Now that the Miami Heat is out of the playoffs, it seems like a good time to tear it down and start rebuilding.
You can break the Heat down into three acts: The expansion years; The rise to relevance (Riley-Zo-Tim); and then this amazing era that started in 2003 with the draft of Dwyane Wade.
It’s been an amazing run. Five finals, three rings, Shaq, the Big Three...amazing. And so many moments along the way. Odom and the Butler boys, down 0-2 in 2006, scoring leader, the summer of 2010, OKC, LBJ vs. Boston, the shot, LeBron leaves, Bosh, Wade leaving, struggling to stay relevant, Wade returning. All expectations exceeded. It has truly been so fun and so great for this city.
Like all good things, it must come to an end, and the final playoff game on April 24 felt like that end. It doesn’t even feel bad. It feels necessary.
Wade will retire and Riley hangs it up. It is time to start the next era. Time to start getting salary off the books, rebuilding through the draft, stop chasing free agents. There will be some lean years, but we will be back.
Todd J. Michaels, Coral Gables
A real leader
It was so welcome to see a real president and world leader speaking to our Congress when Emmanuel Macron spoke truth to power on April 25.
Not since President Obama’s last State of the Union have the American people and our members of Congress heard from a statesman that recognizes the realities of the world we live in and is not afraid to confront us with them.
Merci, Monsieur Président!
Jim Crowder, Miami
Re the April 24 story, “BSO deputies took cover during Parkland massacre, cops say — and one knew where shooter was.”
At a recent local gun show, I noticed a vendor selling T-shirts imprinted with the following statements: “A policeman carries a gun for his protection, not yours;” “I carry a gun because a policeman is to heavy;” and “When an emergency can happen in seconds, the police are only minutes away.”
At first I thought how ridiculous they were. Now, not so much.
Roger Levine, Miami
Homes for seniors
I found Nancy Iliffe’s April 23 Business Monday article, “Rise of ‘casitas’ illustrates multigenerational housing trend in Miami,” very interesting. As an architect and builder, I have been overwhelmed with requests to add on or renovate older homes in Broward County for aging parents.
Many cultures embrace having parents living with them and because of this — and economic issues — we have seen this as a growing trend.
I had three meetings last week to address the very issue of designing in-law quarters. With the cost of housing, maintenance, taxes and health care, many senior citizens cannot meet the costly demands of home ownership. Their children investigate the possibility of adding onto their existing homes to accommodate them and have them close by.
Most home lot sizes aren’t big enough to be able to add on, or the local zoning laws don’t allow structures large enough to accommodate an elderly couple. When the owners ask about adding a second floor, I point out that most elderly people will have a tough time climbing stairs in their later years.
This is going to be a crisis soon as the baby boomers age and the younger families will not be able to take care of aging parents
Stan Schachne, Davie
That was a deft move by Florida Farm Bureau president John Hoblick, to quote Aldo Leopold, the father of modern ecology, in his April 20 Earth Day letter to the editor, “A shared ethic on water conservation,” as he praised the conservation ethic of Florida farmers.
But Hoblick skipped the gist of Leopold’s notable quote: “A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of…soil, waters, fauna, and flora…”
Hoblick should visit the flow-depleted, slime-encrusted iconic springs of the Suwannee River Valley — smack dab in the middle of Ag Country. There he’ll find that “integrity, stability and beauty” is quickly fading.
True enough, farmers alone didn’t create this mess; it took a group effort, and now would be a fine time for all Floridians to get serious about real water conservation.
To Hoblick I say, yes, we have the right to farm. But first let’s pledge to do no harm.
John Moran, Gainesville
Pruitt must go
The sheer incompetence, negligence, and disrespect Scott Pruitt shows to our country, our land, our environment, and our tax payers, is egregious.
This administration’s turnover rate has been through the roof, and the next one to follow should be Pruitt.
I urge my elected officials to take up this issue with President Trump and have Pruitt immediately terminated from his position as EPA Administrator. His background with the fossil fuel industry makes is a huge conflict of interest.
We are tired of our environment being neglected, we are tired of our tax money being thrown out the window, we are tired of science being denied, and we are tired of excuses. This is an urgent issue, and failure to comply will result in an uproar.
Josue Alvarez, Hialeah
Now it’s a race
Philip Levine was a good boy. His mother says so in one of many ads the pol is running in an effort to win the Democratic nomination for governor.
A second ad says he scooped ice cream off of Sheridan Street. Where, exactly? On the Dania side or Hollywood side of the street? Did he also scoop fudge? Surely that’s a good skill for a future politician to develop.
My tastes run in a different direction.
I support Andrew Gillum. He grew up in South Florida, went away to college and became the young mayor of Tallahassee. He is talking about jobs, justice and increased funding for public education. Why? Maybe because his father was an alcoholic and his mother answered the door to speak with police about a sibling in trouble. Maybe because he built his life by working hard at school.
I plan to glide with Gillum.
Steve Schneider, Hollywood
When thinking about the proposed extension of the 836 expressway, the following questions come to mind: Who are the land developers and highway contractors clamoring to get this done?
How much money have the developers and contractors stuffed in the pockets of local politicians?
And, if Mayor Carlos Gimenez is offered a “consulting” position when he’s term limited out, what will that position be?
Does this sound cynical?
Jay Bongiva, Miami