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I'd be more convinced if Ms. Renford came up with 10 reasons to vote for McBride instead of this scribbling this lengthy dis of the incumbent. That's the problem with the Corrosive Left: nothing positive or constructive to say. Of course, this may simply be your Halloween issue, and Renford is doing a print imitation of Linda Blair in The Exorcist, discharging projectile vomit.

— Ray Zacek Via e-mail

I know you are probably going to receive a lot of negative comments regarding your article concerning Jeb Bush, but I want to thank you for your honesty. I've never been a fan of anyone in the Bush family (except maybe Barbara), and I"m still upset at what a scam the 2000 presidential election was. You did this whole state a service by telling the truth. I'm just hoping people will have enough sense not to put Jeb back in office, and that this time the election won"t be rigged.

— Dale Blake Via e-mail

I would like to commend Weekly Planet on Peter B. Gallagher's informative article on the battle between developers and residents in Treasure Island. It appears that many residents of Treasure Island are in favor of keeping the local feel of their community and that zoning changes allowing high-rise development would destroy that sense of uniqueness.

Luckily for those residents, there is a candidate running for the Florida House of Representatives (District 54) who shares their values. He is Kurt Gratzol with the Florida Green Party. There is no Democrat in this race, and the Democratic Party of Pinellas is encouraging their members to vote for Kurt Gratzol. The incumbent Republican in this race brags that he works with developers to get around zoning restrictions.

Kurt encourages residents of Treasure Island to vote in favor of the ballot referendum to limit high-rise development on Treasure Island. All residents of District 54 should vote for Kurt Gratzol who will work for us in Tallahassee to bring about legislation mandating a vote by the people before any changes to Land Development Regulations can be enacted.

— Sean Kinane, Tampa

It was interesting that WUSF-89.7 FM (Concert 90) was recently out in front of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce trying to raise money for itself. It claims to run jazz music for its listeners. I, like most other Concert 90 listeners, have never heard jazz playing because we are not awake to hear it. They should try to play some jazz tunes during waking hours that are on Eastern Standard Time, not Moscow Standard Time.

It is also interesting to note one particular population of contributors who are not served by WUSF. About $500,000 of WUSF's budget is being derived from a portion of the fees that students pay in order to attend classes at the university. The station itself is located at that center of the University of South Florida Tampa campus. In spite of this large sum of cash and its location, there is NO student input or representation within the WUSF management. Students are not even welcome in the building.

While I personally have no problem with the station's programming, I do take issue with the parasitic relationship that Concert 90 has with the university. The school has enough trouble providing classroom space for its students. Many have to go to Regal Cinema at University Square Mall in order to attend class in rented theater space.

Perhaps the Tampa Chamber of Commerce could raise some money to allow for the construction of new building off the University of South Florida Campus. WUSF can then vacate the old building, allow it to be made into classroom space, and thus justify not allowing USF student input in Concert 90's policies.

— Manuel Mejia, Jr., Tampa

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