Transportation reality check

 

It’s always great to read the different views of Herald journalists and think about their take on our community’s happenings. And the June 23 edition was no exception.

In the sports column Random evidence of a cluttered mind, we were exposed to another dose of Greg Cote’s continued worship of everything related to the Miami Heat. “Party like the Heat,” he says, and “bring a $5,000 bottle of champagne to the parade.” He continues his out-of-touch-with-reality piece by proclaiming that “Nobody older than 20 should ride a skateboard or carry a backpack.” Obviously, he needs a reality check as many Heat fans ride skateboards, buses and bikes for transport.

How refreshing it was, on the other hand, to read Angel Doval’s June 20 story White-collar skateboarding, which had a photo of Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch, who often skateboards to commission meetings while dressed in office attire. It’s fantastic to see residents of various ages finding alternative and cheaper modes of transport in our otherwise traffic-jammed city, and many of them are also toting backpacks!

Geoff Willerton, Miami

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