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Thank you, Mayor Regalado

As Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado marks his final week in office, the board of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) thanks him for steadfastly supporting Miami’s dynamic arts neighborhood over the years. Dating back to his time as city commissioner, long before Wynwood had blossomed into the global destination it is today, Mayor Regalado was a strong neighborhood advocate.

From his support for creating the Wynwood Café District, which allowed bars and restaurants to open along Northwest Second Avenue, to his support for thoughtful new zoning rules for Wynwood, Mayor Regalado has been an invaluable partner.

Last year, when the Zika virus unexpectedly affected the neighborhood, the mayor responded decisively, allocating city funds to help the area recover and assist local business and property owners as they weathered the challenge.

On behalf of Wynwood’s 400-plus property owners and countless businesses, we thank Mayor Regalado and look forward to continued partnership with his successor and another long-time friend of Wynwood, Mayor-elect Francis Suarez.

Joseph Furst, chairman,

Albert Garcia, vice chairman, Wynwood BID,

Miami

Investment property

Chris Dellisanti’s Nov. 5 letter, “Tax hike,” says that every tenant and leaseholder in the country can expect a rent increase when property owners can no longer deduct property taxes, state taxes and mortgage interest.

However, commercial properties will not be subject to these cuts. Without incentives for commercial real estate, why would anyone invest?

Deborah Gray Mitchell,

Miami

Raising awareness

I thank the Miami Herald for featuring articles that bring awareness to social-justice issues in our city.

Two years ago, an article was published rating Miami-Dade as having the highest number of domestic violence (DV) cases reported in Florida.

I’m a social work intern who provides DV counseling to women with open cases with the Department of Children & Families (DCF).

I found that some women are court-ordered to leave their homes to ensure child safety due to “failure to protect.”

While researching this issue, I learned that the Homeless Trust funds shelters for DV survivors, however, because of a lack of funding, women are often turned away and have few options.

I think that this is due to the stigma of homelessness.

One way of tackling this issue is through raising awareness of whom the Homeless Trust funds in order to encourage people to donate to the cause.

These women could be anybody’s mother, sister, or daughter, regardless of socioeconomic status. What can we do as a community to bring awareness and raise funding for homeless women and children?

Simone Kerr,

Miami Shores

Loria not so bad?

Maybe Jeff Loria wasn’t that bad. He gave us a World Series and the All Star Game.

He got a beautiful, state-of-the-art stadium built, no matter how, when no one else could.

He left a team that led the league in fielding, and a solid young offense with a few potential super stars; only their injured pitching staff let them down. He held out for the ownership most people wanted.

Now, because of the continued lack of support, poor outside revenue, and little TV revenue, the “new” ownership is already cutting costs.

Baseball is, after all, a business.

Careful what you wish for.

Melvyn Schwab,

Aventura

Pays to research

Re Nov. 5 letters to the editor, “Tax reform?” by Steven M. Urdegar and “Tax hike” by Chris Dellisanti:

Being a show-me-the-money type of person, I took my 2016 tax return and applied the appropriate published changes (double the standard deduction and lower tax rate). My tax decreased by 40 percent.

I have not read or heard anything about eliminating the personal exemption ($4,050 per exemption).

I do have a mortgage, pay property taxes, have charitable contributions, sales tax deductions, etc., and it still benefits my wife and me to take double standard deduction.

When it comes to rental property and rents going up (Schedule E, Supplemental Income, is where this is reported), no proposed changes.

Rental rates are based on supply and demand on the availability of units on the market.

If a landlord uses that as excuse to raise rates, you should not be living in their property. If you disagree with something, make sure you do your research and try it on your own return.

John Bennett,

Homestead

Gun problem

Guns kill people. Prayers and vigils don’t cut it.

What does it take to do something real about gun violence?

Columbine, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Texas apparently aren’t enough.

Will it require thousands of deaths before anything is done besides uttering pious words?

Our cowardly politicians and legislators are beholden to the gun lobby and the NRA.

Let us not hide behind the specious justification of the Second Amendment.

“A well regulated militia…” at the time, was meant for citizen-soldiers to defend their country against invaders (think Paul Revere yelling “the British are coming!”) and to fend off animals in the wilderness.

The Founding Fathers could not have imagined that “the right to keep and bear arms,” which, at that time referred largely to primitive musket rifles, would some day protect massive collections of killing machines.

The ludicrousness of President Trump’s recent comment on the Texas church massacre — that it is not a gun problem — speaks for itself.

It is time for Americans to stand up to politicians who want no part of gun control and vote them out of office. Enough is enough!

Ronald Gerstl,

Palmetto Bay

Open roads

All politicians keep saying to expand bus lines and Metrorail farther, but there are thousands of people who make their living driving.

The roads are a nightmare and the highways, too.

Get rid of the orange cones, finish the highways, paint the lines, and let the residents of South Florida drive for free.

We pay enough in taxes already — dismantle the “Lexus Lanes.”

Ronald Schwartz,

Hollywood

Repeated blows

Mark Twain once said: “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Isn’t everyone getting tired of feeling like a nail yet?

Robert McIntire,

Plantation

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