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Notre Dame fire

I am neither French nor Catholic, yet I mourn the tragic loss of this magnificent structure and symbol. It will be rebuilt, of course, when all the theories have been expounded and all the fingers have been pointed. My sympathies are with the French people.

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Slesnick proud to run for Gables mayor

I entered the Coral Gables election for mayor the last day of qualifying to offer residents a choice, and I am proud to have done so. I appreciate all those who took the time, in inclement weather, to head to the polls and exercise their right to vote April 9. Coral Gables is at an important crossroads in its future development as a modern city.

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Student raped

Re the April 5 online story “Police charge homeless man in sexual battery of teen girl heading to the school bus.”

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Biden a ‘gentleman’

In Oct. 2018, I attended a political rally in Tampa organized on behalf of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. Former Vice President Joe Biden was one of the speakers. I am a long-standing admirer of Biden, as I was born and raised in Delaware, his home state, before moving to Tampa more than 40 years ago.

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Rights denied

A fundamental legal concept in our county is the right of an accused person to counsel and a fair trial. The rights of the victims can apparently be subordinated to expediency.

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Too brief

Attorney General Barr’s hasty, over-the-weekend three-page summary of Robert Mueller’s report into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the evidence developed in support thereof, is highly suspect.

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Let’s move on

As a Democrat, this may sound politically blasphemous, but now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation, nothing more comes out of the report. Two years of making President Trump and his Nixon-like inner circle run scared has exhausted enough of the nation’s finite political capital and should be enough to convince most American voters that Trump does not like to play by the rules.

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Ongoing scandal

Educational Testing Services invalidated the SAT scores of Kamilah Campbell of Miami Gardens. Kamilah had raised her score on the SAT by 300 points through hard work and tutoring.

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Merits of solar

For years, I’ve been asked what it is like to be a solar homeowner: Do you have to change your habits? Do you have power at night? Do you have power after a storm? The answers are simple: No. Yes. Yes.

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Ultra traffic

After reading the March 9 article “Rideshare ban, buses and ferries might prevent gridlock,” regarding Ultra Music Festival’s move to Virginia Key, I have to ask: Why?

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Disclose funding

The headline on Emily Mahoney’s and Jeffrey Solochek’s March 3 story, “DeSantis may finish schools transformation Bush started,” was a bit too long. The better headline: “DeSantis may finish schools.”

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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.

Activists gather outside of Homestead shelter for migrant children on Good Friday

Protesters gather outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Good Friday in Homestead, Florida, on April 19, 2019.