Speak Up

Coconut Grove station

Grove station

The proposed design of the flashy new solar-powered Metrorail station and transit hub in Coconut Grove is missing one key transportation element: An elevated pedestrian walkway across U.S. 1 from the Grove to the station. As a daily train commuter, I find it hard to believe that the station’s designers seemed to have forgotten about the actual people who ride the train.

We take our lives into our hands each day — especially during rush hour — when crossing the busy highway while the frantic, must-get-to-work-at-all-cost Miami drivers speed through lights, ignore the left turn signals and drive within inches of pedestrians who just want to make it safely to the train station. We stay in our crosswalks and wish the cars would stay out. Walking across U.S. 1 is the scariest part of my morning commute.

Please go back to the drawing boards and put in an elevated walkway. In fact, even with the current station, why is the Grove one of the few Metrorail stops without an elevated walkway?

Susan MacDonald,

Coconut Grove

Plowing under

It doesn’t matter how believable Christine Blasey Fords’ testimony is in her accusal of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee for the Supreme Court. The GOP is determined to ignore it and confirm him anyway.

Senator Lindsey Graham said it all in his statement: “I’ll listen to the lady, but we’re going to bring this to a close.” So much for a fair process.

There is no shame in his hypocrisy nor for the entire GOP.

Betty Fleisher,


Looking for unity

I realize the Herald’s Sept. 21 front page had good intentions of trying to unify people with the words “We Love” written in 11 different languages. However, everyone speaking a different language is no way to encourage unity, harmony, and friendship among the people.

After all, communication is the key to getting to truly know and love each other and only speaking a common language can achieve that goal. Diversity is great when it comes to culinary, music, dances, but not with languages.

The English language has always been the dominant language of the United States, and immigrants to the U.S. should respect that. Trying to do otherwise will only create more divisiveness, which we already have too much of nowadays!

Anna Pylant,


Prosthetics patients

The Herald’s Aug. 11 story, “Jackson Memorial to close decades-old lab that makes artificial limbs and other devices,” shows a one-sided opinion. The hospital states it will only see a “slight cost saving” and that the process of closing a department that has served thousands of members of our community will be “seamless.”

I wonder if Jackson is considering the extra days of hospitalization this will generate as patients wait for outside contractors to deliver prefabricated braces that may not even fit properly, or to come and go to take molds, fabricate and fit custom orthoses, including braces for spine and back injuries. I wonder just how this will affect the indigent amputees who have no other option for their care.

Those who refer patients for these services are — at one week from the deadline — still clueless as to what will happen. Outpatient amputees who consult with the Prosthetics and Orthotics(P&O) department have not been notified.

I am a physical therapist, retired from JMH. I worked there for 29 years and very often consulted with the P&O staff to find individual solutions to my patients’ problems. It is a sad day.

Eleanor Carrillo,


Prepping the judge

If Brett Kavanaugh has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much time at the White House getting ready for the hearings? As Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Ellen Abramson,

North Miami

Why so happy?

In her Sept. 20 column, “ ‘Happiness’ rankings invoke thoughtful reflection on the joys of life,” writer Ana Veciana-Suarez asks why “extremely cold” countries such as Canada and those comprising Scandinavia lead us in happiness.

She partially answers the question by starting her last paragraph with “happiness is also about good health.”

Each of those countries she cites has a national health system. Perhaps, she wouldn’t be as “flummoxed by these rankings” if she connected the two dots.

Jeff Spiero,


Healthcare debate

If single-payer health care is as bad as Herman Cain stated in his Sept. 19 opinion piece, “Single-payer health care a death sentence for seniors,” why do people in countries with single-payer healthcare live longer than Americans?

The United States ranks 43rd in longevity, behind several poor countries with a single-payer system (Cuba, Slovenia, Greece).

Why do 26 countries have lower infant mortality rates than the U.S.? Even the single-payer systems in Slovenia and Albania outperform our health care system in preventing infant mortality.

Allen A. Smith,

North Miami

Iris Acker tribute

I thank Miami Herald reporter Howard Cohen for the wonderful Sept. 19 article on the amazing Iris Acker, “Actress and TV host was S. Fla.’s ‘Golden Girl’ of the arts.”

She was not only a very special, talented, actress and TV personality but a great teacher. Her how-to book, The Secrets to Auditioning for Commercials, was my bible. She also was most generous with her fellow actors.

If you were in a shot with her, she’d ask you what side is better for you, to make you look good. She will be missed.

Miriam Salazar,


Bad imitation

I am amazed that every day, Trump behaves more and more like Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro.

Maduro denies that more than 2 million Venezuelans have left his country. He says it was not more than a couple thousand.

Similarly, Trump denies that more than 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico. Trump claims that there were about 60 deaths, in spite of a report from a U.S. university stating that it was well over 3,000.

Trump believes his own lies and then gives himself a 10 out of 10 score on his handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico. To use his own word: “Sad.”

Alvaro Lozano,


Money pit

Providing the homeless with a safe and sanitary facility to conduct "life-sustaining business" is admirable.

I am confused, however, as to why the city of Miami paid $312,976 for it. My 2,000 square foot home with two bathrooms cost less than that.

David Halpern,