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Letters to the editor, Oct. 4

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:23 PM

Equal time

Ever wonder why it is that the rabid conservative Republican writers get so many of their vile rants about President Obama printed? Is it because this newspaper leans so far to the right that the editors chortle with glee any time they get a chance to bash Obama?

You know the Obama I mean – that socialist closet Muslim who wasn't even born in the U.S.; is the disciple of the Rev. Wright and Saul Alinsky and nurtured by ACORN; whose mission it is to destroy the evil capitalistic government that keeps us all enslaved?

Or is it because this is America and anyone is free to spew whatever garbage they can without fear of reprisal? In how many other countries in the world can writers of "Letters to the Editor" get away with the kind of incendiary vituperation?

We wonder why people in Muslim countries believe that if something contrary to their beliefs is published it must be because the government approved it just like it is in their country. They cannot fathom freedom of speech, unless, of course, their mullahs are preaching violence against any and all who believe differently from them.

So go ahead. Write what you want and unless you're advocating violent overthrow of our government or assassination of our elected representatives it will get published. Remember that I, too, have the right to say what I think and we liberal Democrats can write letters with every assurance that they will also get space on this page.

"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?"

GB Leatherwood

Spring Hill

The many faces of AARP

I noticed that Mr. Bill Clark signed himself as associated state director of the AARP Florida State Office. I wonder which of the AARP organizations he represents. There is the AARP which is a 501c (4) organization, which to maintain its tax exempt status must remain non-profit, non-partisan.

Then there is AARP services, which is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary, this is the part of AARP that markets insurance policies and related services. This by the way isn't a small time operation; according to their financial statements in 2008 this part of AARP was paid $652 million as commissions for their endorsements of insurance products.

They also received $120 million in 2008 for advertising in the AARP publications. I believe with a structure like the AARP where any lobbying decision on behalf of seniors by the non-profit portion has to be weighed against any potential impact on revenue of another part of AARP.

This could cause the AARP to support decisions that are financially beneficial to AARP as a whole but detrimental to seniors as a group. In their advertising no where is it shown that the endorsement of the policy by the AARP is by AARP services, not the non-profit AARP.

Misleading at best, since it implies that the non-profit is recommending this to be in your best interest, where in truth they are interested in the commission it will bring to the bottom line of AARP service.

Harry Chamberlain

Spring Hill


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