Go electronic to save
I just received my county water bill in the mail, even though I am on EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer.)
In these rough economic times, this doesn't make any sense. Is there a state or federal requirement that requires the county to mail bills? I know the county gets a discount on postage, but even so, it must spend upward of $10,000 a month to mail both the water and utilities bills.
It would save Hernando County more than $100,000 a year if they simply emailed utilities bills to customers who requested it.
Hernando County could put a notice on its website saying that if you sign up for EFT you would no longer receive a paper bill in the mail. Credit card companies and banks do this all the time! Think of all the money this would save in postage and paper and processing.
I am surprised no one ever suggested this before. Although the U.S. Postal Service would not be happy with the change, we must look out for each other at the local level first, before going onto the federal level. What do you think?
I've been following the exchange between Abel Tarrada and Mike Flavin about what the unemployment rate was when President Obama took office.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on unemployment in January, 2009, the last month of George W. Bush's term: "Both the number of unemployed persons (11.6 million) and the unemployment rate (7.6 percent) rose in January. Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 4.1 million and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.7 percentage points."
Fixing the vote
I disagree with Sen. Bill Nelson's recent letter to constituents in which he opposes Florida's new voting law. It is estimated that, nationwide, 9 percent of all votes cast in the 2008 presidential elections were fraudulent. Florida's new voting law is definitely needed to combat the fraud. For instance:
The vast majority of voter fraud takes place during early voting periods. Shortening the early voting time from 14 days to 8 days makes sense.
Nearly all the newly registered phony voters in 2008 were submitted by ACORN's Organizing For America workers who were paid based on the volume of voter registration applications they submitted.
The election systems in this country are owned and operated by the people, not by the government!
The integrity of our free and fair elections must be preserved. In 2012 we will surely see many more citizens' step up to volunteer to work at the polls and also to be poll watchers and observers. We will not stand by and watch as our most cherished right is stolen right from under us by political organizations that want to win by cheating.
Sen. Nelson should do his homework before he comes out in support of ACORN. This is one more reason why the voters of Florida may think twice about his reelection. Perhaps it is time for the senator to retire.