Erosion of rights


The only important piece of information left out of the April 13 article, Lawmakers should learn from Padrón, was the name of each of the ignorant, incompetent state legislators who have failed to support the bill permitting Miami-Dade residents to vote on a half-penny tax increase to fund Miami-Dade College and FIU.

In the same edition there appears an article, House passes bills to limit abortions, protect fetuses — indeed a compelling contrast!

The Republican-dominated House continues down a path which — through its irrational actions — erodes personal rights and protections, while concurrently ignoring the pressing financial needs of our local public institutions of higher education.

Couple these realities with the action of Republican Representative Erik Fresen in seeking to extend the grace period for Miami Dade Medical College to overcome the state-mandated probation on which its disastrous nursing program has been placed, and one gets the picture that politics in the Florida House is clearly not about the best interests of our community.

Rather, it is about young, inexperienced, uninformed, and terribly self-serving Republican legislators.

They see their personal careers and bank account balances as more important than community quality-of-life issues, ethics and accountability.

Ted Baker, Miami

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