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Cuban Museum dispute

As a Cuban American and niece of the late Ofelia Tabares, who, since the 1970s was instrumental in the concept of a Cuban Museum in Miami, I am embarrassed (though not surprised) by the recent headlines regarding the two-year old museum.

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Hold the phone

On July 7, 2003, our benevolent federal government did something good for “we the people” and established the National Do Not Call Registry (NDNCR) to stop unwanted telephone solicitations. I immediately put all my phone numbers on the list.

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Blood pressure medication

As a person who took the blood pressure medication Valsartan for at least four years, I read with great interest the statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Drug Evaluation. Two things stand out.

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Hand to mouth

The scariest thing about the government shutdown is that it has brought to light how many people cannot get by without even one paycheck. These are people with good government jobs that provide a decent wage and many benefits. Are they living above their means? What if, instead of a shutdown, they suffered an illness or lost their job for some other reason?

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Tom Brokaw’s faux pas

Surprising comments by former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw about Hispanics reflect ignorance and confirms misguided opinion of most ignorant individuals. Perhaps a couple of facts may help educate Brokaw.

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Scammed by Lyft driver?

My family and I were recently scammed by a Lyft driver in Miami. We were leaving our hotel on Jan. 5 to head to the airport. Our driver put our three small bags in his trunk and off we went.

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Make a deal

As a Coral Gables physician and business person, I could not agree more with Mike Fernandez in his Jan. 20 commentary regarding the immigration stalemate, “Business leaders to Trump, Congress: End shutdown, make a deal, protect the DREAMers.”

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Tarantula bridge

One can only guess why the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is imposing upon our city — which has one of the most beautiful skylines in America — one of the ugliest bridges ever. How could this ridiculous-looking structure become a finalist, much less the winner, in the design competition?

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Beyond words

While I am not a native English speaker, I thought I understood basic words and concepts such as “emergency,” and “compromise.” I don’t seem to understand how Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency can be averted if a compromise could be reached between the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership.

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Long way off

The Jan. 7 Business Monday article, “Ugly year for stocks proved even worse for South Florida-based companies,” clearly shows that while Latinos may be the majority population in South Florida, we still have a long way to go when it comes to leadership of publicly owned companies based in this area. Even more so for Latinas, as there are none listed in the article!

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Volunteers rock!

Kudos to those folks who are volunteering their time to keep our public parks open during a very busy period, when there are plenty of tourists around who would like to experience a visit to the Everglades! They are truly good citizens.

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Blank slates

Okay, it’s a new beginning! Our slates have been wiped clean. It’s time to return to being the kind human beings we used to be.

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Smart guy!

President Trump recently responded to the world’s leading scientists who warned that the consequences of global warming will be dire if not addressed.

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Pearl Harbor

We read so much about the issues of the past, we show respect for veterans, we feel for victims of crimes, we are the victims of the sway of statements from all “walks” in the environment (family, schools, government).

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Thanks #41

Thank you, President George H. W. Bush, for giving us the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Stoneman Douglas teacher

Katherine Posada, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who wrote the Nov. 28 online op-ed, “I teach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and I have a message: We’re still broken,” is absolutely correct in blasting the temporary re-assignment of several administrators from the school in response to the shooting rampage on Feb. 14. It is scapegoating, trying to divert attention from those in power who should have had more safeguards in place.

Man attaches U.S. flag and banner to a crane before Trump rally in Sweetwater

A man stands inside a construction crane where he attached a U.S. flag and a banner near Florida International University in Sweetwater, Florida on Feb. 18, 2019. President Donald Trump is scheduled to host a rally at the school in the afternoon.