Glad to see the editorial below from the Lakeland Ledger. It’s the story from the Ocala Star-Banner that is an example of the editorial. Funny how the Star Banner did not carry the editorial in that both are owned by the New York Times and share stories.
There is no need for either bridges to cross US 75 near Ocala. Both are payoffs to developers who should buy their own bridge. Or AT LEAST build their projects and see if one is needed if they can fill the projects. Tax payers should not take the burden of fly-by-night developers.
Pervasive State Corruption: Florida Corruption Tax
Published: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. The Lakeland Ledger
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A statewide grand jury declared Dec. 28 that corruption in Florida is”pervasive at every level of government,” and that new laws and ethic regulations are needed to stem the erosion of the public trust and “the theft and mismanagement” of the public treasury.
Moreover, the costs resulting from “fraud, waste and abuse of state resources” is so much a part of a government pay-to-play culture that the 18-person grand jury said it amounts to “a Florida corruption tax” on residents.
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Editorial: The wrong interchange
Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
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Once again, opponents of the proposed 95th Street-Interstate 75 interchange turned out en masse at Tuesday’s Marion County Commission meeting. And once again, the commission waffled on its long-term intentions but did not waffle on its intent to keep the project moving forward.
Commissioners voted to spend another $78,000 for consultants — who have received a total of $308,000 so far — to update an ongoing “justification” report for a $30 million-plus project that has little public support and, importantly, no identified financial support.
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