Public Servants .
Even though I have heard about Flor'
ida's water crisis since the days of my youth,
I know very little about the issue. However,
the Sept. 23 Tribune article, "Struggle Be-
tween Basin Boards District A Costly Issue,"
raises a question about Bruce Samson's
Rep. Fred Jones was quoted as saying he
was misled. Samson responded by saying
"... to the degree the legislation was hidden,
it was done so because if the rmral counties
found out they had (basin board) appoint-,,
ment powers, even though they never excer-
C vised them. I felt there might be a conflict."
What Samson is saying is that he did not con-
ceal Information from the Legislature, bil
. he did conceal information from the rural
counties. Half-truths may be acceptable
ethics in the business world. However, there
should be no place for them in government.
The article stated Samson was consider
S4Ing running for Mayor of Tampa. What if tb '
federal government started a program to
"benefit low-income home owners in the city.
and the city government Was mandated
execute the program. Would Samson con-
ceal the facts about the program from t~if*e J
who would benefit because it may cause
conflict for the city government? ---
JOHN L BURRELL .