Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Closing wage gap advances women’s rights

As a Miami-Dade County commissioner, I help ensure public policy that promotes economic development and prosperity for all of our residents. Like so many communities across the globe, Miami-Dade faces a persistent gender wage gap. This gap will not close for many decades. Our community cannot wait.

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Pass Workforce Act

In the wake of the tragic shooting against members of Congress this month, officials from both sides of the aisle vowed to come together to find common ground. Last week, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives answered that call when we passed my bill with Democratic Rep. Danny Davis, of Illinois, the “Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act.”

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No more malls

With more and more retailers on the verge of going out of business and a predicted 20 percent to 25 percent closing of malls nationwide in the next five years, why do the Gods of Greed persist in going forth with the unwanted and unneeded American Dream Mall in Northwest Miami-Dade?

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Climate and diet

For the millions of environmentalists and scientists in the United States and abroad up in arms over the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord, I have one simple question: Have you and your family adopted a vegan diet?

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Not so bright?

I was astonished to read in the June 26 Herald of the plan to use the I-95 underpasses as art works, “Dreary I-95 underpasses could get Miami-style makeovers with art and light.”

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Ugly airport

I have been traveling to Europe off and on since I retired two years ago. I was impressed by the modern styling and cleanliness of the airports in Barcelona, Madrid and Mallorca. Airport personnel spoke to me in English as soon as they knew I was from the United States.

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Reject building code overhaul House bill

Shelter is one of the most fundamental human needs and necessary for healthy, productive lives. We rely on our structures to protect us from the elements and for refuge when danger is present. Their construction should ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that our families, our loved ones, our neighbors are protected from harm. So, why are we playing a dangerous game with the very documents that ensure our built structures measure up to those expectations? In 1992, an ineffective patchwork of competing codes and processes left our state virtually defenseless against Hurricane Andrew, destroying nearly 50,000 homes. This catastrophe spurred reforms in the code process and lead to the strong building code we utilize today. Do we really want to risk the advances we’ve made since then? House Bill 1021, amending the process by which the Florida building code is updated, is currently awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s veto, his signature, or for the bill to become law without his signature. The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects supports our system of regulation by a single set of comprehensive, coordinated and contemporary codes. As such, we strongly recommend an immediate veto of this legislation. The International Codes are created through a consensus-based, scientific process and are the base for the existing Florida Building Code. Should this legislation become law, Florida will no longer be bound to follow the I-codes allowing us to deviate from practices adopted by a majority of other states, as well as fall behind on scientific and technological advances. The current Florida Building Code is considered one of the most robust building codes in the United States. It is imperative for the safety of our citizens that the building code stands up to those challenges — so that our buildings can remain standing as well. Joyce Owens, AIA RIBA President AIA Florida Expanding the Definition of Redevelopment

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Trump deflects

When asked if he had secretly taped his private conversation with former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump took several weeks to respond. Trump obfuscates, deflects, embellishes, and lies. That is Trump’s proven pattern.

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Uber’s troubles

Elected government officials are ethically obligated to protect licensed businesses, and not create advantages for companies that partake in unlawful business practices.

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Healthcare flaws

Re Ann McFeatters’ June 23 opinion piece, “GOP health bill will worsen opioid crisis”: The problem with the proposed legislation is much larger than what McFeatters highlights.

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