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UM Coach, Next!

The only silver lining to this Miami Hurricanes season is that our savior is standing right in front of us.

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz can usher in a new era of Miami football. The administration must act immediately and make Coach Diaz our next Head Coach. He embodies what Miami football is all about and has already proven he is a winner who can recruit, coach and bring the swagger back to Coral Gables.

Now is the time for the University of Miami to make difficult executive decisions and ensure we do not lose Diaz to another program.

We have a bright future on the field as long as our administration can execute in the boardroom.

In “Manny we Trust!”

Omar Soliman,


Affront to values

President Trump’s tacit support for Prince Mohammed and the Saudis is an affront to my American and Islamic values. Neither the unassailable ideals of this great country nor the moral teachings of my faith can condone in any way the torture, murder, and unjust silencing of a dissident.

I suspect that the Judeo-Christian values of the majority of American citizens also do not have any room whatsoever for such wanton disregard of simple decency.

Let us unite, whether we are Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists or otherwise, in condemnation of brutality and injustice everywhere.

Umar Ahmad,


Healthcare expense

In his Nov. 21 Herald opinion, “Be careful, Dems, ‘Medicare for All’ will cost Americans more than just money,” Robert Moffit of the Heritage Foundation told us that, if we adopted national health insurance, we would find ourselves in the sorry condition in which the United Kingdom finds itself. Some people would actually spend more for their health care, and doctors and nurses would make less money. What he didn’t mention was the health of the U.S. compared to the U.K.

Infant mortality rates and life expectancy are two of the best indicators of a country’s health. In the U.K., 3.8 children die during the first year of life. In the U.S., 5.8 die. The U.K. spends less than $5,000 per person on health care. We spend more than $10,000 per person. The U.K.’s life expectancy is 81 years. Ours is 78.6 years. We spend 17.9 percent of our GPD on health care. The U.K. spends 9.8 percent of their GPD.

Japan’s infant mortality rate is 2.1. Their life expectancy is 87 years, and they spend $4,000 less per person than we do.

For those with access to it, our health care is second to none. We are the richest country in the world. How then, to explain our shameful healthcare inadequacies? (More than 50 countries have better infant mortality rates than ours.) Obviously, many people in America do not receive even minimally adequate access to decent health care. Shame on us.

Daniel R. Collins, Hollywood

Embrace Pelosi

Monica Hesse’s Nov. 22 opinion, “Hating Nancy Pelosi says a lot about us, and it’s not good,” is right on. It’s time to get over misogynist views of political servants.

Conflating one’s view of Hillary Clinton with one’s view of Nancy is a hoped-for outcome of the GOP, who have been running against Nancy and Hillary for years.

At this juncture in our nation’s history, a proven effective leader is needed to guide the U.S. House, and the U.S., back to real American ideals and policy.

Freshman House members have no idea how the system works in Washington, which is evident in the 16-members’ letter that the “status quo” is a state Nancy embraces. Democrats don’t need someone leading the House that’s getting on-the-job-training as the most important battle for America is about to begin.

We will have a better government with more women involved and they should not make the mistake of underestimating the wisdom and leadership ability of one of the women pioneers in government. America is fortunate to have so valuable a resource as Nancy to lead us. Members, embrace our good fortune; support Nancy.

Jim Crowder,


In agreement

Kudos to David Lerner’s Nov. 26 letter, “Pitts’ point of view.” I am sure there are many letters just like his but the Miami Herald decides not to publish.

Lerner states that, “it’s time for [Pitts] to leave the playground insults and join an adult conversation — if he is capable.” I couldn’t have said it any better.

Maria Alvarez,


Trash talk

Letter writer Gilbert Schwartz requests in the Nov. 23 Herald, that columnist Fabiola Santiago and liberals “Stop trashing Trump.” I request Trump stop trashing our Justice department, the CIA, the FBI and our generals. He spends all his time trashing any institution that does not give him blanket approval; if you are not on the red team, you will be trashed.

Schwartz says there must be other things to write about besides the awfulness of Trump. There must be other things the president could tweet about other than the injustices he feels are heaped on him.

When he decides to actually work on governing, he may have accomplishments that could be written about. It starts at the top, so tell Trump to stop trashing his country.

Dottie Morales,

Cutler Bay

Medicare works

Two recent op-ed essays are full of mistakes. As a physician for more than 40 years, I can tell you that Medicare works just fine. Expanding it to everyone is the best solution. Every other industrialized country does it. Let’s learn from them.

Taxes will go up, but employers and others will no longer pay premiums to the insurance carriers. The carriers are in business to make a profit, but not Medicare.

Everyone will have insurance to pay their medical bills. No one will have to burn through their life savings. Doctor’s offices and hospitals will be much more efficient when there is only one set of policies to pay rather than many. The insurance companies will go out of business. That may be bad for them but good for the rest of us.

Benjamin Lechner,


Doing our best

In response to the Nov. 23 letter, “Stop trashing Trump,” I speak for millions of Americans when I say, “I’m trying my best!”

I’ve limited listening to television news and I’ve become more selective when reading newspaper articles... only to tune back in and find that he is still in campaign mode, has opened his mouth or tweeted more lies, or has “served” up another dose of embarrassing or self-aggrandizing statements. Lord help!

Believe me, we’re giving it all we’ve got to keep the office that he occupies in a place of honor.

Rosa Osborne,

Pembroke Pines