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Drilling vs. security

Drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico threatens our national security. This area is an essential military range. The Eastern Gulf Test and Training Range (EGTTR) connects test and training capabilities from Northwest Florida to Key West.

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Liberty City ‘Warriors’

On Aug. 8, I had the privilege of seeing a pre-screening of the first episode of Warriors of Liberty City, a six-part series that will premiere on STARZ on Sept. 16. I have lived in Miami for more than 40 years and I had never heard of the Warriors or the athletic program, which was started 29 years ago by Luther Campbell and others to provide children residing in Liberty City with all kinds of comprehensive sports and academic opportunity at Hadley Park. What a revelation of dedication, community, hard work, perseverance and pure love. Not to mention football, drama, humor and a profound sense of humanity. I loved it. And to the lovely, confident and charming young cheerleader who said she wished people would get to know her before they judged her by the color of her skin or by her address, I say I’m sorry I never caught your name because one day it’s going to be famous.

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Higher standards

Re the Aug. 4 story by David Smiley, “Is there space in governor race for two wealthy, Jewish Democrats from South Florida?”

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Shark finning

Re the “War on sharks” story that appeared in the Miami Herald online Aug. 2, as a Master’s student who has spent the past semester studying marine biology and sustainable fishing, I found the news that Miami is the top shark fin importer in the nation shocking and horrifying.

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Post-Irma, disaster recovery resources abound in Broward

As the first anniversary of Hurricane Irma approaches, thousands of elderly, low-income, and chronically underserved residents of Broward County impacted by the Category 4 storm still have unmet housing, employment, and medical needs. For most of them, Irma dealt a particularly destabilizing blow.

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Fair warning

Be careful visitors to Florida. If you push, bump into and knock down, elbow aggressively, or trip someone, it may well be perceived as a life threatening assault and you may be killed — legally.

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Have a sip

As the executive director of the Florida Beverage Association, I read with great interest the July 20 op-ed piece “By investing in prevention, obesity does not have to be Miami’s destiny.” Florida’s beverage companies agree that we must take steps to ensure a healthier future for Florida.

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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.”

Florida deputy saves toddler from hot car

An officer from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office talked about how he rescued a 3 year old girl from a hot car. He grabbed her and put her in his air conditioned patrol car and she slowly began to show signs of life.