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Stearns' choice of pals no worse than Times' endorsements

Editor: Your foaming-at-the- mouth editorial regarding U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns ("Company he keeps may tarnish Stearns") also was delightfully funny. You convict Newt Gingrich for the politics used by others, including Jim Wright and Tony Coehlo, both of whom you supported and who had, as congressmen, come to Florida to support the candidacy of others. Further, if Gingrich is all that you say he is, isn't it the charge of the Ethics Committee to convict him, not the one-sided press? However, what I most enjoyed about your article was your reference to the $100 cocktail party and the $200 dinner. You probably are correct that not many "average" citizens attended these affairs.

But I had to think back to the last presidential campaign. Before his candidacy for vice president (at the same time, because of the strange laws of Texas, he ran virtually unopposed for re-election to the U.S. Senate), didn't Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, that great man of the people, charge anyone who wanted to have breakfast with him $10,000, and, if I recall correctly, didn't you and your paper support him for vice president? Hmm!

However, in closing, I do admire your unbiased reporting and editorial style and, yes, I still believe in the tooth fairy. Doesn't everyone?

Carl T. Hartzell

Homosassa

Shame on Brooksville's restaurant operators

Editor: Shame on those Brooksville restaurant people for complaining "it's not fair competition" concerning Edgar Culbertson's snack bar at the Division of Blind Services at the Hernando County Courthouse. I hope all this publicity will make Mr. Culbertson's snack bar the busiest and best in town!

Mrs. Amber L. Jenkins

Port Richey

Police response was proper in chase incident

Editor: You missed the whole point in your editorial concerning the chase policy of the Dade City Police Department. I offer this simple quiz: If you are being followed by a law enforcement vehicle with its blue lights flashing, should you (a) pull over, (b) continue going at a high rate of speed?

Christopher Bryant made the wrong choice, thus reflecting his intelligence. The fatal collision, occurring one mile after the chase ended, reflects his driving ability. Many will join me in speculating that he probably had been drinking. Let's hope not. But he and his friends did steal a case of beer. I suppose that they were going straight home to drink their heist. Sure, right.

It's a shame that people had to die, but then again, if you are going to dance, then you have to pay the band.

I commend the Dade City Police Department for their actions, especially the officers directly involved in this incident.

Eric J. Fregger

Port Richey

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