The recent articles in The Miami Herald regarding my deepest concerns and frustration over the pressing needs of Miami Dade College included strong words by me that offended our legislators. I realize that comments I made of a personal nature were not appropriate and I regret they were offensive. That was not my intention. I do not want to argue with our legislators. The future of the College is a heartfelt issue to me.
I do stand firmly in my belief that the people of our community deserve the right to decide the issue of local support for MDC. In a very real way, the College belongs to this community and it is only right that the community’s voice be heard through a referendum, to dedicate local funding for the sole benefit our students. The people are more than capable of addressing this issue and the Legislature should not deny that democratic privilege. Beyond the passions of the moment, I hope that we, as a community, can all agree with the simple wisdom of that approach.
Eduardo J. Padrón
Miami Dade College