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  • The readers’ forum

    Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens the American Dream

    Globalization is here, what’s not is fair trade. Congress should be deciding how trade agreements will affect ordinary people in this country and around the world, not government and big businesses representing the 12 countries that have spent years negotiating a massive new trade bill without telling the public about it.

  • Native Americans

    The July 20 article Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs describes how colleges around the country are seeing the need to create programs to prepare Native Americans to leave their tribes and start their college careers.

  • Protect humans

    The matter of eliminating mosquito control was described in the July 23 article County challenged on mosquitoes. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard declared the city to be a “wildlife sanctuary.”

  • Go solar

    First, people are coming to Florida faster than mosquitoes hatching on a rainy day. Second, FPL is a company with shareholders. As long as people are paying for electricity, FPL and shareholders make money.

  • The readers’ forum

    Fare hike for Special Transportation Services is fair

    In the July 20 letter to the editor Fare increase for disabled ‘un-American,’ Evan Flugman expressed concerns over the recommended 50-cent Special Transportation Service (STS) fare increase that is included in the proposed Miami-Dade County budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

  • How to pick qualified jurists

    As a lawyer who has been practicing in Miami-Dade for 40 years, and appearing regularly before the area’s judges, I would agree with the major theme of Joe Cardona’s July 26 column, Better ways to pick judges. Elections aren’t the best path to a quality bench, yet I strongly disagree that elections haven’t produced a strong local judiciary. The anonymous opinions of lawyers expressed in bar polls is that the overwhelming majority of our local judges do a good job. Applicants to the Judicial Nominating Commission almost always have quality résumés. The pay for judges, while not generous, may be far less than successful experienced lawyers, but compares favorably with the average income as statistics reflect. Judicial elections have not prevented Miami-Dade from providing us an overwhelming number of capable jurists.

  • Where’s the outrage?

    If most of the Muslims of the world are decent, peace-loving citizens, then where is their outrage against the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the other violent murderous Islamics? They kill schoolgirls for the crime of seeking an education, or throw acid in their faces, they set off bombs in crowds of civilians, and they bomb mosques and churches. In Mali, where the situation was horrible, European forces are trying to restore peace.

  • Solution to problems

    The July 27 front page article State GOP won’t talk about trips to ranch dealt with corrupt Republican politicians accepting Big Sugar money to hunt in Texas’ King Ranch. Shocking, but we knew it long ago. Their sort of hunting is barbarous and environmentally unethical.

  • Multimedia

  • Clean Venezuelan money?

    Hats off to the feds for arresting former Venezuelan Judge Benny Palmeri-Bacchi on drug trafficking charges...

  • Working for peace

    In Helen Aguirre Ferré’s July 27 column, War is not inevitable, she demands that the United Sta...

  • The readers’ forum

    Moving toward using less gas in the future

    Re Carl Hiaasen’s July 20 column Taxpayers: Prepare to be railroaded: I question how much Hiaasen un...

  • No more cement

    I was born in Cuba. I was a Pedro Pan. A Cuban museum in Miami would have relevance and utmost merit as lon...

  • Build workforce

    While job growth has remained lackluster, the construction industry faces a shortage of qualified workers t...

  • Working Americans

    In January, lawmakers in Congress voted to cut off benefits to the long-term unemployed. Democrats predicte...

  • The readers’ forum

    More transportation options needed

    The July 21 article Car-free and frustrated, about transportation options in downtown Miami should remind l...

  • Who’s the dictator?

    So Rep. John Boehner is suing the president for using executive orders to “rewrite the law.” ...

  • No to police layoffs

    What an absolute disgrace for Miami-Dade commissioners to vote for a slight tax increase to fund libraries ...

  • Unsung heroes

    I have read the news about the 2012 scalding death of Darren Rainey, a South Florida inmate. As the wife of...

  • Make ACA work

    I read the July 24 article Judges in health care rulings vote party line, in which the Washington Court of ...

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