Wednesday’s letters: Start at precincts to restore trust in our voting system

Here are Wednesday’s letters to the editor
Published November 20 2018

Recount over; Scott wins | Nov. 19

Start at precincts to restore trust

Now that Flori-duh’s latest election nightmare is over  —  Gov. Rick Scott has become our new U.S. senator —  it will be a lot longer before trust is restored in our two-party system. One answer for the dramatic erosion of civility and fair play can be found at the precinct level. Thieves and vandals stole or destroyed about 150 of the Republican candidate signs I placed in northwestern Hillsborough. That’s a lot more than ever before.

When you combine my personal experience with anecdotes from other GOP volunteers, literally hundreds of people supporting Democrats stole or vandalized signs in Hillsborough these last few weeks.

But breaking the law hasn’t occurred in a vacuum. Democratic leaders have egged on grass-roots supporters with a constant stream of caustic rhetoric since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Much of this intimidation and irresponsible speech has originated from many prominent Democrats  —  from Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer and even Eric Holder, once the nation’s top law enforcement officer under President Barack Obama.

So, has yet another embarrassing failure of Florida’s election system been due to incompetence or to some type of fraudulent, criminal behavior? We may never know for sure. One thing’s certain: after the past two weeks, does any reasonable person doubt the potential for corruption by Democratic patronage operatives at elections offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties? Can we ever trust that Democrats  —  and their numerous media enablers  —  will ever remotely possess enough integrity and civility and respect for the law leading up to any election ever again? Or have they become too arrogant, too consumed with their hatred of President Trump, to ever be ashamed again?

Mike Kersmarki, Tampa

Urgent action needed | Editorial, Nov. 19

Save Florida for our kids

My family, like many, has the wonderful tradition of going around and saying what we are thankful for during Thanksgiving dinner. This year I will say growing up in Florida. Not everyone gets to grow up in such a wonderful state with pristine beaches and springs, and abundantly beautiful natural areas and wildlife. We truly live where others vacation. This state has given me so many happy memories. But I’m afraid my children won’t be able to say the same thing. Our beautiful state is suffering. We are already seeing the devastating impacts from climate change: sea level rise, rapidly intensifying hurricanes and vicious Red Tide, to name a few. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We have 12 years to reverse the harmful effects of climate change. It may seem like a daunting task, but what choice do we have? Let’s work together and demand action on climate change so our kids can say they’re thankful to live here, too.

Courtnee Connon, St. Petersburg

Trump’s endorsements

Thank you, Mr. President

I thank President Donald Trump for his intense, spot-on endorsements and support for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Sen.-elect Rick Scott in their respective races. Trump engaged us “deplorables” in 2016 and did it again in 2018. I believe the city slickers call a repetition like this déjà vu, while we in the rural areas like to say “thank God.”

Dale Kimball, Wesley Chapel

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