Speak Up

Sunset Place mall

I live near Sunset Place mall and am concerned about the revitalization of downtown South Miami. A top-notch team of real-estate professionals has been working with South Miami for almost two years to create a solution. Unfortunately, three of the five South Miami city commissioners recently vetoed the plan.

I know the work of these architects and planners. They have created vibrant, successful, attractive spaces for people and businesses in cities around the country. These spaces are a delight and a pleasure in which to live, shop, and visit. They are where people connect and businesses thrive.

The city should reconsider these professional urban planners’ ideas. South Miami would benefit greatly from becoming a pedestrian-friendly, artistically designed destination.

Nan Imbesi, Miami

Memory of Pacheco

The death of legendary “Fight Doctor” Ferdie Pacheco brought back a fond memory.

I was a young amateur boxer training at the famed 5th Street Gym in the early 1970s, when I first met Pacheco. I was sparring with former World Welterweight Boxing Champion Luis “El Feo” Rodriguez when Rodriguez’s sharp jabs caused a nasty cut over my left eye. My father, who was my trainer, couldn’t stop the bleeding.

Pacheco, who was at the gym working with Muhammad Ali, came over, looked at and cleaned the cut; he got the cut to stop bleeding and applied two stitches. My father and I were grateful and thanked him vigorously.

My father asked him the cost for his services. Pacheco simply replied, “Your sincere thanks is my payment.”

Pacheco was not only the legendary “Fight Doctor,” but also a kind and compassionate human being.

Sherman “Big Train”


Miami Beach

Curbelo snubbed

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s bid to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was rejected because its members unmasked his ulterior motive: Help his reelection bid, and support Trump’s proposals to expel illegal immigrants.

Let’s not forget that Curbelo has been a strong supporter of Paul Ryan’s proposal to privatize Social Security and Medicare, which would shortchange millions of Americans who depend on Social Security checks to survive.

The rejection was well deserved.

Fernando Cuellar,


Liberal rants

I was disgusted after reading Sue Wilson’s Nov. 17 opinion article, “Fake news is only the beginning. The FCC is about to let monopolies decide what local news you see,” on the FCC wanting to create a monopoly on TV broadcasting favoring conservatives. It was full of the rants typical of liberal-progressives.

Millennials who get their news through online-streaming only watch two minutes of news per month?

I Googled the FCC meeting for Nov. 16, and the headline is the FCC approved a plan to promote more diversity in ownership.

Can you believe it?

Guillermo A. Martinez,

Coral Gables

Taking action

After hearing and reading the tragic story of Malcolm Nicholas III, the high school basketball star who was shot to death last week, and after reading the statements of Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem, there is nothing else to say except “something has to be done.”

The inner-city youths across this country are being exterminated in alarming numbers. Desperate times require desperate measures.

A friend and ex-Marine who lives in one of the most affected areas of Miami suggested to me a while back that the time has come to call in the National Guard to the most troubled areas of American cities and start unannounced door to door searches for illegal weapons. This would start to rid these areas of the guns that are wiping out the next generation of youths.

How many 3-year-olds killed in drive-by shootings, and how many future doctors, lawyers and, yes, basketball players, have to be shot dead just walking the streets before aggressive actions are taken?

Something has to be done — and sooner rather than later.

Tom Rodgers, Miami

Media monopolies

The FCC is about to let monopolies decide what local news you see. Several years ago, I avidly listened to 940 AM, a liberal talk-show station with several hosts and guests who reflected my political views.

Suddenly, that station disappeared, replaced by sports shows.

I learned that the only political talks shows I could listen to were Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing programs.

I stopped listening to radio and was able to find at least one TV station that reflected my progressive opinions.

Now I learn that the takeover was all over the country, a right-wing conspiracy.

This is not the America I knew or want to know.

Free speech has been pushed to the side, and right-wing broadcasts, as in Fox News, are seen on TV.

This situation is one-sided and un-American.

Diane Lawrence,


Trance-like state

Please, please tell me that the Nov. 17, “Reasonable proof,” was tongue in cheek, in which case it sums things up quite nicely!

And if it is not in jest, what kind of spell has Donald Trump put on so many Americans?

Thomas Grant Hagstrum,

North Miami Beach

What proof?

The writer of the Nov. 17 letter “Reasonable proof” ignores facts.

He asks what more proof could a reasonable person want, when Putin insists that he didn’t meddle?

His belief of Putin’s “vehement” denial and those of other non-reliable sources, while disregarding our government intelligence agencies’ findings, is typical of the president’s blind supporters.

This is not a liberal witch hunt, but a thorough investigation of an act to disrupt America’s democratic process.

Perhaps if the writer read the Miami Herald’s reporting on this matter instead of watching, perhaps, Fox News or listening to Rush Limbaugh, he might come to a different conclusion — one based on facts, not hate.

Oscar R. Friedman,

Cooper City

A new view


After some 50 years, five deferments, and a bone spur in his foot — which he somehow didn’t notice while playing baseball — President Trump finally made it to Vietnam.

I thought we could expect a tweet that went something like: “I don’t know why John McCain has such a poor impression of Vietnam. I found it to be a delightful little country with a warm and welcoming people.

“Perhaps he picked the wrong tour group or time of year. SAD.”

Michelle Finlay,