Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Not a care in the world

The fact that someone has done something unjust or dishonest is no justification for acting in a similar way — or worse. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions apparently don’t understand that. Just because a parent enters the U.S. illegally, there is no rationale for this nation to commit egregious acts of child abuse by taking the child from the parent as a presumed means of preventing others from entering illegally. There is no equivalence here.

Letters to the Editor

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a fatty liver disease, is emerging as one of Florida’s and the nation’s direst public health problems. The liver is in charge of more than 150 bodily functions, like controlling blood sugar and producing proteins important for blood clotting. It also filters all molecules in our system, breaks down the medicines we take, and while it produces, transforms and transports fat, it’s not made to store it.

Letters to the Editor

Red Cross is ready to respond to the next storm

Re the June 5 article, “After shelter chaos during Irma, Miami-Dade replacing Red Cross with county workers.” Taken in its entirety, it gives a misleading impression about what the community can expect from the Red Cross for the 2018 hurricane season. As the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter, we want to be clear that the Red Cross stands ready to respond, as it has for more than 100 years.

Letters to the Editor

Ending Pottinger shoves homeless issue aside

Re the May 31 article, “Miami moves to end ban on police harassing homeless,” one wonders how anyone, with a modicum of knowledge and a conscience, could advocate terminating the Pottinger agreement under the guise that circumstances have now changed and the agreement restricts the ability to work in the best interests of the homeless.

Letters to the Editor

Blackface incident needs further discussion in Miami

The story “Miami Parody features an actress in blackface, and audience “loves it”’ speaks volumes about awareness of how a cultural parody can provide both joy and pain to people who come from different cultural perspectives. Minstrel shows featuring blackface influenced the background of public support across the United States for allowing apartheid segregation laws across the southern states and even in some northern cities and de facto segregation in the northern states. They were enforced by state-assisted terrorism. The statements in the article defending blackface are exactly the same as those we heard during the last years of such shows in mainstream American theaters. We recognize that racism has different forms more related to color in Latin America than in the United States, where the “one drop” rule applied, tying caste to any known African ancestry. Yet any observer traveling to Latin American countries will observe the color-related economic and social stratification. The separation of the Cuban- and African-American communities in Miami is a barrier to our area achieving its full potential. Support for blackface comedy is counter to the hard work of committed people in both groups to build a “one Miami.” Mutual respect of each group’s experiences is important be it of those who fled a dictatorial government or those who fought apartheid laws enforced by terrorism. While we welcome the decision by the Teatro Trail to cease using performers in blackface, we suggest a further step is necessary to bring closure to this issue and urge that the responsible people in the theater be willing to participate in a discussion of this issue and its ramifications arranged by a group such as MCCJ, a respected Miami organization dedicated to embracing diversity and building an inclusive community.” The NAACP would be willing to participate. Ruban Roberts, president, Bradford E. Brown, second vice president, Miami-Dade NAACP

Letters to the Editor

EMS is so much more than lights and sirens

When I first became an emergency medical technician (EMT), I thought being on an ambulance would be constant excitement: driving with lights and sirens to rescue injured victims of traffic crashes, delivering babies, taking people with heart attacks quickly to the hospital.

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Activists march to protest the separation of immigrant families

Hundreds marched toward the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unacompanied Children Saturday protesting the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. Mexico border.