Give the guv a break 

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Give the guv a break

I just read Billy Manes’ article about Gov. Rick Scott’s listening tour (“Gov. Rick Scott launches ‘It’s Your Money’ listening tour,” Happytown, Sept. 25). Usually, I don’t bother writing, but wow, are you over the top. After reading your bio on Internet, I understand. You’ve been a reporter, free spirit, investigative reporter, blah, blah, blah. But you seem to have no experience in the world that you are so quick to criticize. Seems to me that if you had held employment, perhaps even management positions, on the other side you might possibly have a different outlook. Sure, some aspects of business are evil, as are some aspects of government, but can’t you cut Scott a break or two? 

$20 million seems like a sufficient amount of money, for the time being, for something as esoteric as protecting the state’s wilderness areas. We need to get our state back on its economic feet and take care of the needs of its citizens. Let some of those with a lot of money, both liberal and conservative, who believe in the wilderness cause pick up the slack temporarily. Why not write a scathing article criticizing those people for their lack of financial commitment to a personal cause? I would rather see the $500 million in tax cuts and an $815 surplus. I am not the most informed person on the planet, but it seems that in a capitalist society, tax cuts do eventually profit everyone, and a state surplus is not the worst thing that can happen. I’m willing to listen to your argument against such.

In case you think I’m a narrow-minded old biddy, your letter to the Florida State Senate regarding SB 196 brought me to tears. There was not a word in it that wasn’t reasonable and true. I hope your pain is easing daily.  
Gail Haddock, via email

Correction: In the Performing Arts section of last week’s Fall Guide, we ran a featured listing for John DiDonna Productions’ Phantasmagoria: Hell Hath Risen IV in which we credited Josh Geoghagan for adapting the show’s script. Mr. Geoghagan is an actor in the troupe, not a writer. All of the scripts for the show were written by John DiDonna. We regret the error. 

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