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Stain on America

What a joke! Trump stages a well-scripted cabinet gathering to tell everyone that he is fixing the flawed policy of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents, when all he did was take credit for something he didn’t fix, but actually caused.

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Kids separated from parents is an American issue

As executive director of the state agency charged with enforcing the Florida Civil Rights Act and addressing all forms of discrimination in Florida, but more importantly, as a mother of three beautiful children, I am deeply concerned with the issue our nation is facing today: separating children from their parents “suspected” of illegally entering the United States.

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Immoral policy

Migrant families on our southern border who are escaping violence and persecution in their homeland are being routinely separated in the name of our security. This policy is immoral and has already had tragic consequences. Is there no recourse for stopping this disregard for human dignity and family?

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Despotic apprentice

Is no one else bothered by the fact that while alienating the greatest Western world leaders of democracy, Trump is reaching out to, and making friends with, dictators and despots of countries that have as much misogyny and racism as Trump’s administration?

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Adam Putnam should resign

Florida’s Department of Agriculture carelessly failed to conduct federal background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits. The department claims that a low-level employee placed in charge of that function could not log in to the FBI’s background system.

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Transport woes

Once again the short sight of local politicians zero in on the quick fix rather than a long term plan for transportation. Building more roads will only mean more cars, where a reliable rapid transit system that goes where people live would make more give up the daily two-hour commute each way.

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Marred MAST

It was sadly ironic to read the Miami Herald’s front page story about racism at MAST Academy on June 6: D-Day. On this date in 1944, our soldiers, at great sacrifice, stormed the beaches in Normandy in a seminal attack to destroy one of history’s most despicable racists, whose mission was to liquidate all Juden Neger und Zigeuner (Jews Negroes and Gypsies).

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Federal funds

Re the June 5 letter “Hurricane-ready:” It appears that state Sen. Rene Garcia is on board with the state accepting FEMA funds from the federal government for hurricane relief.

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It was disappointing to read Fabiola Santiago’s May 30 article, “Memo to Gov. Rick Scott: A real Floridian doesn’t get hysterical over rain and squalls.” Any notion that Florida should not take every storm seriously is a mockery to our state and all families affected by previous storms.

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Get up, stand up

In appreciation of the First Amendment of our Constitution, the right of free speech by public demonstration should be remembered by an annual Right To Protest day in accordance with our finest traditions.

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Passionate student

The May 23 Miami Herald op-ed piece by Kai Koerber, “At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, I saw how the mental problems of a fellow student turned him into a killing monster,” was illuminating. Koerber’s vision to take on mental health care solutions in schools is more than admirable. There is nothing more fulfilling than having a passion.

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Pink islands

Re the May 29 story, “Christo dressed up islands in hot pink 35 years ago, and changed Miami forever.”

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Yes to the mega mall

I have lived in Miami for a number of decades and every time some good business person or group wants to do something to improve our economy, we get all the downers out.

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Why Nikolas Cruz killed

Months after the Miami Herald printed my Feb. 26 letter responding to another about mental health issues being the underlying cause of mass shootings, the Herald published a half page opinion piece that places the blame right where it belongs — on students who bully, berate, ostracize and make fun of fellow students until one of them decides they can’t take it anymore.

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Royal wedding

Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle in the most beautiful fairy-tale Royal Wedding. It was known as the “Wedding of the Century.”

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Gaza protestors

The protestors at the Gaza-Israel border should not to be confused with the peaceful, non-violent groups that were lead by Gandhi or Martin Luther King.

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Flood control

I thank the Miami Herald for demanding significant investment in our flood protection system to confront rising seas in it’s May 6 editorial, “Three newspapers confront one challenge: Sea-level rise is real, South Florida needs all hands on deck — now.” There is a dire need to invest in our aging and underfunded flood control system now, not just in the future.


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Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski calls on congress to act on TPS

Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of Miami, held a press conference in Little Haiti’s Cultural Center calling on congress to act on the Temporary Protected Status.