council members and mayor were arrogant, condescending and rude in dealing with questions from East Lake residents — those who have the most to lose. They failed to provide honest information and what was provided was incomplete.

The largest landowner in the area and owner of the irrigation water is ClubCorp of Dallas, which also owns East Lake Woodlands Country Club. But the city has never even contacted them about buying water rights or a park they lease under the Progress Energy power lines.

In trying to buy our vote and tax revenue, they forgot to do their homework!

Jamie Blatman, Oldsmar

Policies that limit tipping welcome

Royal Palms in Largo, where I live, allows absolutely no tipping. All year, the residents contribute to a bonus fund that is distributed to the workers at Christmas according to how long they have worked at Royal. Very fair.

Publix has a no tipping policy that is strictly enforced. Thank you, Publix! I agree there are a few exceptions and I go along with that.

I'm 94 years old and still get riled up at times.

Dorothy A. Wilson, Largo

Ugly politics appear in Dunedin as campaign signs spring up 02/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:24pm]
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