Letter to the governor: How about a commissioner?

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Column by Lou Elliott Jones

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Dear Governor,

Hope this letter finds you doing OK.

Being governor in these economic times can test a politician’s ability to accomplish anything as your counterpart in California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, can tell you.

But you seem to have weathered the recent legislative session nicely. You got your Seminole gaming pact. You can brag about bringing money into education that kept the budget at the same level as last year.

In Levy County we won’t feel that education budget blip. We’re actually going to lose money — about $71 per student.

And you are signing in bills that send red light runners’ money to the state. It’s a pity Williston just got their red light system operational and they were counting on that cash.

You will get another $1 a pack out of cigarette smokers while the Levy County Health Department has doctors in offices smaller than a coat closet.

You will also get $30 from folks silly enough to not wear their seat belts while motorcyclists zoom down the road without helmets.

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