Here we go again-letter to editor


Shortly before departing for the frozen north in the wake of winter storm Titan, I read several pronouncements from our political leadership.

State Sen. Charlie Dean announced himself an environmentalist one day. I don’t recall any mention on his part of occasions when he had used his not-inconsiderable influence to save natural resources from someone planning to destroy them to make a fast buck. Perhaps I missed it.

The second day he offered a mild implied criticism of Duke Energy, which, as we all know, continues to collect hundreds of millions but has done nothing but destroy a nuclear plant and blow smoke about others. His comments were muted by the admission that since they had won their case against the tax assessor, perhaps there was nothing we could do.

The next day Sen. Dean said some nice things about the environment. But I didn’t stick around to see what smoke he would blow next.

The leader of the Party of the Plutocracy has begun saying nice things about the environment, discounting automobile registration, and even returning a fraction of what he has taken from public employees.

It reminds me a bit of conditions in my home town in Arkansas, where it was said that you knew when an election was coming because politicians would start showing up in church.

Gov. Rick Scott‘s former company, Columbia/HCA  set what was then a record for a Medicare fraud settlement. And, according to Carl Hiaasen, Scott took the Fifth repeatedly during inquiries into his subsequent medical enterprises during the election.

Obviously, those of you who voted for Scott were determined not to have an honest person in as governor, and you were able to avoid that situation.

When Scott took office, his first inspiration of genius was to get rid of Florida’s award-winning and economically successful state park system.

With no support from fellow Republicans, he eventually compromised by privatizing the concession stands. Then he set out to have a fire sale on all the state property not nailed down. And in a down market, as well.

By the same token, the public utilities of this state have been given a license to steal. The legislature in 2006 authorized them to overcharge customers on the pretense of investing in clean energy. To be fair, while it was a bad deal at best, Florida Power seems to have used some of the free money to build a gas powered plant. The customers who were thus forced to invest get no stocks or bonds. But at least Florida Power has added electrical capacity. Progress/Duke has blown smoke about nuclear plants in Levy County, destroyed Crystal River 3, and is now beginning to blow smoke about a gas powered plant. But they are collecting over a billion dollars and actually destroyed capacity.

More recently, much has been made of the flood of lobbyists and political contributions on their way to Tallahassee from the utilities.

One reason given is to make sure the Republicans don’t allow consumer advocates to make the utilities include a line in each monthly bill telling the victims how much has been stolen from them that month. I’m surprised they bothered. Surely the Republican Party doesn’t want its victims to be reminded of the damage they have done to them monthly. And for that reason alone, they should block the truth without extra payments from their corporate employers.

Frankly, as far as I am concerned, any Duke customers who vote Republican deserve what they get. But the rest of us deserve better.

Pat Condray


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Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Mei...
Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Dear Editor,


Today I read the 9/30/13 Chronicle article about the new pope: “A breath of fresh air” It was very good.


If you publish another one on “faith” you might think about that he – (besides favoring an American Ford Focus car for transportation) Pope Francis recently asked for world wide prayer for peace: in the world after President Obama wanted to bomb Syria because of the horrible chemical warfare in that country- the prayers have been answered.


The current president of Syria has agreed to remove it’s chemical weapons.
Besides that, since the worldwide prayer – history has been made with
President Obama speaking of peace with the new more moderate president
of Iran.


The part of this article by Leonard Pitts that was especially moving
was:  “Let’s consider for a moment the washing of feet. Though Francis
broke with tradition by including prisoners, women and non-Christians,
the ritual itself is an old one of the most poignant incidents in the
Bible. The book of John recounts how Jesus, in the hours before his
crucifixion, decides to teach his disciples one last lesson. he kneels
before them and washes their feet. People call this an act of humility.
if you are a Christian, that word is not nearly strong enough for the
idea of God incarnate, the Creator of Creation, the Author of
Everything, wiping dirt and camel dung from the feet of these often
dull-witted fisherman – and then telling them explicitly that He wants
them to follow. Take care of one another. Serve one another.”


As a candidate for county commissioner on the campaign trail, people
have spoken to me as if I am running for president, or on the Supreme
Court – to stop abortion, stop corruption wherever – once elected.


My answer is:  No, I Cannot Stop Corruption or the Wrong Doing In Others


– but that man who washed the feet of lowly men: CAN!


Renee Christopher-McPheeters Crystal River


CC Leonard Pitts, The Miami Herald


Thinking of Others-Letter to Editor Click Here


Sometimes it is easy to only think of ourselves.

At the BOCC Budget meeting on 6/18/13, another speaker and myself
stated that the lower income county employees, after five years without
a raise should have raises.

Today, I read that the Commissioners have agreed to give these county
workers a raise – I commend them on this decision.

Recently on television there was a minister named Rod Parsley who stated
that according to the United Nations Children’s Fund about 4 million
children are on the verge of starvation throughout the world, and that
for $18  – a child can be fed for one month.

It is even better when we think of others.

Renee Christopher-McPheeters
Crystal River

Thank You Progress Energy-letters-click here


Jeannette Goldsmith evaluation of the EDC is spot on. It is time that joe meek step down and is replaced with a common sense doer. The report shows the incompetence of his leadership, come on no sewer and water or a clear vision, nor a strategic plan, not even a shovel ready site. No wonder we are in the poor economic shape we are. We need more Scott Adams type to get our county on track with the necessary improvements and cost reductions. Our county commissioners are clueless without accountability while being part of the good old boy and girl network. They are spending our money like drunken sailors without proper accountability. Adams has it right he represents us as the stockholders of the county while the rest of the commissioners need to wise up, they are not royalty of their kingdom to do as they please with our money, WE ARE NOT THEIR SERFS, that type of government was left in Europe when our ancestors came to this country. Now is the time the focus and pressure be directed at the problem not Scott Adams, who is our solution. Lets give Scott all our support at all the future Commission Meetings, he has earned it and deserves it. The rest of the commissioners were and are in-charge of all the counties problems it is time they accept responsibility and resign… THEY HAVE NO CLUE.. Claude Strass

Those Who Say "I Support the Troops" Should Just Stop, Out of Respect for the Troops …a letter from Michael Moore

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Support Roops not Really  Michael Moore    EYEONCITRUS.COM

I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am writing this as I have just learned of the suicides of two more of our active duty reservists who live here in the Traverse City, Michigan area. That brings the total number of soldier suicides (that I know of) in the past year, in this rural area, to four.

I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what — a lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the bull**** of those words, "I support the troops!," spoken by Americans with such false sincerity — false because our actions don’t match our words. These young men and women sign up to risk their very lives to protect us — and this is what they get in return:

1. They get sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives. They are used as pawns so that the military-industrial complex can make billions of dollars and the rich here can expand their empire. By "supporting the troops," that means I’m supposed to shut up, don’t ask questions, do nothing to stop the madness, and sit by and watch thousands of them die? Well, I’ve done an awful lot to try and end this. But the only way you can honestly say you support the troops is to work night and day to get them out of these hell holes they’ve been sent to. And what have I done this week to bring the troops home? Nothing. So if I say "I support the troops," don’t believe me — I clearly don’t support the troops because I’ve got more important things to do today, like return an iPhone that doesn’t work and take my car in for a tune up.

2. While the troops we claim to "support" are serving their country, bankers who say they too "support the troops" foreclose on the actual homes of these soldiers and evict their families while they are overseas

! Have I gone and stood in front of the sheriff’s deputy as he is throwing a military family out of their home? No. And there’s your proof that I don’t "support the troops," because if I did, I would organize mass sit-ins to block the doors of these homes. Instead, I’m having Chilean sea bass tonight.

3. How many of you who say you "support the troops" have visited a VA hospital

to bring aid and comfort to the sick and wounded? I haven’t. How many of you have any clue what it’s like to deal with the VA? I don’t. Therefore, you would be safe to say that I don’t "support the troops," and neither do you.

4. Who amongst you big enthusiastic "supporters of the troops" can tell me the approximate number of service women who have been raped while in the military? Answer: 19,000 (mostly) female troops are raped or sexually assaulted every year by fellow American troops. What have you or I done to bring these criminals to justice? What’s that you say — out of sight, out of mind? These women have suffered, and I’ve done nothing. So don’t ever let me get away with telling you I "support the troops" because, sadly, I don’t. And neither do you.

5. Help a homeless vet today? How ’bout yesterday? Last week? Last year? Ever? But I thought you "support the troops!"? The number of homeless veterans is staggering — on any given night, at least 60,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets of the country that proudly "supports the troops." This is disgraceful and shameful, isn’t it? And it exposes all those "troop supporters" who always vote against social programs that would help these veterans. Tonight there are at least 12,700 Iraq/Afghanistan veterans homeless and sleeping on the street. I’ve never lent a helping hand to one of the many vets I’ve seen sleeping on the street. I can’t bear to look, and I walk past them very quickly. That’s called not "supporting the troops," which, I guess, I don’t — and neither do you.

6. And you know, the beautiful thing about all this "support" you and I have been giving the troops — they feel this love and support so much, a record number of them are killing themselves every single week. In fact, there are now more soldiers killing themselves than soldiers being killed in combat (323 suicides in 2012 through November vs. about 210combat deaths). Yes, you are more likely to die by your own hand in the United States military than by al Qaeda or the Taliban. And an estimated eighteen veterans kill themselves each day, or one in five of all U.S. suicides — though no one really knows because we don’t bother to keep track. Now, that’s what I call support! These troops are really feeling the love, people! Lemme hear you say it again: "I support the troops!" Louder! "I SUPPORT THE TROOPS!!" There, that’s better. I’m sure they heard us. Don’t forget to fly our flag, wear your flag lapel pin, and never, ever let a service member pass you by without saying, "Thank you for your service!" I’m sure that’s all they need to keep from putting a bullet in their heads. Do your best to keep your "support" up for the troops because, God knows, I certainly can’t any longer.

I don’t "support the troops" or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here’s what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. I support peace, and I beg any young person reading this who’s thinking of joining the armed forces to please reconsider. Our war department has done little to show you they won’t recklessly put your young life in harm’s way for a cause that has nothing to do with what you signed up for. They will not help you once they’ve used you and spit you back into society. If you’re a woman, they will not protect you from rapists in their ranks. And because you have a conscience and you know right from wrong, you do not want yourself being used to kill civilians in other countries who never did anything to hurt us. We are currently involved in at least a half-dozen military actions around the world. Don’t become the next statistic so that General Electric can post another record profit — while paying no taxes — taxes that otherwise would be paying for the artificial leg that they’ve kept you waiting for months to receive.

I support you, and will try to do more to be there for you. And the best way you can support me — and the ideals our country says it believes in — is to get out of the military as soon as you can and never look back.

And please, next time some "supporter of the troops" says to you with that concerned look on their face, "I thank you for your service," you have my permission to punch their lights out (figuratively speaking, of course).

(There is something I’ve done to support the troops — other than help lead the effort to stop these senseless wars. At the movie theater I run in Michigan, I became the first person in town to institute an affirmative action plan for hiring returning Iraq/Afghanistan vets. I am working to get more businesses in town to join with me in this effort to find jobs for these returning soldiers. I also let all service members in to the movies for free, every day.)

Michael Moore

Letter to Editor: Renee the real deal


As the first Republican-elected commissioner on the Citrus County Board of Commissioners, in the ’70s, I feel a responsibility to weigh-in on the Aug. 14 race for Citrus County Commission, District 1.

First of all, keeping in mind the Chronicle article of Jan. 16, ”Developer, road contractor aid incumbents with campaign funds,” your readers should know Renee Christopher-McPheeters has never taken campaign donations from special interests, in this race nor in the ‘08 race in which she nearly won — with 46.09 percent of the votes!

In fact, speaking of a road, Renee is the only District 1 candidate (who) opposed the Ottawa fiasco giveaway of millions of our tax dollars before the BOCC! She also is the only candidate (who) stood for unrestricted flying of the U.S. flag before the City Council of Crystal River! As commissioner, she will vote against raising taxes!

No, Renee does not need to go a-begging for contributions from the money people — special interests, developers, lobbyists, doctors, lawyers or accountants as she has something money cannot buy and that is integrity! She founded the first official 9/11/01 Memorial in Citrus County and has received nine original government proclamations against child pornography! This is integrity at its finest!

Please know everyone can vote for Renee Christopher-McPheeters for county commissioner, District 1, no matter the party or district, as this is an open primary. Now get ready for some much needed representation on the BOCC with Renee!

David DeBusk

Welcome to Kandahar-Letter to Editor

In the airport in Atlanta yesterday, I happened to be standing next to some American soldiers, wearing camouflage, on their way to Afghanistan. Welcome Sign at Kandahar Airfield EYEONCITRUS.COMThey knew the name of the province that they were going to, but they were arguing over what part of the country that province is in. One said the east. One said the south. One said the west. One of them thought that their destination was near Kandahar, but then they started arguing over where Kandahar is located. I hope that they get it all sorted out before the shooting starts. If they don’t know what part of the country that they’re going to, then what are the chances that they speak the local language? (There are 48 different native languages in Afghanistan.) What are the chances that they know anything about Islam? (Which is practiced by more than 99% of all Afghans, language differences notwithstanding.) To little fanfare, President Obama announced last week that he signed an agreement to extend the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan for twelve more years. No one noted the irony of this, since under our Constitution, President Obama can be President for no more than another 41/2 years. Also under our Constitution, a treaty requires the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senate. (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2). No one in the Obama Administration even took a stab at explaining why this agreement with a foreign power was not being submitted to the Senate for concurrence. But the reason is obvious: the Senate would not concur. Also under our Constitution, you will search in vain for any provision that authorizes a lengthy military occupation of a foreign country. In fact, the Constitution does not authorize a standing army, much less an army standing in Kabul. In the Bizarro world in which we live, we have 27 Attorneys General challenging the constitutionality of 35 million Americans getting health coverage, but no one challenges the constitutionality of an undeclared war (see Article I, Section 8 on that) that has now entered its second decade. Presidential candidates Obama and Clinton obviously were separated by race and gender, but one of the few things that separated them on policy was Clinton’s vote in favor of the war in Iraq, contrasted with Obama’s 2002 statement that the war in Iraq was "dumb." This is what State Senator Barack Obama said, in October 2002, in the Federal Plaza in Chicago: I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne. What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Barack Obama was talking about the war in Iraq. But let’s be honest. At this point, after 11 years of pointless, fruitless, endless war, doesn’t all of that apply equally to the war in Afghanistan?

Courage, Alan Grayson

Letter to Editor-Charles Chamberlain

Let’s be clear about one thing: Wall Street hates us.
They hate you… me… Occupy Wall Street… and they really hate Elizabeth Warren.
They know that Elizabeth Warren is perhaps their biggest single threat going into 2012. She has a record of fighting banks and holding them accountable. She has tens of thousands of grassroots supporters on the ground in Massachusetts already working to win. And the bottom line is they know she can beat Republican Scott Brown.
So they are pulling out all the stops and bringing in the big guns. Yesterday Karl Rove and American Crossroads GPS announced a $600,000 TV ad buy that misrepresents everything from Occupy Wall Street to Elizabeth Warren and back again.
It’s up to us to help deliver the resources Elizabeth Warren needs to fight back and beat these lies — right now. Watch Karl Rove’s lying ad

This ad is offensive, wrong, and filled with lies.
Let’s make sure that Elizabeth Warren has the resources to fight back.
Thank you for everything you do.
Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

Senators Lieberman and Coburn WAR ON SENIORS/LETTERS

Last week, Senators Lieberman and Coburn introduced a new front in the war on senior citizens: unprecedented cuts to the Medicare program that raise the eligibility age to 67 and force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs.

We’re fighting back by expanding our campaign to protect Social Security to include Medicare and other social safety net programs — and refusing to support to ANY politician in favor of cutting these programs. Will you join us?

Sign our pledge to protect the social safety net and refuse to support ANY politician in favor of making cuts.

Click here to add your name:

Thanks so much of your support of our campaign so far. We won’t rest until cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other critical safety net programs are off the table.

Deepest thanks,

Brian Sonenstein
Digital Strategy Director

PS: You can read more about Lieberman/Coburn in the email I sent to supporters last week, copied below.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Brian Sonenstein, (

Lieberman is ginning up "bipartisan support" for cutting Medicare.

Pledge to unconditionally oppose cuts to the social safety net.

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Senator-Letter to Editor-Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate

How would you feel about turning over to your guaranteed Social Security savings to Wall Street?

You probably wouldn’t feel too good about it. Not too many Americans do.

That’s why Republicans have tried to keep their latest plan to privatize Social Security quiet — and that’s why our public petition to oppose the Republican plan has been gaining so much steam.

We’re joining together to bring some unwanted attention to the Social Security privatization plan Republicans have quietly introduced in the House, but we need support from Americans like you to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere.

Sign our public petition opposing House Republicans’ Social Security privatization plan now.

We should work within the current structures of vital programs like Social Security and Medicare to ensure both remain intact for those who pay into them during their working years, not turning them over to profit-above-all-else interests. Let’s join together to make sure this happens.

Thanks for staying engaged,
Bill Nelson