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?