Editor, The Beacon:

The “Free State of Florida” is not all that free when we take a closer look.

Though our governor and the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature balk at federal mandates, they are all too happy to pass their own mandates, often unfunded, down to the counties and cities.

The notion of home rule comes down to a simple principle — “Local Decisions Locally Made” — and it is quite popular. Give it a thought when you head to the ballot box this August and November.

Christian Gowan

DeLand

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