Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Lime to Miami: No more delays to scooter sharing

In April, Lime launched our electric scooters, offering increased mobility in Miami’s urban core, reducing cars on the road, and increasing access to public transportation. With average ride times of about 15 minutes, Lime scooters are a cost-efficient and sustainable alternative. Forty percent of rides across the country start or stop near public transit stations.In the two months that Lime operated scooter sharing in the city, residents embraced the service with more than 10,000 of them having made nearly 30,000 trips.

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Miami needs a strong-mayor system

When I became Miami’s city manager in 2003, former Miami Herald columnist Jim DeFede offered to take bets on how long I’d last. I shocked him by serving nearly four years, but his instincts were right. I’ve never been politically correct, and the antiquated structure of Miami’s government requires the city manager to be a politician.

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Fight auto glass repair insurance fraud

The recent arrest of a Central Florida contractor underscores that assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse is continuing impact insurance policyholders across the state. Insurers commend Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis and the Bureau of Insurance Fraud investigators for taking this issue seriously in order to protect consumers. from those looking to take advantage of consumers in a vulnerable situation. However, this is yet another example of why lawmakers must address AOB abuse before it gets worse. First, it started with homeowners and now it’s rapidly growing on the auto glass repair side. According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, in 2006, approximately 400 auto glass AOB lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. In 2016, nearly 20,000 lawsuits were filed. Consumers are often approached at local car washes, gas stations, in parking lots, or even at their homes, and are offered cash rebates, gift cards, or steak dinners by scammers who claim they can work with the person’s insurance company on a free windshield replacement. The repair company convinces the consumer to sign an AOB authorization and, by doing so, the person essentially hands over all the rights and benefits of their insurance policy. Once the dishonest vendors have control of the insurance benefits, they team up with trial lawyers to inflate claims and then sue the insurance companies. Ultimately, those fake and inflated claims and lawsuits drive up the cost of auto insurance for everyone. Consumer advocates, real estate agents, construction contractors, insurance agents, and other business leaders have partnered to fight AOB abuse. Together, we will continue to urge lawmakers to take action in order to protect their constituents from this type of abuse. But we need your help. To spread the word on this AOB problem — tell your story today at fightfraud.today.

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Florida’s hurricane insurers are on strong financial footing

We appreciate the Herald’s efforts to educate its readers on the financial health of the state’s home insurers (“Now is the time to evaluate your hurricane insurance. It isn't as simple as you think,” June 18). However, the story is based on a press release by Weiss Ratings, an organization that markets high-priced investment newsletters with emails titled, for example, “The Secret Pattern that Could Predict the Next Crash.”

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Trump’s sleight of hand

Sometimes, in life, it takes one to know one. When I was a little boy, my father took me to see a magic show. I sat in the first row and was mesmerized as the magician manipulated a deck of cards in his right hand and suddenly produced a bouquet of flowers out of the same hand.

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Not a care in the world

The fact that someone has done something unjust or dishonest is no justification for acting in a similar way — or worse. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions apparently don’t understand that. Just because a parent enters the U.S. illegally, there is no rationale for this nation to commit egregious acts of child abuse by taking the child from the parent as a presumed means of preventing others from entering illegally. There is no equivalence here.

Letters to the Editor

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a fatty liver disease, is emerging as one of Florida’s and the nation’s direst public health problems. The liver is in charge of more than 150 bodily functions, like controlling blood sugar and producing proteins important for blood clotting. It also filters all molecules in our system, breaks down the medicines we take, and while it produces, transforms and transports fat, it’s not made to store it.

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Newborn Giraffe Born in Wildlife Park Struggles With First Steps

A newborn giraffe born at wildlife conservation center The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, was caught attempting to take its first steps in a video shared on July 13.