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Veterans Day

I’d like to express my appreciation to Felicia Joseph, who is the principal, the faculty, staff, and students of the Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center. They presented a the wonderful Veterans Day program at the school on Nov. 9.

As a Marine Corps veteran and grandfather of two children at this fine school, I was privileged to attend this program, which featured patriotic songs, letters written by students, and recognition of the veterans who were present.

At a time when we read of the problems with today’s youth, this was a shining example of a superior public school teaching its children respect and patriotism.

Tom Walby,

Palmetto Bay

Puerto Rico’s future

Puerto Rico’s future must be completely different from its past. If we just put a Band-Aid on its wounds without a new strategy, we are doomed. Puerto Rico’s infrastructure must be resistant to future vulnerabilities through sustainable solutions that support energy, telecommunications, and small businesses, the backbone of our economy.

Our task is to create a new model that not only is resistant to climatic events but one that addresses the best solutions for a viable economy. Foundation for Puerto Rico understands the island’s future depends on new technologies and systems. Initiatives are under way to drive smart infrastructure change but must be aggressively pursued and meticulously managed.

The absence of power paralyzed Puerto Rico, causing systems heavily relied on to fail. The supply chain was disrupted, crippling small businesses.

Energy is key to economic stability and its absence is catastrophic. We must look to renewables. While short-term fixes are being executed to restore power, long-term solutions are essential.

Although a new energy grid with smart technology will take years to complete, there is no other option. Microgrids are essential for a sustainable future, a future that investors once again will have the confidence to support. There is no future in rebuilding the past.

Jon Borschow

chairman, Foundation for Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gables city services

Coral Gables residents deserve some answers from the City Commission about why they are, in effect, paying twice for city services. Some neighborhoods are taking it upon themselves to trim city-owned trees, work that should be performed by tax-funded city crews. This problem became apparent after Hurricane Irma when work by FPL was delayed because roads were impassable. Had the city been doing its job, debris cleanup would have been easier, and the lights would have come back on sooner.

And what about AshBritt, which has a contract with the city to clean up debris? After it took so long to get started, city employees were doing the work AshBritt was supposed to do. That means the city is paying AshBritt, but is also providing city resources to perform the work. That’s a double whammy to Coral Gables taxpayers.

The Gables should be handling issues like these, instead of suing FPL. Given the extent of the damage around the state, I think FPL performed admirably.

The city should get its own house in order before it even thinks of going after FPL.

Jessica Paz,

Coral Gables

Tax cuts

Proponents of the tax bill in Congress say that it means a $4,000 increase in pay because of the corporate tax cut. What are the chances of getting corporations to pledge that all tax savings will go exclusively to nonexecutive employees? Otherwise the benefits will go to investors and/or top employees and the workers will again get stiffed.

Peter Fishel

Davie

North Korean wish

Here’s a headline from the North Korean newspaper:

“N. Korea demands U.S. oust “lunatic old man” Trump.

It’s amazing how well North Koreans seem to know Trump considering how isolated they are.

Barry Levy,

Miami

Pregnancy centers

I have been a counselor at crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) and in front of abortion facilities for the past 22 years.

I have never seen anything like the house of horrors described in the Nov. 9 oped “Florida lawmakers are funding anti-abortion clinics.”

We refer to our CPC offices as pro-life centers, as we encourage moms to give birth. We tell them about help and suggest adoption in certain cases. Parenting classes are also offered.

The people I work with are kind, decent, and respect truth.

They believe all life is sacred, and that our God-given human rights must be respected.

Francis Mahoney,

Fort Lauderdale

Main thoroughfares

Re Paul Conley’s Nov. 9 letter, “Traffic nightmare:” Main thoroughfare avenues throughout Miami-Dade end in either “7” or “2” and most, if not all, have sidewalks. The side streets east of 87th Avenue between Southwest 168th and 184th streets never were designed to be thoroughfares.

They have no sidewalks. Residents walk on the streets, ride bicycles, and push baby strollers. Cut-through traffic zooming down these side streets like it’s the Indy 500 during rush hour is dangerous.

Many residents find it difficult to even get out of their driveways.

Cut-through motorists pass vehicles and even drive onto lawns to try to leapfrog ahead of traffic. Someone is going to be injured or killed unless this stops.

I agree with one thing. Prohibiting only right turns is inadequate. All entry onto these side streets should be prohibited during rush hour.

Philip Maniatty,

Miami

Patient safety

The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would put hospitalized patients at risk of receiving less than optimal medical specialty care.

If HB 81 is enacted, it will be against the law for hospitals and insurers to require board-certified physicians to be periodically tested in order to demonstrate they are up to date in the knowledge, skills, and proficiency of their specialty. This is not in the best interest of the patients they serve.

With today’s rapid pace of change in medicine and technology, patients and their families need to have confidence that the medical specialist who is treating them is both competent, and able to provide the highest quality, safest care. As a doctor who is concerned about this bill’s impact on healthcare in the state, I ask Floridians to join me in fighting for patient safety and quality care.

Contact your representative to tell them to oppose HB 81.

Peter M. Murray, M.D.

president, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery,

Jacksonville

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