Speak Up

For Kavanaugh

The importance a Supreme Court appointment holds justifies extreme thought and care in choosing a nominee. President Trump’s choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is superb and exactly the type of judge’s judge the president promised to choose. Judge Kavanaugh has a proven record as a mainstream jurist, public servant, and thought-leader who understands his role is to faithfully interpret the law, not to legislate from the bench.

Judge Kavanaugh sits on the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals and has dedicated 25 of the last 28 years to serving the American people. This nominee is deeply respected by the Supreme Court because he is a brilliant, experienced judge who will apply the law as written and enforce the text, structure, and original understanding of the Constitution.

Judge Kavanaugh stands for the values that our Founding Fathers built the country on.

Nelson Diaz,

GOP chairman,

Miami-Dade County

The horror

Summer is the season for horror movies, the kind that fill you with dread and stay with you long after. This summer’s blockbuster features terrified children locked in cages, ripped from their parents, drugged and psychologically abused, toddlers forced to represent themselves in court, parents terrorized with threats of losing their children forever.

We are all watching this film on a continuous loop. Many of us are outraged enough to take to the streets and pour millions of dollars into organizations fighting these abuses. To our horror, we are fighting our own government to stop these human rights abuses.

The bogeyman isn’t the illegal immigrants fleeing the horrors of their homeland, who, once in the U.S., are not a drain on our economy, but instead a boon, paying their own way and contributing $23 billion dollars in taxes, paying into Social Security and Medicare funds they won’t get to use. No, the 3.7 percent of our population comprised of illegal immigrants isn’t the villain.

The call is coming from inside the house.

Barbara Markley, Fort Lauderdale

Let women decide

We’ve seen everywhere in the media, since Supreme Court Justice Kennedy first announced his retirement, that the right to legal abortion in this country is at risk. That’s because Trump has promised to appoint only biased justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Access to abortion is the law of the land, and the right to control one’s body is an essential American liberty. Most women in this country were born after Roe v. Wade was decided. For many of them, the legal right to control their bodies and make decisions about whether and when to become a parent is something they have known their entire life. We cannot allow our daughters to have fewer rights than we do.

This is no time to take those rights away as many — young people, women of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes — still face barriers to health care.

It should be women, not politicians, making such personal decisions. Senator Rubio and all U.S. senators must reject any of Trump’s nominees who would put our health at risk.

Aura Ordonez, Miami

A close one

The July 12 editorial, “Soccer stadium deal too big, too secretive. Tell them ‘Too bad,’ Miami commissioners. Vote No,” in its conclusion makes legitimate the arguments by the Overtown/Spring Garden Community Collective and the legal case currently before the Third District Court of Appeal.

The editorial states, in part: “But there has yet to be any justification for plunking down a “city within a city.” What is the difference of doing the same in an historic neighborhood (Overtown)? The challenges are no different, comparatively speaking, while the smaller location would be exponentially worse, including displacement and gentrification, which would annihilate the historic footprint.

Where was the outcry when Overtown was being considered? Shame on you!

James Adams, Miami

Pinecrest’s water

The Village of Pinecrest has 743 homes without access to city water. We’re drawing water from private wells. Many of the residents have been after the village for years to help with the connection to city water. We have attended meeting after meeting with no results but the scheduling of more meetings.

When I tested my well water recently, it was polluted with the pesticide Dieldrin, with a concentration of 400 times the amount allowed by the Department of Health. Dieldrin is a chemical banned by the EPA since 1974 for agricultural use and since 1987 for termite control. It breaks down very slowly, and when ingested or inhaled, it accumulates in the fatty tissues of the body.

It is absurd that the responsibility for well testing lies on the homeowner, who knows nothing of well maintenance and water quality standards. It is even more absurd that after we test and find pollutants in our water, we have to jump through many unknown hoops to find out what to do about it.

The Department of Health will soon test to make sure our findings are accurate and only then offer their help. This is government at its best!

Viviana Brown, Pinecrest

Trump in Brussels

On July 11, President Trump yet again embarrassed the United States and denigrated its credibility by disingenuously asking, “What good is NATO?” A more valid question is, “What good is Trump?”

Mario S. Cano, Coral Gables

Congested roads

Has anyone in Beckham’s ownership group driven down Lejeune Road by the airport? Has anyone in the group driven east on 836? I doubt it. If they had, they would understand that these roadways are completely congested morning, noon, and night.

The last thing that area needs is hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space. That type of development will bring travel to a standstill. I’m sure his group will trot out traffic studies showing that this massive development will not have any impact on the surrounding roads, but we know better.

Please leave the little bit of green space left in Miami alone.

Shawn Devendorf, Miami Springs

Government fine

Trump’s inhumane immigration policy is truly the personification of cruel and unusual punishment. How should the federal judge respond to Trump’s inability to quickly reunite children with their parents? I suggest the judge impose a fine of $10,000 per day, per child, paid by the government directly to the families.

Many of these children will suffer long-term (or permanent) psychological damage and will need costly professional treatment for many years. This fine could help them cover the costs.

Doug Mayer, Miami