Spoiled brats


Re the Sept. 18 letter Our gimmick — get Pets’ Trust funded: It’s sad that Pets’ Trust advocates missed the point of the Sept. 11 editorial, Solutions — not gimmicks.

It’s even sadder that they would try to justify their wrongheaded recall effort by comparing to the Boston Tea Party their bungled, embarrassing, rigged drawing of a Miami-Dade commissioner’s name from a hat.

The Boston Tea Party was no gimmick. It was an act of economic terrorism conducted in the dead of night by American revolutionaries against British financial interests.

The better analogy is that Pets’ Trust supporters are acting like the spoiled brat at the grocery store, who lies on the floor, kicks his feet and screams when his mommy doesn’t buy him a candy bar.

That’s the point that the Miami Herald politely made in its editorial. Bear in mind, Miami-Dade Animal Services is getting a 40-percent budget increase.

It’s easy to gloat when you win nonbinding straw polls, but it takes wisdom and maturity to graciously accept disappointment and live to fight another day — a lesson the Pets’ Trust will hopefully learn before it further marginalizes itself.

John S. Schwartz, Miami

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • 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.

  • The readers’ forum

    Downtown Miami needs a grand entrance

    Miami has one last chance to create a grand entrance to the city.

  • Bay of Pigs at 53

    One of their American trainers, multidecorated WWII and Korea veteran Grayston Lynch, called the Bay of Pigs freedom fighters, “brave boys who mostly had never before fired a shot in anger.”

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category