Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Let’s support teachers in our community

Teachers matter and support for teachers is critical. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has achieved incredible success, much of which can be credited to the countless committed teachers who spend each day working diligently for children who will determine the future direction and vitality of our community.

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A strong, accountable mayor is progress for Miami

The benefits of a strong and accountable mayoral system have been evident with the many successes we’ve been able to bring to Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando. Without this system, Jacksonville would have been unable to add 180 positions to the Sheriff’s office to increase public safety. In Tampa, the Riverwalk may never have been completed, a feat which took the effort of six previous Tampa mayors and more than 40 years of planning and construction. Additionally, Orlando would not have been able to break ground on many public development projects throughout the city, such as SunRail, which is both the nation’s first high speed rail line and the region’s first-ever commuter rail system. We are proud of these successes, which are owed in large part to the public trust that has been placed in our leadership through the strong and accountable mayor system.

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Making the cancer fight a top priority from Miami to D.C.

Last week, I had the honor of representing Florida on Capitol Hill by traveling to Washington, D.C., with nearly 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to make cancer a national priority. Together, we called on Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. We asked legislators for their support in increasing federal funding for cancer research, backing legislation to improve patient quality of life and removing cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors. When I met with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-FL), I told her that cancer is nonpartisan, and that Congress should seize the opportunity to pass critical legislation that can help end cancer. I also let our lawmakers know that Floridians and many others across the country rely on them to support legislation that will help reduce the cancer burden. With more than 1,670 people dying from cancer every day, we must take legislative action on these important issues. I encourage you to join us, giving us a stronger and louder voice in the fight against cancer.

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Kavanaugh should not be on the Supreme Court

I am nauseated by the hypocrisy of the GOP regarding Christine Ford’s accusations. What’s so frustrating is that it is evident Ford is telling the truth, but the GOP is pretending she isn’t, so as to get a sycophant of Trump on the court so he can protect him from Mueller. The idea that a woman with a brilliant career and seemingly great family life would risk it all to defame a judge is preposterous. Even more so when you consider that according to college friends, she exhibited classic PTSD symptoms; she told her husband and therapist in 2012 that Kavanaugh tried to rape her; she said he was stumbling drunk; and that Mark Judge, the other boy in the room, wrote a book, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, in which he describes a friend — Bart O’Kavanaugh — as a puking drunk. Additionally, Kavanaugh, in his high school year book, cites his own membership in “the Beach Week Ralph Club.” This took place during summer, which is when Ford says he assaulted her. Ford passed a polygraph administered by a former FBI polygrapher. Polygraphs are so reliable that virtually every law enforcement agency in U.S.A. uses them. They are admissible at a judge’s discretion, in court in the 11th Judicial circuit(all federal courts in Florida and Georgia). A confirmation hearing is not a criminal trial. The nominee is not presumed innocent nor presumed fit. The purpose of the hearing is to determine fitness to hold the office or appointment. While I’ve never heard a precise standard of proof articulated, it would appear that a nominee must at least satisfy the Senate that he or she is qualified by a preponderance of the evidence. In applying that standard to Ford’s testimony, and in conjunction with all the aforementioned circumstances, it is clear that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Jay Levine,

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Parents should experience a mass shooter drill

Our kids have already had three code red mass shooter drills. They are asked to hide in closets or under desks, turn off lights. Some older kids are being trained with bleed kits. They are told not to open doors, even if their friends are outside. Kindergarteners are given lollipops to stay quiet and teachers are resorting to various ways of teaching young children mass shooter drill rules; some to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little star.”