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Letter to the editor by Jerry Segovis

By Jerry Segovis

Americans seem to have the shortest memory and attention span when it comes to politics and those that are trying to provide and protect your future. When it comes to elected officials, whether in local or national elections, we seem to close our eyes and our minds to what is happening to our state and our country and who is actually trying to help us.

The loudest speakers seem to be controlling the issues and not allowing ideas to flow from the people for their input. Money is controlling campaigns for elective office, and those with the most money seem to be winning control of our future.

There is no condemnation for those who have wasted our money in the state capital and the new “Taj Mahal” is a perfect example. Wasting taxpayer money with no regard to the over 48 million dollar project where the 1st District Court of Appeals had more input in its construction than the citizens of Florida. We have allowed these judges and Tallahassee Republicans to spend this kind of money on themselves while we are cutting the states budgets across the board for the rest of the state employees including law enforcement and education.

We don’t bat an eye when a candidate spends millions of dollars to be elected to the highest position in our state that pays a return of less than $150,000 per year. Is the job of governor worth that kind of money or is it the influence over the lifeblood of our states economy that controls our tax dollars that counts the most.

The national elections offer the same opportunities to the winning party where in the House or Senate the prize of winning an elected office that pays less than $180,000 per year but gives control over a trillion dollar budget being the goal. The people who make these decisions with their vote on who is going to be elected should wake up to the fact that these same officials do not care about us but only about themselves.

These newly elected officials will receive their salaries and perks and allow those struggling on Social Security to go without a COLA (cost of living allowance) for the second year in a row even though the cost of living has increased dramatically. You will have an opportunity to replace those responsible by voting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

Jerry Segovis