Speak Up

Not about soccer

The ongoing controversy is not really about building a soccer stadium on a golf course; the stadium is an afterthought. This is about building a massive “city within a city” on publicly owned land across from the quiet working-class neighborhood of Grapeland Heights.

Filling the 25,000-seat MLS stadium is not a sure thing either. The Marlins average under 10,000 people in attendance a game. All local teams play in front of empty seats. Why? The average person can’t afford the price of tickets, parking, food and team store items. The traffic problems that have been created by these types of major developments have made it easier for the average person to sit home and watch the game on TV.

In typical Miami style, the plan evolved into a massive pile of steel and concrete on a public golf course, being sold to us by a celebrity athlete with a charming British accent. Beckham should have just stayed with the idea of building a simple stadium. Miami commissioners need to call it what it really is — speak up for their taxpayers and vote No on this proposal.

Hugh A. Ryan, Miami

Trump’s treason

President Trump has committed treason on live television in the company of his Russian handler Putin. Republicans, where do you stand on treason by the President of the United States?

Kitty Roedel, Coconut Grove

Life lesson

Perhaps there is a life lesson in France’s defeat of Croatia in the World Cup Final. Better players don’t always win.

Marcia Delich Braun, Miami Springs

Penalty area

To build a soccer stadium adjacent to the airport would be a case of gross urban planning malpractice. Imagine the traffic jams on game days as thousands of frantic passengers try to catch flights at MIA!

Frank J. Corbishley, Coral Gables

Teacher pay

I agree that teachers need a pay raise. Where I disagree with the Miami commissioners is once again raising property taxes to pay for it.

In Miami, only one-third of residents are property owners, so we would once again pay for the other two-thirds who would be using our teachers free of charge.

The only fair way is through a sales tax on every purchase or maybe just on luxury cars, liquor, cigarettes. cannabis, etc.

Guillermo A. Martinez, Coral Gables

Harming America

After the Trump-Putin meeting on July 16, anyone — Republican, Democrat, male, female — who expressed public support for Donald Trump should be publicly shunned.

Trump has undermined American democracy, undermined the country’s national security, humiliated longstanding allies. All in the service of a thuggish regime that has employed intimidation, murder and subversion the world over.

The 70 percent of white males and 53 percent of white females who put Trump in the Oval Office were unwitting accomplices of a foreign enemy who exploited their ignorance, narrow mindedness and bigotry to install a domestic traitor as head of the U.S. government. They have done more harm to the country they claim to love than any Muslim, black, or immigrant has ever or could ever do.

Martin Bingham, Weston

Salty, but no slurs

Re the July 13 story, “Miami Marlins say ‘You’re out!’ to Papa John’s after controversy.”

I grew up around my grandfather, Colonel Harland D. Sanders, from my birth in 1942 until his death in 1980. In all that time, I never heard him use the N-word! He had, for the times he lived in, what was considered a “salty” vocabulary, consisting of the occasional S.O.B., adding a rare “g—damn” if he felt the person was not entirely ethical, and suffered guilt for his “intemperate” language!

He was a church-goer, and a philanthropist even when he did not have much money, supporting an orphanage near his restaurant in Corbin, KY, many charities, and helping people of all races who had hard luck stories.

The vile calumny uttered by John Schnatter in defense of his own racism is typical of people who know they sin against humanity, and are usually not genuinely ashamed of it, merely wanting to deflect judgment they richly deserve.

When he died at the age of 90, Sanders had a very small estate, sufficient only to support his widow, Claudia, out of all the millions he earned. KFC corporation did research showing that he had given more than $20 million to various charities and churches.

Race, religion or even politics (he was contributing to the campaign of a worthy candidate in the opposing party while being the treasurer of another), did not enter into his actions, personal or business. His only judgments were that one was not lazy or dishonest or selfish.

J. Trigg Adams, Coconut Grove

Why the rush?

Why the mad rush to approve the soccer facility at Melreese? If time is such an issue for soccer, why not lease land for the stadium, then for the rest of the property, open bidding to other commercial developers? No rush on that.

If given the opportunity, I wonder what plans others would present, especially local developers like Armando Codina, Allen Morris, Jorge Perez, and Steven Ross, to name a few. Why the rush in the heat of the summer anyway? Why the no-bid? Allow commissioners to take their time in studying other commercial alternatives.

Charles Morgan, Miami

Driving distance

It’s a sin if the politicians allow a soccer field to be built on Melreese golf course. I’ve played most golf courses in Miami, and Melreese is the best maintained, including the private golf clubs. The people working at Melreese are some of the nicest, and the kids’ programs are first-rate.

If we who live in South Miami-Dade County can drive to Broward County for a football game, you all can drive to Homestead for a soccer match.

Avaril Iseman, Miami

Summer jewel

On July 14, we had the surprising pleasure of watching for the first at time, acts from Wagner operas presented by the Miami Wagner Institute at the Miami Music Festival.

And I thought Wagner was boring. No way, — the singers and musicians were fantastic, and the choir deserved and got standing ovations.

My husband and I always attend the Miami Grand Opera at the Arsht Center, but this festival at Barry University in Miami Shores is not to be missed. We can’t wait for the Puccini performance of La Rondine on July 26.

We’re sorry that we missed previous performances of opera, classical, and pop. I understand that more than 250 young artists come to Miami from more than 25 countries for eight weeks of study and performance experiences let by world class artists. This annual festival is worth supporting.

Angela Brown, Miami