Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Working to safeguard children

November is Child Safety and Protection Month, a reminder of the importance of preserving the safety of our children and communities. Together with nationwide experts, law enforcement officers, community leaders and parents, Stop Child Predators works to drive policy changes in Florida and across the country to combat the sexual exploitation of children. Through these collaborative efforts, we have made significant strides, from championing the passage of Jessica’s Law in 46 states, to reforming the Sex Offender Registry and helping protect children from online predators. New leaders will soon take office in Florida’s capitol and communities across the state, and we hope they make child safety a priority, particularly the protection of safeguards for children and communities amidst the increasing growth of short-term rentals. The introduction of disruptive technologies like Airbnb allow individuals to rent apartments and homes, but also introduces unintended consequences that pose dangers to children. Short-term rentals have evolved into essentially hotels in residential communities. With no real regulations placed on them, home sharing sites have made tools, like sex offender lists, obsolete by replacing neighbors with a revolving door of strangers. Common-sense regulations on home sharing sites are needed. The state of Florida has shown ongoing leadership on child safety issues, from enacting legislation that would serve as the model for Jessica’s Law to the ending the statute of limitations for civil and criminal prosecutions for sexually abusing children. We look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers, local communities and parents in Florida to enact policy that protects the safety of this state’s neighborhoods and children. Stacie Rumenap, president, Stop Child Predators, Washington, D.C.

Letters to the Editor

Herald not a watchdog

I am stunned that the Miami Herald Editorial Board published a glowing recommendation for a Major League Soccer stadium on Melreese Golf Course, a no-bid sweetheart deal to billionaires and a global soccer icon and suggested that Miami voters say Yes.

Letters to the Editor

No excuses! You must vote in this most important election

Voters in Miami-Dade will cast their ballots to decide their representatives at every level of government — national, state, and local. There are 12 constitutional and five County Charter amendments, and a Public Schools Referendum. We will vote for a circuit court judge and also determine if judges from the Third District Court of Appeals should be retained. There are also decisions to make in most municipalities.

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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.

Mites may be the reason for this gorilla’s cough

An inside view of the airways of Barney, the 25-year-old Silverback gorilla at Zoo Miami, shows that mites had taken up residence.