Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Refugee bureau pick a poor choice

The nomination of Ronald Mortensen to lead the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration is a shameful effort to turn back our nation’s long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants fleeing violence and persecution. To place someone with such anti-immigrant views in charge of this State Department bureau would undermine our role as a global leader on one of the most important humanitarian issues of our time.

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Strong mayor for Miami? Think twice

Winston Churchill said, “no one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” City of Miami residents would be wise to heed Churchill’s advice since their mayor is proposing changing the city’s government by eliminating the professional manager and appointing a staff controlled by the mayor. Voters may reason that ceding policy and management authority to a single elected individual is a better form of democracy than what they enjoy today. But are residents really better served when power is consolidated under only one politician? We get some answers by examining the Progressive Era of the early 1900s, which was rife with corruption flowing from executive mayor governments. The mayor made policy and executive decisions in what was known as the “boss system.” If the “grease” was not an outright bribe, it was some sort of “influence peddling” resulting in decisions benefiting special interests, not the community. The subsequent revolt against those “political machines” led to the rise of Council Manager governments akin to the corporate structure. In Miami’s current government, residents are stockholders, who pay taxes and own the city.

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Fifty years later, family planning debate continues

On July 25 1968, Pope Paul VI published his landmark encyclical, Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”). This document dealt with many issues of married life. Its focus was, above all, the condemnation of the use of any artificial method of family planning. Now on its 50th anniversary, there has been an abundance worldwide of comments, discussions and essays, for and against that proclamation.

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Black Affairs board vows fairness fight after disparities report

The ACLU of Florida and its Greater Miami Chapter, in the “Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice” report, are to be commended for providing concrete, rather than anecdotal evidence that black defendants — Hispanic and non-Hispanic — face harsher penalties and longer sentences than their white Hispanic or non-Hispanic counterparts in the county’s criminal justice system.

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Let’s improve current transit service first

Re the July 16 opinion by Carlos Gimenez, “Mayor: Best solution for South Dade’s traffic woes? Bus Rapid Transit.” The article mentions two important aspects of any transit project: Population density and projected ridership, but fails to identify the absence of both along the South Dade corridor. Perhaps because the actual numbers will clearly indicate a lack of necessity. The same holds true for the North Dade corridor. Both are major components of the failed Peoples Transportation Plan (PTP). We have yet to achieve the projected numbers for Metrorail; a clear indication of how inaccurate proposed numbers really are.

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Ask the right questions before casting your vote

While watching President Trump’s impromptu NATO press conference on July 12, I was struck by the simplicity of a phrase he uttered three times: “I want world peace.” It was a sweet and simplistic statement heard by people who have watched Miss Universe contestant speeches over the years.

Video captures violent store robbery in Hollywood

The Hollywood Police Department released a video showing a violent store robbery of a 7-Eleven located at 1600 North Federal Highway on Aug. 7, 2018.