Excellent article by reporter David Smiley about the future of Monty’s Raw Bar, “Everything voters need to know about proposed lease extension for Monty’s” on Oct. 8.
Situated on one of the most desirable pieces of waterfront anywhere, we will never know what it’s worth nor have the ability to look at other designs unless the project is put out for bids.
If the current offer is the most desirable all around, then fine.
But it’s important to know that the city is getting the best deal and best design possible.
Further, a 52-year lease is unreasonable to grant to any developer, as it ties the city up during which time other uses of the property may develop that will be more beneficial to the residents.
Peter R. Evans,
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado should be commended for recognizing the existential threat of a rising sea level.
I wish the same could be said for Eric Zichella, a “local lobbyist” who somehow sits on the city’s finance committee.
Given the choice of a few taxes or watching Miami engulfed by ocean water, I vote for taxes. Zichella wants a plan, and there will be one.
Blind opposition to any tax jeopardizes our future, and delay will only increase the costs over time.
But what’s a lobbyist doing on our finance committee anyway?
Would someone please explain why kneeling during the National Anthem is an act of disrespect? People kneel or bow before God when they pray! Is that showing disrespect for God? The military salutes.
Does that mean civilians are disrespectful to our military if we do not salute back?
This is a brouhaha over a tradition like turkey at Thanksgiving.
It serves clearly as a distraction from the many costs of nuclear war with North Korea while trying to lower taxes on the rich and while the cost of helping people in hurricane-devastated areas rises.
Respect is something one holds in their heart.
To Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Coach Adam Gase: Even the president has no right to demand that players stand for the anthem.
That’s what the Constitution and Bill of Rights tell us.
You should rethink your position, support your players and the First Amendment, and help to address the grievances they are expressing.
You’re supposed to be a team. Figure out a way to be supportive as one.
Lawrence A. Snetman, MD,
It’s a darn shame that President Trump doesn’t own a hotel and/or golf course in Puerto Rico. If he did, the Puerto Ricans would be getting everything they need and pronto!
If it doesn’t benefit Trump in some way or if it doesn’t line his pockets, he doesn’t care. That’s his takeaway public policy. Me, not you. Me, not us. Only me.
What a selfish, needy moron!
Kitty Roedel, Coconut Grove
As we continue to collectively grieve for the victims and families of yet another mass shooting, and as we again bemoan America’s culture of gun violence, my neighborhood Publix at the Tropicaire shopping center is displaying several gun magazines on the magazine rack.
Publix, this is an insensitive display and does not “make shopping a pleasure.” Shame on you.
Laurie Gunn Castano,
The most important fight facing us today is the one for free and fair elections. I never thought I would be saying that about the U.S.A., but here we are.
The American public has been unbelievably manipulated at multiple levels over the last few decades. Billionaires have purchased a substantial portion of our representation and the vote has been so effectively suppressed that we might as well live in another part of the world.
I would like to see a concerted effort to return us to some semblance of a western democracy. The upcoming mid-term elections are an opportunity, no matter what your political persuasion, to find candidates who will put people above profit and country above party. And, please, then we have to vote.
Gloria Garber, Naples
Beer and kids
Re the Oct. 8 Neighbors cover story, “Brewing company crafts fun for friends and family with 5K beer run for charity:” It may well have been for a good cause, although I could not bring myself to read the article after seeing the front page photo.
Three beautiful, innocent children, with parents, obviously in the company of beer drinking adults. Every picture tells a story, and this is not a good one. No more of its kind, please.
Tiz Stockton, Coral Gables
West Coast threat
Consider the following (unfortunately not very unlikely) possibilities:
The North Korean government proclaims its nuclear/missile program essential to its survival and so refuses to negotiate curtailing it, or such negotiation is rejected as unreliable due to the North Korea’s history of violating such agreements;
Despite the strongest sanctions that can realistically be imposed, North Korea’s nuclear/missile program cannot be stopped; and we reject militarily degrading N.K.’s nuclear/missile assets because this would provoke unacceptable carnage on (and possibly beyond) the Korean Peninsula.
Some of our sage commentators have concluded that in the event of the foregoing, we should simply accept North Korea into the nuclear club, assure them that any nuclear attack on the U.S. would be met with devastating retaliation, and hope for the best.
However, would our fellow citizens on the West Coast be willing to live with the knowledge that our only defense against such a belligerent, ruthless, and inscrutable antagonist would be employed only after they had been nuked?
Anthony M. Paul,
It is beyond simplistic and self-serving to accept that guns do not kill people, that people kill people. After the Las Vegas massacre, the Socratic Method taught in law school should apply to the discussion on gun control in Congress.
This is how I believe that the current discussion on the Second Amendment should be framed: Firstly, a gun can be used to kill a person. Secondly, any person can use a gun. Thirdly, a gun can be used by any person to kill another person.
The corollary to this is that it is irrational and illogical for any one person to be able to kill another 59 persons.