The April 21 article, “Woman in wheelchair dies after judge berates her,” was disturbing.
This misdemeanor should have been settled in some other way. Perhaps a mediator could have been brought in to speak to the woman and her daughter. Or Gordon Weeks himself could have been brought in to make a decision. Either way, a sick person should not be in criminal court to be yelled at by a judge.
It is a shame the justice system might have caused the death of this woman, who was already suffering from COPD and asthma. Too bad in many ways.
Marty Menter, Pompano Beach
The April 11 article, “Anti-GMO mosquito activist dies in a swimming pool,” discusses how the Aedes aegypti mosquito can spread Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever and canine heartworms, and the plan to release a genetically modified mosquito infected with DNA based on herpes and E. coli viruses.
These modified mosquitoes don’t show a reduction in the infection rate of any of the mentioned mosquito-borne diseases. In fact, they may actually increase these diseases because they release millions of biting and disease spreading females along with the males.
There is a cost-effective solution to this problem. Many studies have observed that Aedes aegypti infected with Wolbachia reduced infection with Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, avian malaria and filarial nematodes.
A recent plan proposed to the EPA could release more than 5 billion engineered mosquitoes with synthetic DNA based on herpes and E. coli, into Monroe County and in Texas.
Contact your local mosquito control district and urge them to support the Wolbachia solution and reject the engineered mosquitoes as the risks to humans are unknown.
Stephanie Anderson, Hollywood
While the Trump administration seems to be breaking America again and again, I find comfort and hope in the words of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We see this happening all around us. Complacency replaced by activism to an unprecedented degree. People of all ages and passions surrounding themselves with those who honor who they are and working together for social justice and fundamental fairness.
All of this was confirmed in James Comey’s comments about the raging forest fire that President Trump ignited and whose flames he and others have continued to fan.
In the epilogue of A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies and Leadership, Comey writes, “But forest fires, as painful as they can be, bring new growth. They spur new growth that was impossible before the fire, when old trees crowded out new plants on the forest floor.”
Look at that! Maybe Donald Trump really is making America great again.
Marcia Braun, Miami Springs
Lesson for Trump
Let’s hope that someone will get a video of the wonderful celebration of Barbara Bush’s life to our current president. Maybe there is a lesson for him about politics and friendship, before, during and after holding this prestigious position.
It was a beautiful memorial for Barbara Pierce Bush. RIP.
Andre Banert, Miami
I recently drove by the recently built pedestrian bridge on U.S. 1 across the University Centre Shopping Center. The bridge had a covered roof, an enclosed modern frame, and looks to be solidly built.
On the other hand, the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at FIU was constructed out of pure concrete and weighed 950 tons. As an FIU grad and someone who drives past FIU on Eighth Street all the time, I was totally heartbroken when the bridge collapsed, killing 6 people and wounding many others.
I hope those responsible for building the future pedestrian bridge at FIU will consider a less intrusive alternative with a modern lighter frame that will still accomplish the goal of providing a safer way to cross the heavily-traveled, eight-lane road.
Jacqueline Gutstein, Miami
We live in Aventura, and are directly affected by Brightline. Cities along the Brightline route include North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami Shores, Hallandale and Hollywood.
This train will add to our current horrendous traffic problems. Brighline does not service any of our cities.
Private Activity Bonds authorized by the Secretary of Treasury are designed for intercity traffic. Use the money for that purpose.
Margo Platnick, Aventura
Once, three police patrol officers were trying to remove a poor homeless woman who was seeking shelter from the rain in a building on Sheridan Avenue in Miami Beach. When I informed the city, the only commissioner who replied was Michael Grieco. He was very kind and compassionate. I found him to be a true public servant.
If he ever runs for office again, I would definitely vote for him.
Hanne Metzger, Miami Beach
I enjoyed the April 22 article by Jane Wooldridge, “Miami's Got Talent.” The photo of the group and the young man praying was terrific.
I thought it was a shame, however, that the caption for the photo was misleading, as the group was very obviously not just talking, with eyes closed and heads bowed, but talking to God in prayer.
It is a shame that not everyone’s preferences are acknowledged, only those a liberal mindset allows, thus excluding the group’s preference to include God in their group.
This is why Trump and other conservatives win elections... freedom of expression and the right to be accepted and acknowledged for it.
Alyson Chambliss, Sunrise
Instead of treating convicted felons like human beings and restoring voting rights after their prison release, Florida Gov. Rick Scott treats them as though they are still prisoners.
Let us hope that Scott’s midget-mindedness and voter suppression record will dog his chances of defeating Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott is indeed barking up the wrong tree.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
To rebut our president’s trumpets of “Fake News,” I counter “Fake Facts.”
Susan Ackley, Miami Shores