The writer is entitled to an opinion, but not to his own facts | Letters to the Editor

Like many others, I enjoy reading the “Letters to the Editor” section of the Chronicle, but sometimes these letters can be confusing due to misconceptions and misrepresentations. One such letter is from Frank D. Lovell on January 16.

Mr. Lovell makes unsubstantiated claims like, “The rights mandate of the state is at the heart of America.” We waged a costly and bloody civil war to debunk this theory. Amendment 1, Section 10 of the Constitution states what individual states cannot do and, more specifically, can only do with the “consent of Congress”. This definitively refutes the “state rights mandate is at the heart of America”.

Referring to Governor Ron DeSantis, Mr. Lovell makes the statement: “…the Governor has given us the freedom and security to carry out our duties as Americans. If the Governor is so steeped in the concept of freedom, why are he and Republican lawmakers usurping the right of self-government from local governments?

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According to a March 18, 2021, Chronicle editorial, 42 bills in 2020 were introduced “that targeted the authority of cities and counties to create their own rules.” The Municipal Home Rules Power Act of 1973 in Florida statutes allows cities and counties to enact local ordinances.

The answer is clear: it is nothing less than an unconstitutional and dictatorial seizure of power by the governor. Further evidence that DeSantis limits our freedom comes from former Republican Congressman David Jolly, when he was a guest on Nicole Wallace’s “Dateline: White House” show on January 18, 2022, when he remarked “Florida is not free”.

Jolly also added “DeSantis brought democracy to its knees in Florida. “And the claim that the governor gave us security is a joke since he not only refused mask mandates but he also threatened localities with sanctions if they had any.

Mr. Lovell also perpetuates the myth that our rights are “God-given”, which is patently false. Mr Lovell refers to the “wisdom of our founders”, but does not acknowledge that our rights derive directly from the founders, most of whom were not particularly religious. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a single mention of God. In her book, “Hijacking History,” Kathleen Wellman, professor of history at Southern Methodist University, writes, “Textbook writers portray the Founding Fathers as devout Christians, despite ample evidence that many of them were religious liberals, deists or deeply suspicious of enthusiasm. .”

The age-old adage “you are entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts” takes on special meaning here.

Sydney Rose


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