BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Florida loves being No. 1, but definitely not in this category: The state leads the nation in complaints for identity theft in the country.
By FRANK BASTEK
It’s no fun being 83 and blind. Before my eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, took away all of my sight, I loved to read. Even when I was a young kid, I would go to the library and get books on all kinds of subjects.
By LIDA RODRIGUEZ TASEFF
I arrived in the United States at the age of 7 from Bogota, Colombia, wearing a pink pant suit and holding the hands of my siblings as we deplaned at Miami International Airport. The year was 1974, and although it was December, the air was fragrant and the temperature felt strangely balmy to a little girl used to living on the edge of the cool, crisp Andes Mountains.
CALL TO ACTION: LIBRARIES
By SUSAN VODICKA
When adults know how to read and write they have the power to transform their lives. This is why, with all the issues on which Miami-Dade County’s mayor and commissioners need to focus, adult literacy should be at the top of their list. Literacy is the most basic employable skill, the essential element of economic development and living-wage jobs.
BY EDUARDO PADRÓN
Well over a year ago, a group of community employers blazed a new trail for civic engagement with their employees. Miami Dade College, the Intercontinental, and The Betsy–South Beach became founding employer partners of the Bethlehem Project. This unprecedented partnership was designed to help green card-holding employees — legal residents — become citizens at very low cost and without leaving the worksite.
BY E.J. DIONNE
It’s not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company’s owners, not of those who work for them.
BY VALERIE WATERS
You learned in school about what happened in July 1776, and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Britain. Right?
BY MARK B. ROSENBERG
At FIU we pride ourselves on being a beacon of hope and opportunity for our community. We are committed to providing access to higher education to everyone with the preparation, drive and determination to pursue a university degree. To accomplish this, we are always seeking ways to remove the barriers that keep our neighbors from pursuing their university dreams.
BY STEVE BOUSQUET
Charlie Crist needs a course correction. Quick.
BY EUGENE ROBINSON
In politics, as in many endeavors, it helps to be underestimated. In this sense, Hillary Clinton is doing great.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Relax. This is not a slippery slope.
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964
By MARA ZAPATA AND LAURA MORILLA
Fifty years ago today President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation that prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the areas of employment and public accommodations.
BY TRUDY RUBIN
For Dick Cheney, Iraq means never having to say you’re sorry.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
When the Supreme Court effectively outlawed the online TV service Aereo last week, the first temptation was to dismiss the ruling as the confused ravings of a bunch of old people confounded by this newfangled Interweb stuff. Sort of like Larry King’s famous confession a few years ago that he’d never been online: “What, do you punch little buttons and things?”
LATIN AMERICAN POLICY
BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN AND MARIO DIAZ-BALART
Over the past several months, Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro’s use of the military and colectivos, guided by the Castro regime’s instruction in thuggery and intimidation, has violently oppressed dissenters through mass detentions, systematic torture and deaths.
BY ALBERT R. HUNT
Conservative Republicans think the immigration issue has turned to their benefit, removing even the slim prospects for any action this year. If they’re right, it’s only for the short term.
BY DANA MILBANK
When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to announce the death of Howard Baker, his words recalled not just his revered predecessor but an earlier, worthier cohort of American politicians.
BY TIM PADGETT
From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Back in the darker days of Chicago when guns and gangsters first ruled, Al Capone was king. Known for his violent temper and for a peculiar sense of fair play — “my way or the highway” — Capone was responsible for dozens of murders and was, perhaps, most notorious for the 1929 Valentine’s Day Massacre. Seven members of the rival Bugs Moran gang were murdered while Capone vacationed in Miami Beach.
BY CHRISTINE FLOWERS
Courage has always been a relative sort of thing. We consider it, reflected through both our personal prisms of perspective and the evolving context of time.