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NOT SMOOTH GOING FOR SOME VOTERS

One super-smooth Tuesday Jan. 30, story

Apparently the writer of this story doesn't believe each and every person's vote counts. Saying the Jan. 29 voting was "super-smooth" was a lie and belittles my rights and privileges as a voter.

I was denied my right to vote. The Supervisor of Elections Office is flawed! When I went to vote and was told my party was Democrat and not Republican I asked to speak to the person in charge of my polling place. I vote at Precinct 45 in New Port Richey. I even had in my wallet my registered voter identification card that I received after moving to our new home in 2004. It clearly states that my party is Republican and that I registered on Oct. 13, 1986.

How can I carry a voter ID card from 2004 that shows me to be a Republican if the supervisor of elections' records of 2004 show me to be an independent, then a Democrat? I have been an enrolled Republican since I originally registered.

I have a very good friend who also worked the polls and said in the precinct she worked in, there were four people who said their party had been changed. I guess their votes don't matter either!

In this day when so few people come out to vote simply because they believe their vote doesn't matter, this may be one reason they feel this way. First you have a writer who does not believe that each and every vote counts or is important, and second you have an inexperienced supervisor of elections who obviously spoke before he did the research. I will be expecting a public apology from Elections Supervisor Brian Corley when I prove that he is wrong.

I have experienced disenfranchisement at the hands of Mr. Corley's "impeccable ship." How dare he say he tells people constantly to check and make sure they have the right party affiliation. I have never changed my party and if he is saying this, he is telling the people that his impeccable ship leaks!

Virginia Stevans, New Port Richey

History lesson needed for two

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's comments about Puerto Ricans seem to show a dark side of her true feelings, which indicates a racist view. If she reluctantly voted for President Bush's economic package, she is showing how insecure she really is since she could have voted against it.

It is really sad that a person of her stature and position would choose a word like foreigners when referring to Puerto Ricans. We are Americans. She needs to take a course in history along with Mr. Charlie Keller.

I guess anyone can achieve a position like that by having the right contacts and connections. Knowledge has little to do with it. He contradicts himself when he says the comments have nothing to do with people themselves, since this whole bill is about people, (Americans) including those of Puerto Rican extraction. Mr. Keller should get himself another job, if he does not realize the importance of choosing words.

Rico Torres,Bayonet Point

Tax savings? Get on board now

A few suggestions for making up for the lost taxes.

Try reducing the size of the buses from 50-passenger to 20. I rarely see more than a dozen passengers riding these U.S. 19 lane-blockers.

Confiscate and sell at auction all motorcycles speeding, driving recklessly or doing wheelies on any public road. Fine the drivers $500. They give the good guys a bad reputation.

Assign a code officer to check waiting room capacities in doctor's offices. Those with standing-room-only, wall-to-wall patients should be fined at the rate the doctor charges per visit.

Eliminate top-heavy administrators in all systems and also some of the specialists.

Finally, buy paper towels instead of beach towels for the government spenders to cry into.

Daniel DePoalo,Hudson

Problem with bins for recycling

From what I see, most recyclers are seniors, and if you go from bags to bins, most seniors will have a hard time hauling bins to the curb. They also take up a lot of space.

We are fine with every other week pickup unless you pick up newspapers and phone books, too.

We also need deposits on all beer, soda, water and energy drinks in cans or bottles.

I don't find the bags too costly.

Margaret Lovelly, Port Richey

Failures clear on test day schedule

Who is behind this schedule in the FCAT 2008 Bulletin, which calls for the official test day for Florida Writes on Tuesday Feb. 12 and the makeup day on Feb. 13?

If you have the flu on Feb. 12, will you be ready to do a makeup the next day?

Also, the bulletin lists the FCAT science official test day as Friday, March 13, and the makeup day as March 14.

But, wait, March 13 is not a Friday. Do they mean Thursday, March 13, or Friday, March 14?

Is this schedule an example of our education system? Are these the same clowns who promoted a program to stamp out literacy?

Steve Doyle, Port Richey

School bus drove on car's bumper

I hope that something can be done to address a dangerous situation at Hudson Middle School. I drove my sister-in-law's grandson to school. I was very upset when Bus 242 followed me so closely I could only see his windshield. If I'd had to stop suddenly, there surely would have been an accident.

I live in New York and there, if a student wants to go home with a friend, all he or she needs is a permission note from a parent. With the price of gas, it seems a waste to have so many students bused and empty spaces on the buses.

I hope someone gets this corrected before someone is seriously injured or killed.

Janice Hillary, Hobart, N.Y.

A guardian angel in orange gloves - Feb. 3, story

Gloria Smith deserves praise

It is refreshing to see such a wonderful person be recognized for the amazing job Gloria Smith does for the residents and students of Longleaf.

The students and faculty at Longleaf Elementary and residents in the area get such a kick out of the great job she does. The community itself is beautiful, unique and loved. Gloria fits like a glove in this community.

I only wish more people would be like her. Great story for such a well-deserved person.

Steven Smith, New Port Richey

No driving group has special rights - Jan. 18, letter

Honk if you know these drivers

Letter writer the Rev. Robert L. Edgar's title obviously owes more to his ecclesiastical training than to any love for "revs'' in the context of RPM, NASCAR or smokin' rubber. Recent letters on this perpetual subject only repeat that there are two ideologies in the unwritten manual of highway driving: techniques and etiquette.

Max and Mildred Gruntoe, 74 years ancient and (fictional) retirees of course, pull out onto U.S. 19. They are going to make a left turn 6 miles ahead and this means they must immediately assume ownership of the fast track side of the road. They never drive quicker than the posted limit minus 15 mph. Mildred says Max's heart is not what Shands would like it to be.

Jim and Gazeba Hasty, 62 years young and hot to trot, are creatures of a different persuasion. Jim likes to see the needle in the red and Gazeba likes to see Jim when his testosterone is pumping. This couple are big on high-fiber diets, exercise machines and risque movies.

All is good until Jim and Gazeba find themselves trapped behind Max and Mildred. Then the fireworks are ready to rip. Max is gazing at the world through thick magnifying lenses, and in his rear view mirror Jim's hot-rod is just a blur of color. The latter is busy cursing the former while flashing his lights and blasting the horn.

Max is not about to move over, but he is glad he is wearing his extra absorbent underwear, a product on which he quite literally depends. His heart rate has kicked into hyperdrive and Mildred is nervously wondering if the time could be right for him to pop a nitroglycerine tablet.

Thankfully, this gladiatorial contest of potential road warriors is interrupted when the FHP cruiser turns on its display lighting. Broderick Crawford-like, the patrolman emerges from the vehicle and gives both parties his standard speech on safety and accident prevention.

Just another happy day on U.S. 19.

Chris Lloyd, Lecanto

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