Florida Rep. Erik Fresen’s March 8 article, Public school districts overspend, then blame the charter schools, as is typical, left out his conflict of interests related to charter schools.
Namely, he is a $150,000-a-year land consultant for Civica, an architecture firm that specializes in building charter schools. Many of those schools were built for Academica, which is the largest charter-school management company in Florida and of which Fresen’s brother-in-law and sister are executives.
Fresen and his family profit from his advocacy for giving public dollars to charter schools — legislative corruption at its most obvious.
Harlan K. Sandberg, Pompano Beach
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So Marco Rubio went to Hialeah to implore Hispanics to help him win Florida. Well, why should they? What has he ever done for them?
Rubio is an empty suit, all sizzle and no steak. Ever since we sent him to the U.S. Senate with big hopes, he’s done exactly nothing for Hispanics, or for Florida for that matter. In fact, more often than not, he’s not even there when they vote, and the one good idea he was part of, immigration reform, he ran away from as fast as he could as soon as he felt a little political heat.
He was a big nothing in the state Legislature and he is a big nothing in the U.S. Senate and he would be a big nothing in the White House, were he, God forbid, ever elected. We’d have Norman Braman and his billionaire cronies as de facto presidents.
Sanders on Cuba
When Sen. Bernie Sanders talks about Cuba’s model of free healthcare and education as something we should admire and embrace he is delusional.
He has visited Cuba many times because the government knows he is a socialist and will be a good ambassador for their country. Cuban doctors get exported to other countries, example, Venezuela to get free oil for Cuba.
Doctors in Cuba look for jobs like driving cars as taxis to make a few pesos as they are struggling to live with low pay. Cuban hospitals are an abomination, family must take care of a loved one, bring their own supplies, bedding, and even food is sold to patients by vendors walking in and out all day.
Did Sanders see this? Education is free, and after students receive their degrees there is no work, no jobs, so they go back to school to get another degree.
Does Sanders think this is a good model for us to follow? We live in a democratic, capitalist country where we are only limited by our own ambition, regardless of race, color, creed or gender.
It’s there for the taking, the American Dream is still possible, that’s why immgration here continues.
Marie D. Valenti,