Letters to the Editor

Facebook’s problem

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, allows Holocaust deniers and hate mongers to use Facebook to spread their poison.

He does this because it makes him richer.

This man child without principles is a cold narcissist, not some free-thinking progressive.

He represents the worst in America, a privileged person who, on the surface, pretends to care about others while taking advantage of them at every turn.

Stan Hyman,

Bay Harbor Islands

Bad-mouth DeSantis

A message for GOP Congressman Ron DeSantis. A 28-year-old female is a woman, not a girl. Your reference to New York Democratic congressional nominee Ocasio-Cortez as “this girl ... or whatever she is ...” leads me to question your qualifications to govern.

Rather than focusing on differences in opinions as to the direction of this country, you sought to belittle an intelligent and strong woman. More than half of Florida’s population is female. Perhaps you should learn to respect us. Because until you do, you surely cannot represent us.

Christi Sherouse,

Coral Gables

Slow riders

Re the July 19 editorial supporting the mayor’s bus rapid transit plan. Obviously, the editors are not already sitting through multiple light changes to cross over or turn onto U.S. 1 from Dadeland south.

I cannot imagine how many additional lights we will have to sit through if those rapid transit buses control the intersections.

Linda Conner,


Another stadium?

For an MLS franchise that will play 17 home games — just 17 — David Beckham and Jorge Mas have proposed to bulldoze a golf course that has been part of the community for decades, hosts the wonderful First Tee program, and is available to golfers virtually 365 days a year. All so that they can create yet another shopping mecca and office park.

The golf course is located at the 37th avenue exit of State Road 836. If memory serves, just up the road, at the 17th avenue exit, is a very nice stadium that holds roughly 35,000 fans, has a dome and air conditioning for bad weather days and would easily accommodate the soccer team’s brief home schedule every time the Marlins go on road trips.

Apparently, the simplicity of this alternative has escaped everyone, except of course, for the desired pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for Beckham and Mas.

Mitchell J. Schlesinger,


Bold move

I applaud the efforts of U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo to introduce the “Market Choice Act” on July 23. Climate change is particularly relevant in South Florida, where sea level rise has put our economy and lifestyle at risk. The Act is an innovative approach to carbon pricing. While not a perfect plan, it represents a huge step forward in starting a Republican (and eventually a bipartisan) conversation on carbon tax.

Pricing carbon (either through a tax or a fee that’s returned to citizens) is truly market-based. It will unleash investment in innovation and low-carbon technologies. Kudos to Curbelo for taking a leadership role in putting this idea forward, especially on the heels of the vote on an anti-carbon tax resolution in Congress last week.

A bill to curb climate emissions is welcome news as Floridians cannot continue to tackle the impacts of sea level rise from an adaptation (e.g., pumps on Miami Beach) standpoint only. We must find a way to reduce the carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere while also growing our economy and updating our infrastructure. I urge other Florida representatives, like Diaz-Balart, to join Curbelo in promoting market-based solutions to climate change.

Leisha John,


Buying silence

Trump is now doing to farmers what he’s done to Playboy bunnies and porn stars. First he treats them very badly — not to mention his wife — and then he attempts to pay them off to try to make the problem that he’s created go away.

However, now he is trying to use our money — $12 billion — to buy farmers’ silence over his ill-conceived trade wars. Trump is cheating on American taxpayers. Farmers don’t want his payoff; they want sensible trade policies.

Isn’t it clear by now that Trump only knows how to create disasters, divisions, and diversions?

Ron McCoy,


Feeding frenzy

Look at them lining up: Beckham and Mas for their soccer megaplex, the Dolphins for their upgraded training facility, and Formula One for their downtown Grand Prix Race. Each has its respective promotion and publicity machine cranking out a litany of ways in which the community will benefit.

We can only pray that the citizens of this community will be able to see through all the lobbying, cyber meddling, and fake news to what is really going on — private special interests trying to generate personal profits by using public resources which belong to all the citizens.

Feeding at the public trough is always wrong. It is always evil. It is never in the best interest of the community. The only ones who ever benefit are the greedy.

Sandy Mielke,


Taking revenge

Senator Rand Paul’s suggestion, via Twitter, that President Donald Trump revoke ex-CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearance is nothing short of suppression of free speech. As someone who sees himself as a strict constitutionalist, Paul may want to revisit the provisions of the First Amendment.

The proposed revocation is not due to a breach or violation of oath on Brennan’s part. It is clearly borne out retribution for criticizing Trump.

We live in a time when a sitting president unabashedly exhibits autocratic tendencies. He considers the press the enemy of all Americans, supports the prosecution of political opponents, and demonizes our intelligence and law enforcement institutions. Silencing critics only reinforces the potential for a full blown autocracy.

Jim Paladino,


Tough concept

It’s very easy to be a liberal socialist if you happen to be very wealthy, or very poor. But, for the average, everyday working-class person, that concept becomes a little more difficult to adopt when trying to live the American Dream.

Douglas Reese,

Palmetto Bay

Facts over hoaxes

Climate change is definitely not a Chinese hoax. Wildfires in Greece, heatwaves in Europe, Japan, the western U.S., and flooding in the east coast.

When will Republicans believe in facts and science and not Trump?

Robert de Guzman,