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Restore civility in the community


The death of a mentally ill man, Darren Rainey, in jail for the possession of cocaine and who was put in a shower of scalding water by prison guards was a horrific act conducted by employees who work on our behalf.

When are we going to stand up to this inhumane behavior? We are better than that as a people. When are we going to have leadership in this county who can lead people to emulate the highest in character for a civil society?

Yes, our leaders are doing their best, however, money rules our priorities, including those of the mind, spirit and soul of this community.

Let us be proud to be residents of Miami-Dade County. Let us behave with civility to our neighbors and to each other. Let us erase the impression of Miami as being corrupt, uncivil, rude and crude. Instead of focusing on where the next sports arena will be built for owners to get richer, let us focus on being the best as human beings, with love in our hearts for ourselves, family, neighbors and fellow citizens.

Elaine Andrews Lailas, Miami

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