Speak Up

Thanks #41

Thank you, President George H. W. Bush, for giving us the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Debbie Harrison


Member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council,

West Olive, Mich.

Journalism matters

To each and everyone at the Miami Herald: The most powerful words I can say are “Thank you” for your expose of Alexander Acosta and Jeffrey Epstein.

Your work is no different from that of a firefighter, police officer, paramedic, doctor, nurse and, yes, Santa.

Guenter W. Luettgens,

Atwater, Calif.

Epstein case

A civil action by Jeffrey Epstein against attorney Bradley Edwards, for malicious prosecution and defamation, was an unlikely venue for Epstein’s sexual-abuse victims, as witnesses, to have their horror stories fully heard.

This was hype. It was also misleading. That’s why the settlement agreement involved an apology from Epstein to Edwards, personally, and not the women.

Sadly, these women just got raped again.

Ellen Schnepper, Miami

Epstein’s deal?

“Perversion of Justice,” the investigative series on Jeffrey Epstein, doesn’t answer the question: Why was the deal made? This makes the entire effort of the articles a waste of time.

Michael E. Norris, Dallas

Traveling women

Why in this world of ours does a women have to fear traveling alone.

Women on their own are too often raped and/or murdered.

Sick men seem to feel we are game for them to conquer.

Cathy Margoshes,


Trump vs. Bush

In his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention, George H.W. Bush compared volunteerism in the United States to, “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

On Jan. 20, 1989, he repeated the phrase in his inaugural address.

During a rally in July, Donald Trump mocked the phrase, saying, “What the hell is that?”

Trump needs to pose the same question while looking in a mirror.

Charles E. Hannemann,

Palmetto Bay

Silver Bluff

Re Linda Robertson’s Dec. 4 article, “Rollovers, collisions, road rage. I-95? No, it’s a little street in Silver Bluff:” I disagree with Miami-Dade Commissioner Eileen Higgins’ comment that the residents along Southwest 24th Terrace are “angry at her for telling the truth.”

The residents on 24th Terrace, as well as on many other streets in the Silver Bluff neighborhood, are angry because nothing is being done to solve our traffic nightmare. We continue to see every type of vehicle fly down our streets with no regard for the law, safety or common decency.

Dangerous traffic needs to be stopped at the source of our problem, which is along Southwest 17th Avenue, from U.S. 1 to Coral Way. No-turn signs, effective from 4-8 p.m. would work wonders.

Why hasn’t the county tried this? Could it be too easy and cost-effective?

Chrissy Rabi,


Christmas red

Our first lady and president decorated the White House with red Christmas trees in honor of Vladimir Putin and communist Russia?

Lauren Zeefe, Miami

Curbelo’s damage

Defeated U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo has hurt us by siding with President Trump’s mission to destroy democracy and take away healthcare from as many people as possible.

Curbelo has repeatedly voted against his constituents. He should not now run for Miami-Dade County mayor.

John Isaacs, Miami

Not so smart

Some of us clearly underestimate President Trump. We don’t drink the Kool-Aid about how smart he is.

Do you know anyone else who continually touts how intelligent they are? Do you know anyone who can dismiss overwhelming scientific conclusions or evidence of murder just because it does not suit his reality?

Perhaps it isn’t that Trump is so smart. Maybe he’s more likely a charlatan.

Bruce Shpiner, Miami

Let’s recycle

A couple of years ago, I found out that the gym where I work out doesn’t recycle all those plastic bottles people throw in the trash.

I decided to help out by scrounging some out of the trash cans. I’m paying the county the same amount whether my recycle bin is full or not. My goal was two bottles per visit — 10-a-week — 500-a-year.

One day when I was fishing bottles out of a locker-room garbage can, one of the fitness instructors asked me what I was doing (she was a little grossed out).

She then started collecting bottles and putting them in an unused locker for me to take home.

Some of the bottles are from the gym, and some are from the middle school where she teaches.

This year, I decided to keep count of how many bottles we were recycling. To date, it’s 2,000!

Think of the impact on the environment that two people have had.

Think what the impact could be if others got involved.

Here are some suggestions:

Don’t use throwaway bottles, use refillable bottles

▪  If you do use a throwaway, put it in a recycling bin or take it home to recycle;

▪  Encourage businesses and schools to implement recycling programs (perhaps a community service project for a Scout troop or other group).

Paula Hamelik, Pinecrest

Civics lesson

Here’s a civics lesson for today’s boys and girls: When you grow up, you can become the chief executive officer of a large healthcare company and, even though your company gets caught bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars and is forced to pay the largest fine for fraud in U.S. history while you were the CEO, you can still receive nearly $10 million in severance pay along with more than $350 million in stock shares. And, when the FBI interrogates you, all you have to do is plead the Fifth more than 70 times.

After you get away “Scott free,” you can spend $76 million of your own money to run for governor of Florida, a job that pays $130,273-a-year, but who cares about math? And when your governorship is over, you can run for a Senate seat, and voters will again look past the Medicare fraud, your financial dealings.

And who cares about the $2.9 million in hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands so you don’t have to pay U.S. taxes?

That’s what rich people do, and it doesn’t matter to Republican voters.

And yes, you may even become the president of the United States some day!

Roger Hammer,