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Pearl Harbor

We read so much about the issues of the past, we show respect for veterans, we feel for victims of crimes, we are the victims of the sway of statements from all “walks” in the environment (family, schools, government).

Today, Pearl Harbor Day, brings up these feelings and then I remember that there was a possibility if those in command that day in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, would have acted differently, would there be a surprise attack?

The recent Parkland school shooting, and also the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting bring forth stinging messages

Did you ever ask yourself, why do we have a drug crisis that destroys families, for so long? Someone is not doing what is necessary.

I bring praise for the continuing of the “hue and cry” that our country needs organizations/movements: to focus on race, gender, law enforcement behavior, LGBT, crime in schools, crime in communities, domestic abuse, and the drug crisis.

It is time to act proactively, and stop harming ourselves.

Louis Cohen,


Pearl Harbor blame

Vladimir Putin “vehemently” denied having anything to do with the poisonings of Russian citizens in England, even though the evidence produced by the world intelligence agencies indicated otherwise, and Trump said, “He vehemently denied it. I believe him.”

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia “vehemently” denied his involvement in the torture and death of journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi, and even though the CIA reported to the contrary, Trump said, “He vehemently denies it.”

And Trump added, “Maybe the world should be held accountable because the world is a very, very vicious place.” It is, especially since he became president.

As in everything that Trump does, denial is the answer. He would probably have excused Adolf Hitler for World War II if he denied it, or Hirohito for the attack on Pearl Harbor — which we are commemorating today — as long as he “vehemently” denied it.

PS: As a Christmas present, Americans should chip in and send President Trump a rake.

Bruce Hartman, Miami

Bush’s death

The timing of President George H.W. Bush’s passing was his final service to his badly divided America.

It served to remind its citizens of America’s goodness and dignified greatness and their sacred responsibility to always cherish and care for it.

Joe Schwarz,

Penticton BC,


Defending Acosta

Local attorney David Oscar Markus deserves an Oscar for his dis ingenious opinion column regarding Jeffrey Epstein and how then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Alexander Acosta handled the case.

Some of his statements: “Job numbers and unemployment rates are breaking records under his (Acosta’s) supervision” and “At the time this case was being investigated there were serious questions about whether Epstein's crimes had the requisite Federal nexus and “It’s telling that the best that the critics can come up with is that Acosta approved an old agreement to allow the state system deal with a state crime, resolving a difficult case, and putting a bad guy in prison.”

Acosta, as Labor Secretary, is doing for job growth and unemployment what he did for justice in the Epstein case. Nothing.

Acosta helped stop an FBI investigation so the possibility of determining if Epstein and associates were involved in international trafficking of teenage girls could not be proved or disproved.

Just like Acosta and all the other lawyers/officers of the courts in the Epstein case settlement and agreement, Mr. Markus conveniently omits the vast scale of Epstein’s libido-driven crimes. Mr. Markus uses the word prison to describe 13-months of sleeping at the county jail in a private wing.

What a waste of ink by the Miami Herald to print Mr. Markus’ friendly flight of fantasy, fiction and fabrication. His opinion piece qualifies him for employment with the Trump administration.

Roberto Romero,

Snellville, Ga.

Destroying Acosta

I am discouraged by the Miami Herald’s continued attempt to destroy U. S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s good name and reputation solely in its attempt to attack President Trump.

Epstein was found guilty of these heinous crimes, not Acosta, so attack Epstein and leave Acosta alone.

If you did your research, you would see that Acosta was a non-political appointment with strong support from both sides.

I am afraid that these continued false narratives only further divide our great nation.

Try reporting on the positive side of news instead of sensationalizing most subject matters with negativity.

Jimmy Tate, North Miami

Libraries matter

A recent letter writer praised our Miami-Dade parks and rightfully so. They are overlooked and taken-for-granted gems. Another oasis is our Miami-Dade Public Library System. They do much more than lend books.

They offer American Sign Language, painting and greeting card-making classes; music therapy and story time for children; author lectures and art exhibits. Those are only a few of the library's services.

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library conducts an annual book sale, coming up at the main library, 101 W. Flagler Street, Dec. 12-15 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Many of these inexpensively-priced books for all ages and in all genres are in fine condition and may be given as holiday or other gifts. It’s worth a visit to find that hidden treasure.

As a poster in the Bayonne, New Jersey library stated, “Libraries will get us through times of no money better than money will get us through times of no libraries.”

P. F. Balbi, Miami Beach

Trump at funeral

At the tribute and funeral of George H. W. Bush, President Trump looked as comfortable as a guy standing in line at halftime, in a stadium waiting to use the facilities and had just been informed that the facility had to be temporarily closed.

Barry Levy, Miami

Ex-felons voting

After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas horror, I thought we all agreed to protect our kids more than anything.

Now with 1.4 million Florida ex-felons winning the right to vote, they will be going into schools on Election Day.

Elections have very high emotions. Let's protect our kids. We should move polling places away from schools or have felons vote by mail only or have lots of security on election day.

Polling places should be safe places.

Patrick Schroeder,