Just how free are we here in America?
We've been told just how lucky we are for ages. We have the right to free speech! We have the right to bear arms! We have the right to own property!
Well, only sort of.
We're not allowed to speak about certain subjects online for fear of being deplatformed or shadow banned. We don't have the right to own the sort of weaponry that would allow us to compete with the military should tyranny come to town. And, strangest of all, some people haven't even been allowed to garden on their own homesteads.
One Florida couple is celebrating the abolishment of a controversial policy that banned vegetable gardens on residential properties, and with it, the end of a 6-year legal spat with their village.
On Monday, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll planted jalapenos, green bell peppers and other veggies in the front-yard garden of their Miami Shores home in honor of the news, NPR reports.
What was the holdup?
Back in 2013, Ricketts was forced to uproot a plot she tended for 17 years when a zoning ordinance forbade front yard gardens, as per NPR, on the grounds that they violated zoning codes and were unsightly. The offense was punishable by a daily fine of $50.
The absurdity of the forbiddance should not be overlooked or marginalized. Property owners should be the keepers and deciders within their own home, and a front yard garden should be encouraged, not legally entangling.
As for Hermine, she couldn't be happier.
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I'm grateful to the Legislature and the governor for standing up to protect my freedom to grow healthy food on my own property,” Ricketts said.