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    Court may not save Obamacare again

    Are healthcare consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges? Photo Gallery Available


    We must get better at mosquito control

    Florida has one of the most aggressive mosquito-control programs in the country, and yet, we are swamped with mosquitoes in South Florida; mosquitoes often carrying disease. Photo Gallery Available


    America, though challenged, still the land of opportunity

    The character of our culture has a lot to do with opportunity in America. I learned early on, from personal experience, that these two notions are intertwined. My two brothers, my sister and I were reared by our single mom with a work ethic that shaped who I am today. Photo Gallery Available


    When the children of Central America have homes — and hope — they will stay home

    In story after story in newspapers and on television, we have seen the faces of desperate children crossing U.S. borders and being met by frustrated and hostile citizens. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, especially, have seen thousands fleeing in an effort to claim a better life.


    Cuban exile museum will highlight ‘a triumph of the American Dream’

    Miami’s greatness as a global city transcends the bountiful natural beauty with which it has been endowed by our Creator, and even the crossroads of world geography that have placed us in the strategic center of the Americas. Not even our powerful economic punch as an international banking and commerce center, as well as our world-celebrated tourist attractions, gives us a rightful claim to a star role on the global scene. Rather, it is our rich, diverse population from every corner of the globe, and the cacophony of more than one hundred languages spoken in Miami-Dade County, which round out our place among the world’s elite destinations.


    War is not inevitable in Mideast

    Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz said that war is another means to achieve a political goal. The goal of Hamas and Islamic jihadists is to annihilate Israel and its allies. To some degree they’ve benefited from the United States’ policy of helping both sides in a peace process that does not rebuke Hamas’ desire to blow Israel off the map, but instead ignores this by trying to mediate a peaceful co-existence that is not forthcoming.


    Judge has faith in the law, and in human potential

    I am a circuit judge in Miami-Dade County serving in the criminal division. Every day, I make decisions about whether to release defendants who are awaiting trial and whose families rely on them for basic needs; whether to grant requests by victims of domestic violence to remove stay-away orders that keep their families apart; and whether to sentence convicted defendants to prison, house arrest or probation.

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