Friday, September 22

Gov. DeSantis’ claims that Florida is a ‘free state’ derided

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference with Congressman Byron Donalds ,left, Congressman Brian Mast,  SFWMD Chairman Chauncey Goss next to Senator Marco Rubio, far right, at a stormwater treatment area in western Palm Beach County, Florida on January 31, 2022.

What happened to the ‘free state?’

I have a question for Gov. Ron DeSantis. You opened the state of Florida to “no restrictions” because, in your words, “Florida is a free state.” Unfortunately, in the last couple of months, that is not true. Florida is becoming a “control state.”

State Sen. Lori Berman’s comment that Gov. DeSantis is an “aspiring dictator” is 100% correct. He has interjected himself into areas that should be beyond his scope. After the Florida Senate had completed and approved new congressional maps, the Governor tossed their maps and created his own, which is not his responsibility. This entire situation is starting to look more like a dictatorship. I agree with Sen. Berman. I urge every Floridian to seriously consider these issues when you vote for our next governor.

Sharon Castrillon, Boynton Beach

Safe working conditions still needed

Floridians go to work each day expecting to return to the comfort of their homes and their families that depend on them, but, each year, hundreds of Floridians never return home. According to the 2021 AFL-CIO Death on the Job Report and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 306 workers in Florida lost their lives in workplace fatalities in 2019.

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