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Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM

Not elitist at all

Ms. Grimes, a few facts that apparently you are not aware of: last night at our Tea Party meeting, I asked if you were present. We all know the answer to that. I also asked if we had any firemen, policemen, teachers, factory workers, construction workers, engineers, or doctors present. We were well represented by each of them in the audience of 80 people.

We, the people, represent the cross-section of Middle America. I can assure you that when you come to our meetings you will not see Cadillac Escalades, Lamborghinis, Porches, BMWs or Jaguars in the parking lot; what you will see are Ford and Chevy pickup trucks, Chevrolets, Buicks, Toyotas, Hondas and the like — the transportation of Middle America.

We are not part of the 1 percent as you seem to think. We are proud to say, "We are America's middle class." Apparently, you really have no idea what the tea party is, or what it is doing except what you hear from the left-wing press and radio/TV.

We, also, for your information, had in attendance Democrats, American Party, no party affiliation, Republicans and Libertarian members. You will generally find this each and every Tuesday night.

We are a non-partisan, no-endorsing organization here for one purpose — to educate the public on what is going on in our government, at the federal, state, local and world levels. The reason for this is so voters will be well informed on the issues when they go to the polls to cast the votes of their choice.

I invited you to attend our meeting on the Barry Foster Show Tuesday morning; I am again extending that invitation.

Ms. Grimes, please feel free to attend our meetings held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Homer's. The public is also welcome.

John Nelson, Chair

The Highlands Tea Party

Tea party represents middle class

I hesitate to write this letter, since Millie Grimes is a friend of mine. Still, misinformation must be attacked, no matter whence it comes.

It is obvious that Millie has never attended a tea party meeting, otherwise, she would have learned that the tea party is composed of a group of God-fearing and patriotic citizens, like myself, who are devoted to our country and the principles and values upon which our country was founded.

I was not aware of any billionaires sitting in the audience when I was there, just "middle class" Americans. Most people in this country think Ronald Reagan was a pretty darned good president. If there is anyone waging class warfare, it is this administration.

For those who hate Capitalism, the opposite of Capitalism is Communism. It think most of us are better off with Capitalism, since Communism has been a failure everywhere it has been tried.

Any so-called "voting rights" we seek to take away are those of illegal aliens and those who are not qualified to vote, and thus, have no such "rights." When you refer to the middle class, Millie, you are really referring to us, the tea party.

No hard feelings, Millie; as a matter of fact, I can get you an application to join the tea party. Then you can become a member of the "real" middle class.

Jim Gulledge

Sebring

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