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We have a stadium

I hope everyone realizes that Miami already has a modern, large, conveniently located, fully air-conditioned sports stadium that’s ready for soccer — Marlins Park! We hosted pro soccer there in 2013. Look it up!

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Trump takes a knee

Did the man who cited NFL players as being unpatriotic for taking a knee to bring attention to social injustice take a knee in Helsinki himself?

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Russian nuke

I cried when I saw the utter satisfaction on the face of former KGB/current dictator Putin as he stood next to the weakest, most cowardly American president in history, who he so easily manipulated into betraying the American people — publicly, in front of the entire world!

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Not about soccer

The ongoing controversy is not really about building a soccer stadium on a golf course; the stadium is an afterthought. This is about building a massive “city within a city” on publicly owned land across from the quiet working-class neighborhood of Grapeland Heights.

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For Kavanaugh

The importance a Supreme Court appointment holds justifies extreme thought and care in choosing a nominee. President Trump’s choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is superb and exactly the type of judge’s judge the president promised to choose. Judge Kavanaugh has a proven record as a mainstream jurist, public servant, and thought-leader who understands his role is to faithfully interpret the law, not to legislate from the bench.

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Thai cave rescue

The multinational team rescue of the Thai soccer boys from a flooded cave shows what amazing things can be accomplished when people work together without hidden political agendas.

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To our shame

I implore anyone who harbors ill feelings toward the people crossing our southern border seeking safety, to research the history of United Fruit in Guatemala. Any wall on our border should be built to keep Americans in. But it is too late for Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and other Latin American countries.

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Loyal subject

How nice! President Trump, the epitome of hypocrisy, offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims of the latest shooting in Maryland — while his absolute loyalty and support goes to (and comes from) the NRA.

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Progress in Turkey

I was on vacation in Turkey on Sunday and was able to witness its its presidential and parliamentary elections. Democracy prevailed once again.

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Policies toward kids lack compassion

America’s immigration system has never been a kind place for children. I will never forget the entirely unnecessary trauma inflicted upon Elián González in a paramilitary raid launched in 2000 upon a defenseless home.

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FIU’s troubles

I was stunned to read Colleen Wright’s skillful summary of the palace intrigues at FIU in her June 20 article, “FIU’s board isn’t happy with the main campus’ namesake. $100M might get them to change it.”

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Stain on America

What a joke! Trump stages a well-scripted cabinet gathering to tell everyone that he is fixing the flawed policy of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents, when all he did was take credit for something he didn’t fix, but actually caused.

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Kids separated from parents is an American issue

As executive director of the state agency charged with enforcing the Florida Civil Rights Act and addressing all forms of discrimination in Florida, but more importantly, as a mother of three beautiful children, I am deeply concerned with the issue our nation is facing today: separating children from their parents “suspected” of illegally entering the United States.

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Immoral policy

Migrant families on our southern border who are escaping violence and persecution in their homeland are being routinely separated in the name of our security. This policy is immoral and has already had tragic consequences. Is there no recourse for stopping this disregard for human dignity and family?

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Despotic apprentice

Is no one else bothered by the fact that while alienating the greatest Western world leaders of democracy, Trump is reaching out to, and making friends with, dictators and despots of countries that have as much misogyny and racism as Trump’s administration?

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Adam Putnam should resign

Florida’s Department of Agriculture carelessly failed to conduct federal background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits. The department claims that a low-level employee placed in charge of that function could not log in to the FBI’s background system.

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Transport woes

Once again the short sight of local politicians zero in on the quick fix rather than a long term plan for transportation. Building more roads will only mean more cars, where a reliable rapid transit system that goes where people live would make more give up the daily two-hour commute each way.

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Marred MAST

It was sadly ironic to read the Miami Herald’s front page story about racism at MAST Academy on June 6: D-Day. On this date in 1944, our soldiers, at great sacrifice, stormed the beaches in Normandy in a seminal attack to destroy one of history’s most despicable racists, whose mission was to liquidate all Juden Neger und Zigeuner (Jews Negroes and Gypsies).

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Federal funds

Re the June 5 letter “Hurricane-ready:” It appears that state Sen. Rene Garcia is on board with the state accepting FEMA funds from the federal government for hurricane relief.

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Doral police motorman airlifted to JMH after crash

A Doral Police Department motorcycle officer is in the hospital after getting into a crash Friday afternoon at NW 112th Avenue and 90th Street in Doral. The unidentified officer was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.