Following the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the mayor and commissioners of Coral Gables publicly attacked and filed a lawsuit against FPL for not restoring power to 100 percent of its residents, immediately.
More than a month has passed since Irma’s arrival, yet the city has still not cleared up all of the debris, and normal refuse collection has still not been restored.
Just walking the dogs around our residential streets has become a hazardous challenge, dodging fallen tree limbs and avoiding piles of rotten garbage.
Even today, going to a central downtown restaurant, our shoes were soiled after climbing over piles of debris in the public parking lot.
Most Gables residents that I know had their power restored within 24 hours. Instead of focusing on the ‘mote’ in FPL’s eyes, the city should be looking at the beams littering the streets in its own ‘eye.’
No longer the City Beautiful, we have become the City Bedraggled.
More than 30 days after Hurricane Irma, all sidewalks I have seen in Coconut Grove are passable except for this section of Douglas Road between Main Highway and Ingraham Highway.
You cannot see the sidewalk because it is still covered by debris. I have seen no more workers removing debris in the South Grove as most debris is gone — except for this stretch. Why?
This is a busy intersection and very dangerous for pedestrians to navigate out in the road without a sidewalk.
Commissioner Ken Russell, you live in this area of the Grove and we are your constituents. You must have driven past this area of Douglas since the hurricane. Can’t you see this debris? Or is the city of Miami waiting for a pedestrian to be injured or killed?
Coach vs. QB
Columnist Fabiola Santiago, focusing on the disparate treatment of ex-Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Bob Foerster and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, by the media, the NFL, the fans, etc, is a bit of a mismatch and misses the much bigger picture, but the topic was on target.
The Dolphins badly needed a quarterback; they took Jay Cutler, instead of Kaepernick.
College players make millions for the universities, but can’t take a penny for themselves.
The concussion issue was buried for years. Foester gets treatment, while Kaepernick gets the treatment.
The fans with the purchasing power are mostly white. The military interjected patriotism into the pageantry of the game as a recruitment tool, because most Americans who love their country would not consider they, or their children, serving our military industrial complex.
One man was brought to his knees by drugs, infidelity and libido, the other voluntarily took a knee so as not to bow to an uncaring, non-participatory democracy.
But using your workplace to make a political statement is not the best of ideas. Someone addicted to drugs needs help. But our president chooses to confuse the topic of singing a song versus pledging allegiance to feed red meat to his base.
The ongoing polemic about race, patriotism and freedom of speech is symptomatic of the underlying current of conflict brought on by changing demographics and a widening income gap.
America is at a crossroad: Are we the home of the brave and the land of the free, or is it too costly to be brave trying to be free?
No flood insurance
It is about time that our elected officials realize that it’s time for the country to have a Catastrophic Insurance Program (owners & renters) to replace Flood Insurance.
We have had so far this year the consequences of Harvey, Irma, Maria, Mid-west tornadoes, Santa Rosa fires, etc.
We need a Federal Catastrophic Insurance Program being required/paid by everybody from coast to coast, Alaska, Hawaii and all the US islands in the Pacific, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
This way the cost could be spread out in such a way that it could be affordable for most of us.
No street lights
As a resident of Miami Beach, I applaud how quickly FPL restored power to our neighborhoods.
We are back to enjoying our A/C, our TV and our internet. We have, however, been left with a persistent problem: inoperative street lights.
Many of our sidewalks are in the dark. From 31st Street to 40th Street on Prairie Ave., almost half of our street lights are dead (and a few on Chase and Royal Palm Avenues).
With so many people walking to temple and shopping on 41st street (especially at night), it becomes a safety hazard.
Can you please divert some of your assets back to our neighborhood, and lead us out of the dark?
Why they kneel
Kneeling for the National Anthem has gotten a lot of controversy in recent days. This is exactly what the players wanted. They are fighting for a cause, but they need to get the public's attention, to open their eyes to what is actually going on, and make a change.
Some argue that kneeling will not make a difference. They are right, but kneeling will bring the attention needed to incite people to act on the problems we face.
Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL figure to kneel; not only has he brought attention to the topic, but on Oct. 29, 2016, he held a “Know Your Rights” camp for underprivileged kids.
Recently he did the same for the freshman class of DREAM charter school in Harlem. These are the kinds of results that are needed to make the difference.
This act is not to disrespect the military services or insult anyone standing behind the flag, but to bring attention to unjust racial conflicts that we face, but choose to ignore.
When Donald Trump was a candidate, I jokingly suggested his behavior resembled that of Captain Philip Francis Queeg of “The Caine Mutiny.”While concerned, I did not expect a man who displayed such erratic behavior would be elected president. He was, of course, and now it is reported that his behavior has gotten worse.
Now is the time for all our elected officials to make a good faith effort to investigate the truth of the suggestion that President Donald Trump is mentally ill. Country should come before party.
If the reports prove true, the 25th Amendment should be invoked immediately.
Sid Kaskey, South Miami