Town Hall: What would you tell your legislator?


To RSVP for Session 2013 on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts go to and click “Town Hall.” What would you ask state legislators to do in the upcoming session? Herald readers gave these responses to the Public Insight Network:

Low morale

I’m a school counselor in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and I’ve seen the morale of our teachers and staff deteriorate due to all of the cuts in programs and salaries.

What will be different with this legislative session?

Emmy Garcia, Hollywood

Expand Medicaid

Most members of my extended family do not have healthcare. My father suffers from glaucoma and although he works full-time, he cannot afford the coverage. He pays more than $100 a week for his medication.

Many people like my father would be covered under the Medicaid expansion if the state would only accept the federal funds. If the state declines this coverage, how would you propose we insure Floridians at or below the federal poverty line?

Julio Diaz, Miami

Private prisons

Why don’t we regulate the location of private prisons so they have to meet criteria? As of right now, the law doesn’t require such siting criteria for federally funded prisons. Shouldn’t the state of Florida protect its citizens and especially children nearby from having such a large prison population within close proximity?

Ryann Greenberg, Pembroke Pines

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Ceci Sanchez, as a toddler, with her father, Jose Ignacio Maciá, and mother, Cecile, in Cuba.

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    My father died at the Bay of Pigs Invasion

    This Easter Sunday is especially sad for me. My father died this weekend 53 years ago at the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.

  • Pray for peace

    It’s with great sadness that in the midst of the holiday of Passover, we witnessed, once again, another act of violence and hatred that has become far too common of an occurrence in our world. Instead of only recalling the joy of freedom from bondage, we were also gripped by the knowledge of someone who killed out of their hatred of Jews.

  • Respect police officers

    Re April 15 article Veteran cop granted bond in U.S. drug-running case: Being a real cop isn’t something you do, it’s something you are. So we take it personally when we lose a fellow cop and when we are unfairly tainted. When a cop does wrong, as we know, cop bashers will use it to attempt to tarnish the profession. The bad acts of an individual cop do not and should not represent the profession any more than the bad acts of a civilian criminal should define their race or ethnicity. Serving and protecting comes at a high price. Each year about 60,000 assaults on cops occur resulting in about 16,000 injuries. On average this past decade, 160 cops died yearly in the line of duty just doing their jobs. Yes, the 160 may make the news but the 16,000 and 60,000 do not.

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