Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

This is why the Youth Fair still matters

County fairs carry out a prominent role in their communities, and the 2019 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is no exception. I am proud to be part of the annual spring event, which was supported by more than 552,000 visitors.

Our heartfelt thanks to all who came to enjoy the rides, food, and entertainment, and to spend a good time with family and friends. It takes everyone to make The Youth Fair a success, which we measure by how much we give back to the children in our community.

We will contribute more than $180,000 in scholarships to support worthy students as they endeavor to achieve their dream of higher education. Winners will be announced in May at our annual Scholarship Program dinner.

We also distributed more than $450,000 in prizes and cashto reward students’ hard work. This year, more than 60,000 projects from dozens of areas of study were on display, including history, literature, the culinary, performing and visual arts, science and technology, agriculture, architecture, business and engineering.

We provide tournaments attended by more than 6,000 public and private school students who compete in swimming, diving, cross country, bowling, golf, tennis, badminton, track and wrestling.

As an urban fair, it is our duty to educate the importance of agriculture, the biggest driver of our county’s economy after tourism. We support the future of agriculture through Our Livestock Funding Program assists public school students with their purchase of costly animals, such as steer, hogs and lambs, to raise for their agribusiness school assignments.

The Youth Fair’s good works enhance the social fabric of our community. I thank all, including our wonderful volunteers, staff and guests, who make it happen.

Eddie Cora,

president, CEO,

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition

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Bovo: Traffic and toll relief for Miami-Dade

The situation residents are facing on Miami-Dade County roads is unacceptable. Faced with constant gridlock and never-ending tolls, they are deservedly upset. It is irrefutable that our quality of life has diminished due to long hours on our expressways. Frustration among residents grows as they are forced to pay more in tolls without seeing the results they were promised.

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State Sen. Pizzo wants answers

After Amendment 4 passed last November, voter registration for those who had completed their “sentence,” and whose convictions were neither “murder” nor a “sex offense,” was set to open on Jan. 8. Then Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, who campaigned against the amendment, called for the Legislature to pass an implementing bill. I joined in the dismay, believing the amendment to be self-executing, and knowing our Legislative session wouldn’t begin until March, and bills wouldn’t pass until April.

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Protect affordable housing funds to boost our economy

In the final three weeks of their session, legislators have an opportunity to boost the economy by ensuring that affordable housing trust funds are used for their intended purpose. With the passage of the William E. Sadowski Act in 1992, legislators created a dedicated funding source for the development of affordable housing. Each year, the Act generates hundreds of millions of dollars through the collection of a documentary stamp tax on the sale of real estate. Unfortunately, over the past 10 years, the Legislature has diverted nearly $1.4 billion to balance the state budget. The continued raiding drastically reduces resources needed by local governments and developers to build quality housing for our teachers, police officers and health professionals. Gov. DeSantis and the state Senate are recommending full funding of affordable housing programs in their respective budgets at $331.9 million. However, the state House proposes to again divert $200 million into general revenue, with only $123.6 million going to housing projects. Creating affordable housing not only improves the lives of families, but improves the overall economy. In 2018, the state Legislature siphoned $182 million and allocated only $123 million to affordable housing. According to the Sadowski Housing Coalition, if the full $305 million had been used for affordable housing, the state would have realized $4 billion in total economic impact through the creation of 28,000 construction jobs and $1.4 billion in labor income. To truly address the affordable housing crisis gripping the state, our legislators should work together and refrain from sweeping crucial housing dollars to the state’s general fund. We must act now to address this crisis.

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Yes, Mexico’s drug cartels are terrorist groups

In his March 15 opinion, “Trump wants to label Mexican cartels as ‘terrorist’ groups. That’s a bad idea,” Miami Herald writer Andres Oppenheimer suggested that we are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to label specific cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations to “please Trump’s anti-immigration base,” “demonize Mexicans,” and undermine national security.

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Know the signs of endometriosis

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a condition too often overlooked given the serious damage it can cause women. Blood is trapped inside the woman’s pelvis during her monthly cycle. It starts accumulating inside the belly, the ovaries, on top of her womb, the surface of the bladder, intestines or tubes, or along the pelvic sidewalls.

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Democrats must try to curtail hurtful remarks

It has been an interesting month for freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. In a horrific incident, she has been a victim of Islamophobia, most recently in West Virginia, linking her with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. That kind of discrimination is abhorrent, so you would think that would make her more sensitive to the Jewish plight. Yet, it hasn’t.

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Why Visit Florida should continue promoting the state

Tourism is a competitive industry and consumers have many choices. This is why it’s so critical that we promote our state. Recently, the Florida House of Representatives indicated it is not interested in reauthorizing and funding Visit Florida. This would be a huge loss to our state and local economies, as cutting tourism marketing will reduce visitors, along with the tax revenue and jobs they support.

What Dolphins 1st round pick Christian Wilkins likes about Miami; no income tax, Marino and replacing Dwyane Wade

What Miami Dolphins first round pick Christian Wilkins likes about Miami; no income tax, Marino and replacing Dwyane Wade, April 25, 2019.