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Obama represented ACORN once - Oct. 18, PolitiFact

In this PolitiFact feature, you point out that John McCain stated that Barack Obama "was a trial attorney for ACORN." Then you proceed to prove that Obama was, indeed, a trial attorney for ACORN in a lawsuit brought against the state of Illinois. Then, incredibly, you conclude that this simple, declarative statement by McCain is only "half true."

No, the statement is absolutely true.

What apparently concerns you is the implication of the statement - not its declarative expression. If you feel that it could be mistakenly interpreted, then state that plainly - but to label the statement "half true" (whatever the heck that means) is in itself false and disingenuous.

By the way, I have voted for Ralph Nader the past two elections and I intend to vote for him again. If you really want to do your job as so-called "journalists," why don't you publicize Nader's views on the current economic crisis and compare and contrast those with the lockstep views of the two mainstream candidates?

Neither McCain nor Obama is peddling change. They are both selling more special interest infighting and partisanship, Democrat/Republican style.

Brett Geer, Tampa

Obama represented ACORN once - Oct. 18, PolitiFact

Humanitarian causes

I take exception with the claim, made in this PolitiFact article, that "voter registration drives for low-income groups, initiatives to increase the minimum wage and programs offering help to victims of predatory lending" are "left-leaning causes."

I would argue that these causes are actually neither right nor left, but in fact humanitarian. The fact that they are now identified as "left-leaning" is a sad commentary on how good programs have been demonized in this country. It also speaks volumes on how insidious this demonization has become, when it is used so casually in a PolitiFact article.

Steve Harden, Holiday

Absolutely not true about ads - Oct. 16, PolitiFact

Put out that fire

We all want to be fair and balanced like Fox News, but your truth squad really strained to come up with the grade of "Pants on Fire" when Barack Obama said the record of John McCain's ads was totally negative. The editors noted that 73 percent of the McCain ads were negative and that in one recent week (now that we are running out of time for rebuttal), virtually all McCain ads took the low road.

As an old teacher, my grade would have been somewhere between "partially true" and "substantially true."

Byron Evans, Spring Hill

Just political talk

There is one important point everyone appears to forget. The president can do very little without the support of Congress with most issues discussed in the debates and campaign.

With the status of our economy and other factors, both McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden are just talking politics to get elected.

Remember the phrase "Say anything to get elected." If people would remember this when listening to both parties speak, it would give them a reality check from B.S. politics.

Another point is that the citizens should pay attention to what is going on all the time and be active citizens by writing and demanding their members of Congress do what they, the citizens, think is right on the issues.

We need to make our representatives accountable to us throughout their terms in office and not just ask questions during the elections.

Walter Gay, Dunedin

Great expectorations

The other night as I watched baseball (our "national pastime") on TV I was assaulted with a gross epiphany. Our "national pastime" is not baseball - it's spitting. We should formally recognize this and make it an Olympic event. Yes, statistics of accuracy, speed, distance and, uh, volume would be relevant.

I believe that Tropicana Field is maybe the largest spittoon in the world. Golly, we should realize that maybe we are missing out on a great public financing vehicle. We should invite a chewing tobacco, gum or seed company to paint our stadium with their logo and slogan.

You know, I would love to be a baseball player, a boy of summer. However, I recently turned 60. I realize my implied criticism of the "national pastime" means I just can't hack it.

Mike Cheek, Belleair

London's economic pain widespread - Oct. 18, story

Relative economics

I've been waiting for an opportunity to recycle this quote from Charles Dickens.

Mr. Micawber, who recently had been imprisoned for debt, tells David Copperfield his rule for happiness in life:

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness.

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

Daniel P. Quinn, St. Petersburg