Speak Up

We have a stadium

I hope everyone realizes that Miami already has a modern, large, conveniently located, fully air-conditioned sports stadium that’s ready for soccer — Marlins Park! We hosted pro soccer there in 2013. Look it up!

Please, no more stadiums. Use the one we have at least until it can be proven that Miami can support a major soccer franchise.

David Nizel, North Miami Beach

Young blood

I thank the Miami Herald for the excellent report on the July 19 Democratic Party debate at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove.

It may be worth noting the participation of many young people on the campaigns, and for Matt Haggman, in particular. I’m happy to see a new generation that seems willing to clean up the mess created by my aging “Boomer” compatriots.

Arthur G. Sullivan, Coconut Grove

Citizenship status

I was disappointed to read Michael Anton’s July 20 opinion, “Born in the USA? So what? Birthright citizenship must end.” He is wrong.

If you’re born on U.S. soil, you are a citizen. We should not change that bedrock principle of our system of government.

Our nation should not deport babies. Such an idea is hateful and disgusting to consider.

Newspapers should include more voices that reflect our traditional values of liberty. We need more immigrant voices printed in the media.

Glenn Hutchinson, North Miami

Justices for life

Re the July 20 opinion, “Supreme Court justices shouldn’t serve for life,” by James Lindgren and Ross M. Stolzenberg.

I disagree with their assertion that Supreme Court justices shouldn’t serve for life. They serve for life so that they are not affected by politics. It is as it should be.

It should be the decision of the justices when they retire. This sounds like another attempt to control the judiciary.

Phillip Hales, Coral Springs

Supreme limits

The Founding Fathers meant for the three branches of government to be separate but equal, the system we refer to as checks and balances. The most dangerous threat to that noble ideal is a partisan Supreme Court.

While most Americans don’t fully understand where the current president can take the nation, we could face a future century with restrictive voting laws, continued gerrymandering and Citizens United (which allows our elections to be sold to the highest bidder).

We could experience the severe curtailment of our civil liberties. It could decide that a sitting president, no matter how egregious his crimes, cannot be prosecuted. It could decide that public schools should be privatized or that discrimination against people of color isn’t a crime at all.

Lindgren and Stolzenberg, in their July 20 opinion, “Supreme Court justices shouldn’t serve for life,” got it right. There should be term limits for Supreme Court justices. How else can the vision of the Founding Fathers survive? How can we, as a free and democratic republic, survive?

Lillian Andron, North Miami Beach


Trump has invited Putin to the White House, probably to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom. Trump might also consider inviting Bashar al-Assad from Syria at the same time. Might as well have two murderous, cruel, brutal dictators in the White House together.

Maybe former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could help coordinate the visits before he goes to prison.

What a disgrace to our great country.

Paul C. Hunt, South Miami

Anthem policy

Dolphins fans — especially, but not exclusively, those who deplore Donald Trump — should be upset by the team’s decision to force its players to take a position on how to listen before games to the Star Spangled Banner.

As long as it is private, personal, not unruly nor disrespectful, it is not the President of the U.S. nor the Miami Dolphins who should make such rules.

Common sense and the First Amendment surely allows a quiet kneel, a hand across one’s heart, or silently standing still.

Someone else’s notion of the proper display should not define another person’s preference.

Ronald Goldfarb, Key Biscayne

Maidique’s campus

Some readers will know me as a filmmaker and playwright. Perhaps I am best known for my play, El Super, and the film, Amigos.

I am haunted by the horrifying photos and videos from the FIU bridge collapse in March.

Now, instead of trying to remedy the incalculable stain of that tragedy on the university’s reputation, those who control FIU want to scrub the name of one of the nation’s most distinguished Cuban-Americans from the main campus.

Modesto Maidique, like myself, is an artist. I envision and create plays and movies. As FIU president for more than 20 years, Maidique envisioned and created a scholarly foundation that will endure for generations. But Maidique is guilty of speaking his mind.

We Cubans are tough and determined, and we do not forget indignities committed against our people.

The Modesto Maidique Campus — that will forever be its name, no matter the decisions of those now in charge. This indignity, this vindictive threat, does not reflect American democratic freedoms.

Iván M. Acosta, New York City

Support Reach Act

Re the July 19 story, “Haiti’s maternal mortality rates among the highest. So why is this hospital closing?”

Per the article, in Haiti more women die before, during and after childbirth than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. This does not have to happen. Evidence shows that we can end unnecessary deaths of mothers and children globally by 2030.

To reach that goal, the U.S. Agency for International Development has developed a country-by-country road map and set a bold, intermediate goal of saving 15 million children’s lives and 600,000 women’s lives by 2020.

Congressional support and passage of the bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2017 will help meet that goal and implement a more efficient, sustainable approach for saving the lives of moms and children and would enshrine preventable child and maternal deaths as a U.S government priority. Congress should be bold and seize the opportunity to pass the Reach Act this session.

Betsy Suero Skipp, Miami

Bad grammar

George Washington, when asked if he had cut down the cherry tree, was reputed to have said, “I cannot tell a lie.” And then he confessed.

President Trump, when his veracity is questioned, seems to be saying, “I cannot not tell a lie.” And he proves it by telling another lie — and then lies about having told it.

Joseph M. Prospero, Kendall