Letter of the Week!
Time to say goodbye, current office holders!
With the midterm elections fast approaching, I've been pondering a very simple question myself and would like to present it to voters.
What are the qualifications and credentials to become a politician on the federal and state level?
In my estimation and by reading FLORIDA TODAY over the last several years, a basic pattern and formula has become accepted as the norm, but it distorts a very basic ingredient in politics today.
The pattern and qualifications that have developed are as follows:
You must be a male, white, Republican, profess Christianity cloaked in the Bible, be pro-life, and favor big business and the affluent.
Where does all this leave the common people?
These politicians preach diversity and equality, but the reality is the role of women and minorities are mainly limited to local and municipal races. Nationally, politicians lack accountability for their actions.
The day will come when the word "extinct" will replace "incumbent."
Indian Harbour Beach
Pot o' GoldA woman who won $1 million from a state lottery game four years ago has improbably hit the jackpot again.
(Or found the end of the rainbow!)
Valerie Wilson, who works at a Long Island deli, said she won another $1 million on a lottery scratch-off game last month.
"The first time I couldn't believe it," Wilson told Newsday. "This time I said, 'God's on my side.'"
(Of a team of leprechauns).
Wilson, 56, beat some long odds to pull off her double victory.
In 2002, her winning ticket in the Cool Million scratch-off game, which has since been discontinued, was a shot of 1 in 5.2 million, according to the New York State Lottery. Last month, she beat odds of 1 in 705,600 when she got the $1 million prize in the New York lottery's Jubilee scratch-off game.
Overall, her chances of winning both games were a slim 1 in 3,669,120,000,000.
(Oh, me Lucky Charms!)
A lottery spokeswoman verified Wilson was a Cool Million winner in 2002, but declined to confirm her latest win until a planned news conference. There have been only two (pick me!)previous repeat million-dollar-plus winners in the lottery's history, according to the state.
Wilson still hasn't quit her job at Emma's Deli and Catering. Despite her unexpected bonus, Wilson plans to keep working until at least December, making sandwiches and ringing up sales.
(Ring this, Val...gold, silver, platinum...RINGS).
The prize will be paid out in $50,000 installments over 20 years. Wilson said she used her first winnings to help buy homes for her three children.
(I hope these kids appreciate their mother).
"This one is going to be for me," she said.
(With Val's luck, I'd make one bee line to the Blarney Stone. One kiss. Possible three-peat!)
"I'm going to live a little bit."
(You go, girl!)