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Bushes, GOP policies form recipe for ruin

Editor: Re: Thurman column was unpaid political ad, July 11 letter to the editor from Mary L. Wright:

With regard to the Times publishing Congresswoman Karen Thurman's guest column coincidentally on the same day our state senator formally announced her intent to run for Congress, I would point out to Ms. Wright and others that it may have been an unpaid political ad, but state Rep. David Russell Jr.'s full-page political ad cost us taxpayers more than $1,400.

It is strange when one of the wolves is the person crying wolf. Democrats don't have to lie about the Republican agenda to scare citizens of this state and country. The actions of Republican officeholders is doing that quite nicely!

Gov. Jeb Bush has just finished bashing the whole Florida education system, while his brother George W. Bush, the resident in the White House, has broken every promise he made to the general public. Notice I said "general public," not his right-wing zealots and big campaign givers.

Thurman voted against Bush's disastrous tax giveaway because she knew it would break the bank and bring on deficits like those of the Reagan/Bush years of 1980-1992. These deficits have been confirmed by several economists in the past couple of weeks.

Dubya's economic failure is nothing compared to the evil of his effort to destroy the wall of separation between church and state. Remember the words of Jefferson: "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature." Or John Adams (our second president): "The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity." Or GOP founder Abraham Lincoln: "The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."

Your and my right to believe what we want is imperiled by these Bush boys and we all need to fight this with every fiber of our body and minds, Republicans and Democrats alike. Sign me an old _ but not greedy _ geezer.

Gil Williams

Spring Hill

Citizens paid for full-page political ad in newspaper

Editor: Re: Thurman column was unpaid political ad, July 11 letter to the editor:

A recent letter by Mary L. Wright erroneously stated that a five-column guest editorial included in this paper was an "unpaid political advertisement." If Ms. Wright was a contestant on the current NBC-TV quiz show The Weakest Link, she would be escorted off the stage because of her egregious fabrication and misinformation.

The editors of the Hernando Times rightfully acknowledge the circumstances behind Congresswoman Thurman's editorial column in their "editor's note" following Ms. Wright's misdirected accusation. However, I sense a degree of Republican silence or obfuscation by Ms. Wright on a recent full-page ad extolling all the legislation passed or proposed by Republican state House Rep. David Russell Jr. and his Republican-dominated House. If Ms. Wright cared to look closely in the smallest print size available in newsprint, the statement at the bottom of his political braggadocio report stated "Paid for by the House of Representatives." My understanding is the ad cost more than $1,400. For your information and edification, and they do this when a contestant goofs on The Weakest Link, you and I and all the other citizens paid for this political pap.

Ms. Wright, Congressman Thurman has done an excellent job of representing the people of District 5. She has been and still is a definite asset to all of us in Hernando and I hope the Republican-controlled redistricting committee does not gerrymander her out of representing Hernando County again in 2002. It would be a political travesty to not allow Congresswoman Thurman to represent Hernando. We need her as we move into some troublesome times. Look out for the new weakest link _ Bush's plan to force our citizens into an HMO drug prescription plan (if we have one to choose from by the end of the year). Stay tuned in September. The next major gaffe to be forwarded by your Republican Keystone Cops-simulated farce placed before the citizens: Our two HMOs have to decide to stay or go. This now turns out to be a modern sequel to the Perils of Pauline serials the movies portrayed in the 20s and 30s (so I'm told).

Yes, Ms. Wright, you are the epitome of The Weakest Link. Do your homework. If you do, you, too, will want Congresswoman Thurman to remain as our congressional representative and continue with her excellent record of doing what's right for you and the rest of us.

Dom Cabriele, chairman

Hernando Democratic Party

Brooksville

Corporation wins again despite people's protests

Editor: Well, it has happened. We are going to have another large hardware store across U.S. 19 from Home Depot. Many people in this community, mostly Berkeley Manor residents, protested this store, but the land is being cleared and it is a go.

Another money-hungry corporation wins again, giving no thought to the people who will have to live with this store in their backyard. Doesn't anyone ever listen to what the people in this county are saying? We do not need this store.

Everyone should stop complaining about Wal-Mart, because if Lowe's has won, Wal-Mart is right behind. You can protest all you want, but no one is listening.

Marcia Amen

Spring Hill

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