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The Miami-Dade County Public Library System has been recognized nationally for excellence thanks to its director, Raymond Santiago. With his retirement, which he announced this week, and years of consecutive budget reductions resulting in massive service cuts, our libraries are at a crossroads.

Only a community that is committed to maintaining world-class libraries will attract innovative leadership. Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library and the Coalition to Save our Libraries calls on the county’s government to restore the library budget to $64 million and to mount a national search to find a new director, someone who will lead us forward to a 21st-century library system of excellence that a world-class city like Miami deserves.

John Quick, president, Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami

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  • Redistricting redux

    One need to look no further than the Aug. 12 piece Challenges expected on approved maps on redistricting that shows Florida’s Legislature simply cannot be trusted to impartially and apolitically draw legislative districts. When the House Redistricting Committee chairman, Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran (in addressing the revised Congressional map previously found unconstitutional) says, “If that is a Republican map, I’m proudly and utterly guilty of doing that,” then it’s clear the Legislature is unwilling and unable to enact the Fair Districts amendments. It’s high time for the courts, or a nonpartisan third party, step in to craft legislative districts.

  • Floating courthouse?

    I suppose the new courthouse (in the unlikely event its funding is approved by the citizens) will be elevated to account for sea level rise predicted by all local climate experts. Where will its users come from as the sea inundates the densely populated coastal areas of Miami-Dade while state and local governments played the proverbial Nero’s fiddle? We have limited funds; let’s prioritize wisely and put survival of our community ahead of the admittedly dire needs of the justice system.

  • Lifetime Rocket fan

    I read with disgust the letter that Coach Roland Smith of Miami Central High received from a Hoover football fan. I have been an educator my entire life and I’ve tried to eradicate the ignorance of judging someone for the color of their skin. My mentor and best friend in the school system for years was Percy Oliver, a black All-American football player from Illinois who became principal and head of athletics for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He became my dad after my father died, and we never let the color of our skin determine the limits or boundaries of our friendship.

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