Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth: In an all-too-rare but refreshing show of harmony, the U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a bipartisan compromise bill that fixes a serious, long-festering problem with Medicare payments and sent it to the Senate...where it awaits an uncertain future.
Florida lawmakers may be on the verge of making a mistake of historic proportions by letting a splendid opportunity to aid Everglades restoration and clean up waters east and west of Lake Okeechobee slip through their fingers this session.
Four years into his tenure as Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, unfortunately, has ceased to govern his poor country, and now instead rules it through executive order. He has tightened his grip on the reins of power in his still politically stunted nation. But the president himself remains in the grip of the kinds of corruption and self-serving cronyism that have long impeded Haiti’s progress toward sustainability.
Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of the Associated Press, nails it on our Other Views page: “The Freedom of Information Act and state open-records laws are powerful reporting tools. But it’s important to remember that they don’t exist just for journalists. They are there for everyone.”
Commend South Florida’s hard-working conservationists for their recent win in the endless struggle to preserve public green spaces and save endangered animals and plants from the threats of neglect and development.