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Andrew Warren bent ‘the long arc of the moral universe toward justice in our community’ | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Sunday’s letters to the editor.
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a press conference on Thursday, Aug 4, 2022, at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa.
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a press conference on Thursday, Aug 4, 2022, at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Aug. 14

‘Tyrannical,’ in a word

‘This is about democracy’ | Aug. 10

If I had to choose one word to describe Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and recent decision to suspend State Attorney Andrew Warren, it would be tyrannical. His action demonstrates an abuse of power to undermine a free and fair election, which cuts at the heart of democracy. It was the will of the community to elect Andrew Warren as state attorney twice. The governor has shown, once again, disregard to democracy and has misused the authority of his administration and platform to advance personal aggrandizement and a political agenda. Ironically, the governor is guilty of the very thing he falsely accuses Andrew Warren: failure to uphold oath of office.

Andrew Warren has done nothing but enhance the culture of the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office to bend the long arc of the moral universe toward justice in our community and has upheld his oath of office to support the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. DeSantis, unfortunately, chooses to take autocratic action with those on the wrong side of history who have violated human dignity by supporting an interpretation and application of law and power to deny, disrespect and dehumanize others, including their mothers, wives, daughters and people of color. Those who don’t bow to the sound of his music are thrown in the fiery furnace.

Norman Harris, Tampa

Not above the law

New Hillsborough state attorney reverses some of Andrew Warren’s policies | Aug. 9

The Hillsborough state attorney whom Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended had put in writing he would not enforce certain laws. So I guess he figures he is above the law.

Rick Johnson, St. Petersburg

Neglect of duty

Florida’s drift from democracy to autocracy | Column, Aug. 9

I really enjoyed the guest column by Howard Simon. He cites three clear instances of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ neglect of duty: the suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren, the unconstitutional and unnecessary abortion ban after 15 weeks and the highly partisan gerrymandering map drawn up by the governor’s office. All of these negate the will of the people who voted Warren into office, voted to enshrine the right to privacy in our state constitution and voted to add amendments to ensure fair and representative congressional districting. DeSantis’ current political ads are full of the word freedom. But his actions and agenda clearly tell us that freedom only applies to those who think and act as he commands.

David Frishkorn, Tampa

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