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Letters to the editor: Marching in lock step

Marching in lock step After reading "Stop assault on the courts" (Our Views, Sept. 30), I was in almost total denial. I thought the Tampa Bay Times had been delivered by mistake. The Tribune's statement that state Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente and Peggy A. Quince "have done absolutely nothing to warrant a 'no' vote" is laughable. Your decision to blast the Republican Party, stating it should be "taken to the woodshed," is beyond the pale. With "friends" like this, who needs enemies? As I recall, these three justices were a national embarrassment during the Bush-Gore election and were overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. Their partisan position during the recount was done without any pretense of fairness. More recently, these three overturned a convicted murderer's sentence in a case where the murderer had confessed but granted him a new trial anyway. The three seem to march in lock step in making activist and liberal decisions. You are correct stating that we do not want Supreme Court justices to make decisions based strictly on politics or out of fear of being criticized. However, that is exactly the reason to recall these three. To quote Justice Lewis, "This is the most stressful time I've ever experienced in my life. There is an entire branch of government to protect and defend. We cannot sacrifice fairness and impartiality and the court system to political whims." It is too bad Lewis and the other two didn't think of that when being activists on the bench. Sadly, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did exactly that when voting with the activist-liberal partisan side of the court to uphold Obamacare, a switch vote made in the 11th hour due to harsh liberal criticism.
At least we in Florida have an opportunity to rid the court of partisan judges and replace them every six years with hopefully constitutional jurists who will interpret the law, not create it. However, we are stuck with Roberts for a long time. I find utterly amazing that the Tribune would defend three justices who have shown themselves to be as liberal as the U.S. Supreme Court's left wing. Just wondering whose side you are on. I guess I am getting a good picture. Charles "Chuck" Salzmann New Port Richey Two peas, same pod As I read Chris Ingram's column "In the basement with Rick Scott" (Views, Sept. 29), my eyes went back to the title. I was not sure if it was a mistake, for I was sure the article was about Mitt Romney. They are two peas in the same pod. They believe that 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes are takers. Do Rick and Mitt feel this way about the two-thirds of American companies and 68 percent of foreign companies that do not pay taxes in the United States? We must remember that Mitt did say corporations are people, too. And Gov. Scott did say he would do the jobs that the people in Florida are doing. Funny, I have not seen Rick working in a grove yet. Ingram's article was spot on. It may be a satire, but it captured the true Scott and even Romney. These two are no doubt intelligent people, but they need to walk in the shoes of the common person. A great deal of these so-called takers have paid their dues, and some have lost work through no fault of their own. But when corporations are making money with half of their prior workforce, why would they hire back people or even hire new people? Remember, people will vote for people who are like themselves, not for those who look down on them. Joseph Alviano Sebring Not funny While I usually enjoy and agree with Chris Ingram's columns, I feel this political satire was in poor taste and had no place on the editorial page. Due to Ingram's profession, the writing sounded like a real interview. Putting words in someone's mouth is not appropriate on the editorial page. And linking Mitt Romney to the governor did Romney no favor. Shame on you, Chris. You are no Daniel Ruth. Even though I did not vote for or support Gov. Scott, I'm not laughing. Karen Morrow Tampa
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