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Hernando letters to the editor for Sept. 20

Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Sep. 17, 2019

Re: Cemex mine gets final approval | Sept. 13 story

Congrats to the Hernando County Commission on accomplishing a long-sought goal ... the expansion of lime-rock mining.

Of course, it may have been preferable if there were a more balanced representation or if financial contributions were not in play. But, oh well. As long as zoning designations can be adjusted to suit the moment, it’s all good.

Also, altering the number of commissioners required to change the comprehensive plan on an ‘as-needed’ basis helps. Let’s not forget endeavors in the state capitol to curtail ballot initiatives and suggestions made locally that public business be conducted behind closed doors.

It’s not that I have a dog in this fight over mining, rather that we all have a stake in the erosion of our participation in governance. What is chipped away, bit by bit, will be difficult to recover.

Democracy is government by the people, especially ‘the common people,’ as the primary source of political power.

L.J. Phillips, Brooksville

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