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Sarasota News Leader February 8, 2013 OPINION dering around a park or a zoo, for example, is very enjoyable when you are by yourself. People watching is best done alone, as well, and the beach is my preferred environment. Page 66 not have to be expressed out loud or to another person. A friend says we grow into our comfort zones and as a result, we can actually look forward to spending leisure time alone. After all, think It does not take long to go from feeling of how much more we can accomplish withself-conscious to feeling self-confident. Silent out waiting for other people. thoughts are good for the soul. Opinions do Table for one, anyone? % LETTERS TO THE EDITOR LET CANDIDATES KNOW YOUR VOTE IS NOT FOR SALE To the editor: sign in your yard to let your neighbors know what you think is best for Sarasota — and that No matter how much money may be available your vote is not for sale. to an individual candidate in these, our local elections, the "ordinary folks" can have an imCharles Senf pact that can't be bought by simply choosing Sarasota "the right" candidate to allow to put a sign in their yards. Regardless of what they paid for their little pieces of real estate, their property has become a most valuable commodity this election season. Essentially, we can reform the electoral process in Sarasota — diminishing the significance of the "Large Donor Class" by letting their candidates' signs go to waste in the warehouse while we offer "our guy" (or gal) a special place on our lawn. After all, it is our neighborhood that will suffer the most if Mr. Big and his wallet hold sway. So, choose wisely and then call your favorite son/daughter and invite the person to place a LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader welcomes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and include the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to, with "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line. Letters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and other factors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader.

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