Letters to the Editor

A better idea

A better idea

It seems Trump and friends have “jumped the shark.” I modestly propose that it would be more humane and less costly to reunite the immigrant families, take their applications for citizenship, and provide safe passage back to their home countries until the process is completed.

It’s time also, to help stabilize conditions in these troubled countries.

Christine Karelas, Miami

Hispanic women

It will be interesting to see how Hispanic women in Cutler Bay respond to the news the Trump administration might be housing children separated from their parents there, due to his zero tolerance immigration policy.

Hispanic women are the largest voting demographic in eight of the 10 Cutler Bay precincts.

Scott Sutherland, Cutler Bay

Outsource the wall

A $1.6 billion down payment has already been authorized for “the wall” under the recent $1.3 trillion Budget Act. It is estimated that it would cost billions more to complete.

Congress remains ineffective due to political jockeying by both parties ahead of the November midterm elections. How about a simple, interim solution?

I propose that the United States, at least temporarily, unlink this problem from any NAFTA negotiations that are going on sub silencio and pay the Mexican government a reasonable fee, in part based on objective performance criteria (statistics regarding how many attempt to illegally cross into the United States via Mexico), to consistently and assertively enforce its own immigration laws.

Why? Because Mexico’s immigration laws are far stricter than ours and their federal police, if tasked by their government to do so, could easily put a stop to persons entering and transiting Mexico to enter the U.S. illegally.

This could be done for an amount in the millions of dollars per year; far, far lower than the cost of the wall. Sometimes outsourcing is the best solution.

Robert E. Panoff, Pinecrest

No surprise

The current Strum und Drang regarding the separation of families on our southern border, with cries that the nation is descending into moral turpitude, is missing the point.

That descent began, literally, when a black-hearted, pathological-narcissist, adulterer, misogynist and person incapable of telling the truth, rode down an escalator in New York and declared his candidacy for President of the United States.

The end point of that journey was reached long before detention camps were set on the border; it was on Nov. 8, 2016, when Donald Trump was elected.

The needle on our nation’s moral compass was bent in half and broken that day by those who refused to see or made excuses for the glaring faults of this deeply flawed person and voted for him. Trump is now dragging us all along the bottom of the dark world he inhabits.

Separation of families — and you’re surprised?

Christopher Cooke-Yarborough, South Miami

It’s a crime

Separating small children from their mothers and keeping them in cages is not a policy. It is a crime and a disgrace!

Christopher Langen, Key Biscayne

What’s going on?

Re the separation of families: Congress, please act! Balance of power is a thing — please use it.

We are supposed to have respect for human rights in this country; it’s why my ancestors came from Cuba. Were they wrong?

Marianne Pazos, South Miami

Short memory

Shame on White House senior adviser Stephen Miller for forgetting and not paying respect to his maternal Jewish immigrant grandparents, who escaped from anti-Semitic Russia.

On his watch, not only are children being separated from their parents, but now television cameras are barred from the detention centers. What are he and the administration hiding?

They’re telling the children to “...take showers and they will see their parents...” No doubt these horrific images are familiar.

Miller needs some soul-searching, now and during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Ossie Hanauer, Kendall


In the 50 years since I first voted in a presidential election, I’ve been disappointed more than a few times in our country’s policies, even from those for whom I voted.

But I always had faith that our institutions would hold, that the checks and balances created by the framers of our Constitution would stand up to any presidential threats.

But in the first year and a half of the Trump administration — the total disregard for the way in which our government was founded, the degrading of anyone who disagrees with him, Republicans in Congress who follow Trump like lemmings over a cliff despite the daily barrage of lies from this White House — it is obvious that Donald Trump has sucked all reality from our lives. It’s depressing.

Now, with what’s happening to the immigrant families who are trying to just make a life for themselves, I must confess: I’m embarrassed and ashamed to be an American.

So very sad.

Glenn Huberman, Miami

Good question!

Sixty four years ago, a Boston attorney asked a question in a Senate hearing that should now be directed to every representative of the White House’s position on separating parents and children: “Have you no sense of decency...?”

Bruce Shpiner, Miami

SoBe flood control

Re the June 15 article, “Former Beach Mayor Levine: Four years of accomplishments, conflicts and self-promotion.”

Before Levine was elected, the city was steam-rolling down an ineffective path toward flood control in the Sunset area neighborhood and other parts of the city.

The city commission was set to vote and approve a flood control plan favored by management, city manager Morales and public works director Carpenter.

On May 1, 2013, representatives of all the condos and most of the businesses in the Sunset Harbour area met with Morales to express their concerns. The manager had been in office a short time. Carpenter, on his first day in office, also attended. At the commission meeting 10 days later, management’s plan (not Levine’s) and a contractor were approved.

At its meeting in December 2013, the Capital Improvements Oversight Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the new commission stop all flood-related projects and reevaluate proper design parameters.

New design parameters were later approved that required already approved projects be rebid or re-negotiated. The city chose renegotiation. This is when the city lost control of the costs. Perhaps the city should determine who did the contract negotiating and who was present.

Dwight Kraai, Deerfield Beach