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Island building

Re the Oct. 17 online Herald story, “Taller buildings in Bay Harbor Islands? A Nov. 6 ballot measure could let it happen,” this amendment will be good for our town for several reasons.

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End dog racing

In November, we will vote for Amendment 13, the measure to phase out the cruelty of dog racing in our state. For 8,000 greyhounds, this change could not come soon enough.

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The other side

Kudos to John Lanzetta and Ira Jacobson whose letters to the editor so eloquently reflected my viewpoint and that of my family and most of my close friends about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings — and all things conservative.

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Kavanaugh’s priviledge

If you’re an actor or anchor, producer or director, you get fired or convicted. If you aspire to the highest offices in the land, you get nominated and elected. Did I get that right? Norma A. Orovitz, Bay Harbor Islands

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A knee slapper

It appears that by deploring the dangerous standard that presupposes that you are guilty until proven innocent, Trump has finally understood one of the core issues of the Kaepernick protest.

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Kendall Parkway

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in his Sept. 23 op-ed, “Mayor: Doing what is best for the Everglades and South Dade residents,” misses the point of Laura Reynolds’s Sept. 14 op-ed.

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Miami Beach government

It’s not every day that residents can change the fundamental structure of their government. On Nov. 6, Miami Beach voters will have the opportunity to create a new city officer — an Inspector General.

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Leonard Pitts on Kavanaugh

Leonard Pitts’ Sept. 19 opinion, “Kavanaugh case shows how America accepts men’s predations against women,” is laughable. Pitts has already tried and convicted Kavanaugh in the media court. We still have the concept of innocent until proven guilty in this country, no matter who is running it.

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Students attacked

The tragic story of the horrible attack on two MAST high school students reported in the Sept. 12 Miami Herald described the attacker as “a 16-18 year old black male wearing basketball shorts.”

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FIU in top 100

Florida has much to celebrate this week, with several of our universities ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In South Florida, we have seen the steady rise of our own Florida International University to the top 100 public universities in the country. FIU is changing lives, fostering entrepreneurship and uplifting our community.

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NAFTA suckers

While stationed at the FAA Southwest Region as the Unit Supervisor, Flight Standards Division, I was the Subject Matter Expert for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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FEMA no relief

Re the Sept. 7 story, “‘I’m not going anywhere.’ Irma took their homes, but these Florida Keys people have plans.”

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Opa-locka sewage

Opa-locka poses a major health risk to its residents due to knee-high puddles full of poop as reported by the Miami Herald on Sept. 11 (“Sewage filled streets in Opa-locka while repairs were delayed”). I do not understand why this ongoing problem has been ignored. This is a toxic health crisis that should have been corrected decades ago.

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Influencers advice

Re the Aug. 27 online article, “Influencers: What’s best for Florida’s health: Single payer? Repeal ACA? Free market? More Medicaid, or less?”

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Trump is implicated

Initial trial results for the campaign manager (Manafort) and guilty pleas by a long-time personal attorney (Cohen) suggest that there may be a clear and present danger to the Presidency of the United States.

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FIU’s name dispute

I was astounded to read in the Aug. 21 Miami Herald that the general counsel and board of trustees of Florida International University met to consider the removal of Modesto Madique’s name from the institution’s main campus. This citizen of Miami, praised nationally for his dedication to the now large institution, who spent in excess of 20 years as its driving force, absolutely deserves the minimal recognition of having his name on its main campus.

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Back to nature

As a Miami native who has lived my entire life in homes without air conditioning, I take great exception to Melvin Chavez’s Aug. 16 letter to the editor, “Celebrate cool.” He suggested erecting a statue to Willis Carrier, inventor of air conditioning, in Bayfront Park.

“Zombies” take part in Fantasy Fest

In Key West, the annual 10-day-long Fantasy Fest includes nearly 100 events including a tutu-required party, a pet masquerade and big parades including one packed with zombies.