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Your thoughts: Share your opinion on Haiti's situation

What do you think?

As the U.S. region with the most at stake, South Florida will be focused on Haiti's recovery and reconstruction in the coming months. In the coming months, we'll offer some perspectives from prominent South Florida's Haitans on what has occurred since the quake and what ought to happen next. And we'd like to hear your thoughts on the following:

  • Building standards: How can a country as poor as Haiti ensure that structures are built to withstand any future disasters?
  • Adoption: How important is it that U.S. families adopting Haitian orphans preserve the child's native culture?
  • Transparency: What is the best way to ensure that the billions in aid being funneled into Haiti is used as intended and not squandered or stolen.

Email us your thoughts.. We’ll publish them here and in the paper as well.

  • Michael Benge

    In his report, Andres Oppenheimer advocates that “Haiti needs a version of the Marshall Plan -- now” (02.05.10). As part of that plan, US leaders should take a lesson from our history during the 1930’s depression when President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and apply it to the reconstruction of Haiti.

  • Ed Brophy

    Fishers of men? Don't be turned off by some of these worldly charity organizations—flush with cash—who would seem to rather have you believe Haiti is not in desperate need of volunteers—even if your best skill is none other than to serve the poor.

  • Cynthia Hansen

    The grass roots groups are doing more to help than big NPOS.

  • Orietta L'Abbate

    La Gonave, 65km x 15km, lies in the middle of the Haitian gulf, and it is part of Haiti, although the central government has systematically ignored it and its 100,000 people, who have now grown to an unspecified number as refugees arrive daily from mainland after the earthquake.

  • Jacques R. Laroche

    I, Jacques R. Laroche of UCOMB (Unique Coalition of Minority Businesses) of South Dade, Inc., would like to suggest the following ideas for the rebuilding of my home country, Haiti.

  • Felix Magloire

    While some Haitian government officials have expressed some difficulties with moving the capital city of Port-au-Prince to another location, I believe that it still should be considered. True, it will be costly and it will take long. However, these can be mitigated by constructing smaller scale buildings built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. The capital should possibly be relocated to Gonaives for several reasons.

  • Mike Marcus

    Without a long-term, head-on attack on corruption, all the goodwill and dollars being sent now is ultimately a band-aid on a hemorrhaging patient.

  • Fred San Millan

    Haiti will be a unifying issue for the continent for a long time. As suggested the building standards will have to be reviewed or change. Most engineers will need to be trained in the new methods and technics to minimize future disasters. The rules and regulations of modern urbanism will need to respected as well.

  • Harry Richard

    If we are going to spend billions of US Dollars in Haiti, then let's do it right. Once and for all. we need responsible, educated, motivated and responsible individuals to be stewards of our money. Using bondable, honest, trustworthy Haitian-Americans who have an emotional investment in this once-in-history chance to save a country is my best suggestion.

  • Argelia Tejada Segor

    Adoption: How important is it that U.S. families adopting Haitian orphans preserve the child's native culture? Before this question can be answered, people in the USA need to be informed and learn the facts: Haitian parents love their children as much as any other parents on the planet. They give them away because they are too poor to feed them and are not able to send them to schools in a country where the public school system collapsed, and the private system--religious or non-religious --requires fees that they can’t afford.

  • Carl D. Smith

    Haiti has no building standards or codes. The devastation showed that.

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