Re the Oct. 23 letter Less accountable: There is a lot of misunderstanding concerning one of the seven charter amendments that will appear on Surfside's Nov. 4 ballot. This amendment, establishing extended and staggered terms, allows for Surfside residents to vote for three of their elected officials every two years starting in the 2018 election in the following way:
After the end of high school, by law 22 years of age, young adults with intellectual disabilities generally live in a never-never land. Their continuing needs for educational enrichment, life skills and for job readiness is in need of far more sustained attention and funding.
Fred Grimm’s Oct. 19 column, Inner city youth football is a game apart, was so on point about youth football, especially in the African-American community. This is the very reason the Miami Police Athletic League moves to the Xtreme Youth Football League and away from Pop Warner.
I applaud California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing SB 270, the ban on single use plastic bags. Brown promises that even though California is “the first [state] to ban these bags … we won’t be the last.”
Re the Oct. 11 article, Medicare fines more South Florida hospitals for readmitting patients: I wonder if Dr. Carlos Lavernia can explain how Jackson Memorial Hospital had a very low penalty for re-admitting patients.
As a pediatrician, now retired, I would often treat kids who were ill because parents didn’t bring them in earlier when intervention would have resulted in a better outcome. Explanations varied, frequently including lack of insurance, high deductibles or fear of taking time off from work.
Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that this year is an important one. They should pay attention to their Medicare coverage options during the open enrollment period between Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 because of the Affordable Care Act.
More than 2,100 Palestinians have been killed in recent months, 85 percent of whom are civilians, including 500 children. Over 100,000 are left homeless, as raw sewage runs in the streets, polluting their drinking water and as Israeli bombs have left them without electricity. All this on top of a seven-year-long blockade that has prevented imports and the exporting of Palestinian goods, resulting in a 41 percent unemployment rate.
The Surfside Town Commission wants voters to change the entire town election system to provide for longer and staggered terms of office. Commissioners want to substantially reduce the level of accountability that town officials have to the people of the community and give themselves long-term immunity from being held responsible for their decisions. Their intent is to create a system that makes it impossible to change out a majority of the commission at any time.
The last time my wife and I attended a Florida Panthers game, Eddy Belfour was in goal. However, I recently received an email offering two tickets for the price of one, for teachers, to selected games. Since opening night was a choice, my wife and I decided to attend.
I’m trying to figure out why Glenn Garvin never mentions Roger Stone’s close relationship with Scott Rothstein in his rather laudatory Oct. 15 column, Nixon’s true believer: Edgy take on history. The fact that Stone operated out of RRA Consulting offices was no coincidence.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Texas voter ID law has been met with criticism by the left and by the NAACP, among other groups, as being racially discriminatory. Voting is a precious and important right. Why is it wrong to require people to prove they are eligible to exercise it?
In spite of Gov. Rick Scott outspending Charlie Christ almost three to one, mostly using his own money, Florida voters will not be fooled twice and will elect the right governor who supports policies best for Floridians, including expanding Medicaid, lowering insurance costs from Citizens and other private insurers, and honest regulation of utility rate increases.
Although not surprised by the Herald’s endorsement of Charlie Crist, I was rather stunned by their commentary that Charlie Crist has an “undoubted devotion” to the State of Florida and as such that gave him the clear edge in earning the endorsement. What edge were they looking at? The flip flopping “the environment is important to me now but might not be tomorrow as the fan blows” edge?
Does anyone know why the center of Interstate 75 is being dug up? To make more lanes? We don’t need any more cars on the road in either Miami-Dade or Broward Counties. What we need is a more Metrorail transportation.
On a recent Sunday at about 5:30 a.m., I was involved in a hit-and-run accident. The driver who hit me, totaling my car and leaving the scene, shows how little they cared about me. Unfortunately for that driver, a keen observer saw the accident and gave me your tag number and make of the car. It was so nice of him and I do appreciate it very much. When the state trooper arrived, I gave the information to him.
Legislators often receive little credit for the truly good work that they do. Despite years of hard work and disappointment for previous bill sponsors, Rep. Keith Perry and Sen. Anitere Flores stepped up to the challenge and sponsored child passenger safety legislation during the 2014 session.