Florida is #1.. in corrupt Government?

PAUL JANENSCH in todays Guest Editorial wrote:

Of course, Florida may be one of the most corrupt states in the union — making it a happy hunting ground for investigative reporters. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that Florida topped every other state in convictions of local, state and federal officials.

Other good newspaper states include California and North Carolina. Someday I’ll tell you about the bad newspaper states. There are a lot of them. Some have almost as much corruption as Florida.

I ask: is it because we have so many people who have retired, or escaped,  the northern states?  I used to hear about how, in small towns, you knew who people were, and so you knew who NOT do deal with.  The problem I see here in Florida is that it is rare to find someone who came from here, and, of course, the ones who came from up north, Yankees, only tell you what they want you to know.  Look at the masters of the Ponzi schemes that came down and cheated so many investors..  The Sarasota Police chief who thought it was OK to payoff a victim in order to spare the Department embarrassment.  Do these people come here to hide from their past?  Like most of the people in Florida I am from somewhere else. I was born in Raleigh, NC in 1955 and our family came here in 1956, so I am not really a native of Florida.  On the other hand I have lived here for as long as I can remember, and resent what I see as efforts to turn Florida into a displace Northern State, which means:  I don’t care what you had up north, if you don’t like out state you are free to return up there.

I will apologize for using the work Yankee, if it offends anyone, and will only say that I am like the comedian who said “I was in my 20s before I found out that “Damn Yankee” was two words.

P.S. could someone show the guys from “Celebrity Apprentice” how to use a spell checker?


By Joseph Bowen

Ex SSgt in Air Force Security Police... I had 10 years of active duty and inactive reserve. I have a total of 20 years, includes Air Force SP, security experience. I also worked 8 years and 4 months in the Garden Center of the Sarasota Cattleman Walmart. I also took the CCNA class at Sarasota Vo-Tech, when it was still called that. I am now, since 2010 a caregiver for my Mother. While I am now a registered Republican I am more likely to vote for whichever person I believe will do a better job.. In the last presidential elections I voted Libertarian, as I the two main choices seemed to be between lying crook, or an uncouth babler who could not be trusted.

1 comment

  1. Truth is the Florida voters –which are also the consumers —- do not listen to sound common sense and base their decisions not on hard evidence, but on what they are told. The ultimate con.

    They are the con artist dream. So the political parties play on the simple act of don’t follow what I do — follow what I say. You will never remember what i said or what i do.

    Just vote republican because you still believe in truth, justice and the american way. I will as long as my rich friends and I make millions from your lack of forsight.
    Vern Buchanan leads the pack and the voters are good example for all of us to observe.

    I should know–I was raised in Florida, went to high school and college in Florida and much of my family still lives in Florida.

    Duane Overholt
    Consumer Advocate


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