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Letters to the editor: Election shenanigans

'Election shenanigans' Regarding "Public backs voter purge" (front page, June 21): It's amazing how many people hate to be confused with the facts, especially Gov. Rick Scott. I doubt seriously that anybody is against removing non-citizens or other people who vote illegally. The problem is that almost all the state's supervisors of elections have found that only a handful of people on the purge lists actually do not qualify to vote. But that will not deter Scott. He is determined to purge anyone who might not be presumed to be friendly to the cause. Do you think it's a coincidence that Florida is so closely watched by the Department of Justice? When it comes to election shenanigans, Chicago has nothing on Florida. Get rid of the real frauds, but stop trying to manipulate election outcomes through your own brand of fraud. Our citizens deserve better than this. M. Clift
Tampa Correct 2008 'error' Gov. Scott purging illegal voters from the rolls make sense. The Democrats, of course, are against it. President Obama learned Chicago-type politics well. We need honest elections so the country can recover from the 2008 error. We don't need the president ruining the economy any more than he has so far. Please, Americans, don't let this happen again, or we will all be doomed. Sid Newton Sun City Center 'Reckless' banks The other day I saw another homeless family of five — two adults and three elementary-aged children — rummaging in a trash bin for food. I watched as they came up empty and wondered how they would eat. By the time I got my car turned around to help, they had gotten into an old minivan. I followed them to a park and learned they stayed there every night. They had lost good jobs and a nice home three years ago. The children had dropped out of school. All wore ragged clothing and were in need of a bath. Then I thought about Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase, who had a $20 million salary last year, and Citibank and Bank of America, and AIG. Our government made it possible for those big banks to stay in business. They could relax and coast, while millions of families lost homes. This Bush-era safety net for the big banks is still in place. In addition, the banks are not forced by the government regulators to sell toxic assets on the courthouse steps. We have to leave our homes, but the banks don't have to leave theirs. The banks have transferred the responsibility for their reckless endangerment of the world's economic system to the backs of little children. Congratulations, Jamie! You are a true champion of industry. Byron Dean Brandon Fair play Regarding "Another sticky situation" (Sports, June 21): If pitchers can't use pine tar to get a better grip on the ball, why can batters use it to get a better grip on the bat? If it is OK for batters to use, then each National League pitcher must have his hands inspected by the umpire after batting to ensure none is left on his hands. Let's make it fair and equal for all players. Willard Ottman Apollo Beach
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