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JACKSON NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

I was undecided in the Largo mayor's race until the issue of Bob Jackson's missing signature on the loyalty oath surfaced. The city has an incompetent department accepting these important documents - employees who should be punished at the very least and a notary public affixing a seal without simultaneously checking the signature with identification. That's just to start.

However, Bob Jackson needs to own his bad. Ultimately, he is the one responsible to turn in complete documents. Is this an example of how careful he would be with city business?

If he cares about the city, he will absolutely not waste precious taxpayer money in a costly legal fight. Walk away like a man.

Robyn Dalton, Largo

Editor's note: At Tuesday's Largo City Commission meeting, former Mayor Bob Jackson, who planned to challenge incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, announced he would not file a lawsuit to get his name back on the November election ballot.

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Re: Cameras yield traffic fines, challenges - story, Aug. 30

Those who run lights should pay

Every morning I sit in the left turn lane at one of the worst intersections in Largo, Keene/Starkey Road and East Bay Drive.

When I get the green arrow, I wait for at least two or three cars that still are coming, even though they most clearly have the red light. This is not an isolated event, this is every morning.

Regarding the clients and lawyers who want to challenge red light cameras in South Florida, would you still want to challenge it if your son or daughter were killed by someone running the red light?

It doesn't matter the cost of the ticket - if you are not running the red light there will be no cost. If the cameras are sending out that many tickets, then there must be that many running the lights.

Kathy Cates, Largo

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Re: Refuge, or just a worry? story, Aug. 23

Story on Baskins area appreciated

Thanks for the excellent report in the Largo section of the paper. I really appreciated the work you did on presenting it. Keep up the good work.

Donna L. Owen, Largo

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Many thanks to staff, public, media

Tax collector offices statewide experienced abnormally long waits and lines on Friday, Aug. 28, and Monday, Aug. 31. This was due to staff handling twice the driver's license transactions and triple the amount of motor vehicle transactions as customers tried to avoid the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles price increases that took effect on Sept. 1.

This situation was difficult under the very best of circumstances, and I would like to thank the public for the patience and kindness they demonstrated toward my employees as they worked with staff at seven of our offices. Our call center also handled thousands of phone calls during this time and the public was very understanding as they waited to speak to our customer service representatives.

I would like to publicly thank my staff for their hardworking efforts as they quickly served about 17,000 customers county-wide on both of these days, treating the public with professionalism, respect and of course, with a smile. I personally worked at our north and mid-county facilities on Friday and Monday, and many customers thanked my staff and me for their wonderful customer service, even after they'd waited close to two hours.

Thank you also to the St. Petersburg Times, Bay News 9 and WFLA 970 for informing the public and encouraging them to come to our offices before Sept. 1. In this troubled economy, I know we saved motorists thousands (and thousands) of dollars and taxpayers really appreciated it.

My warmest gratitude goes out to my staff, the public and the media. What a fine example of teamwork!

Diane Nelson, Pinellas County tax collector

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