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Florida’s smart-aleck legislators will thwart the will of the voters | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
 
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the state Supreme Court to keep a proposed abortion-rights constitutional amendment off the November 2024 ballot.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the state Supreme Court to keep a proposed abortion-rights constitutional amendment off the November 2024 ballot. [ MATIAS J. OCNER | Miami Herald ]
Published Nov. 22, 2023

Smarty-pants legislators

Are you smarter than a Florida legislator? | Column, Nov. 20

Columnist Scott Maxwell’s (kind of) tongue-in-cheek piece on the temerity of Florida’s Republican legislators thinking that they know what is best for us is right at home here in Florida. If we the people of Florida vote for legislation to improve the lives of ourselves and others, then they will do everything possible to get around enforcing the law, even if the threshold is raised to 66.67%.

David Burg, Tampa

A second term

When Jefferson and Trump invoke ‘blood,’ it’s terrible | Column, Nov. 19

The proposed second-term agenda of the former president, as reported by CNN, raises serious concerns. The plan to use executive power to detain and deport undocumented immigrants, purge federal employees based on loyalty, and weaponize the Justice Department against political adversaries is alarming. The expansion of hardline immigration policies, including the creation of detention camps, and the reshaping of law enforcement to include stop-and-frisk practices, are deeply troubling. The proposal to impose across-the-board tariffs on imported goods could lead to economic instability. It is crucial to challenge these plans and uphold the principles of justice, fairness and inclusivity.

Mauricio Rosas, Tampa

The National Guard

DeSantis’ State Guard hires combat-training firm | Nov. 19

I am concerned about the governor effectively having his own personal army — paid for by the taxpayers. Nobody asked us if we wanted one. Nobody put this to a vote by the people, and it’s paid for by the people. We already have the Florida National Guard, from which my late husband was a 30-year retiree. Gov. Ron DeSantis has ideas that scare a lot of us. I certainly don’t want a private army under his control.

Sharon Jones, Valrico

Words and consequences

Appeals panel leans toward Trump gag order | Nov. 21

I’m not sure what’s so complicated for the judicial system of our great nation. Former President Donald Trump wants to talk politics? Fine. He wants to call President Joe Biden names? Fine. He wants to declare his innocence of all his accusations? Fine. He wants to dance to the song “YMCA”? Well … But he should be gagged for inflammatory comments against prosecutors, judges, court staff or potential witnesses. Whether he believes it or not, words have consequences.

David Lubin, Tampa