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Traffic solution

Re the April 16 article, “Could this be the worst intersection in Miami?” I have two solutions for that intersection, one short term and one long.

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Beautiful streets

The April 14 celebration of the grand re-opening of Miracle Mile marked an incredible moment for Coral Gables. The crowds, the energy and the infinite enthusiasm for our City Beautiful was palpable throughout the night and a strong sign of even greater days ahead for our local businesses and our community’s main street.

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Street fight

A university is much more than a business enterprise. Its purpose is not simply to churn out students with degrees. It has an obligation to its stakeholders to set an example and provide not just academics, but instill moral values in future leaders. Unfortunately, as Florida International University attempts to open Northeast 135th Street to its Biscayne Bay Campus, its president demonstrates that any means justifies an end. A university president has an obligation to lead by example. President Rosenberg does not consider the environment, the safety of residents, or the impact on a community in achieving his objective. He proves that one can use any tactic available to get to “yes,” and that compromise is not in the negotiation tool box.

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Willful naivete

James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” should not cause any concern for Trump. Reportedly, Trump has not read a book in decades. Current aides say that Trump does not ever read more than a page of anything presented to him.

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Ballot confusion

Kudos to Mary Ellen Klas for her April 5 story, “Constitution panel proposes putting 24 ideas into 12 amendments on Nov. ballot.” This is tantamount to stuffing a one-pound bag with 24 pounds of excessive confusion for voter misinterpretation.

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Filling King’s shoes

My thanks to Leonard Pitts Jr., for his on-target April 4 column “50 years after his murder, it’s time to kill the myth of Martin Luther King.”

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Save Marjory’s home

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas House should be turned over to The Kampong, David Fairchild’s home less than a half-mile away. It has been well administered by the National Tropical Botanical Garden for decades without disrupting its Coconut Grove neighbors.

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Home school

The March 26 headline “Teachers can’t afford Miami rents. The county has a plan: Let them live at school” is fit for The Onion’s satirical website. But alas, Miami-Dade County is actually proposing to house underpaid teachers at school.

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Wayne Huizenga, RIP

Wayne Huizenga was a legendary South Florida businessman and sports owner. He brought Major League Baseball and NHL hockey to South Florida as the original owner of the Marlins and Panthers.

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Investigate accident

Don’t blame the owner, the builder, the engineers, the designers, the paid-off politicians or non-union workers; instead, attack the nearest government agency (FDOT) for not divining the need for an unasked for road closing. Why not blame the Obama administration as well?

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Built too fast

The FIU bridge collapse was no accident; it was criminal negligence and someone should go to prison. The collapsed span is the longer of two spans comprising the suspension bridge. You can’t have a suspension bridge without the suspending component. The long span structure is not designed to support itself.

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Refreshing example

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s shock and disappointment are understandable. In addition to feeling rejection and anger, he and his staff must resume the work of finding a successor to their retiring chancellor, a task they correctly assumed had concluded.

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Cuban engineering

On March 3, the Association of Cuban-American Engineers and the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers will host their ninth annual Cuba Infrastructure Scholarship Competition at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora.

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Ballot power

Skip the evasive talk about teachers with guns, mental health testing, metal detectors at every school entrance, bullet-proof protectors, etc.

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We must curve gun violence

There’s nothing particularly special about me that would predispose me to gun violence. However, in just three years I’ve been impacted by four acts of preventable gun violence. Three years ago, as a Florida State University student, I stayed up all night reaching out to friends and classmates to confirm that they were not in the university’s library where an armed gunman entered and shot three students. After that incident, the place where I felt at home started to feel less safe. Two years ago, on a Sunday morning, I watched in horror as the death toll at Pulse nightclub in Orlando kept climbing, hoping that no loved ones were there during the massacre. Members of my LGBTQ Latin community who gathered for a fun night out were attacked in a violent way. This moved me in an incredibly deep and personal way. Then last October, as news broke of the massacre at the Las Vegas music festival, I frantically texted a friend present at the event. I was relieved to hear that she was safe, but she will now live for the rest of her life with the mental scars left by a domestic terrorist. And last week, gun violence struck close to home again, as I learned of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The shooting was just blocks away from my parent’s home. A school administrator from my high school lost his life. The most frustrating part about all of this is that the solutions are out there. We just need elected officials to propose and vote on common-sense gun reform. We need to reject terrible ideas by politicians in the pockets of the gun lobby, and instead champion sensible legislation like SB 196. This bill would ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Pulse, Las Vegas, and Stoneman Douglas High School. We must also be vigilant in allowing rhetoric that demonizes mental illnesses and direct our action to the root cause of these tragedies: weak gun laws.

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Broward school shooting

I am watching the news as the Broward shooting is unfolding. As I write this, very little is known. As a parent of three children, I can’t imagine what the affected parents are dealing with.

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The flu shot

Howard Cohen’s Feb. 6 article, “Debunking myths about the flu shot” was one of the best that I’ve seen over the years. The stories and language used fit with the research we know works to change behavior. Keep it up!

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Miami Beach corruption

Joey Flechas’ excellent reporting in the Feb. 9 story “After another Miami Beach corruption scandal, some ask: Why did no one speak up?” is undermined by the city government’s reaction, especially that of new Mayor Dan Gelber, a former federal prosecutor ostensibly schooled in reducing public corruption.

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Cops secretly recorded candidate's call to campaign consultant

Police secretly recorded a call between Miami campaign manager Pedro Diaz and candidate Rafael Velasquez over allegations of the filing of a false sexual battery claim.
David Ovalle