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Mason deserves the book, not a slap on the wrist

Editor: Regarding State Attorney Brad King's letter to the editor in the Hernando Times, defending his actions in relation to Joe Mason's voting illegally, I completely disagree. He defeats his own case by stating that, as a lawyer, Mr. Mason knew the ins and outs of the law to propose early entry into pretrial intervention on the basis of admission of guilt. Also, by submitting himself to the court without arrest was also due to his knowledge of the law and his being a lawyer. Mr. King also stated Mr. Mason voted illegally for some time before he was discovered and indicated no remorse when confronted with his conduct.

In view of the above, I, for one, feel that with his full knowledge of the law, he knew he what he was doing was completely illegal and he should have had the book thrown at him, not a slap on the wrist.

He deserves no better or worse treatment than any other citizen walking the streets of this country.

Ralph T. Cannon, Brooksville

Praise given where praise due

Editor: "Give praise where praise is due" (or something like that), you must have hit a sore spot on your article about the handling of Joe Mason's case. Otherwise, Brad King wouldn't have come out with a rebuttal. I refer to one of the other cases where a little preferance was shown, former Supervisor of Elections Diane Hysell's case.

After time and money spent on a grand jury, she also qualified for the pretrial intervention program, and then no further progress, from him or the Commission, on her latest overrun.

Anyway I always like to say I think you did a good job as everyone is quick to say when you did a bad one, including me.

Ed Swan, Spring Hill

Where't respect for law and order?

Editor: What is happening?

Where has the respect for law and order that we used to have gone to? I can remember when it was safe to walk the streets alone and not be subject to some sort of hideous crime. I can remember when people looked upon the police officer as someone they were glad to see walking the streets. I remember when the young punks did not own the streets and shopping areas. What is happening?

Today you pick up the newspaper and watch the news on television and all you get is corruption. Corruption in the government, in the politicians, in the courts, in the judges and in the police departments. We are told by the auto industry "Buy American" when the cars and/or their parts are built outside the United States. We see hate groups trying to push their sickness onto the rest of us.

What is happening? Isn't it time that we, the people, take back our country and our rights and not let ourselves and our country go down the drain by corruption and greed? Do not read about how absurd our system has become and do nothing to change it. Come election day, do something _ get out and vote. Vote and let the "powers that are" know that we know what is happening and want it changed.

Charles Keegan, Brooksville

Appointed superintendent endorsed

Editor: As a recently transplanted responsible citizen activist, I would like to endorse the concept of an appointed school superintendent. Our several layers of government have been set up based upon involvement of the electorate, and checks and balances among the various bodies that rule.

I have heard that persons who oppose this change from the current system are concerned about losing their "rights" _ i.e., the right to elect a superintendent.

We now have, and will continue to have, the right to elect a School Board _ who, therefore, will remain accountable to the voters. An appointed school superintendent must be accountable directly to some supervising body. That supervising body is the School Board.

She or he should be able to obtain help from the board in public policy areas. She or he should be able, based upon educational qualifications and experience, to give help and advice to the board on academic and administrative matters. (It is unfair for a school superintendent to be asked to bear responsibility for both.)

Through their joint efforts and differing perspectives, together they can provide the highest quality education for the children of Hernando County.

I urge you, therefore, to vote "yes" on the referendum March 10.

Doris J. Bedell, Spring Hill

Miami nightclub visits disturbing

Editor: I am referring to an article which appeared in the Jan. 23 edition of the Hernando Times: Dwayne Mobley's diary, University of Miami visit.

He writes: "We went to an all-night club and we stayed until, well, let's just say we stayed until some time in the morning.

Then we went to another club."

Next evening: "Later, we went to this nightclub called Luke's _ stayed until late, late night."

Dwayne is still a senior in high school, but Miami has taught him what nightclub life is all about. It must be a great school to send an 18-year-old son or daughter.

Stan Moss, Spring Hill

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