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Sarasota News Leader January 24, 2014 Page 74 OPINION NEWS LEADER BIASED IN COVERAGE OF LIDO PROJECT To the Editor: I am disappointed by The Sarasota News Leader's one-sided news coverage of the proposal for Lido beach Renourishment Project. I read only of the opposition from Siesta Key (expected, as Sarasota citizens have a long record of objecting to any planned change). Anyone who has lived on Lido Key for over a decade, as I have, has seen the south point of the key and the shoals to its south expand greatly as sand from Lido is moved south by natural wave action. That is, as the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has said, Lido is hoping to get some of its own sand back. I am not going to be dogmatic, but I would hope the News Leader would provide more balanced coverage rather than appearing to support the "Great Sand Grab." David Moore Lido Key WRITER DISAGREES WITH CHARACTERIZATION OF REPUBLICANS To the Editor: — millions of dollars at a crack. That is not right; it is left! I read each issue with considerable interest and find your news articles to be interesting A single mom welfare cheat costs the taxand informative. However, I usually disagree payers a few thousand dollars a year. A land with your opinion pieces. developer who may claim to "need help" — even though no one believes that — and At issue last week was your characterization seeks favorable treatment by his bought-andof the Republican Party as composed of "mon- paid-for commissioners gets away with other eyed bigwigs" who comprise a "demented" people's money in the millions! Who, after all, "lunatic fringe" that is "dominated by its is the real "welfare cheat"? right wing." Actually, the Republican Party in Sarasota is dominated by its left wing. Welfare for the rich is still welfare! Welfare is left, not right. Think of it. The "moneyed bigwigs" are constantly seeking various handouts, "favors," tax Pete Theisen expenditures in their favor and "subsidies," Sarasota 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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