Speak Up

The other side

Kudos to John Lanzetta and Ira Jacobson whose letters to the editor so eloquently reflected my viewpoint and that of my family and most of my close friends about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings — and all things conservative.

Mark Minervino, Miami

Rock, hard place

Thank you, John Lanzetta and Ira Jacobson, for submitting to the Herald what many of us are thinking about the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. At least the Herald had the decency to publish opposing views that are rooted in the presumption of innocence, rather than guilt by uncorroborated accusations.

Jacobson, especially, was spot on: There is nothing that Kavanaugh could have said at that fiasco last Thursday that would have satisfied anyone on the left, which is dead set against placing a conservative judge on the Supreme Court.

Richard D. Morales II,

Coral Gables

He’s unfit

As I watched Christine Blasey Ford — often shaking and close to tears during her testimony — I felt my own tears as she relived with certainty what she perceived happened to her. She was definitely believable.

Then I watched in shock as Brett Kavanaugh came out fighting from the moment he sat down to answer senators’ questions. I wondered if he would admit that he drank in excess, as most of us did in college, and say he honestly didn’t remember the night in question because he drank too many beers. I wondered if he would say that if he had done anything close to the horrors Ford described, he was truly sorry.

Instead, he became a Trumpian politician in his own defense. Having five granddaughters, I was angry and anxious for them at the thought of his nomination. Kavanaugh’s behavior should be considered unforgivable and demeaning from any man, but unconscionable from a judge.

As a judge, one has to be nonpolitical, so Kavanaugh’s citing some sort of Democratic conspiracy should immediately disqualify him. Judges are committed to listening, without prejudice or judgment no matter what race, religion or gender stands before them. But he made it clear that he cannot be objective. He showed the world he is not fit to hold the distinction of being a judge in any court.

Susan Becker, Coral Gables

Ford attacked

The letter “I’ll Take Kavanaugh” is the perfect distillation of the pro-Kavanaugh comments I’ve seen. Four paragraphs are spent questioning Christine Blasey Ford’s memory and implying her recollection of the event was impaired, despite the fact she was 100 percent certain of her attacker’s identity and details about the alleged assault.

I remember every detail of the night my mom called to tell me my father died — and my subsequent trip to their house — but I have no idea what year it was without putting it in the context of other events, much like Dr. Ford.

The letter writer says Kavanaugh handled himself “admirably.” This is not the adverb I would use to describe someone who asks a senator twice if she ever blacked out while drinking. Belligerent and arrogant, maybe, but admirable?

Finally, the letter writer resorts to the “It was only a simple assault” argument. The thinking underlying such a callous statement betrays the serious systemic issues at play in our society that spawn divisive situations like the confirmation hearings.

My advice to any other pro-Kavanaugh letter writers is to simply bare your teeth and call Ford a lying, liberal operative. It’s less disingenuous.

Peter Konen, Miami Shores

Alleviate pain

Three words, “You have cancer,” can change a person’s entire world. The fear, anxiety and pain that accompany the diagnosis and treatment take a toll on quality of life.

Palliative care can help treat the whole patient, not just chronic disease. Specialized medical professionals can improve quality of life for patients and families through coordinated care and relief from pain and stress.

Palliative care puts the patient first. It’s a growing field with a promising future in how we care for people with chronic illnesses such as cancer. It can improve patients’ experience and outcomes while reducing medical costs.

Last week, I traveled to Washington to urge Sen. Marco Rubio to support a bill pending in Congress to provide access to palliative care. This bipartisan legislation passed the House unanimously. Now we need to vote and send it to the president’s desk. Congress has the opportunity to increase access to palliative care, giving patients and their families extra support when they need it most.

Donna Lundy, volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Miami

Couldn’t watch

I was in California on Sunday and watched on CBS television as the Miami Dolphins played New England. Things had gotten so bad at half time, that the network switched to another game rather than continue and lose its audience.

What an embarrassment.

Ferdinand Phillips, Coral Gables